Snow Blankets Bay Area Mountain Tops

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — It’s not quite a winter wonderland, but a wet and chilly day in the San Francisco Bay area brought snow to some of the local mountains.

Children of all ages came out to see and play in several inches of snow on Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County.  Across the bay, snow was plainly visible high atop Mt. Diablo and the East Bay Hills.

Snow fell on the Santa Cruz Mountains late Friday and early Saturday, to the delight of some people who were willing to venture onto Skyline Boulevard, a main road through the mountains.

Caltrans crews were busy clearing and sanding the roadway Saturday. In Santa Cruz County, authorities shut down some local roads because of the snow.

Forecasters say about six inches of snow fell on Mt. Hamilton, near San Jose.

As for the Sierra, several feet of snow fell, with forecasters saying as much as nine feet fell on some of the highest peaks.

The National Weather Service says there could be a bit of the break in the weather Sunday as the storm system moves out of the area.

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