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City Of Spokane Calls Stage 1 Snow Emergency To Help With Plowing Efforts

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: The City of Spokane this morning is calling a Stage 1 Snow Emergency, which requires cars to be moved from all arterials and STA fixed bus routes within six hours from now. 

Under the City's snow removal plan, officials can call for such an emergency when there is at least 2 inches of snow on the ground and four or more in the forecast.  A Stage 1 Snow Emergency does not trigger plowing in the residential areas.

All arterials and bus routes were plowed yesterday after an initial round of snow.  City crews are working on the arterials again now and expect to finish another round of arterial plowing late today. 

The City currently has more than 20 plows out.  Night crew members were kept late, and morning staff was called in early to have 24-hour coverage during the current storm.

"We are responding to changing conditions, and today we are activating a portion of our snow emergency plan to help improve the condition of our streets," says Mayor Mary Verner.  "We want to keep up with the snow we have now because more snow is forecast for later in the week."

To check the progress of City plows, go to www.spokanestreetdepartment.org/snowplow.htm.  Citizens also can call our Snow Removal Hotline at 456-2666.   

When driving in these wintry conditions, the City is asking motorists to slow down, be patient, and drive according to the conditions.  Don't follow plows closely, and please do not try to pass plow trucks; it is very dangerous.  Please assist your neighbors who may need help removing snow from their driveways and sidewalks. 

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