San Francisco is bracing for its first snowfall in 35 years, but not everyone is convinced it will come.
“I’ve been hearing about snow for days,” said Sarah Saavedra, a resident of the city’s Western Addition neighborhood. “Maybe it’ll be cold, maybe it’ll be wet, but I don’t think it’s going to snow.”
After morning rain, most of San Francisco was clear and sunny this afternoon, although more precipitation is expected by the end of the day.
The National Weather Service is still forecasting snow late tonight and into the early hours of Saturday, but probably only at elevations above about 1,000 feet, meteorologist Chris Stumf said.
Accumulation of snow is not expected at sea level, Stumf said.
“I don’t think it’s going to happen,” Mission District resident Maja Ruzmic said. “People are going kind of psycho over nothing.”
The winter storm warning for the North Bay was canceled today but is still in effect for the Monterey area, he said.
Winter weather advisories are in effect for the East Bay hills, Mount Diablo, the Santa Cruz Mountains, and the mountains of San Benito and Monterey counties.
Whether or not it will snow in San Francisco has caused a great deal of conversation in the city and online, with bloggers and Twitter users debating the possibility.
Tweets included “This is becoming the Chinese Democracy of San Francisco snowstorms,” a reference to the band Guns N’ Roses’ long-delayed album, “Never have I been so busy talking about a non-snowstorm in my life,” and “It’s 50 degrees and sunny here in SF…I think we’ve been duped!”