Bay Area snow photos: rare winter storm transforms California landscape

"It's kind of like Tahoe, but in Santa Cruz," said Marilyn L'Heureaux who lives in Capitola. Feb. 23, 2023

The conditions are right across many parts of California to get snow on Thursday and Friday.

Cold air from the Arctic is combining with ocean moisture and will result in snow. The only question is how much will fall. 

It was more than just a fluke dusting. Many areas found snow piling up to six inches.

There had been a chance of snow falling in San Francisco, but that does not to appear to have happened

With such an unusual meteorological moment happening in the Golden State, many people are recording the scene with photos and videos. 

We'd like to see your pictures of the wintry weather. Email and we may use your photos during our newscasts or online.

The possibility of a historic snowstorm in the city reminded many long-time residents of February 5, 1976, when San Francisco and other parts of the Bay Area were blanketed.

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Feb. 5, 1976: Kids mess around with snowballs near Lands End in San Francisco. Mt. Tamalpais is covered with snow in the background, during the rare snow day in the Bay Area. (Photo by Clem Albers/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

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On Thursday morning, snow was spotted in many areas including Mount Hamilton in San Jose, the peaks of the Santa Cruz mountains and some of the taller hills in San Mateo County. Viewers from as far away as Ukiah in the north and Hollister to the south saw snow too.

But on Friday, the snow was more widespread. Driving through the Santa Cruz mountains looked more like a trip to Lake Tahoe. There was snow in parts of the North Bay and along the East Bay hills like Grizzly Peak in Berkeley.


Los Gatos

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KTVU's Evan Sernoffsky said motorists were using Bear Creek Road in Los Gatos as an alternate to Highway 17, but didn't have much luck. The road was covered with snow and downed trees and wires. Travel along the road proved to be difficult.

Marin Headlands

Marin Headlands as seen from the Sunset District in San Francisco on Feb. 24 2023. Photo credit: Sue Adams

Mount Tamalpais

Snow on Mount Tam. Submitted by Steven Johnson

Berkeley hills

Driving through the hills in Berkeley. Photo credit: Douglas Vaughan


Black Diamond Mines in Antioch on Feb. 24, 2023. Photo credit: Christian C.

Highway 17 in Santa Cruz mountains

Mount Diablo

Submitted by Ron Castro

Northern Napa County

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Saint Helena Mountain in Calistoga. Photo by Janine Jennings.


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Submitted by Jessica Diaz


Submitted by Kerry Barnes


Submitted by Aunalisa Cresswell (KTVU FOX 2)

Daly City

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Submitted by Juan Garcia

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Submitted by Christine Jarvis  (KTVU FOX 2)


Bay Bridge

Submitted by Rick Williams (KTVU FOX 2)

Mount Hamilton and South Bay hills

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SkyFOX flew near Mount Hamilton and other snow-covered hills in the South Bay on February 23, 2023.

From: KTVU FOX 2

Santa Cruz mountains

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Submitted by Karen Eason .

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Submitted by Beth Steinkraus

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Crescent City

Snow sits on a beach in Crescent City. Photo credit: Storyful

Fremont Peak near Hollister

Submitted by Tim Morken (KTVU FOX 2)