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Are You Ready for the Winter Season?
Labor Day just passed, but my daughter is already making Christmas presents! Although it is hard to believe, soon the winter weather will be here. Is your agency ready? If not, use the resources below to prepare for the winter season!
Enroll in "Weather-Related Operations for Supervisors"
Weather-related operations is much more than snow plowing. Supervisors have to address equipment, materials, and personnel needs, despite the unknown impacts of each season.

No matter what type of weather you experience, this half-day class prepares Supervisors to properly plan, monitor, and evaluate weather-related operations.

Register for the October 19 class in Reno today! 
Use the Beat the Cold Video to Keep Employees Safe
The Beat the Cold video is available in English and Spanish, Trabajando en Invierno! View it to explain the risks of working in cold weather and the practices to avoid and manage cold-weather dangers, including frostbite.
Take Online Weather-Related Operations Training
Can’t attend in-person training? Check out these self-paced, online training, video, and podcast options!
Do You Need Snowplow Operator Training?
We need to know if local agencies need in-person Snowplow Operator training. Complete this 2-minute survey to tell us:
  • Where to host training.
  • Preferred dates.
  • How many people need to be trained.
Or email us the same information.
Use Nevada DOT's Safe Winter Driving Resources
Don’t reinvent the wheel! Nevada DOT’s website includes information for drivers on how to drive in winter weather and traction and chain requirements. They also have a printable brochure on winter driving safety tips.
Ask Steve

In addition to training, the Nevada LTAP Center provides direct technical assistance on a variety of topics. This month’s question is about deicing agents.

How do road deicing agents work?

Most people think that road deicing agents, e.g., sodium chloride, magnesium chloride, and calcium chloride, work by melting the snow and ice. In a sense, this is true because application of the deicing agent causes the ice crystals to break down into a liquid state. However, a better description explains that deicing agents lower the freezing point of water. As the chloride molecules are exposed to water molecules, the ice crystals break down. The process requires wetting the chloride molecules, either through pre-wetting or the exposure to water on the pavement, to be effective. 

It is important to note that the effectiveness of a deicing process is dependent upon the concentration of the chloride, as well as the temperature of the pavement. 

In other words, pavement temperature and chloride concentration need to be considered to identify the most effective deicing treatment. These issues, along with anti-icing and other methods of snow and ice control, are covered in our upcoming Weather-Related Operations for Supervisors training course.
Have a question? Email Steve.
Upcoming Conferences
NVLTAP has a booth at the APWA Nevada Chapter Fall Conference in Lake Tahoe, September 29–October 1! Stop by our booth to win a free $25 Amazon gift card!

Other events:

Training on the Horizon
In-Person Training Virtual Training (Instructor-led)
Contact Steve for your NVLTAP Technical Assistance needs.
Contact Nancy for your NVLTAP Training needs.
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