Spokane lifts Stage 2 Snow Emergency, Browne's Addition Partially Unplowed


by City of Spokane & KREM.com


Posted on January 19, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 22 at 8:28 PM

A Stage 2 Snow Emergency in Spokane was lifted Sunday morning.

The City of Spokane lifted the emergency at 11:00 a.m. and will return to regular winter operations.

Spokane crews finished the full-city plow in Northwest Spokane Sunday. Spokane Mayor David Condon annouced Thursday evening that the City upgraded its snow declaration to a Stage 2, which means the City must complete a full-City plow of all arterials and residential streets. 

The only excpetion to this is Browne's Addition. Plowing for the area is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.
The city says it’s possible that plow crews may have missed a street or a block.  Citizens should call (509) 625-7733 to report missed street. 
More snow is expected Sunday night. Under regular snow operations, city officials say crews will begin plowing arterials when enough snow accumulates to do so.
Here’s the link to the residential plow route map that will allow citizens to find their route number:  www.spokanestreetdepartment.org/documents/snowroutemap.pdf.  Citizens can check the progress of plows at www.spokanestreetdepartment.org/snowplow.htm.  They also can call the City’s recorded Snow Removal Hotline at 456-2666.
In the City center, crews have plowed snow to the center of the street to maintain on-street parking.  This work created berms down the center of the downtown streets; motorists should not attempt to cross the berms.
Snow plow information is available on the City’s web site.  Citizens can be notified of updated information by following the City on Twitter or by liking the City’s official Facebook page. 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. 
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.
For the most recent weather advisories, visit weather.gov/spokane.