Bay-by, It’s Cold Outside! Freezing Temperatures Strike Bay Area

If you looked out this morning and saw the top of your house covered in frost, or your car caked in a bit of ice, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you somehow got transported to the East Coast. The Bay Area is not used to freezing temperatures. But baby, it’s cold outside!

Freezing temperatures have struck the Bay Area over the last several days, and the freeze warning is still in effect for the entire area until Friday morning at 9 AM.

Freezing temperatures are rough for an area that’s not used to them. Where people in the Midwest might laugh off a 30° day, our plumbing is vulnerable here in the Bay Area, and we’re just not used to driving in icy conditions.

All that makes the current freezing temperatures around the Bay more serious than they would be elsewhere.

Be Prepared

When faced with such temperatures, it’s essential to take some precautions. Drive more slowly, and leave extra time to get where you need to go. You might even need to invest in a good ice scraper for your car windows, which is quite a rarity in the Bay Area! also says it’s important to have a good emergency kit for your home in case freezing temperatures and ice lead to power outages. Get some battery-powered lanterns and, ideally, an alternative way to heat your home, such as wood for your fireplace.

Thankfully, freezing temperatures around the Bay Area are fairly rare. When they do strike, though, we tend to feel them more intensely. Be safe out there!

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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