Bay Area Snow Forecast

Snow day at Santa Clara is but a distance memory

By Lori Preuitt
|  Thursday, Feb 24, 2011  |  Updated 11:38 AM PDT
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Here's the best answer available to the question everyone is asking: How low will it snow?

Here's the best answer available to the question everyone is asking: How low will it snow?

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Keep Your Camera Handy, Low Snow Levels In Bay Area

A cold winter storm is bringing scattered showers to the Bay Area Thursday morning. Showers are expected to become more steady and widespread Thursday afternoon into the evening with snow levels falling to around 1000 ft. Thursday night. Snow is expected to fall over the East Bay Hills and the Santa Cruz Mountains above 1000 feet and accumulations as low as 500 feet are possible. Depending on when the storm moves out, if precipitation lingers late Friday Night into early Saturday, temperatures will be cold enough for snow flurries or wet snow flakes near sea level. Send us your weather pictures: WeatherPic@NBCBayArea.Com
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Bay Area-natives are taking a trip down memory lane this week with all this talk that sea level snow is possible Friday and into Saturday.

Back in 1976, there was a dumping on a weekday afternoon pretty much everywhere in the Bay Area.  If you lived here then, you probably have a photo like the one in this article from Santa Clara University. Schools flew open their doors for an extra recess and folks spilled out of office buildings to see the white stuff fall a plenty. We'd love to see any photos you are have of that event. Send them to this link.

The potential for a repeat is still in the Bay Area forecast, according to the NBC Bay Area weather department.

Snow is still entirely possible both Friday night and into Saturday morning below the 1,000 foot level.

What's below 1,000 feet?

  • Livermore 480 feet
  • Los Gatos 390 feet
  • Danville 368
  • San Martin 281
  • San Jose 82 feet
  • San Francisco 52 feet
  • Twin Peaks (in SF) 800 feet

NBC Bay Area meteorologist Christina Loren says its all about timing. As of Thursday morning, the cold front sped up with an expected arrival Thursday night. Loren said snow was already falling Thursday morning at 3,500 foot level. She adds the system could also stall and that would keep snow in the Bay Area forecast throughout early Saturday when temperatures across the area are projected to be near freezing. If precipitation is still coming down Saturday morning in conjunction with the very cold temperatures, snow flurries and wet snow flakes are certainly possible near sea level.

If the Bay Area does get snow at or even near sea level Friday or Saturday, it could be the most photographed weather event in Bay Area history. Just think of the number of people who own devices that take photographs.  By the way, we want to see your photos.

Send us anything you get to this link.

Beyond the snow forecast, this weekend is going to be wet and bitter cold. Temperatures are supposed to get progressively colder throughout the weekend with the potential for record breaking cold on Sunday.  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 you can find at your local hardware store.

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