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PHOTOS: Snow falls along parts of Central, South coasts

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Posted at 8:28 AM, Feb 23, 2023

Many people in northern San Luis Obispo Obispo County woke up to either snow in their yards or visible on nearby mountain tops.

The California Highway Patrol reported snow on the Cuesta Grade. Snow was also seen in parts of Atascadero, Templeton, Paso Robles and visible from San Simeon and Heritage Ranch.

KSBY meteorologist Vivian Rennie says this is just the beginning as the already active forecast could get increasingly dangerous on Friday and into the weekend.

By later Thursday night, snow levels are expected to drop even more. For more on the forecast and what’s expected, click here.

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Snow was visible from Morro Bay and the weather didn't stop the SLO CAL Open surf competition from getting underway.

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Snow visible on the mountains as surfers take part in a surf competition in Morro Bay
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Snow visible from Morro Bay
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Taken from Summit Hills off Highway 41 Thursday morning.

Snow visible from Prefumo Canyon in San Luis Obispo:

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The view toward the hills above Cayucos from Prefumo Canyon.


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Snow in Atascadero off Highway 41.
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Snow off Highway 41 in Atascadero
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Snow in Atascadero
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Snow in Atascadero

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Snow in Atascadero
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Snow falling around 6:45 a.m. in west Atascadero
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Snow in Atascadero Thursday morning

In Santa Margarita, one resident says they were able to snowboard:

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Snowboarding in Santa Margarita

Cuesta Grade:

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Snow along the Cuesta Grade Thursday morning
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Snow above the Cuesta Grade
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Snow along the Cuesta Grade
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Snow on the side of the Cuesta Grade Thursday morning


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Snow also fell in Creston Thursday morning

San Simeon:

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Snow visible from San Simeon

Visitors at Hearst Castle on Wednesday also got a chance to check out the snow.

In Santa Barbara County, Mike Eliason with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department shared photos and video of snow on the mountains above Santa Barbara and along Painted Cave Road.

Snow also closed Highway 154 for an unknown amount of time.