SPOKANE, Wash. - The City of Spokane street department says its in the middle of a full-city plow; which means about fifty employees are working twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week until they've cleared all the streets within the city.
It's a process that should take about three days to complete, but could be longer should there be more snowfall.
They're confident that the main arterial streets are mostly bare because of how many people travel on them, so now the focus is on residential streets.
Sunday they introduced some new snow equipment; four-wheel loaders with snow gates to work with some plow trucks to keep snow from piling up in front of driveways. It's a pilot program after the city received complaints last year about plowed snow in front of driveways.
As the city continues to make progress, more snow, lots of slush and some iffy roads couldn't keep Spokane inside. Many were out early to get a head start on shoveling. While on the roads that plows hadn't quite reached yet, others took matters in to their own hands, as there was shopping to get done and people to see.
For Alden Stanger, it was the man in the red suit. He wanted to make sure Santa brought him a means to get around in all the snow.
“I want to sleigh in the snow,” shared Alden.
The Stanger family had a full day of holiday activities planned and wet roads weren't going to get in the way of that.
Anna Stanger said, “where I come from there's a lot of snow, so the snow is really nice for us to enjoy.”
The snow also wasn't stopping Daniel and Maria from going to the chapel, and getting the perfect shots to remember happiest, snowy day of their lives.
The new Mr. and Mrs. Daniel and Maria Kovalyov explained, “it's beautiful actually with the snow. We actually wanted to have some snow because without winter snow is not pretty and it's cold.”
For the bride, the conditions were no match. She braved the cold in just her beautiful, white wedding gown.
“It's all about the shot. The dress will be taken off but the pictures will stay,” said Maria.
If you are planning to get on the roads, remember to give yourself plenty of time to get to where you're going, drive slow and try to stick to the main roads until the full-plow of the city is complete.
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