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The best Bay Area ice-skating rinks to capture the holiday spirit

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Even on a cold year, icy temps around the Bay Area are fleeting at best. But there is a chill in the air that’s reliable enough to inspire great fall and wintertime outdoor activities, including ice skating.

Enjoy twinkling holiday lights and steaming mugs of hot cocoa dappled with marshmallows in town plazas and downtown areas. With an abundance of pop-up ice rinks as well as year-round indoor rinks, it’s time to don cozy layers, lace up and glide right into winter. Here are the best places to get your skate on around the Bay Area.

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Cold nights bring a chance of frost to these Bay Area cities

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Cold, dry weather returns to California on Wednesday, and it’s slated to bring a chance of freezing temperatures and frost to parts of the Bay Area.

High pressure will build over Northern California on Wednesday, clearing out the mild and humid air from earlier in the week. Sunny and dry daytime weather will allow temperatures in the afternoon to climb to the mid- and upper 60s across the Bay Area, with a few low 70s possible inland. But temperatures will nosedive after sunset.

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North Bay can expect cooler days, but dry thunderstorms to follow weekend heat

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North Bay residents who spent much of the weekend finding ways to escape temperatures that reached into the upper 90s — or triple-digits in more remote areas — can expect a cooldown this week, but not before they’ll have to make it through a brief bout of dry thunderstorms, the National Weather Service said.

Temperatures are expected to drop as Wednesday approaches, but until then, the heat is expected to linger.

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As storm exits Northern California, weather will return to normal — for now

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Residents in the Bay Area and across most of Northern California bore the brunt of yet another storm this week, with impacts ranging from small hail to damaging winds and power outages. This winter-like storm, known as an extratropical cyclone, reeled in some record-tying cold air to San Francisco that made it feel more like mid-January than March. Some of that cold air is still hanging over Northern California, even as the storm fizzles.

That lingering cold air will help raise patches of fog, mist and even isolated showers in remote corners of the Bay Area over the next couple of mornings, but the overall trend is calling for a steady return to warm, dry and sunny conditions by Thursday and Friday afternoons. As is the case with the region’s microclimates, winter’s grip will loosen faster in some areas.

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More Rain, Powerful Wind Gusts Headed For The Bay Area This Week

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The Bay Area is in for one more day of sunshine before the next bout of blustery and wet weather arrives, which will likely keep things stormy Tuesday through Wednesday.

The National Weather Service said the unseasonably cool air in place over the weekend would stick around through Monday morning, extending a broad frost advisory until 9 a.m. A hard freeze warning will be in place for southeastern Mendocino and northern Lake counties.

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Californians eager for sunnier days after relentless winter

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Californians are tired. Tired of the rain, tired of the snow, tired of stormy weather and the cold, relentlessly gray skies that have clouded the Golden State nearly nonstop since late December.

With spring now underway, the state’s 39 million residents are hopeful for sunnier days ahead. But this week’s atmospheric river — the 12th such storm here since late December — had other plans.

The powerful systems dump huge amounts of rain and snow as they bring massive plumes of Pacific moisture into California. They have already wreaked havoc across the state, with a death toll rising as communities dig out and floodwaters recede. High winds toppled trees, snowfall stranded mountain communities and storm surges inundated coastal towns with no end in sight.

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Bay Area gets a short break from winter storm. Here’s when the rain and snow will return

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But the intense onslaught of winter weather will come to a pause today. A high-pressure system off the coast of California will spread into the Bay Area and Sierra Nevada this morning. Look for mostly sunny skies and a steady stream of warm daytime temperatures this afternoon and over the next few days as its warm, dry air reaches all corners of the state, stomping out any lingering rain and snow showers. But the high-pressure system’s brief pause in wintry weather will last only through Friday afternoon.

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Stormy weather to start the week: Here’s the timeline for Bay Area rain, snow and wind

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The Bay Area is waking up Monday to another round of soggy weather that’s expected to last until midweek.

A low-pressure system churning off the Oregon coast is funneling moisture from the ocean, bringing periods of moderate rainfall and a chance of thunderstorms to the Bay Area, with snow around 2,500 feet for the region’s mountains. In the Sierra Nevada, blizzard conditions.

The offshore weather system is part of a trough pattern, a large area of low pressure. As the trough dips down and moves closer to Northern California, winds will be gusty, and temperatures will be running colder than normal.

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Freeze warning issued for Sonoma County, low of 29 degrees expected in Santa Rosa

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A freeze warning for Sonoma County has been issued by the National Weather Service, with temperatures early Wednesday morning expected to dip into the upper-20s in the valleys, weather officials said Tuesday.

The county’s mountain areas should be slightly less cold, with temperatures between the mid-30s to around freezing, said Rick Canepa, a weather service meteorologist.

The freezing temperatures are caused by another cold front coming from Siberia, he said. The freeze warning has been issued for between 2 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday.

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Coldest air of the winter to hit the Bay Area today. Here’s why

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Freezing, northwest winds will quickly sweep across the Bay Area today, dropping daytime highs by 7 to 10 degrees in parts of the region. This rush of bitter, cold air will be enhanced by today’s passage of a cold front, which will leave a trail of frost in its wake. Today’s cold snap will introduce some of the coldest air of the winter season, with temperatures in inland cities like Walnut Creek and Santa Rosa falling to the lower 30s by tonight.

The coldest day (and night) of the season

Residents on the coast will be waking up to temperatures in the lower 40s for the first time in weeks, with a few patches of the shoreline potentially falling to the upper 30s before sunrise. This unusual weather setup on the coast will be driven by an amped up cold front.

Oftentimes, these fronts struggle to drop temperatures in the coast and bays of the region thanks to the influence from warmer sea-surface temperatures. But this week’s setup will be different, and that’s because of just how strong this upcoming cold front is shaping up to be.

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