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Driving from San Jose to Reno in April

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Driving from San Jose to Reno in April

How likely are we to encounter winter weather conditions on a drive from San Jose to Reno in mid-April. I realize there's a high pass. We'd be driving a rental car. Would chains be required and how likely are slippery conditions during daylight hours?


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1. Re: Driving from San Jose to Reno in April

Impossible to say this far out. Even in mid January you might be able to drive up here without chains, it really just depends on the weather for the days you will be doing your drive. We've had spring hit in early April and sometimes have to still deal with snow in mid-late May. Best thing to do is watch the weather for a few days before you are going to do the drive and decide then.

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2. Re: Driving from San Jose to Reno in April

I'd say in general 80 will be cleared and driveable during mid-day in April.

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3. Re: Driving from San Jose to Reno in April

Highway 80 is a trucker route; and as such gets priority for clearing. Weather however is changeable. For instance, we were in the Sierras in October; beautiful day one day (we were at the lake enjoying fishing); and woke up to gusty winds and snowy conditions. (It was the major storm that hit California/Nevada in mid October.). As such, the odds are high you will have no problems driving to Reno. However, if we get a snow storm in April (it is quite possible), it may impact your travels.

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