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A.M. Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Thursday

Warm  weather leaves bare spots Wednesday around the Nob Hill chairlift at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. Sugar Bowl will be closing mountain operations this Sunday.
Warm weather leaves bare spots Wednesday around the Nob Hill chairlift at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. Sugar Bowl will be closing mountain operations this Sunday. rpench@sacbee.com

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:

Dry winter ends appropriately : The final day of the winter that wasn’t is likely to end as it began: without rain. December 21 was the first day of winter, a rainless day. The National Weather Service expects March 19, the last winter day, will also be rain-free and warm. The high today in Sacramento is predicted to be 79 degrees, which is 12 degrees above normal.

No snow: Sugar Bowl Ski Resort has announced it’s closing early because of the lack of snow, the latest casualty of the California drought. Sunday will be the last day at one of the oldest and largest of the Sierra ski resorts.

▪ California restricts yard watering as drought persists

New charges for Lyon: Former Lyon Real Estate CEO Michael Lyon has been booked on new charges that he secretly recorded others. The former Boy Scout leader already was in jail for violating probation on an earlier case involving his secret recordings of prostitutes and others.

RT warning: Concerned about increasing numbers of people hit by trains, Sacramento Regional Transit has launched a campaign warning pedestrians, cyclists and drivers to focus more on their surroundings and less on their headphones, smart phones and text messaging.

Equity sought: Students, their families and community members in the San Juan Unified School District are invited to session at 6:30 p.m. today on “Restoring Equitable School Culture and Climate” on campuses. The meeting will be in Arden Middle School’s multipurpose room, 1640 Watt Ave., Sacramento. The gathering is part of a continuing effort by the district’s Equity Focus Group, a panel of parents, teachers and administrators, to discuss school culture and remedy disparities among ethnic groups.

Hornets down Pilots: The visiting Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team topped Portland 73-66 Wednesday night in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Sacramento State will continue tournament play against Northern Arizona at 7 p.m. Saturday at The Nest. Tickets will go on sale 10 a.m. today.

March Madness begins: The NCAA’s men’s basketball championship tournament begins today with a slate of 16 games, with starting ranging from 9:15 a.m. to 6:57 p.m. Follow results and watch bracket updates throughout the tournament here.

Local sports today: Spring Training baseball – San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)

NHL – San Jose Sharks at Toronto Maple Leafs, 4:30 p.m (CSNCA, KAHI 950)

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