Canadian cold snap moves into Bay Area 

As the cartoon parents of South Park once sang, "Blame Canada," so can Bay Area residents in enduring the oncoming cold weather from the north.

Temperatures in the Bay Area are expected to dip to near-record lows as Jack Frost could blossom into Old Man Winter thanks to cold Canadian air heading into California.

Officials are urging residents to take cautionary measures in warning their families and preparing their homes for temperatures that could drop into the 20s and 30s during the nights heading into the weekend. They also stressed high concern for the elderly and those with special needs, urging the homeless to find shelter. Pets and plants should also be protected.

"Freezing temperatures are really rough on people around here because they’re not prepared for it," said Lt. John Quinlan, the director of San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services and Homeland Security.

"If you’re prepared for an earthquake, you’re prepared for anything," he said, noting that the temperatures could lead to excessive power usage and subsequent blackouts.

The coldest temperatures will be Saturday and Sunday morning as they are expected near or perhaps below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, said Steve Anderson, a forecaster with the National Weather Service. Daytime temperatures may rise to the high 40s and low 50s.

A chance of rain showers today also means a slight chance of snow tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

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