Snow Response Operations

The City of Spokane is continuing with its updated Snow Response Plan for the 2018-2019 Snow Season. The plan provides:

  • More plowing, sooner.
  • More equipment and people available for snow removal.
  • Completion of a full-City plow during heavier snowfalls more quickly – in about three days, down from four.
  • Piloting of new equipment to minimize driveway berms.
  • Greater emphasis on plowing snow away from sidewalks.

A variety of information on the City's Snow Response Plan is below. Follow the City of Spokane on twitter and Facebook for information when it snows. And use the below map to track the progress of plows during Full-City Plow events.

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Plowing Procedures

When it snows, even if it's just an inch or two, crews will plow in residential areas as well as in arterials. This "maintenance plow" work will occur primarily during regular day shifts Monday through Friday. Arterials are plowed first, followed by hills in residential areas. Identified vehicle routes around schools also have been prioritized for clearing.

During a larger snowfall of four inches or more, crews will move to 24/7 operations to complete a "Full-City Plow." Crews expect to be able to complete a Full-City Plow in about three days.

The Residential Snow Plowing Route Map can be found below and on fliers located at City Hall, libraries or Senior Centers. The first residential area to be plowed is rotated each time the City plows, although hill areas will be plowed before flat areas. Once we begin to plow the residential areas, the City will share the order of the residential plow routes.

For the 2018-19 winter, the City has more than doubled the number of "gates" in its fleet that allow plow drivers to avoid placing a berm at the end of driveways. The City now has 16 gates. The gates won't completely eliminate driveway berms, particularly for those who live on arterials that are plowed more frequently, but they will dramatically reduce berms throughout the City.

Parking and Sidewalks

Citizens are asked to park on the odd side of the street in residential areas for the entire snow season, which runs from Nov. 15 to March 15. The goal is to make it easier for citizens to comply with parking rules and aid plow drivers with their work. Downtown on snowy days, on-street parking will be prohibited between midnight at 6 a.m. so parking bays can be plowed out.

By ordinance, citizens and businesses must keep their sidewalks shoveled. The City is asking citizens to clear a 36-inch path to allow pedestrians to travel effectively, with a goal of completion by 9 a.m. after a snowfall. Citizens are asked to clear ADA ramps and to clear a pedestrian path even if no sidewalk exists.

Seniors or disabled individuals who can't maintain their own sidewalks can call 3-1-1 to get information on available volunteer services. Companies that specialize in snow removal and many local landscaping companies offer such services for residential customers. Search for "Home Snow Removal Services in Spokane" to find options.

The Better Business Bureau also has information. Search for "Snow Removal Services" in Spokane, WA, for a comprehensive list.

More information on City snow and ice removal operations

Additional Information


Streets Department

Call 311, or for outside city limits, 509.755.CITY (2489)

Items of Interest

  • Get Information or Report a Snow Concern
    Call 311, or for outside city limits, 509.755.CITY (2489)
    (Live customer service representatives from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with some weekend hours during Full-City Plow events)
  • Snow Removal Outside City Limits
    • Spokane Valley: 509.921.1000
    • Spokane County Roads and Engineering: 509.477.3600
  • See current conditions: Local Traffic Cameras