The Cambrian

Gust topples snag onto top of Cambria house

A cold front racing down the coastline will bring freezing temperatures to the Central Coast through the weekend, and possibly a dusting of snow early Saturday morning on the highest peaks.

Residents should protect their pets, their plants and themselves against overnight temperatures that by early morning today, Dec. 5, could drop into the high 20s in the coastal valleys with frost near the beaches and a hard freeze with temperatures in the low 20s in North County, PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey said.

Rain showers are expected Friday night into Saturday morning with totals of up to a quarter inch and snow above 2,000 feet above sea level.

Wind gusts of up to 44 mph on the Cambria coast Tuesday, Dec. 3, knocked down several trees, including one near the intersection of Burton and Berwick drives that blocked the road and created a tangle of utility lines, and another in the 2900 block of Mills Street near Ardath Drive that neatly laid itself on a house’s roof.

Damages were estimated at about $15,000 by a contractor who lives nearby. The house is listed for sale and is usually vacant, but three people, including a real estate broker, were in it when the tree landed on the roof. None were injured.