Police believe the woman is homeless and may have been living in her car, according to KPIX-TV.
“Being inside a buried car or starting a car buried in snow could have deadly consequences,” the city’s communications manager, Chris Fiore, said.
"With that much snow piled on top of the car … if the snowplow hadn't hit the back of it, we could be having a much different conversation," Fiore told the Reno Gazette-Journal. "She could have suffocated."
City officials said they’ve had a big problem with illegally parked cars this winter.
“They don’t just delay the snow removal process, they’re dangerous for everyone involved,” Public Works Director, Ray Jarvis said.
Police Lt. Shannon Laney said he's never seen anything like this incident in his 20-plus years on the force, according to the Gazette-Journal.
“It’s a first for me, but we also haven’t had storms that dump this much (snow) this fast either … it’s a unique winter for us,” Laney said.