Weather Service says it could snow Friday night

By on Tue, February 22, 2011

The National Weather Service is forecasting that we may see snow on the Coastside by Friday night.

After a quiet weather day today and Wednesday…A return to cold wintry conditions are expected across the San Francisco and Monterey Bay region by Thursday.

A strong storm system currently in Canada will dive to the southeast and be near the San Francisco bay area Friday night. Ahead of the low, rainfall will spread across our area starting Thursday and continuing into Friday. Rainfall amounts could exceed half an inch for cities with more than an inch possible for higher elevations.

Snow levels will drop through the day and be under 1500 feet for most of San Francisco bay and between 2000 and 2500 feet on friday. Significant snow accumulations will be possible for local mountain ranges. Even colder air will continue to filter in through friday night with snow levels potentially dropping down to sea level.

Although the storm system is still a few days away…Confidence is fairly high that we will see much colder than normal weather and very low snow levels. It is important to note that at this time there is still some uncertainty with the chance for accumulating snow at very low elevations. Even if the snow does not accumulate at sea level, it will likely impact local passes and any roads above the 1000 foot level.