Pradeep Hatcher

Snow season is here

Pradeep Hatcher, Public Information Assistant, No Phone Number Available

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 12:12 p.m.

Winter doesn't officially arrive until Dec. 22, but snow season is already in full swing. Stay connected with us for the latest information on residential plow routes and snow events.

The City's defined snow season runs from Nov. 15 to March 15 each year, and the Streets Department uses truck plows, graders, sanders, de-icers, and other equipment to keep streets safe. Crews switch to two 10-hour shifts, covering 20 hours a day, seven days a week.

When the snow falls, check back here at, watch CityCable 5, call the City's Snow Line at 509.625.7737, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Watch for the hashtag #SpokaneStreets.

Bridges, arterials, bus routes, hospitals and medical districts, and neighborhood business districts are de-iced and plowed first. The City snow response is defined by “snow events.”

  • A Stage 1 Snow Event is called when two inches of snow are on the ground and four inches or more are anticipated during the current snow event.
  • A Stage 2 Snow Event is called when six inches of snow are on the ground and more is anticipated during the current snow event. During Stage 2 Snow Events, the City may utilize private contract crews to further expand snow removal efforts.

During snow events, citizens must move parked cars off all arterials and fixed bus routes within a certain amount of time after the City officially declares the snow event (six hours for Stage 1 events, 12 hours for Stage 2). Cars parked in residential hill areas also must be moved to the odd side of the street within six hours for Stage 1 events or 12 hours for Stage 2. Make sure you have adequate snow shovels or a working snow blower and de-icer or sand on hand. Citizens are asked to keep their sidewalks clear of snow and ice every time two or more inches of snow accumulate on the ground.

For more details on City snow response and what citizens need to do when snow hits, watch the video above or view our Snow Removal Info Brochure.

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