Done A Snow Watch On Twin Peaks

As a native San Franciscan, I’ve never seen snow in my hometown before.  The last time the City had snow was in 1976, before I was born.  At the beginning of the week, the news reported that a cold storm could be headed our way with a possibility of snow.  This is very rare.  It rains here, but it’s hardly ever cold enough to snow. 

I had been following the weather every single day to see if the forecasts would change.  At first, the forecasters claimed there would be snow at sea level, but as the week went on, that seemed less likely.  Everything pointed to rain/snow falling on Friday night but at elevations above 400 ft.  Our house is around 250-270 ft above sea level, but we live quite close to Twin Peaks, which is the second highest spot in the City (920 ft).

The plan was to head up there as soon as there was some precipitation because it would increase our chances of seeing snow.  It started sprinkling around 10:30-10:45, and we found out that the
10 O’Clock News showed snow falling live.

We hopped in the car and headed up the mountain.  When we got to the top, there was a line of cars trying to get into the parking area.

Luckily, there was no line the way we came (not as many people know that way up), and we got in without a wait.  Unfortunately, there were of course no spots (and no one leaving), so we just drove through.  We really wanted to see if there were any clouds at Twin Peaks, and there weren’t at that time anyway.  We knew once we got there that there wouldn’t really be snow right then since the sky had cleared up so much already.

We ended up going grocery shopping, going home, and having a snack.  We continued to monitor the weather to see if any more clouds were going to come over us.  The New York Times posted an
article about the snowfall and a website called “Is It Snowing In San Francisco Yet?” changed their site from the word “No” to this:

At around 12:30, J and I headed back up to Twin Peaks because many of the forecasts still claimed precipitation was coming around 2am.  We admired the view and waited.

A few clouds eventually did show up.

Unfortunately, those clouds did not carry any snow over us, and they floated away.  Even though it was freezing cold, It turned out to be a really beautiful, clear night on Twin Peaks.
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We stayed for a few hours, but we did not see any snow.  Just the thought of having snow in my hometown was an amazing idea for me, and although this did not materialize into actually seeing it, I could feel the excitement among the people on Twin Peaks, many of them are probably natives like me.  It may be a long time before I see snow actually fall here, but I feel like the rarity of event like this, combined with a passion to embrace it, is one of the the reasons I am so proud to be from this wonderful city.
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