Snow continues in the forecast this week in Yakima impacting city and county offices and local businesses.

City facilities are closed to the public today as the city digs out from the storm

In fact the snow has closed Yakima city offices Monday as city plows are busy clearing streets. The city issued a Snow Route Alert that will remain in effect until the snow is cleared. A press release from the city says issuing a Snow Route Alert is an alert to drivers to move vehicles from designated snow routes.  City street crews began plowing major roadways overnight and will continue to do so throughout the day.

City hoping people move cars out of the snow route areas

City officials say the snow routes are "primarily centered in the downtown core.  Cars can be moved from snow routes to any street not posted as a snow route or to any City public parking lot. This Snow Route Alert is being issued as part of a series of steps being taken by the City of Yakima to more efficiently and effectively get streets cleared of snow as quickly as possible, particularly streets in the downtown core.

You could get a ticket if your car is in the snow route

To see a map of Yakima snow routes, along with the rest of the priority plowing routes throughout the city, click on the following link – http://www.yakimawa.gov/apps/snow-routes/.  People can find out more about the Snow Route Alert that has been issued by looking at posts on the City’s various communications platforms, and paying attention to local media reports.  Vehicles that are not removed from designated snow routes can be towed and their owners fined up to $50 per violation."

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