A warm and sunny holiday weekend will give way to some cooler temperatures as we head into the first of next week, but it will likely be the end of next week before we see a real chance at getting any precipitation to the region. Weekend temperatures will hover in the upper 70s through Sunday before a dry cold front drops us back into the 60s the first half of next week, although the skies should still be sunny through Wednesday. At the end of next week, a stronger, colder and possibly wetter storm will move into the region.
We’ve been talking about how much snow we get on average in Reno, and I can’t emphasize enough how variable that is not only from year to year, but even from neighborhood to neighborhood within Reno. Let’s take the historic snows from just two storms in 2004-2005. Coming on successive weekends on either side of New Years, some parts of town had as much as 80 inches of snow from just two storms, and was likely over 100” for the winter. I received several pictures up in the Arrowcreek area of snow drifts that reached up to the roofline. But officially, only 49.7” of snowfall was recorded for the entire winter by the National Weather Service. Microclimates are everything.