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just ahead, a look at new year's eve celebrations in the bay area and around the world. an early morning apartment fire in san francisco leaves several homeless and injured. and the pot is only getting bigger. $242million at stake last night, and now mega millions enthusiasts have another shot at an even grander prize. it is 8:30 on saturday morning, the 1st of january, 2011. good morning, and happy new year. i'm anne mackovic. >> and jim bernard in with new year's weather. >> a little rainy? >> right on time. just about midnight, the rain started, a sign of thing to
come for sure, as we see the showers continuing in and around the bay area this morning. it's light, quarter inch to less than that for most locations today. this is not going to be a gulley washer, by any stretch. just light shower activity, even at the beach should be drying out through the day. we're not going to clear, but we'll see breaks in the cloud cover, only to thicken up again into tomorrow, as we've got another wave of moisture headed our way. we'll take a closer look at that for you, coming up in the complete forecast in just a few minutes. >> very unfortunate timing, jim. >> you think so? >> well, new year's day, then christmas day last week. >> it's all good stuff. >> okay. we'll take it. >> we got 100% some of normal. >> i like your attitude. top of the news this morning, a fire early this morning forced people to evacuate an apartment building in san francisco. flames could be seen on the roof at the building at the corner of montgomery and pacific in the financial
district. thick smoke poured out of the windows. one man was lying on the sidewalk while getting help from firefighters and paramedics. the fire was reported at about 1:30 this morning. to get to it, some firefighters climbed up the outside of an adjacent building. the cause has not been determined. people gathered throughout the bay area last night and into this morning to welcome the new year. >> happy new year! [ cheers & applause ] >> young and old rung in the new year along san francisco's waterfront. thousands of people packed the embarcadero for the annual fireworks display. it was a wet and cold night, but that did not stop people from celebrating in the streets at the stroke of midnight. no reports of any major problems. as the new year begins today, riding cal train becomes a little more expensive. a 25-cent per zone hike kicks in today. for example, a one-way ticket from san francisco to downtown
san jose is now $8.50, 75 cents higher than just yesterday. also this year, cal train plans to add three baby bullet express trains to its weekend service on a trial basis. and something else a little more expensive starting today, traffic tickets in california. the state is now adding a $4 surcharge to every traffic ticket. the revenue, an estimated $34 million a year, will help pay for emergency air transport services. the program had been facing a financial crisis because of a shortfall in medical funding. the new year brings in a new state law that aims to crack down on truancy. if kids don't show up for class, their parents may end up behind bars. >> reporter: kids and their parents are sliding into the new year at the hiller aviation museum in san carlo, a year that introduces a new state law on truancy, penalizing parents of kindergarten through eighth grade students who miss more than 10% of the school year
without a valid excuse. many parents we talked to say they didn't know they could be fined $2000 and spend up to a year in jail if their kids' attendance doesn't improve. some say the law's too strict, like this mother of kindergartner zoey. >> i know i want -- my daughter to spend time with people at school, but it's a step that feels too heavy- handed toment i can't really explain why. >> reporter: students are considered habitual truants if they miss three or more school days a year. penalties were pushed for students who missed more days. reducing truancy and dropout rates bring down crime. ward carson, father of a preschooler believes the new law will enforce the value offed wages. >> we missed three days in four years. i consider that to be
significant enough. i think missing, what did you say, 10% in one year? i think it's beyond the vail of accept tibility. >> reporter: some parents say the law doesn't take in the need of special education or family time. this mother kept her son out for a week for a hawaiian vacation. >> if we're given a homework packet to make sure children are keeping up with their school work. >> reporter: whatever the grade from these parents, the truancy measure becomes law january 1. in san carlo, sharon chen, cbs 5. and another new law, even though voters rejected proposition 19 in november, marijuana laws are getting a bit more lax in the new year. starting today, people caught with less than an ounce of pot won't be arrested. instead, they will get a ticket with a $100 fine. the law reduces the penalty from a misdemeanor to an infraction. the same level of punishment as a speeding ticket. >> this is the first time in 35
years that we've had a reduction in penalties for marijuana in california for anything other than medical. >> but the consequences are staying the same for people who smoke pot and drive. the court treats that like driving under the influence of alcohol. san jose is already looking into its first homicide of the year. the sjpd got a call just after 1:00 this morning to a 15-year- old boy who was shot and died at the scene. so far, police haven't said much about the suspects. this murder comes after a very low number of murders in 2010. san jose had only 20 homicides all of last year, a 26% drop from the previous year. also in san jose, a homeowner could potentially face charges for shooting a man he believes was trying to break into his home. the homeowner says he woke up early yesterday morning as the man was trying to break in through the back door of his house, which is on patio drive. he thought the intruder had a gun, so the homeowner fired his
own shotgun. >> he fired his firearm from inside the residence, outside to the individuals, fled out the front door because his residential land line was not working, neither was his cell phone. >> police say no gun was found on or near the 24-year-old man who was shot, but he did have a cell phone and may have been intoxicated. he underwent surgery and is expected to survive. the homeowner was questioned by police and released. it's now up to the santa clara county district attorney's office to decide whether he'll face any charges. the america's cup is coming to the bay area in 2013. the team headed by oracle ceo larry orson chose san francisco today over newport, rhode island. venues for the race will be built at several piers along our northern waterfront. ellison's group will invest up to $80 million for upgrades to the piers in x change for long- term development rights. the mayor's office projects the
race could inject $1.4 billion into the bay area economy. a powerful earthquake gave argentinian's a rude awakening this morning, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hitting around 7:00 a.m. in the northern part of the country. not clear if there were any major injuries or damage. violent storms ripped through the midwest, killing at least six people. three people died when a tornado touched down in cincinnati, arkansas yesterday. dozens more were hurt. the twister reduced several homes to rubble, as you can see there. cincinnati, arkansas is a very small town, only has about 100 people. nearly everyone is affected by the storm. >> i was in shock. i couldn't believe it. this is my hometown. i grew up here. everything's gone. it's all gone. there's nothing left. it's really sad and devastating. >> two people were killed by another twister in missouri. the storm system is still
massive, stretched down into the gulf of mexico. of course i've been complaining a little bit about the holiday rain around here, but it's nothing like we've seen. we'll check in with jim for our weather forecast, i believe. >> we can do that. you've had enough, i gather? >> yeah, let's do it. >> okay. you know what, i think we're going to take a quick break, first. mega jackpot, even by mega million standards, but still belongs to no one. just ahead, the would-be winning numbers and how much the prize will grow for the next lottery drawing. ,,,,,,,,,,
mega million drawing. the jackpot reached $242 million, with no winner. the jackpot has gone without a winner for 15 consecutive drawings. since nobody won last night, it's going to get even higher. the estimated jackpot for the next drawing, which is this tuesday, $290 million. now, there would have been a winner last night if somebody had these numbers on the screen, 10-12-13-35-56 and the mega number of 9. chances of winning the jackpot, 1 in 175 million. mega millions is played in 41 states and the district of columbia. of course it's the first morning of 2011. many people stayed up very late to usher in the new year. manuel gallegos was in new york's times square, where cleanup crews have their work cut out for them. >> reporter: the party's over. workers wasted no time cleaning up, after new york's massive street gathering to ring in the
new year. [ cheers & applause ] >> reporter: an estimated 1 million people crowded into times square to watch the ball drop at midnight. metal of honor winner salvatore junta helped michael bloomberg lower the ball. kesha was one of the acts, keeping the packed audience entertained. they came from all over to be part of the biggest new year's party in the nation. >> no better place for new year's eve and to welcome in the new year. >> reporter: many showed up early to get the best views of the stage. >> been at this spot since 7:00. >> reporter: security was tight. nypd says there were no specific terrorism threats, but dogs looked for explosives and some officers carried radiation detectors. the security plans for times square gets tweaked every year. the last threat here was eight months ago in a botched car
bomb attempt. a welcome change this year was the weather. temperatures in the 40s brought out even more people than expected. >> this is warm! the last week has been freezing. this is great. >> reporter: good weather and hopefully a good start to the new year. >> 2010 was great, but 2011's going to be better! >> reporter: many are just excited to see what the future brings. manuel gallegos, cbs news, new york. some brave souls out there. the first new year's eve celebration at times square was in 1904. the ball drop was added a few years later to help usher in 1908. just a few years later, here's jim bernard with the weather forecast. i can't believe it, 2011, here we are. >> starting off on a good note here. america's cup coming to the bay area. that is going to be huge. >> and also another storm, right? >> not so huge. >> something that could affect people's weekend. >> just a tiny storm. scattered showers out there. cool and cold weather continuing through the weekend, makes it feel kind of
christmasy, don't you think? maybe not. had enough, all right. as we take a look around the bay, scattered showers this morning, pretty light, stuff. quarter of an inch, tapering on off to a tenth of an inch. even at the beach, a bit of rain out there this morning. and we will see that taper off to showers here this afternoon, with a brief pause before the next round of precipitation reds our way. here's a look at live high- definition picture right now. you see the brunt of the moisture this morning pushing off into the east bay and beyond, and as we zoom in on a little bit here, we'll see light returns showing up throughout the bay area. down to about 3000 feet in the local mountains. could be a dusting of snow there, but as mentioned, not much showing up in the way of any accumulation. any amounts will be very light, except, of course, up around keil. they will be 3 to 6 inches of snow through the weekend, to add to their already record
amounts. if you're already there, it's great news. if you're trying to get there, it's a bit problematic, as roads have been dicey through the holidays. let's take a look at the satellite picture right now, where we see this front coming ashore in the last 24 hours. well formed and impressive looking. however, it dissipated rapidly as it came ashore. here you see the leading edge pushing in and moving through the bay area. the center of circulation, still offshore. that's what will bring the next round of precipitation into the area for late tonight, into tomorrow morning. scattered morning showers here tapering off this afternoon, with more rain on the way. again, it will be the center of circulation, which is likely to continue to parallel the coastline, moving ashore and across southern california here by tomorrow night, into the beginning of the week. as we take a look at the radar expectations, you'll see a few monitor returns showing up in here, but primarily light showers expected. with the bulk of the moisture moving off to the south here through the day tomorrow. there you see crossing the south bay, a few moderate returns showing up, very
briefly as the bulk of the energy once again looks like it's headed to our south and/or going to remain in the offshore waters. temperatures went by too quick. mid-50s prevail for today, with a gradual warmup expected into next week. not quite so warm out across the highcountry of the tahoe basin, where they will hover around the freezing mark. scattered snow showers today and tomorrow. they, too, clear out come the beginning of the week. as you may have noticed, they did new snow surveys last week and in the highcountry of california, looking at 150% around the tahoe basin of normal for this time of year. up to 200% of normal snow pack in the southern mountains. so what was that, about a drop? maybe not this year, as we see we're doing pretty water wise throughout the state, as those levels are comparable to 1982 and '83 for this time of year, which was a very wet year across california. again, we do have a bit of a
break on tap for next week. by next weekend, we may be talking rain again. enjoy the break. >> of course, by next weekend! this is the timing problem we have with this weather! >> we're working, what's the difference? >> fair enough. thanks, jim. it is a snowy new year's day in parts of northern california, as jim mentioned. we'll check the sierra highways and how snow closed the sierra highway here in the bay area. >> i wanted to empower them and show them they have a right to be free. >> they have gone above and beyond to help others. a look back at the best and the brightest of the jefferson awards, next. now here's tony talking about wintertime peaches. >> well, the taste of the day is peaches. their summer, our winter, chilly, that is, and the peaches are coming in. they are going to get bigger, sweeter, and less expensive. what's out there right now is okay, but you better select them and store them right, otherwise they are not going to
taste good at all and then you'll throw away your money. talk about selection, when you buy them marks sure you see this right here? the less greening, the better. you really want to make sure it's moriel low, very important, and the more red. the sides are about medium. later on, two or three weeks, we'll get bigger sizes. and just slight give to the touch. store them on the counter at home, very important, not in the refrigerator, on the counter. when ready to enjoy, only about four or five days, pretty far away. it's home grown local produce, already been a few days. enjoy them in two or three days of buying them. enjoy them. peaches from chile into our market for the holiday. select them this time of year, otherwise you'll be disappointed, or you'll be really happy when you select them right. i'm tony tantillo, your fresh growers. eat fresh and stay healthy. peaches ,,,,,,,,,,
if you're on your way to the snow this is weekend, it could be rough getting up there. looking at i-80 in apple gate this morning, a heavy blanket on the way to the tahoe area. chains are required right now on interstate 80 east of colfax, and on highway 50, chains are required east of placerville. in the bay area, highway 29 is closed right now from st. helena to the napa county line because of snow. mount hamilton road is open as
of now. 2011 will mark the seventh year for cbs 5 profiling bay area jefferson award winners, as we look forward to a new year of inspiring stories. kate kelly gives us a look back at 2010's more creative local heroes. >> reporter: at first glance, you might find bill and dave's public service a bit make cab. but the twin brothers found a purpose for cars they could no longer use in their car business, by donating them. >> if you get a picture or a phone call saying they made it, that's, that feels good in itself. wow, that ambulance still had a lot of life left in it. the look on their face and the response when they are seeing these vehicles, it's amazing. they really appreciate it. >> reporter: veronica pope uses cars in an entirely different way to help young people already on the path to trouble.
n]♪ >> reporter: veronica started people who care, a nonprofit in pittsburgh that runs a weekend car wash for teens required to work off community service hours. it's a second chance that she says for those society often leave behind. >> i wanted to empower them and show them they have a right to be safe, strong and free. free of not being caught up in the hang-ups you've been poorly labeled with. >> she made a big difference in my life. if she wouldn't have come into my life, i probably would have been doing the same things i was doing before. >> reporter: ben is empowering another group of society, often underestimated. the disabled. with his guidance, they learn to grow organic vegetables, harvest and cook at a greenhouse in san francisco. >> i was born blind, so this gardening class has given me a better picture of what plants and things look like when they are growing. >> a gift for me, growing organic vegetables for a community i feel like, you
know, that already struggles with many challenges in life. >> open your eyes so mom can see you! >> reporter: babies born with more than their fair of challenges are getting a good start in san jose. her access program provides food and gas vouchers, transportation, even overnight stays so parents can make the trip to see their infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. >> it feels really satisfying. i just never thought that there should be barriers to visiting your child and we've been able to remove a lot of those barriers. >> who's going to show you how to get to these rooms, though? >> reporter: even more barriers go down when juan carlos girths struggling students from around the bay area. >> those students who are at risk environment, at risk behavior, least likely to succeed, and let's work with them because there's a lot of
folks working with at-risk kids who show potential. >> reporter: e 3, or educational, excellence, and equity program, teaches these kids leadership skills, anger management, and conflict mediation. the result? better students with fewer behavior problems and many more goals. >> i want to be an accountant. i want to be a nurse. >> i want to finish college and then become possibly a basketball player. >> when i hear their stories, gosh, it makes me excited. i mean, it's just that reaffirming thing that as educators, we never know what difference we'll make. >> one thing we've learned in six years, all of these jefferson award winners will make a big difference. our thanks to you for connecting with their project online to volunteer and contribute. and we look forward to bringing you more stories in the new year. kate kelly, cbs 5. now, cbs 5 features jefferson award winners every week. to learn more about them or how you can help, go to cbs5.com.
welcome to 2011. just ahead on weekend's early edition, a look at celebrations here in the bay area and around the world. plus, an early morning fire in an apartment building in san francisco leaves several people homeless and injured. and the pot is only getting bigger. $242million at stake last night, and now mega millions enthusiasts have another shot at an even grander prize. welcome back to the weekend early edition. it's just about 9:00. happy new year! i'm anne mackovic. >> i'm jim bernard, in to take a look at your new year's weather, which is looking a lot like the old year's weather. >> the rain started last night.
>> right at midnight, just about precisely. rain tapers off, light rain measure today. not looking at copious amounts of rain for a change. cold weather continues through the weekend and then looks like we're headed for a bit of a warmup through the week. more fresh snow in the highcountry, causing travel problems, as we mentioned. chains required up over i-80s, highway 50, even the local mountains picking up a dusting of snow this morning. look for a break in the rain this afternoon, with more rain on tap for tomorrow. get out there and enjoy it while you can. yeah, enjoy, the operate of word. sounds good. lot of people are stuck inside watching football in the rain. >> not all bad either. >> thanks, jim. we'll check in with you in a few. in the news this morning, a fire early this morning forced people to evacuate an apartment building in san francisco. you could see flames on the roof of the building at the corner of montgomery and
pacific streets in the financial district. thick smoke pouring out of the windows. some of the people who escaped were injured. we saw one man lying on the sidewalk, while getting help from firefighters and paramedics. the fire was first reported at about 1:30 this morning. to get to it, some firefighters had to climb up the outside of an adjacent building. firefighters still haven't officially determined the cause of that fire. people gathered throughout the bay area last night and into this morning to welcome 2011. >> happy new year! >> this is a look at perhaps the biggest local event, as young and old rung in the new year along san francisco's waterfront, thousands of people packing the embarcadero for the annual fireworks display. it was a cold, wet night, but that did not stop people from celebrating at the stroke of midnight. haven't been any reports of major problems either. good news. riding cal train becomes a bit more expensive today.
a 25-cent per zone hike kicks in today. for example, a one-way ticket from san francisco to downtown san jose is now $8.50, 75 cents higher than it was just yesterday. thls year, cal train plans to add three baby bullet express trains to its weekend service, though it's on a trial bai.z. something else a little more expensive today, traffic tickets in california. the state is now adding a $4 surcharge to every traffic ticket. the revenue, an estimated $34 million a year will help pay for emergency air transport services. the program has been facing a financial crisis because of a shortfall in medcal funding. starting today, a little less detrimental if you get caught with pot. even though voters rejected prop 19 in november, marijuana laws are getting more lax in the new year. starting today, people caught with less than an ounce of pot will not be arrested. instead, they will be written a ticket and have to pay a $100 fine. the law reduces the penalty from a misdemeanor to an
infraction, the same level of punishment as a speeding ticket. >> this is the first time in 35 years that we had a reduction in penalties for marijuana in california for anything other than medical. >> but the consequences are staying the same for people who smoke pot and drive. the courts treat that like driving under the influence of alcohol. the new year also brings in a new state law that aims to crack down on truancy. as sharon chen explains, if kids don't show up for class, their parents might end up behind bars. >> reporter: kids and their parents are sliding into the new year at the hiller aviation museum in san carlo, a year that introduces a new state law on truancy. it penalizes parents of kindergarten through eighth grade students who miss more than 10% of the school year without a valid excuse. >> many parents we talked to here say they didn't know they could be fined $2000 and spend up to a year in jail if their
kids attendance doesn't improve. some say the law is too strict, like this mother of kindergartner zoey. >> i want my daughter to spend time with people who are going to school and i want her to grow up in a world where everybody is educated, but if it's something that feels too heavy handed to me, but i can't explain why. >> reporter: students are considered habitual truant if his they miss three or more school days a year. san francisco district attorney and state attorney general elect camilla harris pushed for the tougher penalties who miss even more days. she says reducing truancy and dropout rates help bring down crime. ward carson, father of a preschooler believes the new law will enforce the value of education. >> we've missed i think three days in four years. i consider that to be significant enough. so i think missing, you know, what did you say, 10% in one year? i think is beyond the vail of accept tibility. >> reporter: but some say it
doesn't take into account special education needs or family time. this mother took her son out of school for a week for a hawaiian vacation, but made sure he kept up with school. >> if we're given some kind of homework packet to make sure children are keeping up with their school work. >> reporter: whatever the grade from these parents, the truancy measure becomes law january 1. in san carlo, sharon chen, cbs 5. san jose is already looking into its first homicide of the year. the sjpd got a call just after 1:00 this morning and a 15-year- old boy had been shot. he died at the scene. so far, police have not said much about the suspects. this murder comes after a very low number of murders in 2010. san jose had only 20 homicides in all of last year. it was a 26% drop from the previous year. also in san jose, a homeowner could be potentially facing charges for shooting a man he believes was trying to break into his home. the homeowner says he woke up early yesterday morning and the man was trying to break in
through the back door of his house, which is on patio drive. he thought the intruder had a gun, so the homeowner fired his own shotgun. >> he fired his firearm from inside the residence, outside to the individual, fled out the front door because his residential land line was not working and neither was his cell phone. >> police say no gun, though, was found on or near the 24- year-old man who was shot. he did have a cell phone, though. he may have been intoxicated, according to police. he underwent surgery and is expected to survive. the homeowner was questioned by police, then released. it's now up to the santa clara county district attorney's office to decide whether he'll face any charges. violent storms ripping through the midwest in the past 24 hours, killing at least six people. three people died when a tornado touched down in cincinnati, arkansas yesterday, and dozens more were hurt. the twister, as you can see,
reduced several homes to rubble. cincinnati, arkansas is a very small town, only about 100 people, so nearly everyone has been affected by the storm. >> i was in shock. i couldn't believe it. this is my hometown. i grew up here and everything's gone. it's just all gone. there's nothing left. it's really sad and devastating. >> two people were killed by another twister in missouri. the storm system is so massive, it stretched down into the gulf of mexico. tornadoes in the winter, something you don't see often. >> that sub tropical moisture working its way across the country, that's when you see wild weather. new york picked up a couple feet of snow, the first one. midwest getting hammered now. and the third in the series of pineapple connections crossing the coast, even as we speak, which we'll take a closer look at for you, coming up in the complete forecast. cloudy with a few cold showers this morning. details, coming up next.
morning, sergeant. a very busy night. did you expect that? >> well, you know, we expected it would be busy, but we're very disappointed with the numbers. there were 64 people arrested for dui and 4 fatal traffic collisions. so what that means is there's four families that are going to have to plan a funeral starting out this 2011. so we're really disappointed by that. how do those numbers compare to past years? >> well, over the years, they kind of fluctuate. this one, i would say, is about the average, but what we can't seem to understand is why do people choose to do it when reaching up to new year's, we let people know, hey, we'll be out there, increasing staffing levels, looking for people driving under the influence. yet people still do it anyway. so we still have till sunday at midnight, so we're telling people, please, plan ahead and think before you drink. we're looking at check points going on, check points in several bay area cities. guess they didn't seem to stop enough, but obviously stopped a lot of people from getting on
the roadways. >> it did prevent some people, but we want people to remember that if you are stopped and you're under the influence of alcohol and drugs, there is no verbal warning. you are going to go to jail. and that is really no way you want to spend your new year's. you should be spending it with friends and family, not in jail or regretting the fact that you possibly killed someone else. you still have one more day left. think ahead. spend the night at a friend's house or take a cab. there's so many other options rather than drinking and driving. when you mix the two, there's a possibility you could end up killing yourself or killing someone else. these four accidents just happened overnight and you might not have all the details, but do we know the people killed, were they the people driving drunk or innocent people driving on the roadway? >> a combination of both. you know, four different crashes, four different locations, but there's one thing that all four crashes have in common, which they were all preventible. so the reason why those crashes occurred is because someone wasn't being responsible behind
the wheel. and so that's really what it comes down to. so we want people to really get into the mindset that every single motorist, you make a difference out there on the road. so if you're courteous, obey the vehicle road, everyone can reach their destination safely and we don't have to have families planning funerals. i spoke with you yesterday about hoping the maximum enforcement would keep people from driving drunk. obviously that's not been the case. i guess what is that like for you guys, after you are pounding it into people's heads days before the holiday period, don't drink and drive. >> there's no frustration on our part. it's our job. it's what people expect from us to keep the roadways safe, but we're going to let people know that we're not letting down. like i mentioned before, if you're stopped and you're under the influence, you're going to go to jail. there's so many different other things you can do, especially when a first time dui is going to cost you approximately $10,000, with fees and fines,
and i'm pretty sure there's some nice limo companies or cabs or nice hotel rooms that don't cost that much for one night. that's definitely a better option instead of taking a ride with me or one of my coworkers. absolutely. sergeant, thanks so much for joining us this morning. we hope we don't have to meet under such circumstances again. meantime, more rain is about to come down in the bay area, jim bernard. >> it's coming down now, started about midnight. and of course this adds to the problems out on the highways and byways. slick roadways out there. rainfall amounts pretty light. we are looking at snow in the local mountains. officially snow levels running about 3000. however, i suspect we're expecting up accumulation lower than that, down around 2000, 2500 feet. as you see here on the live high-definition doppler picture, snowfall showing up in the north bay here, north of vacaville, where we're continuing to see very light
and mild. the bulk of the moisture is pushing off to the east, headed for the highcountry sierra, i- 80 and i 50 are experiencing snow problems. not unusual, given the pattern we've been under the last month or so. chains are required if you're headed over to the highcountry. for the rest of the bay area, lightly scattered hit or miss showers winding down through the afternoon. however, there is another wave on tap here for the wee hours of the morning tonight, into tomorrow, which looks pretty juicy at this point. let's take a look at it on satellite right now, where you see the center of circulation, which is this area right here still lurking in the offshore waters and we'll see it pass through the region tomorrow. leading edge last night, light rain showers beginning midnight, dissipating rapidly. as it came ashore, here's the remnants of it right now, packing the coldest air as it crosses the region, which could spark a few thunderstorms out there as well. scattered morning showers today giving way to a break this
afternoon. we'll hang on to the clouds, but the rain should taper off. however, there is more on the way into tomorrow and it will look a lot like today's moisture did, probably quarter to half of an inch of rain across the area, with the radar expectations showing for the most part light returns across the bay area, a few moderate cells popping up here and there. again, that would be the isolated thunderstorm development due to the cold, unstable air out there. but the bulk of it seems to be going by to our south. i expect that low pressure system to parallel the coast. as we head south, temperatures in the upper 50s today along the bay, with near freezing levels up in the tahoe area, so you can imagine what that does to the roadways out there. it could stay frozen into the beginning of the week. we're looking at a break our way by midweek, as our weekend showers taper off. that will dry out on monday and stay that way through most of the week, as temperatures rebound a bit. nothing dramatic. not a big warmup. we'll be back near seasonal norms after a chilly couple of
weeks, arriving just in time for the christmas holidays. again, this is our third wave of subtropical moisture crossing the west coast. it will work its way across the country once again. i'm sure we'll be talking about severe weather out in the midsection of the nation and possible snow for the eastern seaboard by this time next week. >> okay. so if somebody's in the sierra right now, when do you think they should come back? when's a good plan? >> spring! [ laughter ] >> i like that plan. >> stay put. >> okay. >> looks like midweek, monday, tuesday, wednesday, pretty good. >> okay. >> that's probably the best, going or coming. >> sounds good. thanks, jim bernard. in sports, the warriors won by a whisker last night in charlotte, north carolina. guard monday i take ellis and stephen curry combined for 49 points. the warriors had an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter, but allowed the bob cats to cut it to 1 with 14 seconds left. charlotte's steven jackson missed a 29-footer and the
warriors won 96-95, winning four of their last five. local college basketball, san jose state lost to utah state, 80-71. st. mary's beat hartford. college football, notre dame defeated miami of florida in the sun bowl, 33-17. in the meineke bowl, south florida beat clemson 31-26. florida state beat south carolina in the chick-fil-a bowl 26-17. and central florida won the liberty bowl, beating georgia 10-6. in today's sports action, san jose sharks are at los angeles to face the kings at 6:00 tonight. the warriors visit lebron james and the miami heat at 4:30. there are also five college football bowl games this morning and this afternoon. in a few minutes, we'll have the story of hopes at the rose bowl, five decades ago. it's the anniversary today. it is a mega jackpot even by mega million standards, but
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well, no winner for last night's mega millions drawing. ticket sales for the multistate lottery game were brisk, with the jackpot reaching $242 million. it's gotten so high because the jackpot has gone without a winner for 15 consecutive drawings. since no one won, it's going to get even higher. the estimated jackpot for the next drawing, this tuesday, $290 million. it is the first morning of 2011, and a lot of folks stayed
up late to usher in the new year. manuel gallegos was in new york's times square, where the cleanup crew had their work cut out for them. >> reporter: the party's over. workers wasted no time cleaning up after new york's massive street gathering to ring in the new year. >> 3, 2, 1! [ cheers & applause ] >> reporter: an estimated 1 million people crowded into times square to watch the ball drop at midnight. medal of honor winner salvatore giunta helped new york city mayor michael bloomberg lower the crystal ball. pop star kesha was one of the acts, keeping the crowd entertained. they came from all over to be part of the biggest new year's party in the nation. >> 2011, woo! >> no better place to welcome in the new year. >> reporter: many showed up early to get the best views of the stage. >> been here at this spot since
7:00. >> reporter: security was tight. nypd says there were no specific terrorism threats, but dogs looked for explosive and some officers carried radiation detectors. the security plan for times square gets tweaked every year. the last threat here was eight months ago in a botched car bomb attempt. a welcome change this year was the weather. temperatures in the 40s brought out even more people than expected. >> this is warm. the last week has been freezing. this is great! >> reporter: good weather and hopefully a good start to the new year. >> 2011's going to be better! >> reporter: many are just excited to see what the future brings. manuel gallegos, cbs news, new york. when it comes to elaborate pranks, this one is very hard to beat. it happened five decades ago. a look back when thousands of fans of the rose bowl really fans of the rose bowl really didn't know what ,, 3q
have good memories of it being pulled off. >> 50 years ago today, reporter jeff todd tells us what happened at the 1961 rose bowl. >> the great rose bowl hoax. >> reporter: january 2, 1961, university of washington was playing the university of minnesota for the national championship. and at half time, one of the great traditions of college football, card stunts. >> i don't know how it could work much better. >> reporter: rich was a cal state student. he and friends worked the card show. >> panic stricken until it hit the air. somebody's going to figure it out. >> reporter: at a time when the cards were supposed to read washington, the cards read cal tech. with perfect execution, rich and a friend had to break into a dorm housing cheerleaders and change thousands of index cards with directions on them. >> getting by was amazing.
>> reporter: this was a picture rich was able to take from his tv. the cal tech prank made national news. >> i have a soup box in the other room full of clippings that relatives sent from all over the country of the cal tech prank. >> reporter: though he doesn't want the rose bowl much anymore, rich says what he did at that game is something he'll never forget. >> we were all definitely proud of it. >> that is classic! i don't think you could get by with something like that these days. >> what are the chances. weather wise for the rest of the day? >> showers tapering off, more to come by tomorrow morning. not out of the wet yet. >> either way, hope you enjoy your first day of 2011. any resolutions you want to share? >> more better weather! >> okay, we like it! better being a relative term. i'm not going to share any because i don't want this for the record. >> we'll share this from salt lake city last night and we'll see you here again tomorrow. we'll be back here.