Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Stormin’ Saturday: The rain that began last night is forecast to continue today in the Sacramento area. Bill Rasch, a forecaster with the National Weather Service, said the incoming storm will bring up to an inch of rain by Sunday. “I would say it’s going to stay showery through Sunday,” he said. The weather service is calling for a snow advisory in the Sierra. Travelers on Interstate 80 and Highway 50 may be subject to chain controls and slippery conditions, Rasch warned. The latest system will bring up to a foot of fresh powder.
Shopping landscape: ▪ This year, with more retailers nationwide opening their doors on Thanksgiving night, Black Friday door-buster deals were being snatched up at turkey-dinner time, eliminating the urgency of Black Friday as the official launch of the shopping season. Sacramento Bee photo gallery.
▪ Holiday shoppers provided the backdrop for protesters’ calls for economic and social justice on Black Friday that led to dozens of arrests outside a Rancho Cordova Walmart and hours of demonstrations and a handful of arrests outside Sacramento’s Arden Fair mall.
Help for fire-scarred area: Contractors working for the U.S. Forest Service are racing against Mother Nature to spread straw mulch over 1,200 acres of fire-scorched mountainside exposed by the King fire.
▪ Related coverage: Sacramento Bee video
Book of Dreams: The Food Literacy Center, a nonprofit program designed to help children develop healthy eating habits by cooking and exploring nutritious foods, seeks help. The Sacramento Bee’s annual holiday effort helps people in need. Here’s how to make donations.
Crime link?: Does consuming alcohol and watching nude dancing lead to crime? The city of Rancho Cordova is pondering the question, as officials consider whether to allow restaurants that serve alcohol next to two of the city’s three strip clubs. The state of California long ago decided that the combination is dangerous, which is why the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control prohibits the sale of drinks at nude clubs.
Second straight loss: The San Antonio Spurs shot 51.2 percent and made 12 three pointers Friday night in a 112-104 victory over the visiting Sacramento Kings. Photo gallery.
Local sports today: College football – BYU at Cal, 1:30 p.m. (PAC 12 Network)
College basketball – Utah Valley at UC Davis, 7 p.m. (KSAC-FM 105.5)
NHL – Anaheim Ducks at San Jose Sharks, 7:30 p.m. (CSNCA, KAHI 950)