SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) – A storm that moved through the Bay Area on Wednesday morning brought hailstones to cover some neighborhoods while snow dusted the highest peaks.
It’s snowing in Santa Rosa! Jk, it’s hail, but still… ❄️⛄️ pic.twitter.com/EarV9sXTzz
– Karla Gil @ (@_kargil) March 10, 2021
The Sonoma County sheriff’s office shared pictures of what looked like a scene from a snowy Midwestern town in Larkfield.
KPIX 5 meteorologist Mary Lee made it clear that while it looks like snow, hail quickly built up.
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I chase thunderstorms pushing across South Bay. Now look at the lightning strikes with a strong cell over Milpitas. Hi-Def Doppler here from 11:30 a.m. @KPIXtv #kpix #bayarea #cawx pic.twitter.com/Yzf3ZaRd3Y
– Mary Lee (@MaryKPIX) March 10, 2021
The Santa Rosa Fire Department said it responded to multiple crashes due to hailstorms and heavy downpours on Wednesday, including several on Highway 101.
* Multiple vehicle accidents – severe weather *
The Santa Rosa Fire Department continues to respond to several accidents, including several on Highway 101. Significant hailstorms and heavy rains continue to be reported. Please limit unnecessary journeys and slow down the journey. @NWSBayArea pic.twitter.com/B8PJHdB3CY
– Santa Rosa Fire Department (@SantaRosaFire) March 10, 2021
Expect delays US-101 near River Rd. We are currently underway with two crashes. Please slow down on these slippery roads! pic.twitter.com/AnknsaccAk
– KWK Santa Rosa (@CHPSantaRosa) March 10, 2021
Snow fell overnight on some of the highest peaks in the region. The National Weather Service said that up to a few inches of snow may have fallen at altitudes above 2,500 feet.
Numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms were expected to continue through Wednesday evening and end by early Thursday morning for the Bay Area, but last through Thursday across the Central Coast, the weather service said.
Raw video: Hail in Windsor along US Highway 101
It’s a beautiful sight in @SantaClaraCity
While this hailstorm and rain showers hit the Bay Area, please slow down and be extra careful on the road. pic.twitter.com/VpFogJcVPS
– Santa Clara Police (@SantaClaraPD) March 10, 2021