The weather outside certainly is frightful: the snowiest November on record has caused quite a stir in Spokane, causing slick roads, school delays, and power outages.
Spokane typically averages just 7.1 inches of snow in November, but a new record was set last month with 25.7 inches of snow. All of that snow has wreaked havoc on Spokane residents, with a Stage One Snow Emergency called on Tuesday as the city attempted to dig out.
Under a Stage One Snow Emergency, the city will focus plow efforts on all primary and secondary arterials and fixed STA bus routes. Residents were asked to move cars from the street to aid in the snow removal efforts.
Law enforcement agencies have been kept busy responding to slide-offs and collisions, with the Washington State Patrol reporting Tuesday that it responded to over 100 collisions in just that one day. Across the bordcer in North Idaho, the Idaho State Police responded to dozens of slide-offs as a result of the snow.
Across the Spokane and North Idaho region, dozens of local schools have closed as a result of the severe weather and many more are facing delays in opening.
In North Central Spokane on Tuesday, nearly 1500 customers were left without power after a power outage late that evening. Meanwhile, on the South Hill, a tree fell across Pittsburg Street near 57th Avenue, completely blocking the road. City crews who arrived to remove the tree thought the snow may have played a factor in causing the tree to fall.
It’s not like to get any easier any time soon. Spokane is predicted to receive more snow this week. And if you think the amount of snow on the ground now is a lot, consider this: the snowiest December on record boasted 61.5 inches of snow–that’s over five feet. With the snowiest November on record already behind us, we could be bracing for another record-breaking month of snowfall.