Reno Snowfall Totals & Accumulation Averages

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This page pulls together information on when, how much and how often Reno, Nevada has snow.

There are data and descriptions here of how many days it snows and the total amount of snowfall that Reno usually gets. There are also monthly and yearly counts of the days that the city normally has heavy snowstorms and deep snow accumulated on the ground. Plus there's information on when Reno can expect the first and last snowfalls of the season.

All the numbers are long-term historical averages based on weather data gathered from 1981 to 2010 at the Reno - Tahoe International Airport, located near downtown Reno.

How Often it Snows in Reno

This first table lists monthly and yearly totals for amount of snow and how many days it snows at least 0.1 inches (0.25 centimetres).

Average total snowfall and days with fresh snow in Reno
Days   Inches Centimetres
  4.0 January   5.6 14.2
  3.0 February   5.0 12.7
  2.6 March   2.0   5.1
  1.0 April   0.5   1.3
  0.2 May   0.3   0.8
  0.1 September   0.1   0.3
  0.3 October   0.3   0.8
  1.9 November   3.1   7.9
  3.2 December   4.9 12.4
16.3 Year 21.8 55.4

These averages don't show how much the snowfall in Reno differs from year to year.

In December, for instance, one in four years totals over 6.2 inches of snow. Another 25 percent of years receive less than 0.7 inches for the month.

Similarly in January, fresh snowfall in the heaviest years amounts to over 8.1 inches, while the lightest years get less than 1.3 inches.

New snow for February ranges from 7 inches or more in heavy snowfall years to under an inch in light years.

When Reno Has Its First & Last Snowfalls

The first snowfall of winter for Reno usually arrives in November. But it can start snowing as early as September or not until December.

Timing of the season's last snowfall also varies widely. In some years, Reno has its last snowfall in February. Other years, Reno doesn't see the end of snow until May.

The city is normally free of snow every year from June to August.

How Many Snowstorms Reno Gets

Most days of snowfall in Reno leave just a skiff, amounting to less than an inch, of fresh snow on the ground. For 6 days a year on average, the amount of new snow totals at least an inch.

Snowstorms of over five inches a day don't occur every year. Major blizzards that dump ten inches or more in one day are rare events, that historically have happened about once a decade..

Number of days per month and year on average in Reno with a total snowfall of at least 1, 3, 5 or 10 inches
1 inch
2.5 cm
3 inches
7.6 cm
  5 inches
12.7 cm
10 inches
25.4 cm
1.9 0.5 January 0.1 0.0
1.2 0.5 February 0.2 0.1
0.9 0.0 March 0.0 0.0
0.1 0.0 April 0.0 0.0
0.0 0.0 May 0.0 0.0
0.2 0.0 October 0.0 0.0
0.8 0.4 November 0.0 0.0
1.1 0.4 December 0.2 0.0
6.2 1.8 Year 0.5 0.1

How Much Snow Normally Accumulates in Reno

For most of winter, Reno has less than an inch of snow on the ground.

Snow mainly accumulates during January. Typically, on 2 days in January and another 1 in February and in December, the snow covering Reno gets to five or more inches deep.

Average total days per month and year in Reno with snow depth of at least 1, 3, 5 or 10 inches on the ground
1 inch
2.5 cm
3 inches
7.6 cm
  5 inches
12.7 cm
10 inches
25.4 cm
  7.2 3.7 January 2.2 1.2
  2.4 1.5 February 1.0 0.3
  0.9 0.0 March 0.0 0.0
  0.2 0.0 April 0.0 0.0
  0.1 0.0 May 0.0 0.0
  1.9 0.9 November 0.3 0.0
  3.8 1.8 December 1.0 0.1
16.5 7.9 Year 4.5 1.6
Reference

National Climatic Data Center. NOAA's 1981-2010 Climate Normals.

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