Exactly 43 years ago today, on Feb. 5, 1976, it snowed in San Francisco. Historical records from that era are spotty at best — which is to say, there isn’t some cache of selfies of 875,000 delighted S.F. residents making snow angels — but we know what a rarity that meteorological event really was.
Estimates of Monday night’s rainstorm causing snowflakes to fall on Twin Peaks were as high as 80 percent, and it looks like it may have happened, although the National Weather Service’s evidence is a retweet and not a photograph. It definitely snowed all over the Bay Area, at elevations as low as 1,000 feet, including Mt. Diablo and Highway 17 north of Santa Cruz.
This was probably our only shot, too: Temperatures are already in the low 40s in San Francisco, and the system has basically moved out of the Bay Area. @IsItSnowinginSF, dormant for more than five years, will probably go back to sleep.
— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) February 5, 2019
But plenty of places around the region definitively got snow and/or slush, including the home of SF Weekly staff writer Ida Mojadad and also this messy-looking intersection in El Cerrito:
Slush in El Cerrito around 6:30 pic.twitter.com/5MEjlESxC4
— (((Jonathan Mello))) (@jonmello) February 5, 2019
This staircase in Bernal Heights seems to have gotten some white stuff, too. (Maybe, like BART escalators, people walk up on the left-hand side?)
— Is it snowing? (@IsItSnowingInSF) February 5, 2019
Meanwhile, the rest of America is gawking in horror at the extent of our fascination with this perfectly ordinary wintertime occurrence — although it’s about 55 degrees warmer in Philadelphia than it was during the polar vortex. But San Francisco residents can be forgiven for their unfamiliarity with snow. Just remember to turn into your skids when driving and if it’s yellow, don’t eat it.