Snow touched down in the Bay Area on Monday night, as 4,360-foot Mount Hamilton, near San Jose, got a good dusting from the latest winter storm that wreaked havoc in the Sierra Nevada.
Cold and wet weather was felt across the Bay Area, as people enjoyed the last remnants of the holiday season despite the rain. People in the East Bay city of Pleasanton weren't expecting snow, but they were bundled up, braving the elements in the downtown area.
"If it snowed here in Pleasanton and it stuck to the ground, I’d be out there playing in it," Michael Heitia said.
Resident Gina Woodward said, "I’m just glad that there’s any kind of rain, snow anything in the Bay Area. I’m tired of the drought; I’ll put up with the cold and the rain."
Still others weren't impressed with the night's chill.
"I use to work on a Chevron tanker in Alaska; now that’s cold," said Michael Dancoff. "This is nice."
Meanwhile, blowing snow created poor visibility for travelers east and west of Reno as a winter storm made its way into the Sierra, where a foot or more of snow was expected around Lake Tahoe by Wednesday night.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning Monday for the Sierra's eastern front north of Reno in effect until 4 p.m. Wednesday.
The warning goes into effect at 10 a.m. Tuesday through 4 a.m. Thursday for an area around Lake Tahoe stretching south to Mammoth Lakes, California.
The service said about 2 inches of snow had fallen on the west edge of Reno Monday afternoon, with as much as a foot at the top of some Tahoe ski resorts.
Nearly 7 inches of snow was reported about 70 miles north of Reno near Susanville, California.