Bay Area to Get Colder, Snow Dusting Likely in Higher Elevations this Weekend

December 4, 2013 12:50 pm · 5 comments

Bay Area residents should keep those coats and gloves handy for the next week at least, as temperatures are likely to dip even further and remain chilly through next Wednesday, a National Weather Service forecaster
said today.

Temperatures were at a seasonal low throughout the region this morning,  forecaster Bob Benjamin said, with thermometers dipping to 29 degrees in Concord.

But today’s chilliness is no match for what’s to come, Benjamin concedes.

“Temperatures really dipped yesterday afternoon and early evening, and there were very cool temperatures this morning, but that’s not as cold as it will get,” Benjamin said.

An air mass settling in will cause cooler temperatures tonight and Thursday morning. Today’s highs in the Bay Area will be in the 50s, and the wind is expected to decrease.

“Wind keeps temperatures warmer, and there will be little wind tonight,” Benjamin said.

A freeze warning will go into effect tonight at 9 p.m., and will last through Thursday morning at 9 a.m., Benjamin said.

Residents are advised to protect plants — especially citrus and other fragile plants — by covering them or moving small plants indoors. The same goes for exposed pipes, Benjamin said. Covering pipes with insulation or
towels or blankets can prevent the cold temperatures from freezing the pipes.

With rainfall expected on Friday afternoon in the North Bay and a light precipitous pattern for the rest of the region, Benjamin said roadways will likely be slick, and white caps may be seen in the region’s higher elevations.

“Most hilltops in the Bay Area will probably have some snow – people waking up Saturday morning might be able to see white caps, even snow above 1,500 feet,” Benjamin said.

Temperatures are expected to stay below average during the rainy weekend, and won’t start to come back up to near normal until next Tuesday or Wednesday, Benjamin said.

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1 Triple Canopy December 4, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Oooooh. Climate change.. Scary!

2 Chevrolet girl December 4, 2013 at 1:43 PM

Another good excuse for a hot cup of coffee!

3 Cowellian December 4, 2013 at 1:47 PM

I always loved seeing snow on Mt. Diablo without having to shovel any snow.

4 Denise December 4, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Coats and gloves on, pets indoors and plants covered!

5 CatWoman December 4, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Love the cold!

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