KOLO 8 Winter Weather Resource Guide

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By: Staff Email

KOLO-8 Winter Weather Resource Guide

Go to RTCWashoe.com for snow route announcements as they are implemented.

Live Storm Coverage

Road Conditions: Safe Travel USA.com


When will your area get plowed?

Reno-Tahoe Airport Delays and Cancellations

Be Prepared for Possible Washoe County Emergencies

How to Fill and Tie Sandbags

Power outage? Call NV Energy's emergency phone line at

Northern Nevada Contact Information Web page

School District Websites:

Winter Driving Safety Links: Nevada Department of Transportation


  • Only travel in winter weather when necessary, leave enough time to safely reach your destination and plan your route to avoid snowy/icy areas and steep hills.
  • Before driving, check weather and road conditions by dialing 511 within Nevada (1-877-NV-ROADS outside of state).
  • Share your travel itinerary so others know when to expect you.
  • Remove snow and ice from all vehicle windows, mirrors, lights, turn signals and license plates.
  • Buckle up.
  • Turn on headlights to see and be seen.
  • Turn off cruise control.
  • Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Avoid quick starts, stops and fast turns. Accelerate, brake and steer smoothly and gradually.
  • Reduce speed. Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions.
  • Do not slam on brakes. Apply steady pressure on ABS-equipped vehicles and pump brakes if necessary on non-ABS vehicles.
  • Always comply with all posted chain requirements.
  • If your vehicle has snow tires, install and use them between October 1 and April 30.
  • Keep additional distance from other vehicles.
  • Watch carefully for and use caution when following, passing or approaching snow removal equipment.
  • Do not pass without good distance and sight clearance.
  • Use extra caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and shaded areas- they may freeze first.
  • Maintain a high fuel level.
  • If vehicle begins to skid, steer in direction of slide and slowly remove foot from accelerator.
  • Be aware of black ice.
  • If parked or stuck in snow, leave window slightly cracked for ventilation and be sure exhaust system is clear of snow.


  • Tire chains / tow strap ∙ Non-perishable foods / water
  • Flashlight ∙ Blanket or sleeping bag
  • Spare batteries ∙ Battery-operated radio
  • Ice scraper ∙ Candles / matches or lighter
  • Snow shovel
  • Flares
  • Jumper cables
  • Small bag of sand for wheel traction
  • Extra winter clothes / coat / gloves / socks
  • First aid supplies / prescription medication
  • State map for navigation in event of winter detour
  • Cell phone for emergency communication


  • Wipers
  • Tires / tread
  • Brakes
  • Lights
  • Battery
  • Radiator
  • Belts / hoses
  • Exhaust / fuel / ignition system
  • Heater / defroster
  • Thermostat
  • Vehicle fluid levels (anti-freeze oil, windshield and brake fluid)
  • Full gasoline tank

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