Photo: Mount Diablo is Doing Its Best Swiss Alps Impression

Historically cold weather paired with heavy rains have led to a strange sight in the San Francisco Bay Area: snow!

People were skiing at Grizzly Peak in Berkeley, making snow angels in San Jose, and otherwise enjoying rare Bay Area snow days all this week.

But perhaps one of the strangest things about the recent Bay Area snow was seeing Mount Diablo bedecked with snow about half way down its sides.

It’s uncommon, but occasionally the East Bay mountain has gotten a dusting of snow on its top during cold weather. Usually the snow melts off in a matter of hours.

This time is different. Mount Diablo is positively caked in snow, and it’s stuck around for days. The mountain looks like something out of the Swiss Alps!

This photo, taken by the Bay Area Telegraph in San Ramon, California shows Mount Diablo covered in snow, on an otherwise clear and sunny day.

We can see the roofs of buildings in the City Center Bishop Ranch shopping center in the foreground. If you didn’t know better, you’d think this photo was taken somewhere on the East Coast.

But it wasn’t! That’s a glimpse of the Bay Area, surprising snow and all. What’s next? California hurricanes?

Stay safe out there and enjoy the snow! Send us you own snow photos to

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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