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Early morning snowfall greets Tri-Valley residents, commuters on Friday

Social media photos, videos depict rare weather event

Many Tri-Valley residents and commuters were met Friday morning with a weather phenomenon that is not often experienced in the region: snow.

Although the National Weather Service issued a freeze warning earlier in the week and advised that rain and snow showers were expected, the amount of snow at lower elevations came as a surprise to many, including motorists traveling into the Tri-Valley who found themselves stuck during their early morning commute and needing assistance from the Alameda County Fire Department.

"This morning at 5:30 AM, Engine 20 responded to Patterson Pass Road also known as 'Top of the World' in Livermore assisting over 100 Cars that stopped on the roadway due to the weather conditions and snow," the county fire department tweeted Friday morning along with photos and videos of the rare scene.

California Highway Patrol officers were also out on Patterson Pass Road early Friday morning and issued a warning on social media to avoid the area due to the weather. "Let this be a good reminder that road weather/road conditions are constantly changing and always plan ahead!," the agency wrote in a tweet. 

Across the Valley at Mount Diablo State Park, the paved roads are currently closed due to snow at low elevations, trees across roads, and trees on power lines.

Due to snow, the paved roads at Mount Diablo State Park are currently closed. . Photo by Mount Diablo State Park

However, the Mitchell Canyon day use parking lot and Macedo Ranch day use parking lot are open, according to the park's website. Updates to the current closure will be posted on its website and on the Mount Diablo State Park Facebook page.

While the snow created an inconvenience for a number of people, others welcomed the blankets of white flakes that covered fields, hilltops and peaks surrounding the region.

Residents who actually live at higher altitudes – like up Mines Road in Livermore – woke up to a winter wonderland outside their windows and took to social media to share their front yard views.

Overlooking Morgan Territory covered in snow. Photo by Ken Jones

A layer of white was also visible from various directions on top of the Pleasanton Ridge Friday morning.

A view of a snow-capped Pleasanton Ridge looking west from downtown. . Photo by Chuck Deckert

According to the National Weather Service, rain is expected to continue throughout the weekend and a frost advisory is in effect for Alameda County through 9 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 25). 


Cierra Bailey

About the Author: Cierra Bailey

Cierra started as an editorial intern with the Pleasanton Weekly in 2014. After pursuing opportunities in digital and broadcast media and attending graduate school at Syracuse University, she’s back as the editor of the Vine.
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