The forecast of wild weather did not disappoint here in the Bay Area. We got it all Saturday night: sheets of heavy rain, snow on Bay Area peaks, lightning and thunder, and flooded highways and streets.
Just before 6 p.m. one traffic camera in San Francisco caught simultaneous bolts of lightning hitting two of the towers of the Bay Bridge. Caltrans spokesman Bart Ney told KTVU that it is not unusual for lightning to hit the towers because of their height. He added crews will check for possible damage to the paint once the storms clear, but did not expect to find anything significant.
The rain came down hard in San Francisco and flooded several areas of both 101 and 280 causing cars to stop in their tracks and go through up to two feet of water one by one.
The worst of the weather cleared by sunrise Sunday, but there is still a possibilty of more rain in the early part of the work week, according to meteorologist Craig Herrera.
Saturday's storm dumped snow in the Sierra to the delight of ski resorts like Heavenly, which opened for the season Saturday. It was a disappointment to those hoping to get to Tahoe for Thanksgiving week. Highway 80 in Truckee was covered in snow Sunday morning and chains were required over all of the summit highways.
Snow levels were low with the white stuff blanketing the ground at 3,000 feet by early Sunday morning. They are measuring the snow in feet not inches at many Tahoe area resorts.
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning above 2000 feet, and say another 3-6" of snow may fall in the lower elevations. They say another 1-3 feet could fall above 7000 feet by Monday afternoon. In addition to snow, winds could gust up to 60 mph which is blizzard-like conditions.
It's Thanksgiving week and yes, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.