Happy New Year. Here’s what you need to know today:
2015 debuts cold: After a frigid New Year’s Eve night, a gradual warming is expected beginning today, according to the National Weather Service. After an anticipated daytime high around 55 degrees today in Sacramento, the temperature is expected to drop to 32 degrees overnight. By Saturday night, lows are expected to edge into the upper 30s, then into the low 40s by Sunday night. In the Sierra, patchy freezing fog and a high of 31 degrees is forecast for today. Lows of 4 degrees and 8 degrees are forecast for Thursday and Friday night respectively, with daytime highs in the low 40s.
▪ Photo galleries: Pictures of the Year 2014 by The Sacramento Bee photographers
Race into new year: Rev your engines with NHRA drag racing, professional and street legal, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Sacramento Raceway Park, 5305 Excelsior Road, Sacramento.
Grant for Ebola treatment: The National Science Foundation has awarded UC Davis a $200,000 “fast response” grant to develop a wide-scale production method for the experimental Ebola treatment ZMapp.
Tweets aplenty: With nearly 300 million users throughout the world, Twitter has become what cable television was 20 years ago. Here are some of Sacramento’s most memorable Twitter moments in 2014.
Treehouse of dreams: A far cry from the “rickety” treehouse he built in Wisconsin with his buddies as a boy, Granite Bay businessman Mike Splinter recently contracted to have the treehouse of his dreams built, as a national television audience watched.
▪ Bee video: Not Your Childhood Treehouse
Rage on the road: Center DeMarcus Cousins received two technicals – and an automatic ejection – in the Sacramento Kings’ 106-84 rout by host Boston on Wednesday, their ninth loss in 11 games.
Local sports today: NBA – Kings at Minnesota Timberwolves, 5 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)
Men’s college basketball – Northern Arizona at Sacramento State, 7:05 p.m. (KTKZ 1380)