Handling Northern Nevada Winters

Snowy streets in rural Nevada
Handling Northern Nevada Winters
01.02.2023 | Independent living | Posted by J. Shelton
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Submitted by Jackie on Mon, 01/02/2023 - 10:23am

The January 2023 storms have been good reminders of the importance of being prepared for Northern Nevada winters. It’s also important to know who to call in an emergency, so we thought we’d share a list of important numbers all in one place. We'll continue to update this list as we learn more. 

Travel Routes: Plug your route into www.nvroads.com/ to not only get directions, but also to find out about any potential road closures due to weather or construction. 

Power Outages: Electricity was out all over Northern Nevada due to the New Year's storms and an abundance of downed power lines. To get an update on your power situation, visit www.nvenergy.com. You can find information on how to stay warm in a power outage (including information on regional warming centers) at www.nvenergy.com/alwayson/storm-updates.

Icy Sidewalks or Roads: In Nevada, owners are responsible for shoveling the sidewalks in front of their properties. In these kind of storms, that might take a minute, but if it’s not done within a couple of days and it’s keeping you from getting around, you might reach out to them, or perhaps leave a friendly note. They may not be aware of their responsibility, or the challenges this presents for a person with a disability. 
Drive Carefully surrounded by snowy trees

The Nevada Dept. of Transportation shares these and other tips for driving safely in the winter: 

  • 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

  • Check weather and road conditions by dialing 511 within Nevada (or 1-877-NV-ROADS outside of Nevada)

  • Try to share your travel itinerary so others know when to expect you

Staying warm can be a challenge, especially when those temperatures keep dropping or your power has gone out. CNN shares 25 economical tips for staying warm. They include how to dress, what to eat, how to move and how to make your home warmer. They also share tips on what not to do, like using your stove or oven for heat.

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