Torrential rain before dawn Tuesday gave way to spectacular rainbows arcing across the Bay, while hail pelted some parts of Solano County, and snow dusted the tallest of local mountains and the Sierra.
If you look at the video below, many people in Southern California wondered out loud, “is it hailing or is this sleet or graupel.”
Mother Nature set the stage for a spectacular stormy performance Saturday night complete with hail, lightning and double rainbows just as the sun was going down.
The stormy weather moved through leaving kids in San Jose hail deep enough to sled on. Others built a snowman!
A cold storm system dropping down from the north will bring showers and possible thunderstorms to our area starting on Friday and ending on Sunday.
Strong south to southeast winds associated with an approaching Pacific storm system will impact the region into the afternoon. The winds are the result of a tight pressure gradient and strong low level winds mixing to the surface.
One month after an earthquake struck the Napa area, the region was pounded by an incredibly rare hailstorm Friday afternoon. Heavy rainfall and lightning were also reported throughout the North Bay.
“It’s an extremely dicey day when we need to keep all eyes on the skies” — At least twelve storms cells moved through the Bay Area Tuesday morning, pounding commuters with hail, rain, and leaving black ice on some highways, and this is just the beginning.
Overnight precipitation dropped snow levels in the Sierra Foothills and even left a hint of snow on Mount Hamilton in the South Bay.
There is a strong possibility of thunderstorms—and possibly lightning—for the Bay Area Tuesday afternoon, a spokesman for the National Weather Service said.