Correction: This story originally included a tweeted report that Caltrans had used salt on a freeway off-ramp in Oakland. The agency says that report was untrue and that it does not use salt.
Parts of the Bay Area woke up Monday morning to a pounding from the heavens -- hailstorms that coated roads, roofs and yards in some Oakland and Alameda neighborhoods with enough icy precipitation to make everyone stop and say, "Whoa! What the hell is going on here?"
The accumulation of hail -- possibly along with a related form of "soft hail" called graupel -- immobilized some drivers in the Oakland hills.
Here's a photo from an Oakland teacher who said she was forced to stop while crossing the hills to get to work: