Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Some rain expected: Sacramento may see some precipitation the next two days. The National Weather Service predicts rain clouds will bring a tenth of an inch of rain through Monday, along with several inches of snow in the Sierra Nevada. “It’s kind of a weak system that’s moving through,” said Eric Kurth, weather service forecaster. “Gosh, I wish we could get inches of rain here.” Snow could hit the Sierra Nevada early Sunday. “Be aware of winter driving, even though it feels like spring or summer here,” Kurth said.
Summer strategy: Seven Tahoe-area ski resorts have closed down early this season because of the lack of snow. California’s drought is forcing resort operators to find new attractions to lure tourists, from live music to zip lines and mountain biking. “We have to be in the mountain recreation business, not the winter business,” a ski-industry expert said.
Council race: Two candidates – Bruce Pomer and Eric Guerra – at different stages in their careers are competing to represent District 6 on the Sacramento City Council. A special election will be held April 7. Both candidates have substantial résumés.
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Commuter conundrum: Sacramento Regional Transit is about to open a new light rail line to Elk Grove. That has Elk Grove officials debating whether to stop running e-tran buses to downtown Sacramento. Many Elk Grove commuters say they want to keep their buses and won’t ride the train.
Lions roar: Top-seeded McClatchy beat No. 2 Oak Ridge 58-49 for the CIF Northern California D-I championship Saturday at Sleep Train Arena. McClatchy (26-7) earned its first such title and will play Serra of Gardena in the CIF State finals at 6 p.m. Friday at UC Berkeley.
▪ Bee video: High school NorCal finals basketball
▪ Bee NorCal photo galleries: Girls DI NorCal Championship
Martial arts demonstration: Eastern Ways Martial Arts will exhibit a variety kung fu, tai chi, and lion dance demonstrations from 12:30 to 2 p.m. today at the Sacramento Public Library’s Central Branch, 828 I St.
Rodeo champions: Teen competitors will compete today in the Challenge of Champions event at the Amador County Fairgrounds. The statewide high school rodeo competition, which ends today with the final competition and an awards ceremony, features 13 events – six for girls, six for boys and one co-ed competition.
▪ Bee gallery: Challenge of Champions rodeo
Local sports today: NBA – Washington Wizards at Sacramento Kings, 3 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)
College baseball – Texas-Pan American at Sacramento State, noon.
Arizona at Stanford, 1 p.m. (PAC 12 Network)
College softball – UC Davis at St. Mary’s (doubleheader), 1 and 3 p.m.
Spring Training baseball – Oakland A’s at Cincinnati Reds, 1:05 p.m.
San Francisco Giants (split squad) at Kansas City Royals, 1:05 p.m.
Los Angeles Angels at San Francisco Giants (split squad), 1:05 p.m.
MLS – Chicago Fire at San Jose Earthquakes, 4 p.m. (FS1)