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with the clear skies, highs in the mid-50s by day, and at night as the skies clear, the coldest nights we've seen in quite a while. many 30s in the valley as we watch for patchy frost. the forecast coming up in a few minutes. >> thank you very much, rob. as rob was talking about, if your holiday plans include a trip to the sierra, you want to pack chains. this is a look at the eastbound lanes in soda springs. chains are required on all vehicles from kingvale to donner lake. early this morning, a tree fell across two lanes of 580 near 14th street in oakland. it landed on top of a moving car. the driver tells us he saw the tree falling, but couldn't stop. >> it was shocking. i was scared that the glass was going to shatter on me. i thought the branches would hit me and cut me up. it maybe would have killed me. >> his car was damaged but he
was not hurt. the chp said at least one other car hit the tree. no injuries to that driver either. chain controls, wind, falling trees, all challenges, but there are even more. freeways have been crowded much of the day. here's a look at what it looks like right now. this is interstate 880 in oakland. it's moving, but still pretty crowded. and the weather is slowing things down. let's go to jody hernandez who has been keeping tabs on the roads and the skies along interstate 80 in emoryville. good evening, jody. >> reporter: good evening. patience is definitely the name of the game tonight. take a look at the traffic coming off the bay bridge and onto interstate 880. while things look better at the airport, patience is also coming in handy there. mike and his family, including their dog, spent christmas eve day at sfo waiting for his wife
to arrive from new york. her arrival delayed by a day because of foggy weather on the east coast. >> she went to great lengths to be able to come out here a day early. and the delays really are going to minimize the amount of time that she gets to spend here with my parents. >> reporter: a low cloud ceiling in san francisco also forced sfo to delay arriving flights. but because christmas eve travel is traditionally slow, the impact hasn't been too bad. >> the delays are only ranging between 30 and 60 minutes on arrival. some of that translating to small departure delays. for the most part, we're seeing a good travel day. >> reporter: this family's flight to chicago was pushed back an hour, but they're still on target to make it to grandma's by bedtime. >> hopefully get there before santa does and have time for him to put the presents under the tree, right? so we can wake up tomorrow morning and find some goodies? >> reporter: for those hitting the road, patience is definitely a must.
wet weather conditions are making that trip to grandma's slow going. >> slow and easy. it's cold, windy and wet. i want to be indoors with several plates of food. >> reporter: as for the kinseys, they're finally all together. >> it feels great. it feels like we can actually start our celebration and start the holiday. >> reporter: now, we are back here live again, you are taking a look at the christmas eve commute. very, very slow. i'll tell you, it took my kids half the day to make it back to the bay area from the foothills. so patience is definitely necessary. now, a bright spot in all of this is the drastic drop in gas prices. we're going to have more on that tonight at 6:00. reporting live in emoryville, jodi hernandez, nbc bay area news. >> download our app for realtime doppler radar and a seven-day forecast for your neighborhood. just in to the nbc bay area
newsroom tonight, a grim discovery in the south bay, a body found in the stairwell of an apartment complex near downtown san jose. this is the intersection of stockton avenue and sin ebar street. police officers are on the scene but have not yet provided any details on the circumstances surrounding the death. we will continue to follow this story, and bring you updates as we get them. we're following developing news out of berkeley, missouri, with an officer shooting an 18-year-old suspect, saying the teen pulled a gun. within minutes of a shooting outside a gas station, hundreds of demonstrators showed up. at one point protesters threw rocks and fireworks at police. it started when an officer identified a shoplifting suspect. police say grainy surveillance video shows the teenager putting up his arm before he was shot. >> when the officer came there, the video shows that the thief
pointed a gun that had been recovered. >> the 18-year-old victim has been identified as antonio marchin. there is a full investigation. we go to berkeley, california, a candlelight vigil under way in the east bay to mourn a teen shot in missouri today. it's the second bay area protest of the afternoon. the first came earlier in san francisco, where protesters briefly blocked streets. the near daily protests are taxing the police agencies and now the unions representing many of those officers are asking protesters to change their tactics. nbc bay area's mark matthews has been tracking the demonstrations and is live from berkeley with more. >> reporter: we're here at austin way and martin luther king jr., in a park where the protest was to begin at 5:00. behind me, there are seven people gathered on this christmas eve. we'll let you know if that
number increases. we'll be here over the hour. earlier today, there was a much larger protest in san francisco that shut down traffic on the cross-town freeway. in san francisco, protesters stopped traffic at market and octavia during the morning commute. this intersection including on and off-ramps to 101, so cars on the freeway were brought to a stand still. more than 100 people took part. in solidarity with those angered by the police shootings in missouri and new york. the protest moved up market street to castro, where again they stopped in the middle of the intersection, placed a pink triangle on the street and held a moment of silent and a brief die-in, punctuated by the honking horns by the drivers caught in the backup. protesters say they want accountability and transparency from the police. the posters used to spread the
word about tomorrow's protests in oakland also proclaim no time off. oakland reports over $1 million on police overtime so far. san francisco police say they've spent $162,000. >> there have been times where we have had to cancel days off. >> reporter: during the holidays that has caused a strain, though the department is playing that down. >> we're here, we took an oath to serve the city of san francisco. and that's our job. >> reporter: the prepares of the police unions in san francisco, san jose and oakland writing an open letter calling for more constructive dialogue. protesters are willing to engage in constructive dialogue, but they say the protests will continue. >> it is our right, and it is our role to apply continuous pressure in shifting the criminal justice system. we demand justice. >> reporter: that was the situation this morning in san francisco. tonight, here in berkeley, a very small group of people. we will let you know if that
increases. we'll be back at 6:00. reporting from berkeley, mark matthews, nbc bay area news. these two men are facing charges in an assault in palo alto that could turn out to be deadly. sunday morning two groups of men got into an argument outside a downtown bar. the man on the left is charged with knocking out the victim, who hit his head on the sidewalk and has not regained consciousness, his condition described as critical. the suspect on the right is accused of driving a getaway car. a cdc lab technician is being monitored for signs of ebola with what's called a lab accident. a spokeswoman said the atlanta worker may have come in contact with a small amount of the virus on monday. it happened when a high security lab was transferring the sample to another lab. agency officials say the technician isn't showing any symptoms, but will be monitored for 21 days. the cdc says there was no exposure outside the lab. ride-sharing company uber hit another roadblock, this time
in south korea. where the company's ceo is facing an indictment for allegedly violating a law that bans offering services without proper licensing. the legislature recently passed a measure to fine uber drivers who don't register as taxi drivers. they're also offering a financial reward to people who report such individuals. if convicted, he could face up to two years in prison. coming up next, online and in theaters, sony's "the interview" hits the big and small screen. why the film company is pulling an about-face. live in san jose, the clock is ticking for procrastinators who still need to get their holiday shopping done. hear why they wait until the very last minute. plus, the famous hotels at yosemite national park may soon be forced to change their name. we're watching snow near yosemite, as the rain moves on. we're seeing cooler air, gusty winds and frost now.
a look at the forecast when we come right back. before we go to break, a look at holiday lights getting attention around the bay. this display belongs to bruce known as mr. christmas. he's been putting lights up at his home for near 30 years. at age 85, he said this will be the last year for his 50,000-light extravaganza. protesters want change, but what does it really take to get it? in tonight's "reality check," we look back at the history of demonstrations, and three key elements needed to bring about meaningful change. that's new at 6:00.
theater near you. "the interview" began streaming on youtube, google play and other services today. tomorrow hundreds of independent theaters will air the film on the big screen. sony was criticized after it canceled the film's release after threats from hackers. it centers around a plot to assassinate north korean leader kim jong-un. ticket sales for "the interview" have been brisk. first showings of the film are already sold out across the bay area and around the country. one of the theaters that will screen the movie tomorrow, and fans say they're ready. >> i'm not in a rush, but i'm going to see it. >> i would like to see it, yes. >> i would enjoy the movie. i hope everything goes well for everybody. whoever that guy is from korea, i hope he has a merry christmas, too. >> many people are saying they will see the movie out of principle.
presale numbers show it is going to be much more profitable than expected. the last-minute dash to local stores, a holiday tradition. but not everybody appreciates procrastinating shoppers. good evening, annette. >> reporter: good evening. toys "r" us, kohl's and macy's are open late tonight. 3:00 a.m. might have been a great time to go if you wanted to avoid the crowds. but some say what fun is that if you can get in the thick of things today? why did you wait so late? >> lazy. >> i have one more thing i need to get. >> we're not very organized. >> reporter: last-minute shoppers have almost every excuse as to why they wait until the very last day to hit the malls to buy holiday gifts.
some say the sales are even better on christmas eve. >> i went to mickael's and they were 70% off. so instead of a few hundred, i spent about $150. >> reporter: others say it's an annual tradition. >> the weekends are busy with parties, so it seems last minute every year. it just happens that way. >> reporter: there is a flip side. those stores need workers to help cater to the procrastinators, with the competition so tough to get customers to spend money at their store, it seems more and more stores are closing later. and keeping workers on the clock longer. >> a lot of families do celebrate christmas today. my boyfriend's family is one of them. so it's kind of hard. >> reporter: procrastinators like joe are thankful -- >> i feel sorry for them, but at the same time i'm glad for them because they have a job and they can make some money and buy their own gifts. >> reporter: the hamilton family needs every second they can get. >> we have lists. then we kind of figure it out as we go along. >> we pretty much will be shopping until these places
close, so until 6:00 p.m. >> reporter: most retailers close in about 45 minutes. but if you need more time, walmart is open until 8:00 p.m., toys "r" us, 9:00 p.m., and target 10:00 p.m. >> thank you, annette. we go up to san francisco now in a plea to bring christmas cheer to some of the city's less fortunate children. volunteers are standing by outside lefty o'dool's in union square hoping to collect more toys at their last-minute toy drive. donating is easy. just drive by and hand your toy off to one of santa's elves. >> it's so much fun. and we need toys. if anybody's out there driving around, come by and see us and give us a toy. we just need to continue to focus on the kids. >> volunteers will be collecting toys until 11:00 tonight. organizers hope to collect 10,000 toys, that's how many they collected at last year's
event which set a record. speaking of helping out, today glide family services hosted its annual prime rib lunch in san francisco. the house of prime rib donated 2,000 pounds for the event. some say glide's kitchen and dining room has become a second home, especially with family living far away. >> just kind of uplifts me and allows me to live a full life the rest of the year. >> glide served 3,000 people today. they say they will serve thousands more a christmas dinner. still time to help out, by the way. nbc bay area and safeway teaming up to help the bay area families this holiday season. you can pick up any holiday backpacked with food at any safeway location. each one just $10. our food drive will run until christmas morning. let's check the christmas forecast now. meteorologist rob mayeda is here. hey, rob. >> hey, scott. we're seeing a sneak preview in the form of the wind. the rain has moved on but now the air conditioning has
switched on, this is canadian air conditioning coming in. cool, dry air that will drop the temperatures over the next few days. and leave us with gusty conditions especially around the coast and the hilltops. right now, sustained winds around the bay area 15 to 25 miles per hour. the hilltop locations and coast will still see a chance of those wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour. so during the day today, we started out with low clouds, and fog. ocean beach time lapse here from the microclimate data network. very interesting here. the low clouds rising up over the east bay hills. by late evening, skies starting to clear out as that cooler, drier air sweeps into the tri-valley and the east bay. most of the shower activity has pushed away from the bay area, just a few stray showers left over around mount hamilton. snow levels, by the way, close to 4,000 feet. so the amount of miles you'll be driving to the snow is going to be a little longer for you. that cold air in the sierra, we
should see maybe close to a foot of snow, near 7,000 feet. white christmas there in the sierra. the system already swinging through southern california, gusty winds down the grapevine. watch out for that christmas morning. wind gusts close to 60 miles per hour. the hills around southern california, too. so wind is the big story. statewide tomorrow, even with the sunshine, we'll see cool temperatures, and once those winds back off and the cool, dry air settles in, patchy frost likely in the north bay valleys friday morning. in the seven-day forecast at the bottom of the screen, the cold air is not really going anywhere. we'll see the conditions linger into the beginning of next week. high temperatures for the next few days, yesterday sunny in san jose. gusty winds out of the northwest. north bay, despite the schchill start, in the mid to upper 30s. the mid to upper 50s during the day.
warms up just a little bit around 2:00, 3:00 in the afternoon. quickly overnight you'll see the temperatures crashing on down. this is interesting, the future cast through the next five to seven days, you can see the ridge in the northeastern pacific sticking around for a while. no sign it will give any ground, even all the way out to new year's eve and new year's day. these cool temperatures in the 50s will continue. but the morning temperatures, even for places like san jose, mid to upper 30s possible, starting friday morning, and at times into next week. look at the highs by tuesday, close to 55 degrees. this sunday, of course, the last of the home games of the 49ers. arizona cardinals in town. we should see the 50s for game time early sunday afternoon. cool temperatures, 50s the part of the forecast that's going to linger over the next five days. your north bay temperatures, the areas most likely to see the frost will be santa rosa and napa. in the tri-valley, pleasanton and livermore, temperatures could dip down into the mid-30s as early as friday morning. the first forecast for 2015,
looks like more of the same. look at the daytime highs, we will see an even colder surge of air drop down, most of the truly cold arctic air will stay east of the sierra. dry in the new year, and still breezy over the next five to seven days. >> thanks very much, rob. coming up next, what to do with all those gift cards you didn't really want this holiday season. the big box retailer willing to take the cards off your hands. and a look at another holiday house. this one is in santa clara. the homeowner sinced all of the lights to eight different songs on a loop. he has a personal fm radio signal. of course. drivers can park and enjoy the music from their cars. we'll be right back.
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welcome back. yosemite national park my soon have to fight to keep the names of its famous hotels. a company called delaware north runs the park's hotels, including the iwani, curry village and yosemite lodge. if the trademark claim goes through, the national park service would either have to pay delaware north to keep using the names, or change them. some of those names are more than 150 years old. yosemite said they should belong to the park and to the american people. if you're not sure what to do with the gift card that you probably won't use, don't worry, walmart will take them. the company is rolling out a pilot program that lets customers exchange gift cards for more than 200 retailers. airlines and restaurants. you can take all of them and change them for a walmart card.
they can be used in stores and online and won't expire. there is a catch. shoppers don't get the full value of the original gift cards. two police officers were hurt this morning when they ran into a burning complex to rescue a person inside. it happened just after midnight. the spokesperson said the two officers suffered smoke inhalation but are expected to be okay. the person who lived in the apartment was treated for minor burns. three units were damaged, 14 people have been displaced. they say cats have nine lives, and apparently so do the sacramento dog sammy. a boston terrier is recovering after falling off a 15-floor balcony straight into a hot tub. his owner says there is no way sammy should have survived. >> a little bit to the east of this balcony is a pool and a hot tub. and the dog actually went directly into the hot tub. he hit the hot tub, swam about
you can find he is we believe around brazil in south america. let's see. up there, okay. rob, do you see the hat? there we go. >> that has to be him right there. >> south america. there we go. that's google map right there. his route bei ining tracked by satellites from asia, to the u.s., his final stops we are told will be in mexico and south america. so far we are told he is on time. and weather-wise, what do you think? smooth sailing? >> a little bit of a headwind. we've got the rain moving on, and snow in the sierra. it will be a white christmas around lake tahoe and much of the sierra. tomorrow breezy and cool. no rain for christmas day, but highs in the 50s. that's a sign of things to come. lows 30s and 40s. a little taste of the north pole for us. >> but not a white christmas in the bay area. >> other than some patchy frost friday morning. thanks for joining us. "nightly news" is next.
you can find us online at nbcbayarea.com. have a good evening. on the broadcast tonight, ebola scare. breaking news tonight, scientists inside the cdc may have been exposed to the lethal virus. how did it happen? now playing, a christmas eve surprise. the movie that sparked an international incident available a day early for the world to see. path of destruction, from a deadly outbreak of tornadoes and tonight, flooding, wind, fog and major delays at the airport. hospitalized, the latest on the condition of former president george h.w. bush. and here comes santa claus. we'll show you how to track his every move. we are hot on his trail. "nightly news" begins now. from nbc news world