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UPDATE: Stage 2 Snow Emergency In Effect; Plows Running 24/7

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: The City of Spokane continues to work under a Stage 2 Snow Emergency, which means City crews will work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until they complete a full City plow that includes all residential areas. Crews anticipate finishing work in the residential areas by early Tuesday, just in time for the next round of snow.

The City will plow Browne's Addition on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.  North-south streets are planned for Tuesday and east-west streets on Wednesday. Because streets in Browne's Addition are very narrow, all cars must be moved to accommodate the plows. Cars that aren't moved will be towed. 

The City currently has more than 50 pieces of equipment out, including plows, graders, and de-icers. Crews have completed much of the South Hill and Northwest Spokane. They are working primarily in the Northeast part of town now.

To check the progress of City plows, go to www.spokanestreetdepartment.org/snowplow.htm.  Residents can type in their address on the top of the snow plowing progress map to get a closer look at their area. Citizens also can call our Snow Removal Hotline at 456-2666 for information on where plows are.  And, here is the link to the residential plow route map:  http://www.spokanestreetdepartment.org/documents/snowroutemap.pdf.

In the residential areas, cars should be parked on the even side of the street until the plows pass through.  Parking remains restricted in the downtown area between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. to facilitate plowing there.  And no parked cars are allowed on arterials or STA fixed bus routes.  The City also asks that citizens clear snow off of parked vehicles and from around fire hydrants, storm drains, and mail boxes.

Restricting parking during snow emergencies allows plow drivers to clear away more snow, widening the area available for cars, trucks, and buses and generally improving driveability for motorists. In the residential areas, parking on one side of the street also allows plow drivers to move away from the curb, reducing the amount of snow and ice that ends up on sidewalks and at the end of driveways. 

When driving in these wintry conditions, the City is asking motorists to slow down, be patient, and drive according to the conditions. In downtown, crews "racked" the snow to the center of the street, creating snow berms. Motorists should not attempt to cross the berms; they will get stuck. 

 Please assist your neighbors who may need help removing snow from their driveways and sidewalks. And don't blow or shovel snow into the street, but back into your yard.  That will prevent more snow and ice from being pushed onto sidewalks and the end of driveways by City plows.

Also, 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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