The Coldest Winter in San Francisco

The typically snowless city gets its dusting every now and again.

The mean annual snowfall in San Francisco is approximately zero. Yet, in the 1880s, the city witnessed two snowstorms. Notably, in February 1887, a surprise fell from the sky—or, rather, nearly four inches of it in the downtown area. In higher elevations, as in the Pacific Heights neighborhood, a half-foot accumulated.

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