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Downtown San Francisco May See Rare Snowfall

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5 / AP) -- Downtown San Francisco may see its first snowfall in more than 30 years this week.

The National Weather Service said a weather system bearing down on Bay Area will bring cold temperatures and precipitation later this week.

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Showers are expected to begin on Thursday and continue through Friday, with a chance of showers on Saturday as well.

Forecasters said temperatures in the Bay Area will drop into the 30s on Friday and Saturday nights.

That likely means snow at higher elevations and could even bring snow to downtown San Francisco.

It hasn't snowed in downtown San Francisco since 1976, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Austin Cross.

The Bay Area has already seen snow on some of its mountain peaks after a storm last week.

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