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By John McCallum
Managing Editor 

Snow knocks out power on West Plains - in October

Second unusually early cold weather pattern leaves impacts on cities, county


Last updated 10/17/2019 at 8:08am

John McCallum

Cheney street crews didn't need to post signs informing motorists that College Avenue was closed between 2nd and 5th streets – the downed tree branches clogging the street was information enough.

CHENEY – A freak October snowstorm knocked out power to over 4,000 electrical customers on the West Plains overnight last Tuesday/Wednesday, Oct. 8-9, resulting in school delays and closures throughout the county and downed tree limbs that in many cases are still lying on the ground.

Snow began falling around 11 p.m. Tuesday night, and by 12:30 a.m. most area electrical utilities were beginning to receive outage calls. When it was over, some areas in southwest Spokane County reported up to seven inches of accumulations and 4,351 customers were without power on the West Plains, according t...

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