Bay Area peaks dusted with snow as April brings blast of winter weather

(KRON) — Snow was fell on top of Mount Tamalpais and Mount Diablo Thursday morning as an April storm brought a blast of winter weather to the Bay Area. The late season storm saw snow levels across the region dropping, according to the National Weather Service.

One NWS profile showed snow levels in the North Bay falling below 3,000 feet. Minor showers and thunderstorms are also possible across the Bay Area Thursday, according to the NWS.

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“It is coming down up there,” said KRON4 Meteorologist John Shrable. “We’ve seen a couple of flurries on Mount Tam earlier this year, but nothing has stuck. It only took April to bring us snowfall that is actually sticking to the summit of Mount Tam. That is something to behold.”

Photo: John Shrable
Photo: John Shrable

While snow amassed on top of Mount Tam and other high elevations, showers pelted much of the Bay Area Thursday morning as a cold front saw temperatures drop.

“As measurements are gathered today on what the atmospheric temperature is going to be at the mid levels, it’s likely to be some records broken on just how cold this April system is,” said Shrable. “This is normally a system you’d see earlier in the year but wow, look at how cold it is! Enough that we do have snow on a lot of our Bay Area mountaintops.”

<em>Photo: James Fletcher</em>
Photo: James Fletcher

Snow is also falling on top of Mount Diablo in the East Bay, where some 3 to 6 inches of snow is expected to fall, according to the NWS. Up to 3 inches could fall in the North Bay and Santa Cruz Mountains, according to the weather service.

Rain and snow showers in the mountains should taper off by Friday, according to the National Weather Service, but chilly temperatures will persist into Sunday morning.

Bay City News contributed to this story.

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