The City of Reno has a number of resources to help Reno area residents stay safe and informed this winter season.
New this year from the Public Works Department are interactive maps that citizens can use to learn about the City’s snowplowing priority program.
Those maps, plus more information about the City of Reno’s and State of Nevada’s snow and ice plans, are available at Reno.gov/Snow.
Besides knowing when the City will be treating and plowing roadways in your area in the event of a major snowstorm, residents can use the following information and safety tips:
The City of Reno’s Snow and Ice Plan sets guidelines for snow-removal operations. Given the unpredictable nature of weather patterns in the Truckee Meadows, the City has ensured that its snow-removal operations are ready to deploy instantly and effectively.
Experienced Public Works snow-removal operators have been refreshed in winter driving safety protocol. See these Snow Operations FAQs for more information.
Supplies of materials used for ice and snow control such as roadway salt and sand used to aid with added traction on slick roads have been stockpiled. Snow-removal equipment such as plows, sanders, salt brine distributors and front end loaders have undergone a seasonal inspection and maintenance program.
The City also utilizes a salt brine solution on the roadways during the winter season. Residents have expressed concern in the past, but these are not harmful chemicals. The solution consists of clear water mixed with a low concentration of sodium chloride (salt).
Before a snow or ice event, City crews will pre-treat high-priority streets, bridges, and inclines with salt brine. This can be done up to two days before a storm. The use of salt brine greatly reduces the bonding or packing of snow and ice to the road surface, which makes it easier for removal and is more cost effective. See these Salt Brine FAQs for more information.
Public Works, as well as the Reno Fire Department and Reno Police Department, reminds drivers to reduce their speed on slick or snow-covered roadways, especially when entering intersections and executing sharp turns; keep adequate distance from the vehicle in front of you; and be sure your vehicle is in good mechanical condition and equipped with proper tires, snow chains and an emergency supply of food and water.
Finally, if possible, wait until roadway conditions improve before venturing out.
Miriam Hodgman is originally from San Francisco. She previously was the communications coordinator for the largest hunger-relief organization in Sonoma County, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in American history, with a minor in American Indian studies, from San Francisco State University, and has a master’s degree in public administration from Sonoma State University. She enjoys training a variety of martial arts.