Video: Reno officer gets soaked during weather safety message

Winter weather causing traffic hazards; drivers asked to slow down

RENO, Nev. – A Reno police officer cautioning drivers about hazardous winter weather conditions got soaked by another officer in the process of getting out her safety message. 

Thursday got off to a snowy and rainy start for the Christmas weekend in Reno, creating icy roads and causing travel issues across the region. West of Reno into California, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning through Tuesday with the possibility of 3 to 10 inches of snow and wind gusts up to 40 mph.

Reno Police Department Public Information Officer Kellie Dunn took to social media to share a message of caution from the streets of Reno. 

"If you've been outside, you can see it's pretty bad. Please take your time on the roads," she said, adding there were several weather-related traffic issues.

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Moments later, all in the name of safety, another Reno police cruiser drives by, splashing Dunn in a wave of flooded street water. 

Not missing a beat, a now wet -- and likely cold -- Dunn continued, "Please be safe and stay dry."

Roads became icy overnight into Thursday, creating hazardous conditions for drivers on Christmas Eve morning. 

Drivers faced a slow and snowy commute across the Sierra Front on Friday, which was expected to expand into western Nevada during the day.

According to the National Weather Service Office in Reno, there is a chance the Nevada city could have a white Christmas, but if it happens, it will be very late Saturday.