RE how much snow reno gets
Its ALL about location location location, and which year it is. as a long time Reno-ite, The valley floor and downtown do not frequently see TOO much snow at once most of the time however the snow season can last very long... it can start as early as October or run as late as early june before summer hits with a bang of 90 degree heat a week later. If you're on the valley floor, a typical winter will see maybe 1 storm with 6 or more inches, and several 1-2 inch snows. If you live in the foothills above the city or even on the western-most edge of the valley near west mccarran all bets are off. These areas, particularly as you get above 4700 feet, can get a foot of snow when reno/sparks proper only sees 2 inches. Look at your new place where youre living on a topographical map (google map with terrain feature is good)... if you're in sparks then expect milder winters. if you're anyplace west of downtown between 4500 and 4700 feet, or in the north valleys below 5000 feet expect moderate winters with a few 6 inch storms per year, maybe a foot once or twice and dustings all the time. Above 5000 feet anywhere in the western half of the metro area you're screwed and will see exponentially higher totals of snow than downtown. Then second it all depends on what decade or year it is. The late 90s-early 2000s were notoriously mild and snowfall in the valley was very scant but after 2003 we began seeing consistently much more brutal winters around here, and looking at long term trends, it appears this cycle of mild vs snowy winters for Reno come in 6-10 year cycles over the last century or so. SOME speculate that warming of the arctic has loosened the polar votex due to destabilization which is characteristic of a warmer atmosphere. such earth behavior is speculated to counterintuitively lead to snowier and colder winters for the next several decades over mid latitude places... like this... due to the polar air masses being looser and more free to roam south.