SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Forecasters for the National Weather Service haven’t crushed words when describing the storm system slated to roll into the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday afternoon and evening.

They just called it a “very cold mass of air”.

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This means that the residents of the higher elevations of the Bay Area wake up Monday morning with a blanket of snow in their yards and on their streets.

“We could see dust up to light snow up to 1500-2000 feet, locally local in some areas, but the real potential for snow accumulation remains at the higher elevations,” forecasters said. “In the North Bay Mountains, the amount of snow is still about an inch or less, for the mountain 1 to 2 inches. Hamilton and up to 6 inches over the Santa Lucia Mountains. “

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It was also predicted that temperatures would drop as much as 30 degrees below normal in the early morning hours. Strong, gusty winds will also roar through the region on Monday.

“Wind gusts of 15 to 25 mph are fairly common for the valleys Monday morning through afternoon, but gusts of 25 to 35 mph can occur in higher elevation areas, locally up to 40 mph over peaks,” forecasters said .

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Rain showers have been predicted to bring up to half an inch into the drought-hit area, beginning at around 2:00 p.m. on Sunday in the far north bay and then starting between 3:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the San Francisco subway zone, rains between Aug. and 8 p.m.