SPOKANE, Wash. — The City of Spokane has a snow removal map on its website that shows areas where plows have been and where the plan to go next.
Spokane Valley also has a live-updating map.
In Spokane, maintenance plow work happens during regular day shifts Monday through Friday. Arterials are plowed first, followed by residential areas.
During a larger snowfall of four inches or more, crews move to 24/7 operations for a full-city plow, which is usually completed in about three days.
The city relaunched a full-city plow at 9 a.m. on Monday after heavy weekend snowfall. Between 50 and 60 pieces of equipment are out working, along with additional crews from water and wastewater departments.
By Wednesday, crews were focusing on residential areas. The city expected to have the bulk of the residential areas plowed by Thursday evening, just in time for another round of snow Friday.
After Tuesday night's snowfall city crews went back over some of the arterials for the Wednesday morning commute. After that most of the plows worked on neighborhoods and just touched up the arterials.
James Stewart said he thinks the city has really improved their snow removal plan.
"I think in the last two or three years they've made some good choices and improvements either in equipment or more equipment or refining their route," Stewart said.
Some people are satisfied or indifferent about the progress of the plow efforts. Others, like Karen Potter, think more can be done.
"They are doing great on the main arterials, but the residential neighborhoods they need a little extra help. Clearing the arterials is awesome, but if we can't get out of our neighborhoods it's going to be useless," Potter said.
The green lines on the city’s online snow removal map indicate a “completed” status, while blue lines mean crews are working the area and red lines mean the area is “up next.” Most of the lines on the city’s website are blue and red as of 11 a.m. on Tuesday.
The map also indicates whether routes are maintained by residents or city crews.
The order of the residential routes are posted on the city’s website. There are parking restrictions downtown from midnight to 6 a.m. so crews can clear streets and parking bays.
The city's priority is to keep arterials moving, but plows are managing both arterials and residential hill routes on Monday. After that, they will plow school zones. Then finally, they will plow residential streets.
Cars should be parked on the odd side of the street (the side with odd-numbered houses) in residential areas to help plows.
Plow teams in residential areas are using snow gates to avoid leaving berms on driveways. The city has 16 pieces of equipment outfitted with gates. Officials said that's more than double the amount from last snow season.
Spokane residents woke up to five inches of overnight snowfall on Tuesday. More than 120 schools throughout the region were closed or delayed.
Spokane broke a snowfall record on Monday. More than 7 inches of snow fell from midnight to midnight, breaking the old Feb. 11 record of 5.5 inches set in 1897, according to the National Weather Service.
The current snow depth in Spokane is sitting at 17 inches as of 5 a.m. on Tuesday, according to KREM Morning Weather Anchor Evan Noorani. Another one to three inches of snow are possible on Tuesday before precipitation likely turns to rain on Tuesday afternoon.
High temperatures on Tuesday will sit in the mid to upper 30s. Wednesday will likely bring more snow before wintry weather moves out for Valentine's Day. Snow is set to return on Friday.