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Snow Blankets Bay Area Peaks

Let it snow!



    Surf's up and the snow is falling here in the Bay Area. (Published Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012)

    Forecasters say another weather system moving into Northern California will be bringing cold temperatures and snow to some of the Bay Area mountain tops.

    Both Mount Tam and Mount Hamilton were white Saturday morning.
    The National Weather Service says the combination of temperatures around the freezing mark and precipitation being carried by the latest front could in turn drop light snow as low as 2,500 feet.
    Some of the highest elevations especially in Monterey and San Benito counties could see between two to five inches of snow through Saturday night.
     Along the coast, forecasters are warning people to be careful walking along area beaches.  A high surf advisory is in effect from Sonoma County south to the Central California coast.
    The National Weather Service says the surf in some areas could be as high as 22 feet.
    In Southern California, forecasters are predicting rain and a chance of thunderstorms.

    Morning Fog; Afternoon Sunshine

    [BAY] Morning Fog; Afternoon Sunshine
    An area of low pressure moved overhead this overnight, leaving a few areas of fog & drizzle behind this morning. By the afternoon, skies will begin to clear and a very cold night is ahead with a few isolated 20s in the North Bay.
    (Published Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012)

    Here's NBC Bay Area meteorologist Rob Mayeda's forecast:

    SATURDAY: A few areas of low clouds/drizzle are expected in the morning, by the afternoon skies will clear. Daytime highs will remain cool from the coast to inland locations: lower to mid 50s.

    Wintry Weekend With Lowering Snow Levels

    [BAY] Wintry Weekend With Lowering Snow Levels
    A chilly weather system will spill some rain at times our way with highest totals near the coastline and Santa Cruz mountains. Its also bringing in some lowering snow levels overnight into the 2,000 to 3,000 ft. range in the North Bay before daybreak and closer to 3,000 feet around the South Bay. This means our higher peaks stand a good chance for some snow until the moisture moves on later on Saturday afternoon. There's a chance some inland valleys around the North Bay may briefly experience some sleet mixed with rain at lower elevations as cooler air trapped inland temporarily allows a wintry mix at times. Throughout the day high surf will pound the coastline with some breakers in the 15-20 ft. range, use extreme caution if you are making plans near the shore on Saturday. Wave heights should drop slightly on Sunday.Rain will taper off into Saturday evening with a frosty night likely into Sunday morning under clearing skies and decreasing wind. The rest of the weekend should remain dry though daytime temps will be quite cool with highs mainly in the upper 40s to mid 50s. - Rob Mayeda
    (Published Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012)

    SUNDAY: A very cold start to the day expected with a few isolated 20s in the North Bay, otherwise most locations will bottom out in the 30s and 40s. A full day of sun is on the way, but temps will remain chilly with daytime highs only reaching the lower to middle 50s.

    AHEAD: Another storm system will skirt along the California coastline Monday and Monday night. (New Year's Eve). This system will not move inland and expected to just bring a few areas of fog and drizzle, along the Coast. At this point, temps will be very chilly as well, with temps near midnight ranging from 36 - 44.