Scenes around Spokane during the winter storm Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008 and Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008.
One year ago today, the storm began. The Inland Northwest was pummeled with record-breaking snows that disrupted routines for nearly two weeks. Gene Yoakum said he remembers the storm well. He lives on Spokane’s North Side and uses a wheelchair to get around. Last year, he was trapped at home for three days and after that, his mobility was limited because people failed to shovel their driveways and sidewalks.
Even before most residents will have a chance to dig out from the record snowfall on Wednesday and Thursday, another system is heading this way that could dump another 4 to 6 inches on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
While conditions have improved somewhat this morning, officials continue to urge Spokane area residents to stay home rather than chance the still-unplowed side streets.
The Inland Northwest fought through a record 20 inches of snow that choked roads and has left many people stranded today, with more snow forecasted this weekend. Most schools and government offices are closed, as well as post offices.
Many local school districts are announcing that they'll be closed Friday, too.