SPOKANE -- The City of Spokane upgraded its snow emergency to a Stage 2 late Monday morning.

Under Stage 2, snow removal crews will work 24 hours until a fully City plow is complete, including all residential areas.

Cars needed be moved from all arterials and STA fixed bus routes by 11 a.m. Vehciles hould be parked on the even side of the street in residential hill routes by 6:00 p.m.

Parking is restricted downtown between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. to help with the plowing effort. The Browne s Addition neighborhood will have specialized parking restrictions at a later date.

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Just after 9 a.m. Monday, the city released an update that 50 plows were out working the arterials and just starting the residential hill routes, beginning with Indian Trail, 5 Mile and Eagle Ridge areas.

When driving in these wintry conditions, the City is asking motorists to slow down, be patient, and drive according to the conditions. Don't follow plows closely, and please do not try to pass plow trucks; it is very dangerous.

Citizens also can call the City s recorded Snow Removal Hotline at 456-2666.

Under the City s snow removal plan, officials can call for a Stage 1 snow condition when there is at least 2 inches of snow on the ground and four or more in the forecast. A Stage 2 condition, which includes a full-City plow of all arterial and residential streets, is triggered when there are six inches of snow on the ground and more anticipated.

Restricting parking during snow removal efforts allows plow drivers to clear away more snow, widening the area available for vehicles. In the residential areas, parking on one side of the street also allows plow drivers to move away from the curb, reducing the amount of snow and ice that ends up on sidewalks and at the end of driveways.

Snow could changes to rain later in the day and the city crews will continue to monitor conditions and make changes to snow removal efforts as needed.

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