There isn't that much snow in Northern CA . . . . the true Northern CA.
That would be north of Sacramento for all of us Northern Californians. San Francisco is Central CA. :spin:
I live in the mountains northeast of Redding . . . . we are 4 hours from the beach. We've had one real snowstorm all winter. I can see Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta from my home.
Mt. Shasta probably gets a decent amount of snow although not much this year. Chester is another mountain community right on Lake Almanore. Weaverville has a hospital - it is a couple of hours from the beach.
I realize you aren't interested in these areas but it always surprises me how people have this image of CA . . . . we are very diverse and you can get mountains, deserts, beaches, big cities, small towns, rural areas.
I have a friend who lives in Pacifica and loves it. Also another friend in Sonoma and I'm familiar with "Queen of the Valley" . . personally I'd love to live down there . . .
Good Luck and welcome to the wonderfully diverse State of California.