Spokane Mayor declares Stage 2 Snow Event

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Mayor David Condon announced a Stage 2 Snow Event on Monday morning.

"We began staffing up for a Stage 1 Snow Event early this morning," declared Mayor David Condon, "and are now announcing that we will begin an all-city plow with the declaration of a Stage 2 Snow Event."

A Stage 2 snow event is declared when six inches of snow are on the ground and more is anticipated during the current snow event. This declaration triggers a number of actions, including a full-city plow. That will take four days.

While 20 plows were already working through the evening, many were curious as to why it took so long to initiate the Stage 1 plan - which can be called into action when there's two inches with four expected.

"Nobody was predicting to have 6 inches of snow out of this storm," explained City Engineer Mark Serbousek.  "We did have snow on the ground that we knew we had to deal with, and what came was a little bit more than what everybody thought was going to come, and so that put us into the Stage 1.  In fact the residential [areas] have showed even more snow, so that's why we went to a Stage 2."

The city will:

  • Notify citizens of the snow event
  • Immediately embark on a full-city plow
  • Bring in additional crews
  • Be ready to implement the "Snow Corridor Plan" if weather conditions severely restrict the City's ability to keep up with the snowfall
  • Clear sidewalks around priority City-owned property within 24 hours

Citizens are asked to:

  • Move parked cars off of arterials and fixed STA bus routes within 6 hours
  • Move vehicles off downtown street parking spaces between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Move parked cars on all residential streets and residential hill routes to the even side of the street within six hours
  • Clear snow off vehicles parked along the street
  • Clear snow from around curb ramps, fire hydrants, storm drains and mail boxes
  • Clear sidewalks of snow within 24 hours

For more snow information, head to the city's website, Facebook page or Twitter account.

You can keep up with the plowing progress here.