Snow Alert Route in Yakima has been cancelled

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YAKIMA, Wash. - The snow route alert issued by the City of Yakima has been cancelled as of Wednesday.

In a release sent out by the City Wednesday a snow route alert was issued on Tuesday to provide notice to drivers to remove their vehicles from designated snow routes in order to allow snow to be plowed from roads as efficiently and safely as possible.

The City wants to remind property owners that it is their responsibility to remove snow and ice from sidewalks in front of their homes or businesses and that the best time to shovel snow is immediately after it falls and before ice can begin to form.

Other snow-related tips from the City of Yakima’s Public Works Department include:

  • Don’t follow a de-icing spray truck, snowplow or sanding truck too closely. They may stop suddenly and spray sand, rocks or other material.
  • Do not sled on streets or sidewalks.
  • Don’t throw snow from your sidewalk or driveway into the street – it’s against the law.
  • After clearing the sidewalk of snow, you may choose to apply an ice-melting substance. The City of Yakima recommends use of Calcium Chloride, (sometimes called “hot melt”) rather than Sodium Chloride (Rock Salt) because it is less damaging to sidewalks and plants. Also, it works at a much lower temperature, so it is more effective in freezing conditions.
  • If your home or business is at a corner, please remove the snow from the sidewalk ramps so children and other pedestrians can cross the street.
  • Dig out fire hydrants for your safety.

The City of Yakima wants you to please put your safety first and drive only if necessary during winter storms and dress warmly and be prepared for travel delays.

Those who are elderly, disabled or have other special conditions that make snow removal hazardous can contact the City’s Office of Neighborhood Development Services at 509-575-6101.

Visit for more information about City of Yakima snow removal policies and tips.

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