SPOKANE, Wash. -

We should have seen this coming: Following heavy snowfall last weekend comes warmer temperatures, leading to rapidly melting snow and water over area roadways.

"A mess, definitely a white mess," Michelle Ramos said.

A number of streets around Spokane are covered in water and now, instead of plowing, city crews are busy working to get rid of the water.

"The melt is on, what we are always on the lookout for is places where there are standing pools of water," city spokesperson Marlene Feist said. "They suck up the excess water, their vacter trucks can vacuum up as much as 2,500 gallons of water."

With the forecast calling for more rain, road crews are ready to deal with the pooled water in city roads.

"They know if the rain comes it will really kind of speed up the melt, which can exacerbate those standing water problems," Feist said.

While some Spokane drains are in good shape, others are covered in snow and ice. If the water has nowhere to go, it just pools in an intersection.

"This is March, Why, Mother Nature? Please," Ramos said.

If the drains in your neighborhood are covered with some snow and ice the city asks you to clear them off if you can so the water doesn't start pooling up. Also, if you see a flooded intersection, the city asks that you call 625-7900 and report it.

The city says don't drive through standing water as you never know how deep it is and what might be out of sight under the surface of the water.