Yakima forging winter plan to plow more streets faster

YAKIMA, Wash. -- There's plenty of sun right now, but Yakima is thinking about snow. The city wants to find a way to remove snow faster.

Right now, city plows tackle the busiest streets within 24 hours of a storm. The central business area and neighborhoods are a lower priority.

Yakima proposes clearing all streets within the first 24 hours, as well as sidewalks next to public facilities.

This would be done by declaring a snow alert. During an alert, street parking would be banned downtown.

The proposal could cost Yakima about $135,000 for every storm.

"I think it's a good idea and they're trying to help people, but we probably need that money for doing the potholes," says longtime Yakima resident Charles Colyear.

It's not yet clear when the snow alert plan could go to City Council for a vote.