Winter Wonderland

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By KCBS All News 106.9FM and 740AM

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) -- Snow fell across a wide swath of the Bay Area on Monday and Tuesday, a rare occurrence that brought smiles to many but headaches to those who had to travel in it.

Snow began to accumulate Monday afternoon at higher elevations, but by Tuesday morning, the snow level had fallen to as low as 500 feet.

"Typically, these systems are a little bit farther inland and bring snow to the Sierra," said National Weather Service lead forecaster Roger Gass, but in this case, the weather pattern swept across the Bay Area as well.

Early Tuesday commuters saw snow accumulations at roadside along Interstate 580 in the Altamont Pass and along Highway 17 in the Santa Cruz Mountains.