San Francisco preparing for storm that could bring snow 

click to enlarge A pedestrian holds an umbrella as he waits to cross the street in San Francisco, California.  Wet and stormy weather continues to drench the San Francisco Bay Area. (Getty Images file photo) - A PEDESTRIAN HOLDS AN UMBRELLA AS HE WAITS TO CROSS THE STREET IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA.  WET AND STORMY WEATHER CONTINUES TO DRENCH THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA. (GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO)
  • A pedestrian holds an umbrella as he waits to cross the street in San Francisco, California. Wet and stormy weather continues to drench the San Francisco Bay Area. (Getty Images file photo)
  • A pedestrian holds an umbrella as he waits to cross the street in San Francisco, California. Wet and stormy weather continues to drench the San Francisco Bay Area. (Getty Images file photo)

Just because San Francisco may or may not see snow Friday doesn’t mean The City isn’t preparing.

Mayor Ed Lee did not anwer a question from The San Francisco Examiner on Thursday morning about the possibility of snow in The City, but the Mayor’s Office issued a statement in the afternoon advising residents and businesses to ready themselves “for a cold weather system expected to last for the next several days with colder temperatures, precipitation and possible freezing conditions.”

Keep a stiff upper lip, San Francisco.

Oh, and Lee wants to you to drive slowly and stay off the roads during the peak of the storm, as icy road conditions are possible.

“City agencies are working together to ensure that homes and businesses are protected and the public is safe during these severe weather storms,” Lee said.

The Department of Emergency Management is coordinating the citywide response to the storm, according to Lee.
Lee said The City is working to clear debris from catch basins and sewers to avoid potential flooding in low-lying areas. Homeless shelters are being monitored and can increase capacity, he said.

For non-emergency issues such as clogged or blocked storm drains, street flooding, downed trees and power outages, residents should call The City’s 311 Customer Service Center.

For more information on electricity and natural gas issues, contact Pacific Gas & Electric Co. at (800) 743-5002.

Residents should reserve 911 only for life-threatening emergencies.

Free sandbags are available from the Department of Public Works at 2323 Cesar Chavez St. Use the entrance at Kansas and Marin streets.

aburack@sfexaminer.com

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