Spokane County Returning To Life

SPOKANE — While Spokane road crews continue to clear hundreds of miles of arterials and residential streets, the city plans to return to normal operations Tuesday.

City Hall will reopen for business Tuesday and all personnel will be back at work, according to city spokesperson Marlene Feist.

The city council, which canceled its normal Monday night meeting due to the weather conditions, will hold their weekly briefing and legislative meetings on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. respectively.

The city has asked that all residents remove their vehicles from the streets so road crews can continue their plowing efforts with information on the plowing schedule available via the city snow removal hotline at 456-2666.

In Spokane Valley road crews have been working around the clock to clear roadways and have cleared priority one roadways. They will be working over the rest of the night and Tuesday morning to clear secondary arterials and several hillsides. They expect to begin snow removal on all other residential streets by Thursday morning.

Avista, meanwhile, has made significant progress in restoring power to Inland Northwest residents who were left in the dark on Sunday. As of 3:30 p.m. Monday only 400 residents in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint remain with power, down from more than 7,000 on Sunday.

Avista officials anticipate having power restored to all of their customers by Monday evening.

Just as Spokane-area residents are digging out from under more than a foot of snow, the National Weather Service says to keep that snow shovel handy.

Another two to four inches of snow are expected to accumulate when another storm moves through the region Monday night. It’s also colder than it was over the weekend, when snowfall snarled traffic and caused school districts and colleges to cancel classes Monday.