Peninsula residents welcome snow


While San Francisco only got a light dusting of snow in some parts, its neighbors to the south got the real deal, with enough to build snowmen or even chuck a snowball at an unsuspecting passerby.

Record low temperatures combined with rain overnight to create snow throughout the Bay Area at elevations as low as a few hundred feet, including in San Francisco's Twin Peaks and Merced Heights neighborhood, National Weather Service Chris Stumpf said.

While most of that snow has since melted, some neighborhoods on the Peninsula at higher elevation still looked white this afternoon.

Sam Ostrander, an employee at Alice's Restaurant on Skyline Boulevard in Woodside, said it looked "really snowy still" this afternoon, with snow still covering the ground and treetops and roofs of nearby homes and businesses.

Ostrander said she saw many people building snowmen on the sides of the road this morning.

"They were everywhere," she said.

At the Thomas Fogarty Winery and Vineyards further south on Skyline Boulevard, employees tried to hit passersby with snowballs, tasting room manager Rick Davis said.

"There was enough to make a few snowballs," Davis said, adding that the snow was good for throwing since "it seemed fairly dry, not wet and slushy."

Besides being used as a projectile, the snow served another purpose for the winery.

"We had enough to put bottles of wine in to chill them down," Davis said.

There wasn't much snow just to the east at the Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club in Palo Alto, but it was cold enough to force the golf course to delay opening this morning due to frost, employee Joe Dolby said.

There wasn't much snow on the actual course, and it had all evaporated by the time Dolby arrived at 6 a.m. However, he said he could still see "like a quarter-, half-inch on some houses" on nearby hills.

The snow was due to record low temperatures throughout the Bay Area. San Jose tied a 114-year-old record when the temperature dropped to 33 degrees overnight, the coldest it had been on a Feb. 26 since 1897.

San Francisco and San Francisco International Airport also tied decades-old record lows, while Oakland broke its record low temperature for today's date. The temperature dropped to 35 degrees, beating the previous record of 38 degrees in 1987.

Although there is still some snow visible around the Bay Area, don't expect any more to come tonight.

While low temperatures are expected to stay in the Bay Area through the rest of the weekend, the wet weather will be traveling out of the region by the end of the day, according to the weather service.

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