Reno Area Winter Driving and Snow Removal
If you are new to Reno, you may not have experienced the full four seasons we can experience around here. During drought years, winter tends to be dry compared to what has happened in past years and what will undoubtedly happen in years to come. Here are some driving tips for those who came from milder climes without snowy winters, and for longer term residents who might need a few reminders about winter weather driving and preparedness. Check out these Reno snow storm pictures to see just how bad it can sometimes get.
Winter Driving Tips and Precautions
Rule No. 1 - You CANNOT STOP AS FAST ON SNOW AND ICE as on dry pavement. Too many ignore this rule at their peril and that of everyone else in the immediate vicinity. And NO, driving a 4x4 or all-wheel drive vehicle doesn't fix this. While these vehicles may be somewhat safer while you are driving along, everyone has the same slippery roadway to deal with when trying to stop. Here are more tips from the Reno Police Department and the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT).
Carry These Items in Your Car During Winter
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City of Reno Winter Snow Removal Operations
The City of Reno Public Works Department is responsible for clearing snow and ice from streets during and after winter storms. The main thing for residents to know is that not every street and road is plowed and/or sanded. Out of the 2,244 lane miles of streets in the city, emphasis is placed on arterial and collector streets and school zones. Only after these areas are taken care of are secondary streets dealt with. Many questions can be answered by reading the "FAQs for Snow Operations."
Visit the City of Reno website for a detailed discussion of how the city deals with "Snow and Ice Control." Here you can learn about street priorities, equipment used, the 19 snow plow routes, salt brine sprayed on streets, and how operations may affect citizens. Much of this information is included in the Reno "Snow and Ice Control Routes" which you can download.
It's worth noting that the City of Reno, City of Sparks, and Washoe County have in place an interlocal agreement to assist each other as needed when there is a declared snow emergency. When it really gets bad, everyone will work together in the interest of public safety throughout the Truckee Meadows.
Sources: City of Reno Public Works Department, Reno Police Department, Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT).
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