The City of Spokane said that the completion of plowing on residential hill routes ended the Stage 1 snow event on Tuesday. The snow event was declared Sunday afternoon.
City crews began working Friday to prepare streets ahead of the Sunday storm. As the snowfall intensity increased, additional crews were called in to prepare the city for the Monday morning commute. Spokane has more than 2,100 lane miles, including 760 arterial lane miles.
Snow emergency routes, major arterials, hills and transit routes were the initial focus. Resources were added to the residential hill routes as part of the Stage 1 snow event. The snow “boot” attached to a grader was also tested as part of the pilot program.
According to the City, a Stage 1 snow event occurs when two inches of snow are on the ground, and four inches or more are anticipated during the current snow event. This declaration triggers a number of actions.
These actions include: