February 3, 2008 in City

Storm notebook: More snow on the way, but it won’t stick around

From Staff Reports The Spokesman-Review

A stormy pattern will persist this week, but the weather also will get warm enough to melt much of the remaining snow.

The National Weather Service says the chance of snow today is 50 percent in Spokane.

It’s more likely – 90 percent – Tuesday, according to a forecast Saturday evening.

But melting will soon follow: The temperature is expected to be in the low to mid-30s Wednesday and the mid- to upper 30s on Thursday, the Weather Service said. The high could reach the low 40s on Friday and Saturday.

Snoqualmie Pass reopens

Snoqualmie Pass reopened early Saturday after crews worked all night to clear snow with every piece of available equipment.

Washington State Department of Transportation avalanche control crews and local ski areas used more than 365 pounds of explosives Friday to dislodge snow and reduce the avalanche risk.

For updated road and pass information, travelers in Washington can call 511 or go to www.wsdot.wa.gov.

In Idaho, U.S. Highway 12 between Selway River Road and Lolo Pass remains closed because of severe weather and avalanche danger.

For updates on Idaho road conditions, call (888) 432-7623 or go to http://hb.511.idaho.gov/main.jsf.

Leaving room on roads

The Spokane Fire Department has asked people to stagger where they park on the street to make sure there’s room for emergency vehicles to pass.

Berms of snow and ice have made it difficult to park close to curbs in the city, and with many alleys and driveways inaccessible, more cars are being parked on the street.

The department also is asking residents keep fire hydrants free of snow and ice.

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