The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the East Bay Hills, Santa Cruz Mountains and Diablo Range after snow fell throughout the Bay Area early this morning.

The advisory will last until noon today, and commuters should prepare for potentially slippery roads and limited visibility, the National Weather Service said.

In the East Bay Hills and Santa Cruz Mountains, snow fell this morning at elevations as low as 1,000 feet and 1,500 feet respectively, according to the National Weather Service.

Residents in Danville also reported a rare dusting of snow in the area, saying about 0.5 inches had accumulated by 5:15 a.m. today.

The snowfall is expected to taper off late this morning, the National Weather Service said.
Total snow accumulation of 3 to 6 inches is expected at elevations above 1,500 feet, while up to 3 inches could fall in elevations of 1,000 feet.

Light accumulation of snow at elevations around 500 feet is also possible, the National Weather Service said.

Affected counties include San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Marin, Monterey, Contra Costa, Napa, Sonoma, Santa Clara and Alameda.

12/5 11:08 PM: The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch due to a cold air mass that is traveling down from Canada and will be moving into the Bay Area by Monday night.

The watch is in effect from late Monday through Tuesday morning.

Most areas will experience temperatures in the mid-to-upper 20s for several hours, according to the weather service.

These conditions could kill crops and other vegetation. The National Weather Service says plants should be covered to keep them from dying.

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