Snow did fall this morning at one high point in San Luis Obispo County, reports local forecaster John Lindsey. But no flakes were to be seen in Paso Robles or San Luis Obispo.
Lindsey says one of his weather watchers reported that snow is topping High Mountain behind Lopez Lake. The peak is aptly named because it rises to an elevation of 3,100 feet.
Elsewhere, Lindsey says he would expect that “there were snow flurries above a few thousand feet.”
The Tribune got a report of snow flurries near San Miguel late Friday night at a point near 1,000 feet.
But any chances of snow falling in Paso Robles, Atascadero or San Luis Obispo evaporated when the rain moved through the area before the cold temperatures could settle in overnight, explained Lindsey.
Families excited at the chance of a snow-covered North County were disappointed to see none Saturday morning.
“We got more rain last night than we expected and it looks like it left too soon,” said Cri Cri Solak Eastin from her home off Highway 46 West at Vineyard Drive in Paso Robles. “We didn’t have a perfect storm,” she said with a laugh. Her area received 1.3 inches of rain, she said.
According to a check this morning of residents living in Shandon to the east, Adelaida to the northwest and the west sides of Atascadero and Paso Robles, snow was no where to be found.
But snow flurries fell around 11 p.m. Friday at Terrie Banish’s home near San Miguel. The house is at an elevation of 940 feet and backs up to Camp Roberts. The flurries didn’t stick, disappointing her family, who hoped to get in some snowball fights this morning. Banish is The Tribune’s advertising director.
Atascadero Mayor Tom O’Malley and his wife Peggy covered their lemon trees Friday night anticipating an icy morning. Their home is on top of a hill along Portola Road.
Conditions across the county are chilly this morning, with the thermometer in the 30s in many spots and frost on the ground and car windshields.
It will remain colder than normal today, with highs just in the 40s. The National Weather Service says it is possible that new records could be set for the coolest maximum temperature for the date, with the highs nearly 20 degrees below normal.
And rain is not out of the forecast, either. While skies were bright and sunny in San Luis Obispo at 8:30 this morning, Lindsey said storm clouds were rolling parallel to the coast.
Skies will cloud up again later today, and the center of the low-pressure system that brought Friday’s rain will cross over the county this afternoon, bringing another chance of rain and even snow overnight, as temperatures near freezing are again possible.