Snow season runs from Nov. 15 to March 15. Spokane sees most of its snowfall during these four months of the year, with snow often concentrated in December and January. During Snow Season, the City monitors weather conditions 24 hours a day. Crews proceed with regular winter operations until it snows and plowing operations are triggered.
Snow Event is initiated when
When it snows—even if it’s just an inch or two, the City will plow all the streets, including residential streets as part of their regular work days. During small snowfalls, crews will work during their normal working hours and clear snow throughout the City. The City will move more crews to plowing efforts earlier and use more snow removal equipment on a day-to-day basis.
When snow conditions warrant—but at least at 4 inches of accumulation—the City will move to 24/7 operations until every street is cleared. The Street Department expects to complete those plows in about three days using this changed plan, quicker than in previous years.
Downtown City snow removal procedures
- The City will use chemical deicing treatments as soon as snow falls.
- Snow will be plowed to the middle of street in downtown Spokane. City crews plan to pick up those middle berms as they are being created.
- On designated snow days, on-street parking will be prohibited between midnight at 6:00 a.m. so parking bays can be plowed out.
- New signs will be installed in the downtown, indicating this rule within the boundaries of Maple to Division and I-90 to the Spokane River. The City has some parking options for snow days under the freeway, particularly for those with residential parking passes in the core, and there are also numerous off-street surface parking lots.