A storm expected to arrive this morning should bring significant precipitation and above-freezing temperatures, adding weight to already-strained roofs and raising the risk of street and small-stream flooding. Weather officials said the snow on the ground – 25 inches Monday at Spokane International Airport – should absorb much of the new precipitation.
Education officials say they were ready to start school Monday and weren’t consulted before the Spokane County sheriff publicly called on them to extend winter break by an extra day. But some districts – including Mead, Central Valley and West Valley – later decided to cancel school today, as well. Spokane Public Schools planned to hold classes today.
One man is being questioned in connection with shots fired at a plow driver in private parking lot, police said today. The men apparently argued about each other's driving.
An employee at the Home Depot on East Sprague has confirmed snow shovels are back in stock at that store. Hundreds of shovels arrived today.
Several state highways are closed due to drifting snow, officials said. Whitman County is basically locked down.
Spokane snow plows are primarily working back on the snow emergency routes and major arterials, officials said this morning.
Have we become a city of (gulp) snow wimps? Have we turned into (heaven forbid) Seattle?
The National Weather Service warned of continued cold today after the thermometer went into freefall Friday afternoon. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Sunday night and Monday morning, when another 6 inches of snow could fall in Spokane with 8 inches possible in Coeur d'Alene.
The huge snow berms lining Spokane Valley streets have been causing problems other than narrow driveways and line of sight-blocking height. Sidewalks are mostly choked with several feet of snow, forcing pedestrians into streets to walk or wait for the bus. That has Spokane Valley resident Larry Miller upset and wondering why the city doesn’t enforce an ordinance that calls for property owners to maintain clear sidewalks.
If the snowplowing budgets of Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake were written down on paper and run through a snowblower, they might look a little better than they do now. The record-breaking amounts of snowfall in December made both cites blow through their snow removal budgets faster than water over Spokane Falls in spring.
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