KOLO 8 Winter Weather Resource Guide

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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

RTC

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
775-834-4100.

Northern Nevada Contact Information Web page

School District Websites:

Winter Driving Safety Links: Nevada Department of Transportation

WINTER DRIVING TIPS


  • 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.

CARRY WITH YOU


  • 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

CHECK BEFORE YOU GO:


  • 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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