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  • Timeline of December 2008 snow

    Wednesday, Dec. 17: The snow begins to fall lightly in the morning and in earnest by late afternoon. Commuters get stuck on streets leading to the South Hill. Police eventually …


  • Rain could make snow heavier than buildings required to bear

    It’s a question facing homeowners: Is it time to shovel the roof? For Spokane Mayor Mary Verner, the answer became clear when water found its way into her home.


  • Two schools evacuated briefly over false alarms

    Two Spokane elementary schools were evacuated briefly Tuesday after false alarms. At 7:20 a.m., fire crews responded to Stevens Elementary, 1717 E. Sinto Ave., after a report of a gas-like …


  • A December to remember

    It was one for the record books. December was the snowiest month in the Inland Northwest since record- keeping began in 1881. Some of the startling statistics: 61.5 inches of …


  • Avalanche closes Stevens Pass

    Stevens Pass is closed from Scenic to Leavenworth, about 40 miles, because of an avalanche according to the Washington Department of Transportation. Avalanche control has been completed on Snoqualmie Pass. …


  • Firefighters busy with gas leaks, roof collapses and fires

    Gas leaks, roof collapses and fires have kept firefighters in Spokane County busy this morning.


  • Browne’s Addition plowing to begin today

    The city of Spokane will be plowing streets in Browne’s Addition on Tuesday and Wednesday, and police are asking residents to move their cars or face towing.


  • Rain today could raise flooding risk

    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 …


  • Split decision on schools

    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. …


  • Man in custody after shots fired at plow driver

    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.


  • Snow shovel shipments arriving in Spokane

    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.


  • Drifting snow closes highways

    Several state highways are closed due to drifting snow, officials said. Whitman County is basically locked down.


  • Plows back to main routes today

    Spokane snow plows are primarily working back on the snow emergency routes and major arterials, officials said this morning.


  • This winter’s not for wimps

    Have we become a city of (gulp) snow wimps? Have we turned into (heaven forbid) Seattle?


  • Cold coming after snow

    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 …


  • Buildings under the weather

    The weight of accumulating snow continued to take its toll on Inland Northwest businesses Friday with a series of roof collapses apparently triggered by 4 to 6 inches of new …


  • Snow causing problems for pedestrians

    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, …


  • Clearing snow, ice can cause damage to natural gas pipes

    Natural gas leaks have become as common as lost gloves as the snow piles up in the Inland Northwest. While collapsing roofs often break gas pipes or meters, more problems …


  • Snowstorms drain plow budgets for cities

    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. …


  • Roof failures keep fire crews busy

    The weight of accumulating snow continued to take its toll on Inland Northwest businesses today. Firefighters at 10:12 a.m. were called to a roof collapse at Buck’s Tire and Automotive …


  • Snow closes big-box retailers

    Several Wal-Mart locations and the Costco store on Spokane’s north side all are closed while crews clear snow from their roofs.


  • How to tell if you have cabin fever

    Feeling irritable, sad, depressed and trapped? Could be cabin fever. Read about its symptoms and cures.


  • Drifting snow main traffic issue

    Drifting and blowing snow has closed Highway 231 north of Reardan and is making travel trickier around the region, and Spokane County officials said road closures because of drifts were …


  • More snow on the way

    Snow is expected to start falling again New Year’s Day about 8 a.m. in the Spokane area as a potentially strong low-pressure system moves into the region.


  • Snow piling up, piling on

    Prompted by reports of roofs collapsing under the weight of snow, many Spokane residents got an elevated look at the landscape Tuesday, as they began clearing their own homes or …


  • Biggs Metal Art owner escapes collapsing roof

    A collapsing roof makes an incredible amount of noise, said Tim Biggs, whose shop and studio in North Spokane was one of several units damaged by a roof cave-in early …


  • Torch may have sparked blaze at warehouse

    A cutting torch being used to rebuild a collapsed awning may have sparked the three-alarm fire Tuesday at a cold storage business that took 14 of the city’s 17 fire …


  • Artist warms to frosty art form

    Snow-carver Michael Ankney has once again brought his unique art form to North Spokane. By day, Ankney organizes volunteers for a group called the Hillyard Yard Dog. But his hobby …


  • Rockford woman buried by snow

    A Rockford woman found dead under snow that fell from her roof suffocated to death, a sheriff’s spokesman said. A neighbor called the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office at 9 a.m. …


  • Tow truck drivers keep rigs moving

    Tow companies have been in high demand since the snow started to fall almost two weeks ago, and with three more storms on the way, expect a wait. The National …


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