Chilly Rain, Hilltop Snow

Even colder temperatures on the way this week

Monday, Dec 15, 2008  |  Updated 7:25 AM PDT
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Jacket Time! Cold Snap is Here

This is the coldest weekend the Bay Area has seen in some time. Prepare for it.

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Its going to feel a lot like winter starting this weekend.
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If you didn't manage to get some snow on the higher hills near where you live this weekend, there may still be another chance coming soon.

NBC Bay Area meterologist Craig Herrera says snow levels should remain near the 2,000 range around the South Bay and near 500 -1,000 feet in the North Bay.  A colder surge of air will begin spilling in on Monday that will drop snow levels.

Herrera says there will also be some lightning around the Bay Area Monday as the next round of cold and unsettled weather arrives.  Herrera's says this cold there means there is a chance for some mixed precipitation and hilltop snow for Monday night but most of the showers will be shutting down by Tuesday evening with clearing skies.  Wednesday morning could see temperatures dipping into the low 20s around the Bay Area.

Click here to track the rain and chilly weather for yourself.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger looked at the forecast and decided to direct the state Office of Emergency Services to work with state and local agencies to activate an extreme cold emergency plan.

The National Guard opened three additional armories to serve as winter shelters in Sunnyvale, Gilroy and Santa Cruz.

In Oakland, the city will open two warming shelters from 4pm Saturday through Monday morning.  The centers will be at the Willie Keys Rec Center and the East Oakland Senior Center.  Cots will be provided along with warm meals. 

Rain here means snow in the Sierra.

Higher elevations could get as much as two feet of snow before Sunday.

Travelers are advised to bring chains and warm weather gear, especially if they plan on driving home Sunday.

The area certainly needs the precipitation because the Sierra snow pack is off to a very slow start.

The Lake Tahoe Basin snow pack on Thursday was only 2 percent of average for the date.

The situation is similar to last year, when the Tahoe Basin snow pack was only 1 percent of normal on the same date.

But subsequent powerful storms, particularly in January, blanketed the Sierra in white.

Tahoe's snowpack ended at about 85 percent of average for the season, a second below-average year in a row.

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