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it's christmas this year, last year didn't have the experience, want to be with family more than anything this year. >> at 5:00, covid flight delays are plugging the country but bay area may have seen a christmas miracle. covid could not stop holiday reunions at busy airport. tahoe, a major highway closure as snow continues up there. rain down here, wind and flooding in the bay area, stormranger scanning as we track this storm. news at 5:00 starts right
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now. i'm terry mcsweeney, audrey is off. merry christmas. stormy start, downtown san jose, christmas in the park is open, people down there with umbrellas up, but down there. christmas in the park drive-through is closed because of flooding. peninsula is hammered, shut down after trees fell on the street, donner avenue and cunningham way. man trying to unclog a storm drain in san carlos, god bless him. said it happens a couple of times a year. >> dad has a building down the block that always gets flooded when it pours, want to make sure the drains can handle the rain. getting ready to put sandbags
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out, too. >> nice job. cameras show a lot of rain around the bay area and snow is impacting drive up to the sierra. when it gets like this, are good to know somebody like meteorologist vianey arana is here. >> zoom in using the mobile dopular radar stormranger for better idea. closer, you can see light to moderate rain through san rafael, up to richland as well. heavier in sayre toeing go, sunnyvale and we're not in the clear yet. small hail in the santa cruz mountain area and several
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thunderstorms, expecting it to continue, plenty of instability. also into overnight hours. the mountain areas, highway 17, expect delays and wet roads through tomorrow morning. temperatures in the 40s. topped out in upper 40s, low 50s. 46 in san jose now, 48 in san francisco, and rain expected to continue all night long. also seen gusty winds, temperatures are going to drop into the 40s. heading into tomorrow, also in the 40s and 50s, but we have a couple of changes ahead. it's going to come in form of, guess what, lowering snow levels. get colder helding into sunday and monday and last week of 2021's forecast we'll see changes. full details. sunday forecast, 50s and will
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get colder, and late update on the sierra snow pack, lot of you asking about that, and local hilltops with a little bit of snow. >> if you're not in the sierra and thinking of going that way, now is not the time. cal trans shut down 80 in colfax to the nevada state line. zero visibility at times because of the snow. this is along the highway in truckee. been a total whiteout at times. showing how bad it looks from the ground. can't see past the trees on donner pass and no word when the closure of 80 is lifted. download our app, it's got radar, so you can follow the storm. and show us how the weather is at your house.
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send us photos or videos, tag nbc bay area news and we might put it on the air. hundreds of flights canceled. airlines struggling to staff flights with covid outbreaks and weather. as nbc bay area's jonathan bloom explained, in the bay area, they got it. >> good time. >> had a great time. >> great time. >> reporter: christopher's best christmas present was seeing brother's face at airport. >> it's christmas. want to be with family. >> reporter: never take for granted again. >> after the pandemic i'm grateful for family. family and friends, end of the day, all we got. >> reporter: baby jack spent first christmas at grandma's house. >> so fun opening presents. >> reporter: and mom and dad got
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to see san francisco again. >> missed the hills and fog, all that stuff. even though you would think you wouldn't miss the fog. >> reporter: fog that could interfere with flights but not today. >> we've had family members get their planes canceled. >> reporter: snow in seattle is cause of some delayed flights, including alaska airlines and united. >> we paid a lot. >> reporter: canceled worldwide due to covid outbreaks among the flight crews. rebooking but sometimes much later arrivals. >> still not here, almost 2 1/2 hours today. >> reporter: just being able to travel is making holiday extra special. >> makes holiday season more meaningful, family makes the world go round, glad to be back. >> merry christmas to mom, dad, family, friends, grandparents,
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everybody that made me and got me here today. >> merry christmas to families, grandma and grandpa, all the bensons in colorado. >> merry christmas everybody. >> merry christmas, san francisco. >> reporter: nbc bay area news. >> turning to the covid pandemic, nbc news tally found passed 52 million cases of covid. taken over 800,000 lives. high cases climbed before christmas, u.s. adding more than 240,000 new cases on the 22nd alone. in california, numbers jumped, positivity at 5.4%. daily case average more than
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6100 but nearly have one dose of the vaccine. trespassing turned deadly in cupertino. sheriff's deputies responded, homeowner fired at suspected trespasser, killing the man. patric court in cupertino. they're investigating the circumstances. identity of the person shot let to be released. festive white house, president joe biden marked first christmas in office with call to service members stationed around the world. joined by first lady jill biden and new puppy, commander. called those serving the solid steel spine of the nation and knows how difficult it is to be away from loved ones at holidays. >> because all of you are out there, americans across the nation are able to spend today
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with loved ones, enjoying the blessings of security of our american democracy. we're so, so grateful. >> in earlier statement president and first lady said they're praying for anyone who lost a loved one in the pandemic. memorial church served up feast to the less fortunate today. last year it was virtual but today the real thing. work started hours before that. for a lot of volunteers, it's family, a holiday tradition. >> we work with glide, with salvation army and homeless shelters across the bay area, feeling we can give back any way we can is better than opening up presents for us. gift that keeps giving. >> after that big lunch, workers delivered meals to people living on the streets. has been serving the homeless
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and low income populations more than 50 years. all this rain, is it enough to rescue wine country from the drought? "nbc nightly news" looks at lingering concerns after a very dry year. and we have lift-off. new telescope launched this morning to help us learn more about distant galaxies, how silicon valley played a role in the mission. plenty of rain and sierra snow, nice boost for the snow pack. greater tahoe there, closer look in forecast ahead, and what to expect, in just a few minutes. stay with us.
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big success for nasa this morning, launching successor of the hubble telescope into space. >> from a tropical rain forest to the edge of time itself, begins a voyage back to the birth of the universe. >> the james webb telescope launched from french guyana, will take 30 days to reach destination and study some of the first stars and galaxies. silicon valley had a big hand,
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mountain view scientists helped with what powered it. find the full story at, search james webb telescope. oakland had a violent christmas, including a officer-involved shooting, 500 block of 98th ave. man waved gun at responding officers and officer fired, no one was hit, suspect arrested and officer placed on leave, standard procedure. rain and snow putting a dent in the historic drought, and it's a welcome relief for farmers. for impact on california's hard-hit wine industry -- >> reporter: this is america's premier wine growing area, some of the most expensive farmland in the country.
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but like the rest of california, this past growing season napa valley suffered through the state's driest rainfall year in more than a century. how serious is this compared to other years. >> as serious as i've seen it. >> reporter: had to run operations with some reservoirs practically empty. dried out. >> completely dried out. >> reporter: with record-breaking heat and less water, vines put out less review. >> that's a nice cluster, should be three times as big. >> reporter: here in napa valley, wine industry is $9 billion business from the vineyards, to the wineries and into the bottle, supporting more than 40,000 jobs, and all depends on water. to keep these vineyards alive, lincoln is irrigating with recycled waste water from napa. >> this vineyard would be
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essentially dead without that recycled water. we're using new tools we have to adapt to climate change. >> reporter: tim runs the plant where he says vineyards are fastest growing customers. >> more than doubling each year, this year going to sell 1.2 billion gallons of recycled water. >> reporter: from water to flames, the region is still recovering from devastating wildfire season last year, hundreds of millions of grapes ruined. winemaker says it ruin more than 150,000 cases. >> we've had droughts come and go, mother nature throws us curveballs and we deal with them. >> reporter: growing challenges for wine industry adapting to new reality -- fires, heat and a drought. forcing growers to make sure no drop goes to waste.
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nbc news. one nice thing coming out of the rain, check out this rainbow over the peninsula. and shout-out to all the photographers working today. this was san carlos, our own rafael benitez. getting it done. not everybody is happy with the rainfall but there's a lot we're getting that's beneficial. 48 degrees. live look in san francisco. hope it's been a cozy christmas day where you've been able to bundle up. satellite radar, plenty of activity. reports of small hail and thunderstorms, not in the clear yet. storm ranger mobile doppler radar, still have rain pushing
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through but heavier pockets in sunnyvale, and saratoga, near san jose, light to moderate at times and santa cruz/monterey area, expect rain next couple of hours and current temperatures in the 40s. 46 in san jose, 46 in oakland. topped out in low 50s. look at hour by hour outlook. how much longer is it going to stick around? saturday, 11:00 p.m. but hayward, palo alto, and fast forward into sunday, start out with a break in the morning but buy the afternoon another round of showers and also awaiting a cold front that's going to bring down temperatures. heading into monday morning also going to start with a soggy commute before another break monday afternoon. then here comes the cold air.
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talking really cold temperatures, enough to bring lowering snow levels to bay area by tuesday. but show you something, this is not the sierra, this is mount hamilton, exactly. peak is 4,265 and this is 4,000 feet. could lower to 2,000 feet monday and tuesday. here it is. especially by tuesday, mount hamilton could get a lot more snow, welcome sight, change in the bay area. greater tahoe getting several inches, that's this morning. i do not recommend traveling. winter storm warning in effect, dangerous travel conditions remain for tomorrow, monday and tuesday. speaking of the sierra snow pack, we're bumping up, 130%. quick reminder, it's a third of california's water supply.
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anytime we get a ton of snow, we get happy. how much more snow? model runs showing over 80 inches, that's amazing. drought monitor, another big question you ask. take into account how long it took to get into red, it's going to take a few more storms to dig out, several years, but we saw improvement from exceptional to extreme in some areas. 79% of the state of california is extreme, that's about 88%. that's why we enjoy the rain. next seven days, active pattern. don't put away the um brelas. look at that. inland temperatures only going to top out 43 degrees. i'm from california, a true
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california girl, terry mcsweeney, that is cold, i've been taking advantage of the blankets and fuzzy socks. as is my rescue dog. >> vianey, thanks for the good news. >> absolutely.
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this is the ninth year in a row the warriors have been working on christmas day. steph curry and the gang facing
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off against the phoenix suns today. winner would have best record in the nba. very depleted roster, did their best, was it enough? we'll have it for you tonight at 6:00. flames gutted home of nba player in philadelphia overnight. 76ers guard tyrese maxey and family were all safe after the fire on christmas eve. heavy damage to the brick home. unclear how it started, officials believe it was an accident. data is in, not just opening wallets for season of giving but bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are giving charities a boost this career. we learn about covid-19,
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the more questions we have. the biggest question now, what's next? what will covid bring in six months, a year? if you're feeling anxious about the future, you're not alone. calhope offers free covid-19 emotional support. call 833-317-4673, or live chat at today.
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lot of people donating to charity around the holidays, apparently more and more with cryptocurrency. almost 600% increase compared to last year, comes from the giving block, donation platform, reports that giving tuesday average was more than 12,000 bucks. back in two minutes. emergency planning for kids. we can't predict when an emergency will happen. so that's why it's important to make a plan with your parents. here are a few tips to stay safe.
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know how to get in touch with your family. write down phone numbers for your parents, siblings and neighbors. pick a place to meet your family if you are not together and can't go home. remind your parents to pack an emergency supply kit. making a plan might feel like homework, but it will help you and your family stay safe during an emergency.
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newest spider-man film is swinging its way to a billion dollars at box office.
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"spider-man: no way home," more than 500 million in the u.s. and today crossing $1 billion mark at global box office, biggest film of 2021 by a long shot, also the first to earn a billion dollars since 2019. what happened then? last "star wars" movie that hit the theaters. last year the theaters weren't open much. still playing theaters now, remember, no spoilers. vianey has no spoilers at all, whole lot of wet weather. by the way, spider-man was really g worth good, worth the matinee ticket i bought. heading into tomorrow, little bit of a break from the rain but moving back in. and then a cold front bringing low snow levels. seen some on mount hamilton,
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could bring it to 2,000 feet. inland areas, 40s. overnight in the 30s, it's cold, drive safe. merry christmas. >> thank you for watching. "nbc nightly news" is back. back at 6:00, hope you can join us then. on this christmas night, as millions gather across the country, omicron cases are soaring, forcing people to wait hours on testing lines >> how long have you been waiting >> three hours. >> some states smashing previous records for daily cases, putting a strain on hospitals and already burned out doctors for the second christmas in a row. >> we are still tting the same amount of covid patients the difference i then we had more staff. >> staffing shortages more than 1,000 canceled flights and growing concerns covid sickouts could impact other parts of daily life from public transportation to grocery stores


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