Snow in downtown San Francisco? Probably not 

click to enlarge A storm heading for San Francisco will drop rain and possibly a mixture of snow. The chance that the snow will stick in downtown San Francisco is fading, according to the National Weather Service. (AP file photo) - A STORM HEADING FOR SAN FRANCISCO WILL DROP RAIN AND POSSIBLY A MIXTURE OF SNOW. THE CHANCE THAT THE SNOW WILL STICK IN DOWNTOWN SAN FRANCISCO IS FADING, ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. (AP FILE PHOTO)
  • A storm heading for San Francisco will drop rain and possibly a mixture of snow. The chance that the snow will stick in downtown San Francisco is fading, according to the National Weather Service. (AP file photo)
  • A storm heading for San Francisco will drop rain and possibly a mixture of snow. The chance that the snow will stick in downtown San Francisco is fading, according to the National Weather Service. (AP file photo)

A storm will bring cold temperatures to the San Francisco Bay Area this weekend and with that comes the possibility of snow Friday.

Though previous reports created excitement of snow in downtown San Francisco – the first time in 30 years – forecasters now say snow levels will only drop to 1,000 feet, not sea level as previously stated.

As much as six inches of snow could accumulate on mountains in the North Bay on Thursday night and into Friday, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Diana Henderson.

Temperatures will continue to drop Friday for San Francisco and all areas south of The City, Henderson said.  A mix of snow and rain is possible in downtown San Francisco, but it is not likely, she said.

“There is the potential for a mixture,” she said. “But it’s not going to stick.”

Temperatures are expected to drop to 46 degrees in San Francisco on Friday and reach 42 degrees Saturday. Overnight, though, San Francisco will reach 35 degrees, according to Henderson.

Depending when the storm moves through, Henderson said, San Francisco could be surrounded by snow.

“You should be able to see it around the Bay,” she said. “Snow levels are only supposed to drop to 1,000 feet and above, as far as I know.”

The North Bay, however, is expected to reach record-low temperatures, prompting a winter storm warning from the weather service.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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