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Snow Causes Traffic Lights To Lose Power & Impacts Driving Conditions

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SPOKANE, Wash. – Along with impacting the roads for drivers, weather conditions were also impacting traffic lights. Sunday afternoon, the low temperatures and accumulation of snow caused traffic lights to lose power along Sherman Street near 3rd and Sprague Avenues.

“Because of the weather conditions we experienced some power outages in areas, which have taken out some of our signals and we have crews on hand working on those signals,” said Julie Happy with the City of Spokane.

As the snow continued to fall Sunday, the city had eleven de-icers and snow plows working to keep the streets clear. The plows have de-icer on them as well, so once a road has been plowed, it turns around a lays down de-icer.

The city also wants to remind people not to pass the snow plows and to stay back four car lengths if you see one while driving. The snow plow drivers do not have the same visibility as a car and cannot always see you if you are too close to them because they are focused on doing their job.

While they clear the snow, the plows also kick up a lot of debris. Friday KHQ heard form a viewer whose windshield was cracked after a rock, kicked up by a snow plow, hit her window, so just keep that in mind if you get stuck behind one.

Sunday, the plows focused on bus, arterials, and hill routes. The city also says that when the plows are working on the hills, some of the traffic signals are switched off as well.

“We change those to flashing yellow on those hill routes,” Happy said. “That's to keep traffic moving through them. Don't stop because the ability to get started again causes problems and we like to keep them flashing, so the snow plows can continue on through.”

The roads were not too bad Sunday, but as temperatures drop overnight conditions could get worse. Drivers may want to leave a little extra time in the morning to avoid being in a hurry during the morning commute.

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