Jessica Fisher

Are You Ready For Snow Season?

Jessica Fisher, Business and Developer Services, No Phone Number Available

Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 10:08 a.m.

Are You Ready For Snow Season?

The City of Spokane has already started preparing for the upcoming snow season. Spokane sees most of its snowfall during four months; therefore snow season is defined as Nov 15 to Mar 15.

As snow begins to fall the City’s snow response is defined by “snow events.”

  • Stage 1 Snow Event – when two inches of snow are on the ground and four inches or more are anticipated to fall.
  • Stage 2 Snow Event – when six inches of snow are on the ground and more is anticipated. The City may utilize private contract crews to further expand snow removal efforts during a Stage 2 event.

When a snow event is declared, parked cars must be removed from all arterials and fixed STA bus routes within six hours for a Stage 1 event or 12 hours for Stage 2. Cars in residential areas need to park on the even side of the street within six hours of a declared Stage 1 event or 12 hours for Stage 2. Citizens are responsible for clearing snow and ice off their sidewalks. During a Stage 2 snow event citizens are also responsible for clearing snow from adjacent curb ramps, fire hydrants, storm drains, and mail boxes.

If the City cannot effectively keep arterials clear the “Snow Corridor Plan” will go into effect. Crews will turn their attention to pre identified routes that citizens can rely on until weather conditions improve.

The City will be using a variety of methods to notify citizens about snow events and residential plow routes. These include local media,, Facebook, and Twitter using the hashtag #SpokaneStreets, City Cable 5 and neighborhood email distribution networks. Citizens can access the Snow Removal Progress Map on the City’s website. To report a snow concern and talk to a live person please call 509.755.CITY (2489). Call the snow hotline, 509.625.7737 for a recorded message regarding plowing progress.

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