Snow Response Operations

City Completes Full-City Plow Jan. 9
The City of Spokane completed work in the afternoon hours of Sunday, Jan. 9, on the Full-City Plow initiated on Thursday, Jan. 6. The plow effort met the City's time goal of completing a full plow in three days. Accessing various Public Works equipment and personnel contributed to meeting the goal of plowing 2,200 lane miles of City streets. This is the second full-City effort within 10 days.

City snow crews remain in winter operations, working seven days a week monitoring weather and street conditions. Pothole crews began working Friday and will be enhanced now that the full-City plow is completed to do repairs. Residents and motorists can contact 3-1-1 on the mobile app or by phone to report potholes or streets that may have been missed being plowed.

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.

Plow Progress Map

City Snow Response crews work 20 hours a day, 7 days a week during snow season from Nov. 15 to March 15, responding as needed to conditions. The plow progress map is only activated during full-City Plow events. Crews work 24/7 during those events.

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Snow Removal Map Keys

Crews monitor and work in arterials daily throughout snow season.

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 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.

The City has increased the number of "gates" in its fleet that allow plow drivers to avoid placing a berm at the end of driveways to 17. The gates don'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 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 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, with some weekend hours during Full-City Plow events)
  • Snow Removal Outside City Limits
  • See current conditions: Local Traffic Cameras