The Freak Snowstorm of January 2005

 

The snow by the house was amazing.  I live really close to downtown, and as we all know here it just doesn't snow much in Reno, especially near downtown.  Well, this freak snowstorm really brought some amazing levels of snow, the likes of which hadn't been seen in quite a few years!

This was taken looking out the diing room window, which faces west.

Looking up the street that we live on, you might not be able to fully realize that the whole street is totally covered in ice!

The car is completely covered in snow. Just look at how tall it stands off the roof of the car! The tree branches on the far left usually don't come anywhere near the car!

This is a 1992 Toyota Celica. It's almost totally buried! Luckily work was understanding for a few days.

Yes, those are my knees just above the snow level. Yep, that's right! I'm standing knee deep in snow, for my first time!

 

I was so excited about how much snow there was, that I just had to go downtown!  Luckily, Dan had his camera with him, and we took several really good pictures!

 

The riverwalk. A nice little pathway with fountains and neat sculptures and plants. Totally covered in snow!

Looking up the river, you can see that almost half of the river is frozen. It's not frozen solid, but there's about a two in layer of ice. More in some places. In the far distance, you can see the bridge that we're standing on to take the next picture.

The bridge in the distance in the Arlington Bridge. More snowy, and icy river.

This is a picture of a place known as Wingfield Park. The stairs are a place where people can wander down to put their feet in the water. Where it looks like snow is pouring out from a small stream is where the tide pool is, where children can play because the river's current is weak there.

This is a much closer picture of the tide pool. As you can see, it's completely frozen solid.

Wingfield Park causes the Truckee River to split in two halves, which go around the park. The park itself is less than half a mile long. Even in the winter, the water moves swiftly enough that it usually doesn't freeze. Heh, so much for that!

A picture of futher out from Wingfield Park, towards where the river comes from. All the snowy hills up close are large boulder-like rocks.