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Frigid Storm Conditions Blanket Bay Area Mountain Peaks With Snow

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/BCN) — A cold weather front drifting over the San Francisco Bay Area from the Gulf of Alaska triggered early morning showers Monday and left another blanket of snow on the local mountain peaks.

National Weather Service meteorologist Roger Gass says more is likely on the way as a second wave of showers and flurries move in Tuesday night.

The weather service does not have cameras tracking snowfall but alertwildfire.org does and shows a considerable amount of snow on Mt. Hamilton, located in Santa Clara County and home of the Lick Observatory.

Meanwhile, the road up Mt. Diablo was closed because of snow and winter weather advisory was in effect for the higher elevations of Mendocino County.

The CHP posted photos of snow on Geysers Road in Sonoma County on Sunday.

Snow was still falling at 8:22 a.m. Elevations above 4,000 feet will be cold enough that by Wednesday as much as a foot could be atop Mt. Hamilton peak and others.

“It’s going to be cold out there,” Gass said.

Some peaks above the Big Sur coast are also likely to have seen snow.

“Those typically turn into a winter wonderland,” Gass said.

While snow was not expected to fall in San Francisco, the storm front was predicted to bring record or near record cold temperatures overnight.

Interesting note: Downtown SF has the potential to drop below 40 degrees Tuesday morning. The last day this occurred was Jan 6, 2017 (min temp was 39). #CAwx

— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) December 27, 2021

Original Article: sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

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Prior Infection, Vaccines Provide Best Protection From COVID

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A new study that compares coronavirus protection from prior infection and vaccination concludes getting the shots is still the safest way to prevent COVID-19.

Original Article: seattletimes.com

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UPDATE: 2 Pedestrians Killed, 1 Hurt in Horrific San Jose Collision

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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Two pedestrians were killed and another injured Tuesday night after they were struck crossing Almaden Expressway in San Jose.

According to San Jose police, officers responded to the area of Almaden Expressway and Foxworthy Ave. for a traffic collision involving a vehicle and three pedestrians at approximately 8:24 p.m.

A preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2017 Toyota sedan was traveling northbound on Almaden Expressway in the No. 1 lane in the area of Foxworthy Ave.

The Toyota then struck three adult pedestrians who were crossing Almaden Expressway outside of any marked crosswalk. The pedestrians were crossing from the west side towards the east side of the expressway.

The investigation has also revealed that the vehicle had a green light at the intersection.

Two male pedestrians were transported to local hospitals where they were pronounced dead. A third female victim suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. The identity of the victims will be released by the Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office after their next of kin are notified.

The driver, who also sustained moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital, was cooperating with the investigation. There was no indication of drug or alcohol influence.

San Jose police said it was the 6th fatal collision and victims number 6 and 7 of 2022. This is also the 4th and 5th pedestrian fatalities of 2022.

Anyone with information on this investigation is urged to contact Detective Templeman #3566 of the San José Police Department’s Traffic Investigations Unit at 408-277-4654.

Original Post: sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

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US Faces Wave of Omicron Deaths in Coming Weeks, Models Say

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The fast-moving omicron variant may cause less severe disease on average, yet COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are climbing. Deaths could top 1 million by early spring. “It unfortunately is going to get worse before it gets better,” an epidemiologist said.

Original Article: seattletimes.com

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