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Cold snap to hit South Bay for the New YearsIn the aftermath of a winter storm, unusually cold nighttime temperatures will persist in the South Bay for New Years Eve and New Years Day, raising concerns about homeless people. Reports by Maria Cid Medina. (12/29/21)

PG&E warns residents of Sierra could be without power for days after major winter stormTens of thousands of people in the Sierra could be without power for days, if not weeks, after a major winter storm dumped massive amounts of snow. Steve Large reports. (12/29/21)

COVID: Universal masking rules return across Bay Area due to Omicron surgeAs of Thursday, December 30, exceptions have been removed in all Bay Area counties for masking in indoor public spaces. Andrea Nakano reports. (12/29/21)

Fisherman’s Wharf crab season beginsTeam coverage of the opening crab season at Fisherman’s Wharf. (12/29/2021)

The proposed fix for the Millennium Tower leaves doubtsMax Darrow reports a proposed solution to speed up the resolution of the sinking and tilting issues of the Millennium Tower, which is leaving some experts skeptical. (12/29/2021)

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Bay Area Counties Require Masks in All Indoor Public Places Amid COVID OutbreakWith the surge in COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant, Bay Area counties have lifted exceptions to the indoor mask mandate, requiring face coverings in all indoor public places. Kenny Choi reports. (12/29/21)

San Francisco Ballet brings Nutcracker performances to life at War Memorial Opera HouseAn American holiday tradition that began in San Francisco returned to the live scene this holiday. The beloved Nutcracker opens the San Francisco Ballet season at the War Memorial Opera House after the stage went dark for 21 months during the pandemic. Sharon Chin reports.

Weather forecast Wednesday night with Brian HackneyRain will finally leave the Bay Area Thursday evening once thunderstorm cells have passed over South Bay (12-29-2021)

COVID: UCSF’s Dr Peter Chin-Hong on New Year’s Gathering Safety, Omicron SurgeUCSF’s Dr Peter Chin-Hong chats with Allen Martin of KPIX 5 about safely coming together to celebrate the New Year, as well as his predictions about the increase due to the omicron variant. (12/29/21)

Jurors in Elizabeth Holmes fraud trial to resume deliberations in 2022The jury in the Elizabeth Holmes federal fraud trial has completed a sixth day of deliberations without reaching a verdict and will not meet again until 2022.

A guilty verdict in the trial of Ghislaine MaxwellMichael George reports on the jury’s deliberations at the conclusion of Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial, with a guilty verdict on five of the six charges in the trial. (12/29/2021)

Food for Bay Area Families: Infineon AmericasKiet Do Reports Infineon Americas Donates $ 200,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank in Silicon Valley (12-29-2021)

Traffic problems continue in the Sierra, even after the reopening of highwaysRachel Wulff reports drivers face chain restrictions, slow travel times as snow continues to pile up in the Sierra and at low altitudes (29-12-2021)

Local food banks on a mission to end hungerBarbara Abbott of San Francisco-Marino Food Bank talks about increased needs this holiday season and how the pandemic and supply chain issues have posed additional challenges for local food banks

Omicron Surge Drives More Cancellations, Closures From NYE To SFJustin Andrews reports more San Francisco locations have canceled New Years Eve events due to increase in COVID cases (12-29-2021)

Sonoma Clean Power Donates $ 13,500 to Redwood Empire Food Bank12/29/21

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Heavy rains hit peninsula, more snow is thrown in already covered SierraThe team’s coverage of heavy rain and snow forecast for the latest storm system to hit northern California (12-29-2021)

Some Bay Area Counties Reinstate Mask Mandate As Omicron Cases RiseJocelyn Moran reports Contra Costa and other Bay Area counties reinstated mask requirements (12-29-2021)

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Additional weather: measurement of current snow accumulationKPIX 5 meteorologist Darren Peck dives into the current snowpack and explains how that turns into water content benefiting our reservoirs.

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Omicron: Bay Area Counties Tighten Health Orders To Fight Rise In Omicron CasesContra Costa County health officials are issuing a new health order requiring masks to be worn indoors in all indoor public places without exception.