SAN JOSE -- A cold winter storm that dropped almost half an inch of rain in some places left an even more unusual mark on the Bay Area on Tuesday: snow.

Mount Diablo showed a solid cap of the white stuff Tuesday afternoon as the snow level dipped below 2,000 feet in some locations. The storm also dusted the top of Mount Hamilton and even brought brief flurries to the Oakland hills, according to Austin Cross, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The top of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County saw some snow and hail Tuesday morning, but both melted before they could accumulate.

The heaviest part of the storm had left the East Bay and was passing through the South Bay early Tuesday afternoon, but intermittent showers could continue through Wednesday morning, Cross said.

The storm released about a third of an inch of rain in San Francisco and Oakland, with close to a half-inch of rain being reported in Richmond and Orinda, Cross said.

Compared to other seasonal weather that may bring more or less rain, "this is on the 'less' side," Cross said.

Temperatures will hover around the mid-50s Wednesday, climbing toward the high 50s and low 60s later in the week, he said.

Contact Daniel M. Jimenez at djimenez@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/DMJreports.



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