Bay Area gets up to 18 inches of snow

A winter storm system off the coast has left up to 18 inches of snow in parts of the Bay Area this week, according to the National Weather Service.

A large amount of powder has been seen near the Big Sur coast, where about 18 inches of snow fell on mountain peaks above 3,500 feet, weather service forecaster Steve Anderson said today.

Snow in the Santa Cruz Mountains reaching down into parts of Santa Clara County this week have totaled about 8 inches above elevations of 3,500 feet, Anderson said. Mount Hamilton also received about 8 inches of snowfall above 4,000 feet, Anderson said.

Snowfall on the higher peaks of Mount Diablo has reached about 5 inches, supervising ranger for Mount Diablo State Park Dan Stefanisko said.

Vehicle access to the summit has been closed periodically because of the snow, which has brought additional visitors to the park, Stefanisko said.

Snow flurries also stuck on Mount Saint Helena, where California Department of Transportation crews have been plowing roadways, according to the California Highway Patrol in Napa.

The weather system bringing the unusually extended winter weather will bring heavier snow showers Friday at lower elevations, which will likely bring another snow advisory from the National Weather Service, Anderson said.

The most recent snow advisory expired Tuesday morning.

Snow was expected to fall above 2,500 feet today, according to Anderson. “(Snowy weather) typically happens once or twice every winter,”

Anderson said. “It is unusual that it is sticking around for so long. This particular storm has decided to stick around a little bit and gives us a taste of winter.”

Caltrans workers have plowed highways across mountains and hills in the Bay Area to keep drivers safe, spokeswoman Susana Cruz said.

Highways in areas hit by the storm have not been closed today, as Caltrans workers have continued storm patrol service, checking roadways and working in areas that need to be cleared, Cruz said.

Drivers are cautioned to allow for extra time on trips and beware of cone zones along the highway, Cruz said.

Bay City News

Bay Area NewsLocal

Just Posted

People take part in early voting for the November 5 election at City Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Electionpalooza: SF school board recall will kick off a flurry of local races

‘It’s going to be a lot of elections and a lot of decisions for voters to make’

The fate of San Francisco nicotine giant Juul remains to be seen, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reviewing whether to allow certain flavored vape products on the market. <ins>(Jeenah Moon/New York Times)</ins>
How the vape king of teen nicotine addiction rose and fell in San Francisco

‘Hey, Juul, don’t let the door hit you on the way out’

Cabernet sauvignon grapes sat in a container after being crushed at Smith-Madrone Winery in St. Helena. (Courtesy Smith-Madrone Winery)
San Francisco’s ‘Champagne problems’ — Wine industry suffers supply chain woes

‘Everywhere you turn, things that were easy are no longer easy’

Glasses behind the bar at LUNA in the Mission District on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Glassware is just one of the many things restaurants have had trouble keeping in stock as supply chain problems ripple outward. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
SF restaurants face product shortages and skyrocketing costs

‘The supply chain crisis has impacted us in almost every way imaginable’

A student carries a protection shield to her next class as part of her school’s COVID-19 safety measures. (Courtesy Allison Shelley/Eduimages)
Projected K-12 drops in enrollment pose immediate upheaval and decade-long challenge

State forecasts 11.4% fewer students by 2031 — LA and Bay Area to be hit hardest

Most Read