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Lack Of Snow Benefits The City Of Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. – The city snowplows are quiet on this Thursday night.  Right now we are seeing near record high temperatures, and that means relief for the streets department and their snow budget.

With very minimal snow to plow at the end of 2011, the streets department has been able to complete leaf pickup, sweep streets and repair roads including.

The past few winters have put a strain on the annual snow budget of $2.5 million, but thanks to this seasons lack of snow, the city is saving about $100,000 that will be put in reserves for the 2012 snow budget.

The warm temperatures also help with roads, crews are able to repair potholes and with a minimal freeze thaw cycle this winter, new potholes are less likely to form.

The city's snow season runs through March 15th.

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