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Spokane residents ready for winter to end

Spokane residents ready for winter to end

Spokane road crews worked throughout the night to clear arterials and residential hills and while the roads are much better than they were Sunday evening, many people just want winter to end. Soon.

On Sunday, almost five inches of snow were dumped on snow, a reminder that even if it's March on the calendar, winter is refusing to go away quietly.

"I'm definitely ready for like the five inches to not happen anymore, it's crazy," Troy Patterson said.

"I was so mad, I was like finally it's all melting and then boom, it was all there and the roads were terrible," Brianna Robinson said.

"I am absolutely ready for green, I'm ready to get rid of this yucky stuff here," Eric Morlan said.

City crews worked 24/7 to clear the streets. Monday morning 55 pieces of equipment were out plowing residential hills and cleaning up downtown.

"We will work to get that snow melted especially as the temperatures warm up so we don't have to rack it or berm it in the downtown area," Spokane Mayor David Condon said.

Spokane declares Stage 1 snow event

Spokane declares Stage 1 snow event

The City of Spokane has declared a Stage 1 snow event. Cars should be moved to the odd side of the street on residential hill routes by 10 p.m. this evening to allow snow plows to pass.

Currently, the City as 22 pieces of equipment focused on the snow emergency routes and major arterials.

During a Stage One Event citizens are asked to: move parked cars off all arterials and fixed STA bus routes, move parked cares in residential hill routes to the odd side of the street, and clear sidewalks of snow within 24 hours.

The City also asks motorists to:
Slow down, be patient, and drive according to conditions.
Not to follow plows closely. They can generate clouds of snow making it difficult to see and can kick up sand.
Not try to pass plow trucks; it's very dangerous.
Not get between plows as they often work in teams of two or three
Drive with caution when near a plow as the plow operator may not have the same field of vision as a smaller vehicle.

Storm blankets Inland Northwest with snow

Storm blankets Inland Northwest with snow

The National Weather Service says the Spokane area will see more snow Monday morning before it turns to freezing rain and just rain later in the day.

The Weather Service recorded nearly 5 inches of snow at Spokane International Airport from the storm.

The city of Spokane declared a Stage 1 snow event over the weekend and asked residents to move parked cars off arterials and bus routes to help snow plows.

Significant snow also fell elsewhere in Eastern Washington and northern Idaho with amounts varying by location and elevation.

Forecasters warn that roads will remain icy and slushy before warmer air moves into the region Monday.

Winter reasserting itself in Washington

Winter reasserting itself in Washington

Winter is reasserting itself this weekend in Washington.

The National Weather Service says there's a chance of lowland snow in Western Washington while a surge of Arctic air will blow into Eastern Washington with the wind chill feeling as if it's well below zero.

Forecasters say the best chance of snow in Western Washington is in the Bellingham area where the cold air pushes through the Fraser River Valley.

The Weather Service expects wetter, milder weather to return next week in Western Washington. Below-normal temperatures will likely persist into early next week in Eastern Washington.

City declares snow event day after the snow falls

City declares snow event day after the snow falls

The City of Spokane declared a Stage One Snow Event hours after the snow stopped falling, and now many residents are asking why the city took so long to send in the plows.

Monday's snowfall came as a big surprise to everyone, including the National Weather Service. City officials say Monday's focus was to clear main arterials, emergency and bus routes. Now the focus has been shifted to residential hills, which is why the city declared the Stage One.

Five inches of snow fell in Spokane Monday, making it the snowiest day so far this winter. The evening commute proved to be challenging and city crews were out plowing main roads and hills. But the city didn't call a Stage One Snow Event until the morning after, at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

"It really wont have made a difference, we have continued on the hills and the emergency routes, and bus routes, that would have been our focus yesterday, we wouldn't have probably gotten to the residential routes anyways," City Spokesman Brian Coddington said.

Spokane drivers struggle with snowy roads

Snow returned to the Inland Northwest with a vengeance Monday. Emergency crews were busy all day cleaning up crashes on the roads.

From 5 a.m. Monday until about 7:30 p.m. there were more than 150 collisions or slide-offs called into 9-1-1. Many minor slide-offs were not reported.

Snow fell during peak commute hours and slowed traffic from Grand to I-90. Along South Arthur, the smallest of slopes were too slippery for some.

"This year, this was the worst so far that I've experienced," said driver Kathy Parrott.

Washington DOT, Spokane County, and Spokane City plows worked throughout the night clearing roads as quick as they could.

The city of Spokane hesitated on calling a Stage One Snow Event, that would result in an all out plow of Spokane, because the forecast was so off.

KXLY ran into several good Samaritans helping people navigate the roads. Jonathan Seaman-Cwik and his dad helped push drivers up maple.

"There were a couple guys towing the bigger ones and then we'd just push them from behind," he said.

Kathy Parrott's front-wheel drive minivan made the trek up the South Hill twice this evening.

Snow returns to Spokane with a vengeance

Snow returns to Spokane with a vengeance

It was slick on the roads Monday, with dozens of collisions and slide-offs halting traffic around the region all afternoon.

Even though snow has been falling through most of the afternoon, as of 5 p.m. the City of Spokane was not at a Stage One Snow Event yet but that could change Monday evening.

A city spokesman said they will go to a 24-hour full city plow when there are two or more inches on the ground with another four expected. A lot of Monday's snow wasn't in the forecast so they're still making a making a decision and checking the weather patterns.

Monday morning, Spokane Mayor David Condon gave the city's overall snow removal a grade of B+. He thinks the city is improving its communication with its residents.

"We want to engage citizens and so you've seen initiatives over the last two years. How do we engage citizens so they know timely information on when they're going to get out the on the streets and so we've been focusing on that," he said.