With more snow on the horizon, City of Spokane and county ready to handle it

With more snow on the horizon, City of Spokane and county ready to handle it

With Monday’s snowfall expected to be followed closely by more on Tuesday, the City of Spokane and Spokane County are ready to go.

“We’ve been talking about this for a couple of months. It just took a little while to get here,” said City of Spokane spokeswoman, Marlene Feist. “Our crews were out last night laying down sand and deicer ahead of the storm and then more deicer when it started snowing. If there were places they could plow they started plowing.”

She says it takes at least an inch for plows to be effective.

For this winter, the city is eagerly awaiting the use of its more-than-doubled snow gate fleet, which will hopefully keep more folks from getting stuck in their driveways. Snow gates are used to keep berms from forming as plows do their work.

With more snow on the way, Feist says they have the manpower to handle accumulation.

“We have crews on 20 hours a day, 7 days a week during the winter season,” she said. “We will call in extra crews or extend to 24/7 if there is a lot of snow.”

A full city snow plow takes about three days.

“We have brought in lots of deicer, sand and some salt, and we have that all ready to go,” said Feist. “We ask that people park on the odd side of the street during the winter season to make it easier for plows to get through.”

County-wide there are 2,500 miles of roadways to keep clear, the largest county road system in the state. They will be using 90 sanders, graders, deicers and plows to do so.

A Spokane County Public Works spokeswoman told KXLY that plows will typically pick up when there are more than two inches of snow and accumulation is expected. If it is supposed to melt later in the day they save their resources, especially liquid deicers, so that it doesn’t ultimately turn into runoff. They will be focusing on trouble spots Monday night around the county.

Like the city, the county focuses on main arterials before it moves on to secondary arterials and then residential roads.

Both have interactive snow plow maps on their websites, click here to go to the city’s and here to go to the county’s, which you can use to keep track of plowing progress during full plows.

A full-county plow will take between three and five days.

County officials ask that if there are leaves around your storm drains, that you help them out and work to remove them. With snow followed by thaws and then more snow, flooding can occur if drains are blocked, and large patches of ice can form overnight.

They also remind folks to keep back 50 feet from plows, and to not pass them on the right. That is where they are pushing all their snow.

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