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Freeze warning in effect for Bay Area Thursday night, Friday morning

Forecast warns of one of the coldest nights of the year

Blue clouds at dusk near the Bay Bridge. Public Domain

Just in time the Winter Solstice the Bay Area is bracing for an uncommonly, unconscionably cold night Thursday evening and Friday morning.

The National Weather Service issued a freeze warning for the region starting early Friday morning for the 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. hours. The forecast calls for overnight temperatures as low as 22 degrees and warns:

Vulnerable populations will be impacted if they are not able to find warm shelter. Freezing temperatures can damage or kill plants that are sensitive to cold and damage water pipes. Roads could be locally icy.

The warning extends from the “North Bay Interior valleys [and] North Bay mountains” down to the San Francisco shoreline, “East Bay interior valleys,” the East Bay Hills, and “Santa Clara Valley including San Jose,” as well as other regions of Northern California.

Conditions will not be quite so bad in San Francisco itself but will still put a serious chill on Solstice celebrations, with “one of the coldest nights of the season” forecast in the city.