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City of Spokane Press Release:

The City of Spokane is lifting its Stage 1 Snow Condition declaration as of 1 p.m. today, Sunday, Feb. 26.  Crews have completed plowing in the arterials and in all residential hill areas, about 24 hours after the Stage 1 was called.

It is possible that crews may have missed blocks in the residential hill areas, and they did report that a few areas were impassable for plows because of parked cars.  Citizens should call 625-7733 to report an unplowed section. 

The City Street Department is returning to normal winter operations.  For the rest of the day, the City will use de-icers and sanders to deal with icy spots in the arterials, focusing on hills and intersections.

As always, the City is asking motorists to slow down, be patient, and drive according to the conditions. 

More snow is in the forecast  in the coming days.  Citizens can be notified of updated information by following the City on Twitter at @SpokaneCity, by liking the City's official Facebook page, or checking the City's web site at www.spokanecity.org.

Previous Coverage:

City of Spokane snow removal crews are continuing work under the Stage 1 Snow Condition. 

Crews completed work on the arterials overnight and are concentrating on residential hill areas today, with the expectation of completing the Stage 1 work this afternoon.  The City currently has 39 plows, sanders, de-icers, and graders working to improve driving conditions.

A Stage 1 Snow declaration means that City snow removal crews will work 24 hours a day to plow all arterials, STA fixed bus routes, and all streets in the City's residential hill routes—those numbered 20 and above on the residential plow route map:

www.spokanestreetdepartment.org/documents/snowroutemap.pdf

Most of the crews are working in the residential hill routes.  Route 23 in Indian Trail and route 24 in the southwest  have been completed. Crews are working in route 22 in the Five Mile area, and in routes 20 and 21 on the South Hill.  Sanders and de-icers also are working throughout the City to address slick spots.

By now, vehicles should not be parked on arterials and STA fixed bus routes, and in the residential hill routes, they should be parked on the odd side of the street.

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. 

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 condition 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, is triggered when there are six inches of snow on the ground and more anticipated.

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.

 Previous Coverage:

City of Spokane snow removal crews are proceeding with plowing under Stage 1 Snow Condition.  The City has 40 plows, sanders, de-icers, and graders working to improve driving conditions.

A Stage 1 Snow declaration means that City snow removal crews will work 24 hours a day to plow all arterials, STA fixed bus routes, and all streets in the City's residential hill routes—those numbered 20 and above on the residential plow route map:

www.spokanestreetdepartment.org/documents/snowroutemap.pdf

Crews are continuing work on the primary arterials and will move to secondary arterials and STA fixed bus routes later tonight.  They will also begin work in the residential hill routes, beginning with routes 23 and 24.

Cars must be moved from all arterials and STA fixed bus routes by 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, and on the odd side of the street in the residential hill areas by 1 a.m. Sunday.

City Police and Fire crews responded to multiple accidents and slide-offs today.  They warn of renewed slick conditions overnight as the temperatures drop.  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. 

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 condition 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, is triggered when there are six inches of snow on the ground and more anticipated.

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.

Previous Coverage:

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Mayor David Condon is announcing that the City is declaring a Stage 1 Snow Condition as of 1 p.m. today, which requires cars to be moved from all arterials and STA fixed bus routes within six hours, or by 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.

A Stage 1 Snow declaration means that City snow removal crews will work 24 hours a day to plow all arterials, STA fixed bus routes, and all streets in the City's residential hill routes—those numbered 20 and above on the residential plow route map:

www.spokanestreetdepartment.org/documents/snowroutemap.pdf.  Citizens should park on the odd side of the street in the residential hill areas within 12 hours—or by 1 a.m. Sunday.  

The City currently has plows, graders, and de-icers out working to improve driving conditions.  Crews are working on arterials, focusing on hills.  City Police and Fire crews are reporting multiple accidents and slide-offs as the snow has piled up today.  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. 

"This snowstorm has stalled over the City, and we are upgrading our snow removal efforts to respond to current conditions," says Mayor Condon.  "As always, we are working to keep citizens safe and moving." 

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 condition 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, is triggered when there are six inches of snow on the ground and more anticipated.

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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