Daylight Saving Time for 2021 begins on Sunday, March 14, at 2 a.m. To wake up to the correct time, set your clocks forward an hour before hitting the sack on Saturday night. The result is more light during the evening hours, which is good for enjoying the great outdoors and getting things done around the house. We will get a few more minutes of sunshine each day until the longest day of the year, which is the summer solstice in June.

The longest day of the year comes on June 21, the first day of summer. After that, the slow decrease in minutes of daylight per day leads inevitably to the shortest day of the year and first day of winter on December 21. By then it will be getting dark pretty early since Daylight Saving Time for 2021 ends on November 7.

The weather is subject to sudden change this time of year, so if you plan on a spring outing or need to drive over the hill, be sure to check the weather forecast and highway conditions before starting out.

There’s a ton of new snow on the slopes after recent big storms, both at Reno area snow play areas and Tahoe area ski resorts. Whatever you find to be good fun – sledding, tubing, snowshoeing, snowman building, etc. – there is plenty of snow out there for a great family outing.

Many of the best Nevada snow play areas are free. A couple to consider are close to Reno – Galena Creek Visitor Center and Recreation Area and Tahoe Meadows. However, if you venture over to the California side, a SNO-PARK permit will be required if you park at any of the snow play areas maintained by Caltrans.

If you are willing to pay for a few creature comforts, consider the snow play, tubing and sledding parks maintained by many of the ski resorts. For a rundown of snow play opportunities, refer to “Snow Play Areas in the Lake Tahoe Region.”

Things are going to be decidedly subdued on this New Year’s Eve as we bring in 2021.

New Year's fireworks in downtown Reno, Nevada

Happy New Year! Photo © Stan White

Most all of the parties and fireworks associated with a traditional New Year’s Eve around the Reno region have been canceled due to the virus. However, a few local casinos are having celebrations to welcome 2021. Everyone will be happy to see 2020 in the rear view mirror.

One thing you can do on New Year’s Eve is eat out, with several dining choices available. Learn where the eating is good at “New Year’s Eve Dining Around Reno and Sparks.”