Join The City In Winter Snow Removal Readiness

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 2:27 p.m.

City of Spokane Street Department is preparing for snow season and encourages the community to do the same. The community is urged to take time now to think ahead and be ready for winter weather.

“Responding to snow requires a partnership between City operations and the community,” says Clint Harris, the City’s Street Director. “We appreciate the work residents and businesses do to keep streets and sidewalks clear and safe during the winter.”

Here are some things the community can do now to prepare for the winter snow removal season:

  • Move your recreational vehicle, boat or trailer, and basketball hoops off the street and to a winter storage location for the snow season. As a reminder, RVs, boats, and trailers cannot exceed 24 hours of continuous on-street parking, according to Spokane Municipal Code (16A.61.562B).
  • Make sure you have adequate snow shovels or a working snow blower. Consider buying some salt or sand. 
  • Arrange for service with a snow removal company if you don’t want to shovel yourself.
  • Plan where to park throughout the snow season to make room for large equipment to clear the street. Residents are asked to park on the odd-numbered side of the street during snow season to leave a maximum amount of room for plows.
  • Know what residential snow-plow route you live in to make it easier to track the progress of plows, during full-city plow operations.
  • Talk to your neighbors. Make sure you know who in your neighborhood might need help with shoveling or other winter work and offer to help. Consider signing up to volunteer for a community group that provides snow removal services for those in need.

Be in the Know

Communication channels to receive current information:

Streets Maintenance Winter Operations

  • Snow season operations are November 15-March 15
  • Weather conditions are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Priorities are arterials, hills, hospitals and school routes
  • Materials are located throughout the City for efficiency
  • Full-City plow during heavier snowfalls takes about 3 days
  • Snow gates are used to reduce snow berms when possible
  • Crews work to keep snow away from sidewalks when possible


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