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UPDATE: City Of Spokane Declares Stage 2 Snow Condition

Photo from Stevens St. on the South Hill (police shut it down on Thursday afternoon) Photo from Stevens St. on the South Hill (police shut it down on Thursday afternoon)
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KHQ.COM - The City of Spokane declared a Stage 2 Snow Condition this evening, where City crews will work 24/7 until they complete a full-City plow of all arterials and residential streets. The City has also called in private contractors to supplement City Street, Water, and Wastewater employees in the plowing. More than 30 pieces of equipment have been out all day.

The City is changing its approach for plowing overnight based on conditions. Crews will focus on plowing the arterials again and will begin plowing streets in the Downtown Central Business District, racking snow to the center of the streets in most cases. The work creates berms down the center of the Downtown streets. Motorists should not attempt to cross berms.

PARKING IS RESTRICTED DOWNTOWN between 2 and 6 a.m. to facilitate plowing. By 6:30 p.m., all parked cars must be moved from arterials and bus routes.

Work around the medical district likely will not occur tonight.

"Street conditions required us to step up our snow removal efforts for a second time today and to adjust our plans," says Mayor Condon.

Plowing is expected to begin in residential areas in the early morning hours. Crews will begin in the residential hill routes, those numbered 20 and above on the residential plow route map. On the south, they will begin in route 21 and then move to routes 20 and 24. On the north, they will begin in route 22 and then move to route 23. Click here for City plow progress.

Citizens should park on the ODD side of the street in all residential areas. The requirement begins at 12:30 a.m. Friday in the residential hill routes, and at 6 a.m. Friday in all other residential areas.

Restricting parking during snow removal efforts allows plow drivers to clear away more snow, widening the area available for vehicles and generally improving driveability. 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. The residential parking restrictions are in place until the plows have passed through your street.

 

 

 

The City of Spokane is proceeding with snow removal work under the Stage 1 Snow Declaration it made earlier this afternoon. Cars must be moved from all arterials and STA fixed bus routes by 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The City has been focusing much of the day on snow removal on the arterials and STA fixed bus routes. Into the evening and overnight hours, crews also will:

-Plow the streets in the Central Business District, racking the snow to the center of the street in most cases.  This work creates berms down the center of the downtown streets.  Motorists should not attempt to cross the berms. Citizens must move vehicles from on-street parking downtown between 2 and 6 a.m.

-Plow the main streets surrounding the major hospitals to the south of downtown.

A Stage 1 Snow Declaration also includes plowing in the residential hill routes, those numbered 20 and above on the residential plow route map: www.spokanestreetdepartment.org/documents/snowroutemap.pdf.  Crews will begin their work in these residential areas likely in the early morning hours. On the south, they will begin in route 21 and then move to routes 20 and 24. 

On the north, they will begin in route 22 and then move to route 23.  Citizens should park on the odd side of the street in the residential hill areas within 12 hours—or by 12:30 a.m. Friday.  

The City currently has more than 30 pieces of equipment out, including plows, graders, and de-icers. Additional crews from other City departments are being called in to add to that total this evening and even more in the morning. 

"We are working to respond to current snow conditions," says Mayor David Condon. 

To check the progress of City plows, go to www.spokanestreetdepartment.org/snowplow.htm.  Citizens also can call the City's recorded Snow Removal Hotline at 456-2666. Citizens can be notified of updated information by following the City on Twitter at @SpokaneCity or by liking the City's official Facebook page.

Under the City's snow removal plan, officials can call for a Stage 1 snow emergency when there is at least 2 inches of snow on the ground and four or more in the forecast. A Stage 2 condition, which includes a full-City plow of all arterial and residential streets, can be called when there are six inches of snow on the ground and more anticipated.

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.  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.

Restricting parking during snow removal efforts allows plow drivers to clear away more snow, widening the area available for vehicles and generally improving driveability. 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.

Citizens can check the latest weather forecasts by going to the National Weather Service at weather.gov/spokane.

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