Warmer temps arrive, area roads flooding - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Browne's Addition plowing underway

Warmer temps arrive, area roads flooding

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SPOKANE, Wash. - City of Spokane snow removal crews are plowing in residential hill routes and other residential areas Tuesday. In addition, they are starting work in Browne's Addition and scraping ice at some arterial intersections. 

Warnings, Watches and Advisories

A Flood Watch is in effect through Thursday afternoon for the lowlands of the Inland Northwest. A Winter Weather Advisory continues over the mountains of northeastern Washington and northern Idaho.

Hazards: Flooded streets, and possibly some garages and homes along with increasing chances of roof collapses.

Work to "rack" snow again to the center of the streets downtown was completed overnight.  Large berms remain in the center of downtown streets; motorists should not attempt to cross the berms because they will get stuck.

Plowing in Browne's Addition is under way Tuesday morning. North-south streets will be plowed today, and east-west streets will be plowed on Wednesday, January 7. Plowing begins at 9 a.m. each day. Due to the narrow streets in Browne's Addition, parked cars must be moved from the street or they will be towed. 

City of Spokane snow plow drivers need your help removing snow from the streets.  Several collisions have occurred when plows hit vehicles that have been completely covered in snow. (See photo to right) If vehicles could be moved off of the roadways or at least exposed, this would help the plow drivers in avoiding any future collisions. 

Officials are asking you to be alert for likely street ponding and/or flooding. Roads are expected to be slicker as the salt and sand used to provide traction will be washed away, therefore you should drive with extreme caution on ice covered roads.

Homes and buildings in low lying areas may experience some minor flooding as the snow melts and finds the lowest level.  If you are in an area that is susceptible to flooding, you may want to purchase and have on hand some sand and sandbags.

City officials today continue to urge residents and commercial property owners to shovel out fire hydrants and sidewalks to assist with safety issues. Clear sidewalks are critical to help kids get to school safely. Buried hydrants, meanwhile, could cost precious minutes in fighting a fire.

Spokane Public Schools reopened today, and motorists should use extreme caution and watch for school children. Some snow berms are taller than the children, and many sidewalks are impassable, leaving students to walk in the street. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is advising parents to accompany young children on their route to school or at their bus stops.

The City's Building Official is advising owners or tenants in flat or low-slope roofs to take steps to remove snow to lessen the chance of roof collapse. More than 30 structures have had collapsed roofs since last week within the City of Spokane. To figure out the snow load on your roof and to decide whether to clear it or not, click here.

The forecast calls for rain and warmer temperatures with an inch or more of liquid precipitation expected between Tuesday and Thursday, which will continue to add to the already critical snow loads.

The combination of warmer temperatures and significant rainfall will lead to street flooding issues over the next couple of days, particularly at intersections. Please clear away snow from storm drains, if possible.  City Wastewater Department crews will be out clearing catch basins.
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