San Francisco Snow Hoped For by Kids, But a General No-Show

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Earlier this week, weather forecasters thought that San Francisco might see snow at sea level for the first time since 1976, but although there was some degree of snow, the dusting the city received was a disappointment.

At first, the San Francisco snow was to arrive on Friday, then Thursday night, and finally, back to Friday night. Instead, the snow hit only the hilly areas of San Francisco, which received a rare light dusting of snow, but hardly what had been hoped for by some and dreaded by others.

In 1976, areas around the San Francisco Bay Area received a decent amount of snow. It wasn't enough to cause huge pileups of snow, but speaking to those who were around at that time, and it was enough for children to play in, enough to solidly coat cars with a decent layer of snow, not just a dusting. It was enough enough for snowball fights of extended length. About an inch fell in San Francisco, itself, in 1976.

Some were concerned that the obvious lack of experience in snow and black ice would have caused numerous accidents if a recurrence of snow happened. With the somewhat disappointing dusting of snow for snow fans, this never appeared as a major issue.

On Friday, the potential of the storm prompted new San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to take precautionary measures. Lee urged residents to beware of icy road conditions, and, if possible, avoid driving during the storm's peak. The city's public works department planned to offer free sandbags if necessary; emergency crews were on stand-by. While rain was abundant, snow was not.

Meanwhile, both Monterey, and the San Joaquin Valley also saw some snow. It was expected that the still intensely cold arctic storm would bring bring snow to the foothills across the Los Angeles area Saturday, the National Weather Service said.

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