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City of Reno asks residents to prepare for windy and wintry weather

Post Date:03/02/2018 10:00 AM

Updated 3/2/18 10 a.m.: 

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the greater Reno area until 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Snow is expected to diminish today before increasing again by late this afternoon, with heaviest snowfall rates most likely tonight between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Posted 2/28/2018 5:45 p.m.:

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued a Wind Advisory and Winter Weather Advisory for the greater Reno area starting on Thursday, March 1, 2018. The Wind Advisory is in effect from 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, and the Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from Thursday at 4 p.m. until Friday, March 2 at 10 a.m.

Winds will increase early Thursday morning and continue through Thursday afternoon ahead of a strong winter storm, with gusts up to 65 mph in wind-prone areas. Expect strong cross winds along some highways, particularly I-580 and U.S 395.

Citizens should secure loose outdoor items such as patio furniture and trash cans before winds increase, which could blow these items away. Prepare ahead of time by making sure you have extra food and water on hand, flashlights with spare batteries and/or candles in the event of a power outage.

Total snow accumulations of 2 to 5 inches are possible on the valley floors, with 6 to 12 inches of snow possible above 5,000 feet. Additional snow is possible on Friday night.

Drivers should plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the Thursday evening and Friday morning commutes. Strong and gusty winds will create areas of blowing snow, bringing significant reductions in visibility. Near zero visibility will be possible in the foothills and other wind-prone locations. Even light snowfall causes major travel delays, especially during periods of high traffic volume. Be sure to allow extra time to reach your destination. Leave extra space between vehicles since it takes longer to stop on slick roadways.
Due to the expected low temperatures, the City of Reno’s Public Works crews will be applying salt brine to the roadways before the storm. Public Works is prepared for plowing and sanding operations and will be working two 12-hour shifts around the clock for the duration of the storm event to ready the roadways for the commuting public.

Plowing priority

The City of Reno street system contains approximately 2,244 lane miles and is divided into 19 routes. Priority is given to arterial and collector streets along with school zones. Secondary streets are plowed after priority streets as resources become available.

Priority 1 and 2 streets include major streets, collector streets, areas around schools and emergency service sites (police stations, fire stations and hospitals). Examples of Priority 1 and Priority 2 streets, as well as snow plowing route maps, can be found at

Sidewalk snow removal

Homeowners and business owners are responsible for clearing sidewalks adjacent to their property. The best time to remove the snow is before it has been packed by feet or vehicles. Please avoid the use of “ice melt” products when possible as it can deteriorate concrete.

Driveways and sidewalks are often affected by snow berms as plowing occurs. This is an unavoidable part of the snow-plowing process. The City does not remove the berms from driveways or sidewalks, as it does not have the resources available to do so. If the City receives a complaint concerning the obstruction of a sidewalk, Code Enforcement will send out a courtesy letter reminding the property owner of this responsibility.

Report issues

Citizens can call Reno Direct to report City of Reno issues, such as icy roads or downed trees in the roadway, at 775-334-4636 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday.

Message from Waste Management

Sometimes icy roads can delay your trash or recycling collector. If that happens, Waste Management will call to let you know about the delay. Please help Waste Management by making sure your contact information is correct. To do so, call 775-329-8822 or manage your account at