Happy Thursday Sacramento,
Well, that’s more like it. A genuine Sacramento Valley rainstorm soaked the region Wednesday night.
While the rainfall totals were not overwhelming, they were significant for just one night. Sacramento got .42 of an inch rain and out in the suburbs, Fair Oaks received .75 of an inch.
It seems the accumulation depended on what cloud a community was under last night as the blustery winds and heavy rain at times made driving difficult. Traffic was flowing freely and without much difficulty Thursday morning as most drivers took notice of the rain slick roads and left distance between cars. See the latest road conditions at http://www.sacbee.com/traffic/
Showers are forecast today, but the next shot of sizable rain is slated to hit Friday morning and is expected to drop about an inch of rain in Sacramento.
Up in the mountains, snow continued to fall Thursday. Snow showers were forecast to continue throughout the day at the resort where 8-10 inches of snow fell overnight. Temperatures were expected to range in the upper 20s to the low 30s with moderate-to-strong winds. The resort noted on its website that winds might affect ski lift operations.
Here is the 7-day forecast from the National Weather Service for Sacramento
News:• Parking at Sacramento International Airport? Find out here why it’s likely tougher to find a spot in the parking garage that serves Terminal A and B.
• A Yolo County Superior Court jury is expected to decide this morning on the 17 remaining counts against ex-West Sacramento police officer Sergio Alvarez, accused of sexual assault and kidnapping. The jury deadlocked on 10 counts in his sex assault trial Wednesday. Alvarez, 38, allegedly attacked women in 2011 and 2012 while on night patrols. To read Darrell Smith’s story, go to www.sacbee.com. On video: The estranged wife of Alvarez speaks on Channel 10
• Must you wash your recyclables when trying to conserve water? Get the answer in today’s Water Question of the Day.
Things to do:• Throw on your black suit, grab your guitar and head on out to Folsom groundbreaking ceremony for the Johnny Cash Trail and Bike/Pedestrian Overcrossing today at 3 p.m. near the intersection of Folsom Lake Crossing and East Natoma Street. For more, see the Bee’s story here.
• Beer Week starts today and runs through March 9. See what’s on tap at www.Sacramentobeerweek.com.
• The Youth of the Year Awards Ceremony will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. tat the Teichert Branch of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento, 5212 Lemon Hill Ave. The ceremony is designed to honor club members’ achievements in the areas of character development, personal growth and leadership skills. (916) 719-0032.
• Got a remodeling bug? Itchy green thumb? Check out the 33rd annual Original Sacramento Home & Garden Show at Cal Expo tomorrow through Sunday. Save a $1 off the $7 general admission by bringing a can of food to Sacramento Food Bank & Family services.
• Join Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m at Fairytale Town, 3901 Land Park Drive, Sacramento. The event is free with paid admission of $5.50. Information: (916) 808-7462, www.fairytaletown.org.
• Affair of the Heart, a free event focused on heart health is 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park. It will feature heart-healthy foods by local restaurants, wine tasting, health screenings and talks by Marshal Medical Center experts. RSVP by 3 p.m. to www.affairoftheheart.eventbrite.com of call (530) 626-2811.
Sports:• Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team plays at 6:05 p.m. at first-place Weber State. The Hornets shocked Weber State 78-75 in overtime Feb. 1 on Dylan Garrity’s 75-foot buzzer beater that has been nominated for the GEICO men’s basketball college play of the year. Here’s the video of that shot:
Tune to 1380 AM to listen to the game. For Bill Paterson’s updates on the Sac State and UC Davis basketball teams, go to www.sacbee.com.• The San Jose Sharks return from their three-week Olympics break by playing on road at 4 p.m. against the Philadelphia Flyers. Watch the game on CSNCA or listen to it on Auburn’s KAHI-950.