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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

White Christmas in the San Francisco Bay Area?

(Updated 12/10/09 : scroll down)

"A snow covered hillside is seen on Mt. Hamilton in San Jose Monday. A rare dusting of snow has fallen over the hills east of San Francisco Bay and in the Central Valley as residents brace for freezing temperatures this week." Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

Yes, you read the title right. Monday morning, the Bay Area woke up to snow, frost and black ice.

There is still some snow up in the hills (Oakland, Berkeley, Mt. Diablo, San Jose) and it's mighty cold outside (by San Francisco standards) so you all be real careful out there on the roads, especially those of you who like to drive up to Mt. Tam :)

All I could manage to photograph was the little bit of snow still on top of the Oakland Hills, seen between 2 buildings from the Financial District of SF and I'm not sure what kind of shot I'll get with my point-and-shoot, so in the meantime, I "borrowed" these photographs above from the San Francisco Chronicle this morning.

"Snow covers the hills on Highway 24 at Interstate 680 looking toward Walnut Creek on Monday."Photo: Liz Hafalia / The Chronicle

More photos here and the complete article here (yes, when it snows around here, it makes the front page of the paper ;) )

I'll update later tonight with my own shots if they come out reasonably OK.

PS. I'm real glad you want to meet my little buddy from out of town because I took close to 500 pictures during his visit to SF, so prepare yourself to seeing a lot of him on the pics in the near future ! ;)

Thank you all for the visits and comments.

Updated 12/10/09: Here you go, snow between buildings in the FD of SF.

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Blogger Patty said...

I heard a storm passed through. We're to get some sleet and snow later this evening, or so the weatherman says. But we know how right they are. You would think with all the latest gadgets they could get it right more often. Have a good evening.

1:38 PM  
Blogger claude said...

C'est beau la neige, un peu "chiant" sur les routes, mais c'est beau. ici que de l'eau.
Il fait doux et humide. J'ai peur que Christmas se passe au balcon, ce quit veut qu'on va se les geler à Pâques. C'est le dicton qui le dit.

12:04 AM  
Blogger Louis la Vache said...

WOW! «Louis» missed seeing the snow - and he has a direct shot at Mt. Tam from le balcon Chez la Vache.

hee hee -

Ironically, the word verification is "swiss!"

2:59 AM  
Blogger Dolce said...

Impressionnant... et tres beau !

6:58 AM  
Blogger AphotoAday said...

Oh COOL...
Yes, I guess it was Tuesday when I noticed that Mt. Diablo had a healthy dusting of snow... Someone was telling me that Mount Tamalpais got some too but it must have quickly melted because I sure couldn't find any...

And I'll be looking forward to meeting your little buddy from out of town... When you first mentioned it -- "did anyone want to meet him" -- I thought he might arrive on my doorstep after you had had enough of him, so I kind of kept quiet... (((I am much more welcoming to young ladies -- yeah right, Don)))

Anyway, thanks for the links and your post...

1:21 AM  
Blogger √ Abraham Lincoln said...

These are beautiful scenes. We do not have anything to compare with your views. We got howling winds though and I got a squeaking wind turbine.

2:39 AM  
Anonymous from cali said...

Amazing photos. Is it still cold?

3:34 PM  
Blogger Patty said...

I'm waiting to see your out of town friend.

5:09 AM  
Blogger Gerald (Ackworth born) said...

I've spent most of today watching the snow falling.

8:36 AM  
Blogger Eric Tenin said...

Wow, I did not know it could snow in the Bay Area. To me it was always sunny and mild.

I actually love your photo between the two buildings Tomate, I really do.

Here in Paris the snow is gone and the "gadoue" has replaced it!

9:50 AM  

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