Time to park on the odd side of the street! Spokane’s official snow season starts tomorrow.

Time to park on the odd side of the street! Spokane’s official snow season starts tomorrow.
A plow truck clears snow in North Spokane Saturday. 

The City of Spokane defines the official ‘snow season’ as November 15 – March 15.

During these four months, the city monitors weather conditions 24 hours a day in order to be able to quickly respond to snowfall. When it does snow, even if it’s just an inch or two, crews will begin plowing arterial streets and residential areas during business hours.

During a snowfall of four inches or more, crews will move to 24/7 operations to complete a “Full-City Plow.” The city aims to complete full plows in three days.

So what does the start of snow season mean for you?

Citizens are asked to park on the odd side of the street in residential areas for the entire snow season in order to make room for the plows. It’s also important to move your larger, recreational equipment off of the street. This means things like basketball hoops, boats, and RVs.

On snowy days, on-street parking is not allowed in downtown Spokane between midnight and 6:00 a.m. to allow time for the plows to clear the streets overnight.

According to city ordinance, citizens and businesses are required to keep their own sidewalks shoveled. The City asks you to clear a 36-inch path to allow pedestrians to safely use the sidewalks.

Seniors or disabled individuals who can’t maintain their own sidewalks can call 311 to get information on available volunteer services.

If you have any questions about parking or the city’s snow response plan, check here.

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