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Man oh man! Did we have some heavy rain here in the last couple of days. I don't remember the last time we had strong storms like these - it must be several years since a similar storm hit us. Usually after a big storm, I wake up to see snow covering the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This morning, both the coastal range and the Sierra were coated in white! What a sight! Snow to the east and snow to the west. Rarely is a storm cold enough to bring snow to lower elevation ranges like the coastal range in central CA. How did youguys in the coastal ranges fare? Reports say CA-17 was closed in the Santa Cruz Mountains waiting for snow clearing equipment! 

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/02/04/huge-storms-are-slamming-california-with-torrents-rain-heaps-snow/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.2e0e60945e4a

 

https://weather.com/news/news/2019-02-04-winter-storm-lucian-impacts-california-washington-oregon

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Silas_Sancona
28 minutes ago, Josue Diaz said:

Man oh man! Did we have some heavy rain here in the last couple of days. I don't remember the last time we had strong storms like these - it must be several years since a similar storm hit us. Usually after a big storm, I wake up to see snow covering the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This morning, both the coastal range and the Sierra were coated in white! What a sight! Snow to the east and snow to the west. Rarely is a storm cold enough to bring snow to lower elevation ranges like the coastal range in central CA. How did youguys in the coastal ranges fare? Reports say CA-17 was closed in the Santa Cruz Mountains waiting for snow clearing equipment! 

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/02/04/huge-storms-are-slamming-california-with-torrents-rain-heaps-snow/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.2e0e60945e4a

 

https://weather.com/news/news/2019-02-04-winter-storm-lucian-impacts-california-washington-oregon

Some reports from the San Francisco / Monterey Bay NWS Twitter page:

Dusting at Santa Rosa

Est 1/2" to 1" of snow on hills along Vasco Road between Brentwood and Livermore

1-2" Snow near Skyline Rd, Santa Cruz Mtns

1/4" Snow at Redwood Estates ( Santa Cruz Mtns)

Dusting to 1/4" along San Juan Canyon Rd ( San Juan Bautista, San Benito County)

Light Flurry at valley level in Morgan Hill ( Approx. elev. +/- 350'), Report states nearby hills dusted, 5-700' Elevation

Brief but intense flurries, likely near-dusting during the start of an intense convective shower at the NWS's office in Monterey, approx 92' above sea level

Snow picture from approx. 1200' between Milpitas and Sunol ( Santa Clara County)

Mission Peak, Fremont area, Santa Clara County dusted / lightly covered..

4" at White Oak Campground, Chews Ridge area, Monterey County.

Will be awaiting official reports / totals from the summit area along hwy 17, Santa Cruz Mtns,  Loma Prieta and Mt. Uhmanum (Santa Cruz Mtns), Mt Diablo, Mt. Hamilton, and higher ridges in Henry Coe St. Park ( Diablo Range, Eastern Santa Clara / Alameda Co.) as well as areas to the south in San Benito / Monterey Counties.

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Josue Diaz
51 minutes ago, Silas_Sancona said:

Some reports from the San Francisco / Monterey Bay NWS Twitter page:

Dusting at Santa Rosa

Est 1/2" to 1" of snow on hills along Vasco Road between Brentwood and Livermore

1-2" Snow near Skyline Rd, Santa Cruz Mtns

1/4" Snow at Redwood Estates ( Santa Cruz Mtns)

Dusting to 1/4" along San Juan Canyon Rd ( San Juan Bautista, San Benito County)

Light Flurry at valley level in Morgan Hill ( Approx. elev. +/- 350'), Report states nearby hills dusted, 5-700' Elevation

Brief but intense flurries, likely near-dusting during the start of an intense convective shower at the NWS's office in Monterey, approx 92' above sea level

Snow picture from approx. 1200' between Milpitas and Sunol ( Santa Clara County)

Mission Peak, Fremont area, Santa Clara County dusted / lightly covered..

4" at White Oak Campground, Chews Ridge area, Monterey County.

Will be awaiting official reports / totals from the summit area along hwy 17, Santa Cruz Mtns,  Loma Prieta and Mt. Uhmanum (Santa Cruz Mtns), Mt Diablo, Mt. Hamilton, and higher ridges in Henry Coe St. Park ( Diablo Range, Eastern Santa Clara / Alameda Co.) as well as areas to the south in San Benito / Monterey Counties.

It's very cool to see snow at such a low elevation. Some of the hills are barely over 1000 feet. We have a lot of members from these areas, I hope their palms weren't damaged. 

Altamont pass

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Hills above Morgan Hill

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Hills above Fremont

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The Santa Cruz Mountains 

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Now the real snowpack in the Sierra. well above average this year! Here's a picture from mammoth mountain ski resort. 

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and it looks like some of our friends in Southern CA got to see a bit of snow also. A photo from Tejon Pass. 20190205_095607.thumb.jpg.39fd1fc02078f0496f0552a44e70f203.jpg

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NorCalKing

It's very cool to see snow at such a low elevation. Some of the hills are barely over 1000 feet. We have a lot of members from these areas, I hope their palms weren't damaged. 

Altamont pass

It really was a non issue. I live about 8 miles west of that Altamont Pass pic, and we only dropped to 36°f with no snow at the valley floor (450 ASL). It was more of a novelty seeing the white hills then anything damaging. More worried for tonight seeing it's only 51°f at 1:50pm.

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