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UPDATE From The City Of Spokane:

City of Spokane snow removal crews are proceeding with work under the Stage 2 Snow Event declared earlier Monday. They will work 24 hours a day until they complete a full-City plow that includes all residential areas.

Crews expect to complete plowing streets in residential hill routes (those numbered 20 and above on the City's residential plow map) overnight and then will begin to move into other residential routes.

The City has about 55 plows, sanders, deicers, and graders, including some private contractors, out working to improve driving conditions now. City crews currently are working in arterials and in residential hill routes 22 and 23 on the North Side, and 20 and 24 to the South. Crews will leave berms at the end of driveways in the residential areas. Crews will be working from west to east and will move into routes 13 and 21 next.

Citizens should park on the even side of the street in all residential hill areas. Parking also is restricted downtown between 2 and 6 a.m. during a Stage 2 Snow Event to assist with plowing there.  Remember, Browne's Addition is plowed on an announced schedule with specialized parking restrictions. Watch for later updates.

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 for information on the location of plows. Citizens can be notified of updated information by following the City on Twitter or by liking the City's official Facebook page.

Additionally, citizens can send a text to 509.385.5775 to receive updates on parking restrictions. Just type in the word "Brownes" if you live in Browne's Addition, "Hills" if you live along an arterial or in a residential hill route, and "Parking" if you live outside of these areas.

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. 

Under the City's snow removal plan, officials can call for a Stage 1 Snow Event when there is at least 2 inches of snow on the ground and four or more in the forecast. A Stage 2 Snow Event, 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.

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 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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UPDATED PRESS RELEASE FROM THE CITY OF SPOKANE:

Spokane Mayor David Condon is announcing that the City of Spokane is upgrading its snow declaration to a Stage 2 Snow Condition, 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. The City is calling in private contract graders to help with the snow removal effort.

The City has about 50 plows, sanders, de-icers, and graders out working to improve driving conditions now. City crews currently are working in arterials and in residential hill routes 22, 23, and 24—essentially Indian Trail, Five Mile, and the Eagle Ridge area. They are using teams of plows and graders in the residential areas. Crews will leave berms at the end of driveways in the residential areas. 

By 11 a.m. today, parked vehicles need to be moved off the arterial streets and STA fixed bus routes.  By 6 p.m., vehicles should be parked on the even side of the street in residential hill routes (those numbered 20 and above on the residential plow route map: www.spokanestreetdepartment.org/documents/snowroutemap.pdf.)  In the remaining residential areas, parked vehicles need to be moved to the even side of the street by 11 p.m.

Parking also is restricted downtown between 2 and 6 a.m. during Stage 2 Snow Emergencies to assist with plowing there.  Remember, Browne's Addition is plowed on an announced schedule with specialized parking restrictions.  Watch for later updates.

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 for information on the location of plows.  Citizens can be notified of updated information by following the City on Twitter at @SpokaneCity or by liking the City's official Facebook page.

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. 

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.

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 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.

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE CITY OF SPOKANE: Spokane Mayor David Condon is announcing that the City of Spokane this morning is calling a Stage 1 Snow Condition as of 6 a.m. The City has plows, sanders, de-icers, and graders out working to improve driving conditions. Snow may change to rain later this morning, and the City will continue to monitor conditions and make changes to snow removal efforts as needed.

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

Cars must be moved from all arterials and STA fixed bus routes within 6 hours, or by 11 a.m. today, Monday, Jan. 7, and on the even side of the street in the residential hill areas by 6 p.m. tonight.

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.

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