From lake effect wiki
The Truckee Meadows and other parts of Northern Nevada which are normally in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevada can, when conditions are right, have severe snowfall as a result of lake effect from Lake Tahoe. Recent severe examples of this phenomenon have occurred as recently as 2004, dumping several feet of snow in the normally dry region.
I got my info off wiki, too, so there seems to be conflicting info on that page.
"when conditions are right
". For reno to get lake effect snow, storms would need to come from pretty much due south (rare)...but, yeah, if that's the case, then I guess Heavenly could get the same from a severely angled northern storm.
I just can't believe 2 feet just from tahoe lake effect, when the great lakes fetches are like 10 times as long as lake tahoe, but only producing similar results (?...something's definitely wacky with that wiki page)
Last edited by extra0; 02-24-2013 at 10:46 AM.