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City of Reno warns residents of hazardous early week commutes

Post Date:02/03/2019 11:41 AM

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Reno has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the greater Reno area from 4 p.m. today through 7 a.m. on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. 

Public Works crews will be working 12-hour shifts beginning at 3 p.m. today, through the duration of the storm. Currently, snow plow operators are working in the higher elevations. No brine was applied to city streets, due to the rainy conditions.

Per NWS, here are the key points to know about the storms:

  • Heavy snow is expected.
  • Strong winds will create white-out conditions at times Sunday night and Monday.
  • The hazardous conditions are likely to impact both the Monday morning and Tuesday morning commutes.

Snow Plow Protocol in the City of Reno

The City of Reno street system contains more than 2,000 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 snowplowing 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.

Be Prepared

If you must travel from Sunday to Tuesday, prepare for long delays and carry an emergency kit with extra food, water and clothing. If you stay home, have a backup plan in case of power outages. Visit for more information on Winter Preparedness.

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