Did You Blink and Miss the Snow?

The chance for sightings of the white still remains, but is fading fast.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Saturday, Feb 26, 2011  |  Updated 8:12 AM PDT
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Rob Mayeda says the real weather story of the weekend is the frigid and record-breaking temperatures.

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Did you miss it? It really did snow at or near sea level Saturday, but if you blinked you missed it.  The snow flakes were sparse and came in bursts in the middle of the night in many parts of the Bay Area, but nothing stuck.

NBC Bay Area meteorologist Rob Mayeda witnesses the white stuff falling, albeit very lightly, at 2 a.m. outside the NBC Bay Area studios just north of downtown San Jose.

Snowflakes also fell in Twin Peaks in San Francisco late Friday. Traffic on the hill was a mess Friday night as hopeful folks made the trek in hopes of getting a peak at the snowfall. It paid off for those in the area around 10:45 p.m. Snow fell for all of eight minutes. 

Significant snowfall is being seen on the low mountain tops across the Bay Area with a winter weather advisory for the Santa Cruz Mountains through 10 a.m. Saturday.  Driving over the hill on Highway 17 could be very tricky on Saturday. Mayeda says the snow levels will hover around the 1,500 level for much of the day with a lot more snow potential for the South Bay hills.


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Beyond the snow forecast, this weekend is going to be wet and bitter cold. Temperatures are expected to get progressively colder throughout the weekend with the potential for record breaking cold on Sunday.   Napa and Oakland already hit a record lows early Saturday.

Both the East and North Bay Municipal Utility Districts are warning people that it will be cold enough to burst pipes. The best way to avoid that is to wrap water lines with old towels or special foam that  can be purchased at a local hardware store.

Below is a video clip that was taken overnight in Daly City.

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