tv Eyewitness News This Morning ABC January 22, 2016 4:30am-6:00am EST
>> absolutely. and we want to remind you folks we'll be crazy with weather. we'll have a lot more on "gma" with reporters across the good morning. it's 4:30 and we're just hours away from the first flakes of a major winter storm taking aim at the east coast. we have an update on just how much snow we could see right here in the tri-state. crews are getting the roads ready. here's a look at a brined stretch of route 3 in rutherford. we're going to see even more trucks hitting the roads tawd. good morning, i'm lori stokes. >> thank you for joining us, i'm ken rosato. it is friday, january 22nd.
minutes away from weather and traffic. meteorologist amy freeze in for bill evans kicking off our team coverage with the exclusive accuweather forecast >> dworng to the both of -- good morning the both of you. we're looking at the calm before the storm. a lot of sunshine early this morning, then the clouds roll in, the storm really gets under way tomorrow morning. by daybreak we'll have snow falling in the new york city area, so about 24 hours away. feels like 16 right now, getting away with temperatures just above freezing tawd. that sets the stage for a lot of cold air in here. here's what you need to know, storms arriving toward dawn tomorrow, leaves late saturday night, so sunday we could even see some sun breaks. bankrupt of it coming saturday 11:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. hardest hit will be southern and central new jersey. expect snow and flooding. up to a foot of snow in and around the new york city area and higher amounts south and west. here's the snowfall forecast around the area. again, we're still in this band of the three to six-inch range north of the city, and then
to a foot of snow, closer into philadelphia a foot and a half. here's the next seven hours. temperatures will be in the 20s in most spots, so staying below freezing tawd, and we'll watch for the storm until then. it's not even on the accuweather track. we've got plenty of time here, heather. traffic and weather together as we kick off this friday. hope it's a good one for you. >>reporter: it's a good one so far. tomorrow just does not sound like it's going to be a nice day at all. >> i know. >>reporter: we have manhattan- bound trains skipping seven of the nine stations in brooklyn until next year. now, all of our other mass transit is doing fine. minor delays across the border at our hudson river crossings. some construction at the lincoln tunnel. you have the brooklyn bridge inbound with two lanes closed youpped going over to brooklyn, one labor is closed down. construction at the battery tunnel. there's only one tube open both way, the brooklyn bridge. we have that construction queens midtown tunnel, one tube open both ways. get in touch with your carrier if you are head out tomorrow. street cleaning rules are in effect. lori, over to you. >> heather, thank you. new york city is fine tuning its plans to respond to the storm and keep people safe.
the streets later tawd. we're also expecting an update from mayor de blasio. eyewitness news reporter rob nelson is live now in sheepshead bay with what the city is doing to get ready for the big storm. rob. >>reporter: oh, yes, indeed. good morning tou, lori. we're out here at sheepshead bay, like you said this morning. as you can see behind me, the waters are calm right now, but, of course, that is all going to change. that's because coastal flooding really has emerged as one of the main threats of this storm. that is one of many things that city officials, of course, will be keeping their eye on over this messy weekend. now, here's some video we shot earlier. it is prep day, really, all across new york city and the tri-state as we get ready for what it's -- for what's going to be a very messy saturday. the city is going through the normal drill of putting chains on city buses, getting nearly twouz plows ready to hit the -- twouz plows ready to hit the streets and checking on those mountains of salt that, of course, will be used on the area roadways. at this point public transit will remain open. no subway shutdowns like we had
now, throughout the storm, things could change, of course, so keep an eye on the forecast, the intensity of the storm still a little bit unknown in terms of the exact snowfall amounts. conditions will be closely monitored at the city's office of emergency management in brooklyn. that's where officials gave us a sneak peek of their operation earlier this week. in the meantime, though, as you can imagine, residents, they are stockpiling the essentials, including shovels and rock salt. mayor de blasio said yesterday the city is indeed ready for whatever may come, but he is urging residents to pay close attention to this storm and do whatever they can to stay safe. >> plan on staying home as much as possible on saturday and sunday. take it easy, stay out of harm's way. and as usual, staying off the roads to the maximum extent possible so the good men and women of the santation department can keep our roads clear. >>reporter: now, of course, the good news with this storm it's falling on a weekend, so there won't be the usual concerns about school closures
evening commute, it's on a wean, it's on a saturday, so it's a lot easier in some ways for the city to handle. an important note for parents out there at this point, city officials say expect schools to be open come monday morning. sorry, kids. back to the books after you play in the snow on saturday. for now reporting live from sheepshead bay, rob nelson, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> all right, rob, thank new jersey is expected to get hit with the worst of the storm in our area. voluntary evacuation orders have been issued in some coastal communities already. eyewitness news reporter dray clark live in belmar with a look at the preparations there. dray. >>reporter: good morning, ken. along with the heavy snowfall, the high wind and coastal flooding are also big concerns here along the jersey shore. all week long they've been preparing for the storm by building up these sand dunes behind me to help combat the storm surge. now, in toms river they're rolling out the high water rescue trucks in the event they have to do evacuations. this was something they did not have enough of during superstorm sandy.
high winds to hammer the town. meanwhile they've also been shoring up the coastline with the sand dunes. these will be the first line of defense in the event of major flooding. they're urging people to get prepared an make sure they have the necessities to get through the storm. >> we have a 6-month-old daughter at home, so we had to shop, get formula, get food. make sure we're prepared, get the snow blower up and running. so just taking every precaution taking care of everything. >>reporter: meanwhile in barnagut township, there will be a voluntarily evacuation for people living in a portion of the coastal region that only has one way in and one way out because of bridge construction. the concern is those people who stay may very well be stuck until the water recedes. back here live along the shoreline, because of the high wind, power outages will also be a very big concern. crews will be working around the clock to try and make sure things remain safe and okay and they'll be keeping the public updated via social media.
belmar, dray clark, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> all right, dray, thank you. it's 4:36. and crews on long island are also getting the roads ready for the storm. tawd trucks will brine the street -- tawd trucks will brine the streets across long island. they say they will be preparing all week and their salt barns are at full capacity. crews are also watching the water and anticipating flooding in low lying areas. now, the tide could be up to three feet higher than normal. time is 4:37. washington d.c., get this, could get slammed with more than two feet of snow. and the mayor there is apologizing for the response to wednesday night's storm. a little more than an inch of snow and ice brought the commute to a standstill there. the city pretty much ignored the forecasts and they did little to prepare. look at that car right there skidding out. streets were not treated. there were not enough snow crews working and that changed today. the city's salt trucks are fully loaded in the d.c. area for what some say could be the
trains and buses could be shut down all weekend long. if you miss any of our forecasts on eyewitness news, you can catch what our weather team is tracking on our free accuweather track weather alert app. time now 4:38. we are following a breaking story, a hit and run that happened in brooklyn. take a look at the video just in from the scene. a 20-year-old victim in bellevue hospital now in critical condition. he was struck near broadway and marcy street in williamsburg about 11:00 last night. eyewitnesses say he was hit by a red minivan that left the scene as he lay on the street. developing overnight a mother remains in critical condition, shot as she tried to protect her daughter from thieves outside of a hotel near kennedy airport. 20-year-old daughter was pistol whipped by robbers as she waited in a car outside the hampton inn in south ozone park. now, her mother was in the hotel lobby and when she ran out to help her daughter, she was shot in the chest. the two thieves in ski masks
police are still trying to find them. also a fifth person has been arrested in the mugging of a man on staten island who has no arms. carlos simon was robbed outside a dunkin' donuts back in november. four people have been arrested, including two juveniles. just this week police made the fifth arrest in pennsylvania, vinson pabalarto was brought back to st. louis to face robbery and grand larceny charges. 4:39 is our time. and you're never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic beginning with meteorologist amy freeze and the accuweather forecast. >> good morning to you, ken, lori. as we get started on this friday morning we'll have sunshine as we get into the daylight hours and clouds increase throughout the day. and this really is sort of the time to catch your breath and prepare for the storm over the weekend. blawch does continue. in fact, looking -- a blizzard watch does continue. looking at the forecast over the weekend, the map is becoming color coded because so many watches and warnings are being posted for this particular storm that's coming
redevelop on the coast here in the next 12 hours and then it's going to be here saturday morning. but look at all these colors. i mean, the blizzard watch is the main feature here which affects the new york city area, but there's also a blizzard warning for washington d.c., and these go all the way up the east coast as the storm comes in. but in our area, depending on where you live is what you're going to have to deal with. this is the snowfall forecast. low amounts for the hudson valley for our snow -- as far as snow totals go. then you bring the three to six- inch range in gray there, extending through the northern suburbs, even parts of manhattan, even into central new jersey. that's a really tricky part of the forecast. up to a foot, though, through central new jersey and even parts of long island are still in that six to 12-inch range, very high amounts of snow, back to philadelphia, of course d.c. includeed in that as well. we'll refine these numbers as we get closer to the storm today urks but this is a pretty good number. i'll tweet it out for you so you can get an idea of what's happening. for tawd, though, sun to clouds and highs near freezing around the area.
about at least tawd's commute. tomorrow i don't think too many commuter, but the roads will be bad. >>reporter: true. i think everybody should stay home, stay safe. here is the new jersey turnpike right in front of newark airport. it's a nice quiet ride at this point burks we do have a wore of caution for you. if you are flying out tomorrow, a lot of airports are already canceling flights, a lot of carriers. so make sure you contact your carrier if you have plans to fly tomorrow. we have long island railroad, new jersey transit, metro north all running close to schedule. the n trains, manhattan-bound trains are skipping seven year. you do have some temporary platforms set up at bay parkway our street cleaning rules are in effect for tawd, but they are suspended for tomorrow. ken and lori, over to you. you. 4:41. this morning. the storm is already having a major impact on air travel. wait until you hear how many flights have already been canceled. plus a former police officer finds out how long he's
welcome back. it's 4:44. if you want to have a practice snowball fight before the big storm hits, head over to central park where they've been making fake snow. it was for saturday's winter jam, but because real snow is coming, the winter jam has been canceled. the parks department says it is acting out of an abundance of caution. that means the winter jam with sledding, snowshoeing, kick sledding and skiing will not happen because it's going to snow. i thought they said yesterday that --
>> that they were looking for additional snow. >> exactly. >> and it would make it all fabulous. >> i guess they were deciding, you know, to be cautious about this whole thing. >> because getting there would be dangerous. >> true. let's check in with meteorologist amy freeze. hey, amy. >> good morning to the both of you. we've just had another update from the national weather service. we are now included in the blizzard warning area. that's the same area that d.c. is included in. does that mean we're getting more snow? not necessarily. in fact, it basically means that the conditions during the snowstorm are coming together as we expected. so we've gone from a watch status to a warning as the storm continues to develop over the east coast, all the ingredients are there. we're going to see conditions already in this storm that are very blizzard-like which is reduced visibility, very strong winds, gusting up to 50 miles an hour at times and then also accumulating snow. we start this day, though, with the calm before the storm, and we have a wind chill out there at 16 degrees. so make sure you bundle up. there'll be sunshine and clouds.
because the cold air is going to get in place today and it will be chilly and uncomfortable at times with the wind chills staying in the teens and low 20s. here's the timeline of the storm. we get a coating by daybreak tomorrow. the storm really does not start until tomorrow. and then accumulating snow that's going to stick on the ground, that's during the day on saturday. we'll get about four to eight inches through the afternoon and then an additional two to four on saturday night. so that's how we're ending up with the totals of six to 12 inches of snowfall across the area. so mainly the storm is saturday during the day into the early evening, it's outta here by sunday. here's what the storm is doing right now. and because of all this moisture right here and the well-organized system that it's becoming, this will actually develop just a little bit more off the coast of the carolinas here and become a very well- shaped low pressure system as it comes up. now, there's a comma shape right here from memphis all the way to atlanta. when you look at this on the radar, you know that the storm is really coming together and the projections are pretty much spot on. a little variation in the track could change some totals, but
is not only the accumulating snow, but these conditions during the day. this is the concern here when you get whiteout conditions and you can't see with visibility, that's a real concern. also coastal flooding. these will be the highest tides that we have seen since sandy. that doesn't mean that the storm will be like sandy, but these will be the highest tides because of the storm and also because of a full moon, exaggerated tides are going to be a real problem. so if you live in a coastal area that can be affected by flooding, heads up on that. power outages could happen with these strong winds as well. the storm system comes in, and look how quickly it's out of here by sunday morning. just completely out of here and then monday we're dealing with cold temperatures and snow around for a few days. so here's the snowfall forecast. again, hudson valley northward one to three inches. some of the northern counties, sullivan, ulster, dutchess, three. this is a tricky forecast for the north portions of our area, new york city included in this. we could actually see places
just within 40 miles of new york city, and then we could see a half foot in the city. out on long island eight to 12 inches possible, and then six to 12 through central new jersey. that's the place that really gg to get hammered with the storm, and then, of course, outside of our area in philadelphia 18 two 24 inches of snowfall. that's going to be a real cleanup for them. plenty of cold air over the weekend. we do rebound nicely sunday afternoon an then monday looks good at this point. we'll continue to update and put some of the maps up on twitter this morning so you can take a real good look at them. i'll try to zoom in so you can get some ideas of what's going to happen. i still feel like it's a tricky forecast for new york city and the boroughs. i think parts of staten island will get the most snow while you see parts of northern manhattan and stretching into yonkers and that maybe getting less snow, three inches, four inches. it really is a tricky forecast. prepare for six inches. if you're in that area, prepare for it. >> and if you get less -- >> there you go. have some popcorn and coffee
>> it'll come in the afternoon and eek, so you'll be able to deal with it. >> the coastal flooding on the jersey shore. >> that's a concern. >> very serious stuff. >> thanks, amy. let's check in with heather now. >>reporter: let's talk about mass transit which is looking perfect at this point. no major problems long island railroad, new jersey transit, metro north, everything is running on or close to schedule. the "n" trains, manhattan-bound trains skipping seven stations in brooklyn and that is until next year. they have those temporary platforms set up for you. route 3 east, the ramp to the new jersey turnpike's eastern spur, you have an accident. this accident involves a tractor-trailer. at this point it's not causing major delays, but something to think about. minor delays george washington bridge. we still have construction at the lincoln tunnel, the holland tunnel is a minor delay. now, if you are flying out tomorrow, saturday, make sure you get in touch with your individual carrier. we have a lot of flights already canceled for tomorrow, and then we also have the brooklyn bridge with some construction and that is in both directions. our street cleaning rules are
lori, over to you. >> thank you, heather. well, if you are able to fly out in the coming days, consider yourself lucky. according to flightaware.com, more than 4,500 flights have been canceled today and tomorrow. most of those are in a stretch from north carolina up into maryland, and major carriers are planning to shut down service in and out of baltimore and washington over the next 36 hours. several airlines are waiving fees ahead of the storm. time is 4:50. a man suspected in a slashing attack in the east village may be connected to another vash slashes. francis salewd was taken into police custody yesterday and charged with assault. police say he attacked anthony christopher smith on east sixth street on saturday. christopher smith says he was walking with his headphones on when he was knocked to the ground and then he realized he'd been attacked. he needed 150 stitches to close the wound on his face. police say salud has also been charged with another attack that happened last october. he's accused of slashing a man
cigarette. 4:50. an oklahoma city police officer has been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for rape and other crimes. daniel holtzclaw was convicted last month on four first-degree rape counts and 14 other charges. prosecutors say that he targeted black women while on patrol in a low income neighborhood. his lawyers say holtzclaw will appeal his conviction. an oregon sheriff's department is warning drivers to remain alert by showing video of a scary incident that could have ended very badly. officers released this dash cam video taken earlier this month when a deputy spotted a 2-year- old boy running down the middle of a busy highway. it happened late at night. investigators say the parents were nearby frantically searching for the child. the sheriff's department says the video serves as a warning to drivers that they should always keep their eyes on the road. >> wow! what a sight. 4:51. coming up on eyewitness news this morning, one nation is telling women to hold off on
every seven minutes we got weather and traffic for you and we're starting first with the storm tomorrow. blizzard warning now in effect for snow that begins tomorrow morning and the storm ends on sunday morning. here's a look at the projections, one to three inches for the hudson valley northward, so that's where we get the least snow. three to six inches in this light gray band right here. that includes parts of northern manhattan stretching through the northern suburbs, and then right over into new jersey, real tricky area here. parts of bergen county included in that. and then the 6 to 12 is the target zone for 6 to 12 inches. that's the average there. we could get some areas that get 6 to 8 inches closer to the city, brooklyn, queens, out toes of central long island, but there could be pockets where we see a foot of snow, especially through central new jersey. higher amounts down into parts of philadelphia. so major winter storm here over the weekend. our temperatures definitely cold enough today with a high of 34, we have 31 on saturday, temperatures will be in the mid- 30s with an early exit sunday afternoon.
time is all and said and done here. that's the latest on weather. here's heather with a look at your traffic this morning. >>reporter: right behind me you'll see route 3. route 3, this is right near route 17. you can see the city in the background. route 3 at this point doing just fine, but as you travel eastbound through the ramp to the new jersey turnpike, eastern spur has an accident. this accident involves a tractor-trailer, so you can expect some delays starting to build there. mass transit not doing too badly. alternate side of the street parking rules are in effect for today. lori, over to you. >> all right, heather, thank you. it's 4:56. and new this morning there's a memorial service planned for the 12 marines killed when their helicopters collided off hawaii. marine corps officially changed their status to deceased after a five-day search. all 12 have been missing since last thursday after a civilian reported seeing the aircraft and then a fireball near oahu. the marines had been on a night training mission.
they range in age from 21 to 41. time is 4:56. a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a woman who says comedian bill cosby defamed her after she accused him of sexual assault. the judge threw out the suit filed by 48-year-old reknita hill. cosby's denials of sexual assaults were opinions protected by the first amendment. hill says that she was made out to be a "liar and extortionist" by cosby, his wife and attorney. in today's health alert, women in elsalvador are being told to hold off on their pregnancy plans for two more years. the government of el salvador delivered the unusual advice this week. now, the reason is the mosquito- borne zika virus. it's been detected in several currents in the americas and it's also linked to rising cases of a potentially deadly neurological disorder in which babies are born with smaller craneiums and brains. 4:57. and new information overnight
good morning. it's 5:00 a.m., and we have new information on the major winter storm heading our way, a blizzard warning has just been issued for the weekend for new york city, long island and parts of new jersey. crews have been working around the clock to prepare getting the trucks and the salt and the emergency services ready before the storm hits. and good morning, i'm lori stokes >> thank you for joining us, i'm ken. it is friday, january 22nd.
got on the ball early, already brining miles of route 3 in anticipation of the weekend blizzard. you can see the white streaks of dry salt toward the bottom of the screen that i shot from my dash cam this morning. this is eastbound route 3 in rutherford, new jersey. >> and we have a team of reporters ready to show you how the tristate is getting ready >> but we begin with meteorologist amy freeze in for bill evans with the timing of the storm and the exclusive accuweather forecast. amy. >> yes, ken and lori, as we start this morning, the difference between the blizzard watch to the blizzard warning is that now we are in a warning phase where the national weather service feels confident in the forecasting that's been happening, as do we, and the elements are all in place for blizzard conditions here over the weekend. we're not the only ones included in this. it actually extends down into d.c. feels like 21 degrees, so we'll have gusty winds during the day and temperatures just below freezing. we start with sunshine and clouds, but that's the calm before the storm. we'll get a coating by daybreak tomorrow. most of the accumulations happening during the day on
and then another 2 to 4 inches saturday evening tonight. the storm is clearing the area by sunday morning. here's what we're looking at right now, comma shape with the clouds as it moves through the southeast giving us more confidence in how well organized it is, a lot of this rain turning into snow on the north side. again, it'll crawl up the coast through the carolinas and this will be our chance to see the exact track of the storm. right now the projections on snowfall look like this, 1 to 3 inches up through the hudson valley. not a lot there. you're just getting the very edge of the storm. then 3 to 6 inches in new york. i'm going to zoom in on this for a sec so you can see how -- a second so you can see how close a call it is here. a thin area here. yonkers may be getting, you know, 3 to 6 in that range, but just over the line here, that light gray into the white indicating heavier snowfall amounts which puts us with the bull's eye pretty much in central new jersey. we'll talk more about these amounts as the morning goes on. i've also tweeted these out, heather. but just to show you where you live makes all the difference in this storm, not a snow problem, but coastal flooding impacts, very slick roads
ahead. we have route 3 eastbound side the ramp to the new jersey turnpike eastern spur an accident involving a tractor- trailer, so expect some delays as you travel eastbound. long island railroad, new jersey transit, metro north running on or close to schedule. fdr drive between the 60s and the 90s we have some construction. it's being picked up and put away, not causing a major delay and trains manhattan-bound trains are skipping seven stations in brooklyn until next year, and they do have some platforms set up at bay parkway and eighth avenue. you're doing just fine at our hudson river crossings. we have alternate side of the street parking rules in effect for today. but they are suspended for tomorrow. ken and lori, over to you. >> all right, heather, thank you. we continue our coverage now of the accuweather alert in effect with the major winter tomorrow. >> we have two reports on the work under way to keep the roads clear and everyone safe. eyewitness news reporter dray jersey. but we begin with rob nelson live in sheepshead bay. rob. >>reporter: good morning, ken
you just heard a few minutes ago that new york city is officially, of course, under a blizzard warning starting at 4:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. and part of the reason for that warning is because of the high winds associated with this storm, and because of those winds, areas like this one behind me, sheepshead bay and across the tri-state are going to be really cautious about potential major coastal floog. that really is going to become one of the issues here, meaning this area and others like it could look a lot different starting tomorrow morning. now, today really is the big prep day across new york city, and the numbers here, well, they really tell the whole story. more than 300,000 tons of rock salt, 1,800 plows, 600 salt spreaders. it's the usual arsenal of equipment the city prepares when a storm like this is approaching our area. the office of emergency management and the santation department, of course will have a very long weekend ahead of them dealing with the storm itself and then of course the cleanup coming late saturday into sunday. at this point mass transit,
including buses and subways. no major shutdowns there yet. also schools are expected to be open on monday, so we want to pass that word along to parents and students out there. in the meantime, as you can imagine, residents are going through their normal routine of stocking up on the usual storm supplies, the rock salt, the shovels, those kind of things. we caught up with a few customers at a lowe's in brooklyn, some early birds who were not wasting any time getting ready for old man winter. >> we get it all the time, so i'm not worried. let the kids do the shoveling and i'll just hang out. >> my son moved into his own apartment and i thought i'd surprise him and buy some ice melt because he's working really hard and that's what mothers do, so he'll pick a nice nursing home for me when i get older. >>reporter: i hope it's a very good nursing home. she is a good mom. one more number to consider here, city santation workers are going to be working 12-hour shifts, 2,400 workers on each shift.
york city is ready for whatever may come starting tomorrow morning. for now reporting live in brooklyn, rob nelson, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> rob, thank you. in addition to the major snowfall, new jersey also preparing for coastal flooding. the dunes are being built and voluntarily evacuation orders are in place in some parts. eyewitness news reporter dray clark continues our coverage. he is live in belmar. dray. >>reporter: good morning, ken. you know, we've been saying all week long that the jersey shore could very well be the hardest hit this weekend which is why all week long they've been busy here along the coastline building up the sand dunes here because this will be the first line of defense against a strong storm surge. now, high winds and coastal flooding are two of the biggest concerns this weekend. here in barnagut township, there will be a voluntary evacuation for people living in a portion of the area that has only one way in and one way out because of bridge construction. >> there's only one way in and out of the bayfront area and
that is typically flooded pretty badly in events like this. so the concern is that people who stay in the area aren't going to be able to get out until the waters recede. >>reporter: meanwhile in toms river, new jersey, they'll have these high-water rescue trucks on standby. they want to be in a position to rescue people quickly if the flooding presents a real emergency. also they've been building up, again, the sand dunes along the coastline, and they're confident this will go a long way in helping to combat the flooding that, again, could happen this weekend. back here live along the jersey shore, some of these towns are still recovering from superstorm sandy, but you can see those sand dunes high and standing strong, so they're hoping when that storm surge, if it does hit in the way that they're expecting, that this will help perhaps cut down on some of the flooding that will hit some of these towns here along the jersey shore. up to 12 inches of snow could very well hit the jersey shore and emergency workers, first responders say they are preparing to work around the
a long and what could be a difficult weekend. we're live in belmar, dray clark, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> dray, thank you. 5:08. governor chris christie will not be on hand to see the storm roll into new jersey. he's relying on telephone briefings for his cabinet while he stays on the campaign trail in new hampshire. >> if i feel like it's necessary for me to get down there, i will, but i'm not driving a plow truck, okay? so we have all of our people ready to go, they know what to do. we've been through hurricane sandy this cabinet, so, you know, six, eight, 10, 12 inches of snow on a weekend will not be something that i think will be more than we can handle. >> the new hampshire republican primary is holding a presidential town hall today and tomorrow in nashua. governor christie is one of eight candidates scheduled to answer questions. 5:08. you're never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic and amy freeze with your accuweather forecast. >> lori, ken, good morning to both of you. happy friday, everyone.
conditions, looking at the empire state building here all the way down to one world trade. we'll have sunshine early. 21 degrees currently on the thermometer and the wind chill factors mainly in the teens and low 20s. that's how we'll stay throughout the day today. so winds could get a little gusty at times, making the wind chill a factor. but today is really the calm before the storm. sunshine gives way to clouds and those clouds will be the leading edge here of the storm that will be moving into d.c. later this afternoon for us into this evening. could get a few flurries in some spots late tonight. this is really not the storm. it begins early tomorrow morning, and that's when this low pressure system that comes up the coast brings us not just snow accumulating, but also very strong winds, reduced visibility, dangerous travel and a lot of problems over the weekend which do include coastal flooding. to hear the governor mention hurricane sandy, these will be the highest tide levels that we've seen since hurricane sandy, not to say that it's similar in what it could do as far as destruction, but this will be the potential for some real serious coastal flooding. so heads up, if we get winds up to 65 miles per hour during the high tides, that will be a problem. here's the snowfall total
twitter, so my handle is@amyfreeze7 to get a closer look. it's a very tricky forecast for the new york city area, coastal connecticut, going across bridgeport and even parts of the northwest suburbs into new jersey. once you get into central new jersey, we feel really confident that will be the bull's eye of the storm, a lot of snow for monmouth and ocean county. so much more as the morning goes on. a high today of 34 degrees in new york city. that's weather. here's heather with a look at your drive, your commute. >>reporter: we see some action going on right over here, this is in long island as you go onto the southern state parkway. you can see a lot of police activity off on the side of the roadway. we'll head over to our maps, i'll tell you exactly where this is. southern state parkway, it's eastbound, it's right near exit 36 where an accident is in the process of being cleared away. as you saw, we have a lot of police activity. route 3 east, the ramp to the new jersey turnpike eastern spur we have an accident, so that ramp is closed down at 16e. and we have alternate side of the street parking rules in effect for today. mass transit is doing okay. ken, lori, over to you. >> heather, thank you. 5:10.
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well, a man is dead and another in the hospital after being caught in an avalanche on a utah mountain. now, the men were skiing yesterday afternoon when the avalanche was triggered. officials say a 49-year-old skier was swept down the mountain with the snow. his friend raced down the mountain to dig him out, but it was too late. both the skiers were airlifted to the hospital where the 49- year-old died. the other man is expected to be okay. the impending storm combined with the drop in temperatures has brought out an
in the five boroughs. >> are you staying warm? >> yeah. >> okay. are you using a room? >> no. >> okay. >> outreach workers are making their way around the city searching for people living in the streets, many are found thanks to 311 calls. if anybody refuses to move indoors, the social workers have to call 911 because it's a matter of safety. >> even if you don't have a health risk for you and i it would be dangerous to bed down all night tonight and fall asleep. it's much too cold. >> we're really trying to build trusting relationships with our clients and approach them as human beings and we often find that by approaching them in that way we get a better response. >> recent numbers show more than 400 people have been taken off city streets on code blue nights when the temperature is below 32 degrees. well over 90% have been removed voluntarily. it is 5:14. let's check in with amy freeze who's in for bill with your accuweather forecast. >> good morning to the both of you. hello, everybody. as we get started 21 degrees is
central park, a northwest wind 6 to 16 miles an hour. northerly winds will be dominant today, just bringing lots of cold air into the area just before the storm. blizzard warning will be in effect for saturday into early sunday morning for the area. a lot of other watches and warnings posted due to the high wind impact, the potential for coastal flooding and, of course, all the other impacts that this kind of storm will bring. here's what you can expect, the storm timeline, bringing a coating of snow by daybreak tomorrow, and then snow falling, heavy at times during the day, 4 to 8 inches expected. an additional 2 to 4 inches on saturday night, so that's why we're getting the total there is of anywhere between 6 to 12 inches of snowfall. so you get the idea that we've got a full day of snow coming our way. the storm actually exits pretty rapidly on sunday. so blizzard conditions during the day. what that means is that, yes, snow comes down at a heavy rate and stacks up quick, but it's the winds gusting to 50 miles an hour that create the reduced visibility and those whiteout- type conditions very dangerous for travel.
miles an hour can create power outages, coastal flooding also a main concern at high tides saturday morning through sunday morning. in the next seven hours here, we've just got cold air around, northerly winds bringing a 10 to 15 mile per hour wind in here. we stay below freezing much of the afternoon. sunshine will give way to clouds, and, in fact, looking at the storm system right now, one of the reasons the blizzard warning was issued and it goes into effect tomorrow is because the storm is really gaining some intensity and also the verification of blizzard-like conditions is happening. so radar and satellite down at the gulf, look at this intense moisture being pushed into the storm. on the back side of it all the way through memphis we've got mixed precipitation, even snow on the back side. so a lot of cold air funnels on the north side of the storm. as it comes up the coast today, leading edge of the clouds of this system only about 200 miles away. it'll be early tomorrow morning when we start to feel the effects of the snow coming in, so there's still time, a lot of time to prepare and get ready for this storm that's coming in. again, the cold air, these streamers indicating the northerly winds coming into our
with the big winds. the storm is completely out of here by sunday. the most intense time for this snow will actually be during the day on saturday. as far as snow totals go, this is the map that pretty much everybody wants to see. these are the projections as the storm is right now, the track can change just a little bit to the east or west, a little bit to the north or south, and that changes the amounts of snow you could get. that's why we have the range here. lesser amounts for the hudson valley, just on the edge of the storm. one of the models push this storm a little further north overnight, we're aware of that, but we feel comfortable with these projections. 3 to 6 inches in the light gray area. that includes new york city and up 95 to bridgeport, connecticut, and then back into the northwest suburbs. that extends past bergen county and all the way back through central, new jersey, into allentown, pennsylvania. and then central new jersey 6 to 12 inches. this is where we expect the highest amounts of snow. while the 6 to 12-inch range does extend out to long island, i think 6 to 8 inches is more of an average there and getting some pockets of higher amounts of snow is possible.
concern for parts of long island and also the jersey shore. down in philadelphia they could get a foot and a half of snow quite easily, up to 8 inches -- or up to 18 inches there. accuweather seven-day forecast 31 degrees on saturday, so plenty cold to keep the snow in place. and then early exit on sunday. monday is not as cold. we'll start to melt just a little bit, then tuesday adding rain, meltdown does continue. and down the long stretch it looks like temperatures in the low 40s, so slightly above the seasonal average. again, blizzard warning in effect for the boroughs, long island and central new jersey. a lot of other watches and warnings because of the additional impacts, coastal flooding impact a major concern. we'll have 50 mile per hour winds with the blizzard-like conditions here or blizzard conditions, but 65 mile per hour winds are a real possibility for parts of the shoreline. >> wow! serious stuff >> that's going to cause some problems, major problems. >> yeah. >> thank you, amy. er has the commute right now. >>reporter: we don't have any problems as far as mass transit concerned, metro north, long island railroad and new jersey
there is this accident traveling onto the southern state parkway right near exit 36, an accident is being cleared away. looks like it's off on the side of the roadway, however, a couple of lanes are closed down. 495 going west, so as you leave the lincoln tunnel, you go west on 495, the ramp to route 3 has an accident. let's take a look at a webcam, i'll show thaw accident scene on the southern state parkway. you can see a lot of police activity. only the right lane getting by and there's a car over here off on the side of the roadway. street cleaning rules are in effect for today, but suspended for tomorrow. ken and lori, over to you. >> heather, thank you. still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, the discovery that could lead to an abrupt ending of general motors' ignition switch trial in lower manhattan. tens of thousands of infant
e 5:22. welcome back. the first liability trial over gm's faulty ignition switches could be headed for an abrupt end. the federal judge hearing the case is urging both sides to resolve the case before it reaches a verdict. new evidence has raised questions about the testimony from the man suing gm. he and his wife have hired criminal defense attorneys. this was considered a test trial to determine gm's liability for nearly 400 injuries and deaths. 5:22. you are never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic and we start again with amy freeze in for bill. >> good morning, ken and lori. as we get going this morning, we're sort of looking at the latest models that are coming in, and a little bit tricky because one of the projected
bringing snowfall rates a little higher for the hudson valley, so this is something that we were kind of watching this morning to see how it's going to happen. and so it may need some adjustments to the snowfall totals. up through the hudson valley valley, looks like we could see a little bit more. again, the blizzard warning goes into effect saturday and sunday. it's a serious storm across the board. we still feel confident central new jersey, monmouth and ocean counties will get the most snow. 6 to 12 is the range in the city out to long island. plenty cold during the day, 31 on saturday, and then the storm exits on sunday. we'll be up to 34. for this day right here, it's the calm before the storm, sunshine to clouds and a high of 34 degrees. friday not looking so bad. saturday and sunday, i would stay home, i mean, no one wants to be out on the roads in a blizzard. >> no one does and it's not a good idea for you to even try t. here we have the southern state behind us. we had an accident -- i was just showing you the accident, and i still see some flares out there, but that police activity has been cleared away. so you just want to use some caution if you are heading out onto the southern state parkway.
of the street parking rules in effect for today. they're suspended tomorrow. mass transit so far so good. ken, lori, over to you >> all right, heather, thank you. and still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, we're continueing to keep an eye on the track of the major snowstorm headed our way and also the work in place to keep us safe. this is a live look from belmar, new jersey. and if you're away from the tv, you can get storm updates anytime by using our free
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new information in the last hour on the major winter storm heading our way. a blizzard warning will be in effect beginning tomorrow morning for new york city, long island and parts of new and the tri-state is ready. we are ready with the -- we are live wt plans in place to keep everyone safe. and if you have plans to fly over the next few days, listen up. airlines are canceling thousands of flights ahead of the storm. good morning, i'm ken rosato. >> a i'm lori stokes. thanks for starting your morning with us. it is friday, january 22nd. we're less than 24 hours away from the first snowflakes in the tri-state and what is expected to a major snowstorm. mayor bill de blasio says 2,300 santation department workers will be working 12-hour shifts. the city has 300,000 tons of rock salt and more than 1,700 plows ready to go. we have live team coverage on the preparations in place. but, first, the timing of the storm. >> and you're never more than
and traffic beginning with meteorologist amy freeze in for bill evans with the exclusive accuweather forecast >> ken and lori, good morning to you. hello, everyone. as we get under way today, a lot of sunshine early on, clouds will be increasing. the storm really not beginning until 24 hours from now. feels like 21 degrees outside, it's a combination of the low temperatures in the teens and 20s this morning and the winds, but there are some single-digit wind chill factors, so the feels-like temperature is very cold this morning. here's our storm for tomorrow. it's down in the gulf, continuing to become very well organized, cold on the north side of this storm. look at all the snow moving through the tennessee and ohio river valleys. got a severe from atlanta, and that will continue to move through the southeast with major thunderstorms there. a lot of moisture to work with in this storm. so we've got plenty of time to prepare between now and then. there'll be some light flurries in parts of south jersey tonight, and then the snow gets under way tomorrow. here's the snowfall forecast map. there's a computer model overnight that did put the track just a little bit further to the north. these small adjustments are not going to really change a lot for us. here's what we're thinking, one
hudson valley. it did extend up to sullivan, ulster and dutchess county because of these new models, just to give you guys a heads up. make sure you're prepared for slick travel. the snowfall totals are not as important for me as you being prepared for the conditions tomorrow, which will be blizzard conditions, that snow coming down heavy during the day. be prepared to remove at least three to six inches of snow in those areas in light gray. areas in white up to a foot of snow is possible, monmouth and ocean county are the most likely to see those, and then, of course, down to philadelphia a foot and a half of snow. we could even see more than a foot in some of those areas of well. so this day is one to prepare, and our temperatures are looking good with cold air in place, heather, but as far as the storm goes tomorrow, people should be aware, reduced visibility, very tricky travel. option. >>reporter: staying at home. and if you must travel, if you have to come to work or wherever you have to be, you want to use mass transit and do not be surprised if things start happening with mass transit as well.
talk about mass transit. at this point long island rl, new jersey transit, metro north doing just fine. route 3 east the ramp to the new jersey turnpike eastern spur an accident, so the exit ramp is closed to exit 16e. george washington bridge, lincoln and holland fine, but as you go outbound at the lincoln tunnel and you travel west on 495, that ramp to route 3 has an accident. alternate side of the street parking rules are in effect for today, but they are suspended for tomorrow. lori, ken, over to you. >> heather, thank you. 5:33. and this storm could hit new jersey really hard and snow isn't the only concern. >> yes. some coastal communities have issued voluntary evacuation orders due to the serious threat of flooding. and we have live team coverage of the storm. eyewitness news reporter rob nelson is live in brooklyn. >> we begin with dray clark. he's live in belmar with more on how the region is preparing. dray. >>reporter: yeah, good morning, guys. you know, amy has already said, but it's worth mentioning again that both monmouth and ocean county are part of the bull's eye of the storm here, and
snow. but it's not just the heavy snowfall that's a concern. there's also the threat of coastal flooding as well as the high wind. in toms river, new jersey, for example, they're rolling out the high water rescue trucks. this is something they did not have enough of during superstorm sandy. they're expecting flooding and high winds to hammer their town hard. they're also -- they also will be shoring up the coastline with sand dunes to help combat the strong storm surge. emergency management officials are telling people to get prepared and make sure they at least have the necessities, things like flashlights and batteries and shovels and salt. food and medicine if you need it. these are the things that will help you get through the storm. >> we have a 6-month-old daughter at home, so, you know, we got formula, food, make sure we're prepared, got the snow blower up and running, so just taking every precaution, taking care of everything. >>reporter: now, in barnagut township there will be a
living in a portion of the coastal region that only has one way in and one way out because of bridge construction. the concern is for those people who stay, they may actually be stuck until the water recedes. back here live in belmar, this is shaping up to be a very long and difficult weekend for first responders. they will be working around the clock, but they have assure us they are as prepared as they can be as this storm now bears down. we're live in belmar, dray clark, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> all right, dray, thank you. 5:35. and from new jersey to the five boroughs and crews are doing what they can before this storm hits. eyewitness news reporter rob nelson continues our coverage now live in sheepshead bay. rob. >>reporter: good morning, lori. of course we've been talking this storm now all week. but today is the day things really do get real. city officials and folks all across the tri-state getting ready not just for several inches of snow depending on where you live, but, of course, also those high winds that could lead to some pretty
as we have been saying all morning. now, today new york city is getting its storm arsenal up and running, an army of snow plows, salt spreaders and thousands of tons of rock salt to fill those spreaders. the city's office of emergency management and the city santation department will go into overdrive today and tomorrow as the storm begins to hit our area starting tonight for some parts of our area, and, of course things will really ramp up during the day tomorrow. as of now mass transit will remain operational on saturday as of now, and schools are expected to be open on monday, even though we've had, of course, a very mild winter up until now, we have seen countless storms like this before, this is a common drill we go through here in the northeast, but city leaders are still stressing common-sense safety steps and urging the public to stay calm and safe. >> it's another reason we want people to be very, very careful. first concern is for human life, so we want people to take these warnings seriously, stay
again, all of our capacity, all our agencies will be out, nypd, fdny obviously will be on alert and available to deal with any crisis that comes up. >>reporter: and as we just learned a few minutes ago, of course you've heard it by now, new york city officially under a blizzard warning starting at 4:00 tomorrow morning. so this area behind me and all across the tri-state, things will look a lot different than this starting in just under 24 hours. reporting live in brooklyn, rob nelson, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> all right, rob, thank you. and crews have been hard at work over the last couple of days on long island ahead of the storm. today trucks will hit the streets and also lay down brine. officials say that they have been prepping all week and their salt barns are at full capacity. crews are also watching the water in anticipating flooding in low lying areas. the tide could be up to three feet higher than normal. and we have several resources available at abc7ny
storm, including a look at the latest track and snow totals. time is 5:37. a mother remains in critical condition, shot as she tried to protect her own daughter from thieves outside a hotel near kennedy airport. the 20-year-old daughter was pistol whipped by robbers as she waited in a car outside the hampton inn in south ozone park. her mother was in the hotel lobby and when she ran out to help her daughter, she was shot in the chest. the two thieves in ski masks drove off in a white van. police are still trying to find them. we have new details on a breaking story, a hit and run in brooklyn, in the last 30 minutes we've learned the victim is a 15-year-old boy. he's in critical condition. the teen was struck near broadway and marcy street in williamsburg about 11:00 last night. eyewitnesses say he was hit by a red minivan that left the scene as he lay in the street. 5:38. you're never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic. amy freeze now with your accuweather forecast. amy. >> lori, ken, good morning to you. we'll start out with sunshine
temperatures are in the low 20s in central park. we do have wind chill factors right now that are actually in the single digits out on long island, out through the northwest suburbs, a very cold start to the morning, even though we've got a lot of sunshine in front of this storm. clouds will increase throughout the afternoon, and we're under way with snow beginning to fall tomorrow morning. so there's going to be severe weather down to the south as this storm comes in our direction. it'll continue to form and then it sticks during the day on saturday. again, 6 to 12 inches is our projection for the new york city area, and with this storm as it is right now, everything is looking like it's right on track. in fact, the latest computer models coming in put the storm just a little bit more northward, meaning that the hudson valley, points northward could get a little bit of snow, but the real brunt of this is coming through central new jersey. we are very concerned about the winds, a blizzard warning has now been posted. it goes into effect saturday and will continue in through sunday morning. and this blizzard warning means that the winds will be extremely strong during the storm.
course, allow for blowing snow, but also reduced visibility making travel very difficult. our latest snowfall projections, it's not just snow on the ground that's going to make this storm so serious, but it's also those winds creating the blizzard conditions and also the potential for the coastal flooding. so a lot to pay attention to besides just how we're going to get the snow out of the way, making sure that you reduce travel and are prepared for the storm tomorrow, it's very, very important. for this day, though, heather, temperatures in the low 30s seem pretty good, just a lot of cold air getting in place. >>reporter: yes. so today is a great day to take care of whatever you plan to take care of tomorrow and even for sunday, just plan ahead. we have route 495 west, the ramp to route 3, it's an overturned tractor-trailer. so that ramp is closed down. we also have route 3 east, the ramp to the new jersey turnpike eastern spur an accident, so that exit ramp is closed. mass transit is doing okay. our street cleaning rules are tomorrow, however. ken, lori, over to you. >> heather, thank you.
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a potentially historic blizzard. hospitals in the nation's capital are getting ready for whatever the storm brings their way. that includes putting emergency plans in place for workers to shelter in place tonight and tomorrow. and in the d.c. suburbs first responders are preparing and are prepared with four-wheel drive vehicles to get through the worst of the snow. >> when you call for an ambulance and a four-wheel drive jeep shows up with a couple of firefighters and medics on board, we had to do that out of necessity. we may transport you out of your community back to the main road where that fire or paramedic unit will be waiting for you. >> the d.c. area saw major traffic problems wednesday night when two inches of snow fell. officials are hoping to avoid the same problem by getting drivers off the road before the storm hits. time now is 5:44. meteorologist amy freeze is in for bill evans with the accuweather forecast. >> we got a nice shot here of the chrysler building this morning. happy friday to you guys. this is the calm before the storm.
that's been posted by the national weather service that goes into effect tomorrow through sunday for this storm that's coming this weekend. it looks like the potential that we have saw all week coming together and the track of the storm is getting more and more solidified. right now it's just cold air that's packing in. 21 degrees in central park, winds are at 7 to 17 miles an hour and that northerly wind coming in is just making all this cold air available for the moisture that's coming up from the south. and once we get into this afternoon, the sunshine will give way to clouds and temperatures will still be below freezing, maybe a few flurries late tonight and then southern new jersey getting the first taste of the storm late tonight in the predawn hours we will see the snow beginning here in new york city. so a coating by daybreak is what we're looking at the time line. 4 to 8 inches of snow falling during the day on saturday, an additional -- 4 to 8 inches of snow during the day on saturday and an additional 2 to 4 inches saturday night. that's where we're getting those totals of 6 to 12 inches that we have on the snow map.
be the wind that is the major concern. with this nor'easter, the winds coming in at up to 50 miles an hour for the city and potentially 65 mile per hour wind at some of the coastlines will make this a very serious storm. as it crawls up the coast, we've got cold for snow on the north. that will continue to expand, moving through the virginias right now. there will be snow in d.c. by later on this afternoon into this evening. for new york city it's snow at daybreak. here's what the futurecast shows us. by later on tonight, there it is, the snow is over d.c., and then 11:00 tonight through south jersey and by the time we wake up tomorrow morning we've got snow in the area, and we've also got perhaps a coating. during the day on saturday, this particular computer model pushes the snow even further to the north, so we've expanded an at least cover those areas so that you are ready, sullivan, ulster, dutchess county for at least the potential of getting some snow. these darker areas of blue, watch that during the afternoon hours. those create the intense bands of snow and through central new jersey. that's where we're looking for
and then once we get into evening hours, there'll still be the potential for accumulations, especially for long island. and then as the snow wraps out late saturday into early sunday, we could get another little dose for long island and also coastal connecticut that could add to your totals. the storm is out of here sunday at noon. we get sunshine to close out the weekend. so here's the snowfall forecast, one to three inches, there's the expansion that we gave, three to six inches still really iffy zone here that includes parts of the northern suburbs, new york city and up into yonkers. then we also have parts of new jersey that get the half foot or smaller amounts. meanwhile central new jersey in the 6 to 12-inch range. that includes monmouth and ocean county getting the most, potentially a foot of snowfall. out on to long island, again, your complete storm totals could be in that 6 to 12-inch range, so even if you get small doses saturday during the day and then one last blast as the storm pushes out, that's how we end up with those larger totals. the snow does come in pieces,
to get out and deal with it, we'll have blizzard conditions during the day on saturday. so vu a couple inches, then you want to get out, well, the winds are just going to be very fierce during this storm, so heavier bands through the afternoon, midday hours and then getting into the evening, i mean, very strong winds. that's difficult for travel, it's uncomfortable, you don't want to be out in it, but even worse is the coastal flooding happening at high tide. i mean, that potential is really there. you've got a storm overhead, you've got the effects of a tidal moon. >> flooding? >> yes. and then you've just got sort of a mess to deal with. so a lot to pay attention to. >> thank you, amy. let's check in again now with heather. >>reporter: so here is the mess that we're dealing with as you go through queens. this is the grand central parkway getting into the kew gardens interchange. let's go over to our maps. we have an accident on the grand central eastbound at the kew gardens interchange. this situation we have going on over here is a little bit tricky. we're still trying to get an
situation, route 495 west, tractor-trailer with a debris spill. the ramp is closed down. we understand that ramp from 495 westbound route 3 to the turnpike is also closed down. so we're just going to keep checking into this. we have our street cleaning rules in effect for today. ken, lori, over to you. >> heather, thank you. still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, the storm is already having a major impact on air travel. we have details on how many flights have already been cancel. we'd love to see how you are preparing for the storm. send us your pictures and video
canceled over 4,000 flights for today and tomorrow. american airlines is canceling all flights today in charlotte and it plans to cancel operations in washington, baltimore and philadelphia tomorrow. later this afternoon united will suspend its flight operations in washington and other mid-atlantic airports. the best advice is to call your airline before you head to the airport. many airlines are waiving fees. remember, you can track the approaching snowstorm on the go with our accuweather track weather alert app and you can also download it for free in the app store or google play. just search abc7ny. we all like to whine about having to shovel snow, right? >> uh-huh. >> we're about to show you a man that will make you think twice the next time you complain about shoveling snow. >> iraq war veteran justin anderson has had a leg amputated an he fought brain cancer. so the nebraska man thinks it's no big deal to get into his specially-rigged wheelchair and
>> wow! >> anderson put the blade on the chair as a way of giving back to neighbors who have helped him since he came home. >> it's very gratifying. you know, it's nice to know that it's appreciated, but even if i didn't, you know, get any response from anybody or nobody said thank you or, you know, -- and nobody waved when they were driving by, i'd still do it. >> mr. anderson also plans to make more modifications to the plow so he can keep giving back to his community. >> what a special guy. >> very. >> that's amazing. >> very nice. 5:53. and our meteorologists are very hard at work here keeping you updated on the storm on air and on social media >> and we've learned in the last hour that a blizzard warning will be in effect for most of the area. meteorologist amy freeze is in
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continuing to take shape. the latest snowfall projections, we'll also be posting this up on twitter, continue us in the 6 to 12-inch rain, lower amounts north and west and heavier amounts south and west, monmouth and ocean counties expectd to get the most. here's your accuweather seven- day forecast, for today the calm before the storm, high of 34. and then a blizzard warning in effect for saturday and sunday with snow and wind gusting up to 50 miles per hour in the city. much more in the 6:00 hour. right now weather then heather with traffic. >>reporter: all right. so, amy, we have this big problem here as you go outbound at the lincoln tunnel and you travel westbound on 495, right when you get to route 3, so westbound 495 ramp to route 3, it's an overturned tractor- trailer. so the ramps to westbound route 3 and the new jersey turnpike are closed down as a result of this tractor-trailer. there's also a debris spill. mass transit is doing okay. street cleaning rules are in effect for today, but they are suspended already for tomorrow. lori and ken, over to you.
5:56. and we continue our accuweather alert coverage this morning. we have a blizzard warning now issued for much of new york and new jersey as this powerful winter storm roars up the coast. we have complete coverage from the jersey shore to long island. snow is already falling in parts of the south. this new video showing the perilous conditions for drivers in arkansas. and even the blizzard can't stop the november election. why governor christie says new jersey is prepared to deal with the storm without him. and meteorologist amy freeze will be back with the very latest maps and the snow