San Francisco Expects First Snow in 35 Years An inch could be on the ground this weekend By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Feb 23, 2011 2:55 PM CST 6 comments Comments In this Oct. 7, 2010 photo, a trolley passes a Wells Fargo Bank in downtown San Francisco. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) (Newser) – Midwesterners will be very sympathetic: San Francisco might get its first snow in 35 years this weekend—a whole inch, give or take. The city's had flurries now and then over the years, but it hasn't had what the San Francisco Chronicle refers to as the "gold standard" of snowfall since February 1976—"to have it hit at sea level and stick around long enough to make a snowman." Thanks to a storm pushing down from Alaska, the snowmen may return Saturday. "It's not a lead-pipe cinch, but having snow all the way down to the lowest level in San Francisco is a real possibility," says one meteorologist. "Seeing it on Twin Peaks Boulevard, Portola, Forest Hills? Sure. But in places like the Financial District—we just might see that."