If you are new to Reno, you may have yet to experience the full range of weather conditions we can get in the Truckee Meadows and nearby areas. It can literally go from mild to wild in a short period of time, and it varies quite a bit from year to year.

The City of Reno has plans in place to deal with rainy and snowy weather, as does Washoe County and the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT). While these precautions aren’t always needed, it is important for residents to know what to expect when the snow flies and roads get wet and slick from stormy weather.

It is worth noting that the City of Reno, City of Sparks, and Washoe County have in place an interlocal agreement to assist each other as needed when there is a declared snow emergency. When it really gets bad, everyone will work together in the interest of public safety throughout the Truckee Meadows.

Get further information and links from “Reno Area Winter Driving and Snow Removal.”


Daylight Saving Time for 2018 ends on Sunday, November 4, at 2 a.m. To wake up to the correct time, set your clocks back an hour before hitting the hay on Saturday night. The good part is we get to sleep an extra hour on Sunday morning. The bad part is we get less daylight to do stuff and the hours of daylight will be getting shorter.

Daylight hours are short enough during winter without playing with the clock, and it only gets dark earlier until the winter solstice (first day of winter) on December 21. At that point, celestial movements do a U-turn and give us a few more minutes of sunshine each day until the longest day of the year, which is the summer solstice in June.

I hope you have been able to get out and enjoy the beautiful fall weather we have been having. The fall colors have been spectacular, though they are fading and the leaves are dropping. The weather is subject to sudden change this time of year, so if you plan on a fall outing or need to drive over the hill, be sure to check the weather forecast and highway conditions before starting out.

landscape watering in Reno, Truckee Meadows, Nevada
Water is our most precious resource here in the high desert. With summer upon us, things are heating up and the weather will be on the dry side for the next few months. If you are trying to maintain a lawn and outdoor landscaping, you need to be extra careful with water use.

Assigned-Day Watering designates when to use outdoor sprinklers. However, there is more to it than just turning your sprinklers on and off at the right time. You use the last number of your home or business address to determine your watering days (odd or even).

  • Rules in effect from from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
  • Even addresses – Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
  • Odd addresses – Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
  • No watering between 12 noon and 6 p.m.
  • Mondays are no watering days for everyone.

We all use water for much more than just keeping the yard green. To learn more about saving and wisely using this resource here in the high desert, refer to “Know your Assigned Watering Days in Reno and Sparks.”