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Wild Weather: Storm Brings Hail, Snow, Lightning to the Bay Area

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A cold winter storm Wednesday delivered a little bit of everything to the Bay Area, from fresh snow and pea-sized hail to heavy downpours and thunder and lightning.

Some areas in and around Santa Rosa looked more like the Sierra Nevada as hail piled up like snow on some roadways, leading to treacherous conditions for drivers caught in the storm.

The Santa Rosa Fire Department said it responded to multiple crashes amid the severe weather.

"Please limit unnecessary travel and slow down," the fire department said in a tweet.

In San Jose, some people were drawn outside to take a peek at the rare scene of hail accumulating on lawns, walkways, outdoor patio furniture and other surfaces.

As thunder rumbled, lightning strikes could be seen flashing in the dark clouds.

Mount Diablo in the East Bay, Mount Hamilton in the South Bay and parts of the Santa Cruz Mountains were just some of the higher elevation areas to receive a dusting of snow.

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