tv Eyewitness News This Morning ABC January 22, 2016 6:00am-7:00am EST
good morning. it's 6:00, less than 24 hours to go before a massive winter storm makes its way to the tri- state area. new this morning a blizzard warning has been issued for new york, new jersey an long island. >> and one of the areas expected to get a one-two punch, the jersey shore. areas still recovering from superstorm sandy will have to endure heavy snow and dangerous coastal flooding. and good morning, i'm lori stokes. >> and i'm ken rosato. cities and counties all across the area now bracing for the storm. if there's any good news, it's coming on a weekend which means a minimal impact for commuters and schools. >> and even still, though, new york city has issued a hazardous travel advisory beginning tomorrow when the blizzard warning takes effect. >> alternate side parking will be suspended tomorrow to allow new york's strongest to keep the city streets clear. >> port authority is also preparing with hundreds of pieces of equipment deployed at
>> we have team coverage this morning to help you prepare. we begin with meteorologist amy freeze in for bill evans. you. this friday turns out to be the calm before the storm. we'll have sunshine here as daybreak happens, sun will be up just after 7:00. it's cold outside. feels like just 13 degrees. so that combination of low temperature and a little bit of wind will make it feel bitter outside at times, even though we've got the sunshine. so bundle up and be ready. all this cold air getting into place just before the storm. you can see it forming through the southeast, severe weather there and also cold air on the north side producing snow through the virginias and we'll have snow in d.c. before this day is over. flurries fly overnight from jersey spreading northward into new york by daybreak. so what you need to know, there will be snow when you wake up tomorrow, just a little bit of it. then during the day blizzard warning, snow continues to fall, four to eight inches of snoavment we add an additional two to four on saturday night. winds gusting up to 50 miles an
just snow accumulations, also the potential for coastal flooding. that could be a huge impact of this storm. here's our snowfall forecast. with that northern jog overnight with a couple of of the computer models, we are including the northern counties, but we still believe in a very sharp cutoff to the north and lesser amounts for the hudson valley. three to six inches for the areas in light gray, and that does include the boroughs up to long island. 6 to 12 inches there. so we're going to have some pockets of real heavy snow, along with the potential for coastal flooding. in the pink ocean and monmouth county, so a lot of snow coming our way. we gotta get through this one first. sunshine and clouds, temperatures below freezing much of the afternoon. that is the weather, now with the latest on your commute and drive on this friday, here's heather o'rourke. >>reporter: we have this problem and it involves route 495 which is the road that takes you from the lincoln tunnel getting to the new jersey turnpike and route 3. so westbound 495, the ramp to route 3 is closed down. it's an overturned tractor- trailer. now, we believe the tractor- trailer is on route 3 west getting to the new jersey turnpike.
closed down 495 ramp to route 3. so the ramps to westbound route 3 and the new jersey turnpike are closed down. mass transit is doing okay, alternate side of the street parking rules in effect for today, but suspended for tomorrow. lori, over to you. >> all right, heather, thank you. and despite the possibility of blizzard conditions in the five boroughs and the mta has no plans to shut down transit service. they do plan to suspend all weekend construction projects to keep as many trains running as possible. eyewitness news reporter rob nelson is live now in sheepshead bay, brooklyn with more for us. good morning, rob. >>reporter: good morning, lori. as we've learned since we've been on the air this morning, new york city is now officially under a blizzard warning starting at 4:00 tomorrow morning, and part of that is because of the high winds that are associated with that storm and the danger there is those high winds could lead to some coastal flooding, meaning areas like here at sheepshead bay could look a lot different come tomorrow. now, today, of course is the big rampup prep day for new
numbers here tell the whole story. just listen to this, more than 300,000 tons of rock salt, about 1,800 plows, 600 salt spreaders, it's the usual arsenal of equipment the city prepares when a storm like this is headed toward our area. the office of emergency management for new york city as well as new york's santation department, of course, have a very long weekend -- or especially long saturday ahead of them, dealing with the storm itself. then of course the cleanup come sunday. at this point as far as we know mass transit will still be running on saturday, including buses and subways, so no shutdowns as we've seen in previous storms. also schools are expected to be open on monday. sorry, kids, no snow day, at least as of right now. in the meantime, though, of course, residents are going through their normal routine with something like this coming along, they're stocking up on the usual storm salt, shovels, that kind of stuff. and we caught up with a few of the early birds shopping at a lowe's in brooklyn.
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: that's one of my favorite sound bites of the week. here's to all the good moms out there. one more number or stat to pass along here, the santation department for new york city, those guys are going to be working 12-hour shifts, 2,400 workers per shift. city leaders are stressing safety, but say they are ready no matter what comes tomorrow. reporting live in brooklyn, rob nelson, channel news. >> all right, rob, thank you so much. 6:05 is our time. and the garden state will bear the brunt of the storm with some towns getting more than a foot of snow. check this out. look at this video right here, coastal communities preparing for floods, video of a drone of
eyewitness news reporter dray clark is live in belmar with more now. dray, good morning. >>reporter: good morning, ken. we've been telling you all week long 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 those sand dunes because this will be the first line of defense against a strong storm surge. now, high winds and coastal flooding are also two of the big concerns going into this weekend facing the storm. here in barnagut township, there will be a voluntary evacuation for people living in a portion of the area that only has one way in and one way out because of bridge construction. >> there's only one way in and out of the bayfront area and unfortunately that's the way that is typically flooded pretty badly in events like this. so the concern is people who stay in the area aren't going to be able to get out until the waters recede. >>reporter: meanwhile in toms river they'll be having these high water rescue trucks on standby.
to rescue people quickly if the storm headed our way. we're live in belmar, dray clark, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> thank you, dray. and governor chris christie will not be on hand to see the storm roll into new jersey. he instead is relying on telephone briefings from his cabinet while he stays on the
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 party is holding a presidential town hall today and tomorrow in nashua. governor christie is at least one of eight candidates scheduled to answer questions. just a minute ago the governor tweet thad later today he'll determine if any additional steps are needed to ensure that new jersey is fully prepared and ready for this storm. we'll continue to bring you the latest information as the storm approaches. once again, a blizzard warning has been issued starting tomorrow for much of our area. for weather conditions anytime, just download the free accuweathertrack weather alert app. it is 6:08. you're never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic and amy freeze in for bill with your accuweather forecast
to the both of you, happy friday, everyone. looking outside clear skies right now, 22 degrees in central park. got a little bit of wind out there, so the wind chill factor and the feels-like temperature is in the teens and low 20s. that's pretty much where we'll be much of the day as feeling like the upper teens and tweantsz. so bundle up as you head out the door for today. it is the calm before the storm. sunshine and increasing clouds, temperatures really below freezing all day long, but plenty of cold air in place as the storm comes in. the update this morning a blizzard warning instead of a watch because the storm is on track for what we're expecting, and so by tomorrow morning snow in the area. we're less than 24 hours away from this getting under way. snowfall forecast pretty much unchanged overnight. it did expand just a little bit to the north so that areas like sullivan, ulster and dutchess, you're at least prepared for a little bit of snowfall, but we do still believe in a very sharp cutoff to the north and would not be surprised if the catskills didn't get any snow at all. three to six inches take us tore coastal connecticut back into northwestern parts of new jersey. but central new jersey, the
projections for 6 to 12 inches across that area still possible. parts of ocean and monmouth counties could get up to a foot and a half of snow. this will be a big one. we'll be tracking it for you and updates happening right now on twitter. i'm posting some of these weather graphics up so people can get a closeup look at them. that's weather. here's heather o'rourke with a look at your drive this morning. >>reporter: this is 495 going younld. you're leaving the lincoln tunnel, going outbound on 495. this traffic right over here is going to the eastern spur of the new jersey turnpike. traffic over here would be exiting getting onto route 3, but you can't do it. that ramp is closed down. we'll head over to our maps, we'll explain to you what's going on. we have a picture now of what's happening here. route 3 west to the new jersey turnpike we have an overturned vehicle with a debris spill. so the ramp from route 3 west to the turnpike is closed in addition to outbound 495 ramp to route 3 being closed down. and then we have an accident over here on the cross bronx west at third avenue. we do have all of our mass transit doing okay, our street cleaning rules are in effect for today. they are suspended for tomorrow.
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welcome back. maryland state police are in serious storm mode. they started towing cars during the night that were improperly parked on state roads and highways. baltimore has some 400 trucks ready to fight the storm. the city officials are urging people to stay off the roads once the storm hits. 6:14. a woman recovering this morning after being shot inside a movie theater in washington state. police say a man accidentally fired a shot inside the theater last night during a showing of "13 hours." a woman in the audience who investigators say does not know shoulder. police say the shooter who appeared to be drunk left the theater and went into a nearby restaurant where diners saw him up. the suspect is in police custody this morning. happening today and a former member of the nypd who is now a murder suspect returns to court.
judge in new jersey this morning. the long island man faces murder, weapons and other charges in the killing of his former girlfriend, suzanne brazel. after braselle died, investigators say that lamondo jumped in front of a new york city subway train. he lost both his feet. 6:15 is our time. we check the accuweather forecast now. >> let's check in with meteorologist amy freeze who's outside right now. amy. >>reporter: it's freezing, so cold. it's so cold, you guys. but this air place just in time for the storm that's approaching for the weekend. as the sun comes up this morning, it'll be big and bright. this is the calm before the storm. clouds will increase throughout the afternoon and temperatures are pretty much below freezing all day long. let's get you up to date on what's happening. next seven hours look like this, in the low- to mid-20s, we top off at about 32, 34 degrees. that's as warm as as it gets around here. then we sort of brace ourselves and prepare for the storm ahead. here's the timeline.
four to eight inches of snow during the day on saturday, and then an additional two to four inches at night. that's where we're getting these totals of 6 to 12 inches of snow expected across the area. now, there will be lesser amounts to the north, and there will be heavier amounts south and west, particularly for monmouth and ocean county. also it's worthy to mention that the winds will be very intense. that's the reason for the blizzard warning that has now been posted for much of the area, the five boroughs, long island and central new jersey all included in the blizzard warning which goes until sunday morning. these winds remain intense, 50 miles an hour for the city, and then up to 65 mile per hour winds at the coastline. the winds will start to settle down as the storm exits on sunday. here it is right now moving through the southeast with severe weather, even a tornado has been reported with this storm system, and on the top side of it where all that white is showing up, already two to three inches of snow on the ground for parts of the virginias, and we'll continue to see the storm move towards d.c. by the commute tonight.
and here is the futurecast. we see the snow by daybreak tomorrow, maybe about a coating in the city, more expected for south jersey because that's where the storm starts first. we'll continue to see the snow expand by midday, and the heavier purples showing up on the map is the snow coming down at heavy snowfall rates. mixed with the winds, that means snow coming down sideways during the day, just real nasty. high tides both saturday morning, saturday night, and even into sunday morning are going to be a concern because of the coastal flooding impact. you get those winds, matched with a storm and the high tide worked together, these could be high tides that are actually higher or at least as high, we should say, as sandy or the highest that we've seen since superstorm sean. so you just have to be prepared. the storm doesn't necessarily produce the same results as sandy, but the high tides will be significant, two to five feet higher than normal. here's your accuweather seven-
during the day tomorrow, and below freezing temperatures. by sunday it's all out of here. our temperatures will push towards the upper thrarytsz to near 40 degrees -- upper 30s to near 40 degrees on monday, not as cold. and taking us down the stretch, we are at least near average or above it as we head into the middle of next week. get ready for tomorrow. there's plenty of time to prepare. definitely cold out here as you head out the door. bundle up this morning. maximus, what are you doing over there just watching everything? come on over here and give me some fur, give me some love. you gotta find somebody to cuddle up to. if he won't stand in the light, i'll come over here. >> there you go. thank you very much. >> thanks, amy. let's go over to heather for a check of the commute. >>reporter: newscopter 7 up over this mess we have in new jersey. it's on 495, route 3, that whole area right near the lincoln tunnel, we're going to check in with john del gorno. good morning, john. >>reporter: and good morning, het heather. i heard you explain this before and you are exactly on the money. this is affecting a few roadways here.
tunnel near the intersection of route 3 and route 495, and there you can see the problem. we can illustrate this whole thing with sky writer 7. right there is your overturned tractor-trailer. that tractor-trailer was traveling westbound on route 3 and trying to get up to the new jersey turnpike and westbound route 495, and you can see where he overturned. let me show you what this affects. down here at the bottom of your screen, that's traffic headed inbound tot lincoln tunnel. that's not being affected by this. right there is your overturned, that ramp, westbound route 3 to the new jersey turnpike, that ramp is shut down. now, there was a debris spill here as well. so if you're headed out of the lincoln tunnel on westbound route 495, it's this ramp right here, westbound 495 to westbound route 3, that ramp is shut down as well. the short way to say it, if you're coming out of the lincoln tunnel, you can't get on route 3 headed out towards the meadowlands. you'll have to find an alternate route. heather. >>reporter: thank you so much for that, john. we are also going to talk about the cross bronx expressway,
avenue an accident is being cleared away. if you want to come inbound at the lincoln, it's about a 15- minute delay. you have 10 minutes at the holland, the george washington bridge is doing fine. so that's the good news as far as our hudson river crossings go. routes 1 and 9, truck routes at duncan avenue, you have construction. so southbound you have all lanes closed down, northbound you're going to have a couple of lane closures as well. long island railroad, new jersey transit, metro north, they are all running on or close to schedule. if you are going to the airport today, tomorrow, even sunday, just get in touch with your carrier. we do have flights already being canceled. street cleaning rules are in effect for today, suspended for tomorrow. lori, over to you. >> all right, heather, thank you. the impending storm combined with the drop in temperatures has brought out an army of help for the homeless in the five boroughs. outreach workers are making their way around the city, searching for people living in the streets. many are found thanks to 311 calls. if anyone refuses to move
to then call 911. it is 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 and fall asleep. it's much too cold >> we really try to build trusting relationships with our clients and approach them as human beings, and we often find by approaching them in that way we get a better response. >> recent numbers show that more than 500 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. 6:21. still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, a developing story in queens. right now police are searching for the gunman in a violent mugging at a hotel near kennedy airport. and a startling discovery
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the dow jones added 115 points to open at 15,882. futures are higher as well. >> markets overseas got a much needed boost. get this, japan's nikkei average skyrocketing nearly 6% as the price of oil climbed back up above $30 a barrel. 6:24. you're never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic and amy freeze with your accuweather forecast. >> we are looking for a day that is the calm before the storm, pretty much during the day today sunshine to clouds. it's going to feel pretty good as well. temperatures will be below freezing much of the day, and the winds will continue to stay fairly reasonable. then we'll see an increase in the winds during the storm tomorrow. that's the reason that the blizzard warning is now posted and will be in effect tomorrow. so snowfall forecast pretty much on tap. we stemmedded it a little bit to the north just to include sullivan, ulster and dutchess because the tracks were to normt.
get a few inches. a foot and a half for monmouth and ocean counties. still looking for central new jersey to be the most affected by snowfall. but, again, during the storm tomorrow, it's not just the snow, it's also the wind gusting in the city 50 miles an hour, up to 65 for the shorelines and that could create some real problems with coastal flooding. so we'll be watching all of that. your accuweather seven-day forecast has this storm clearing on sunday, bag to near 40 on monday. that's -- back to near 40 on monday. that's your weather. here's heather. >>reporter: we'll use these pictures john del gorno showing us this overturned tractor- trailer. this is the route 3 ramp to the new jersey turnpike. so westbound 3 ramp to the new jersey turnpike is closed down. in addition to that, as you go outbound on 495 and you try to go to route 3 west, you cannot do that. so that's a big problem for you if you're commuting outbound at the lincoln tunnel. inbound side you can see delays are already stacking up, at least a 20-minute delay. our street cleaning rules are in effect for today, suspended for tomorrow. ken, over to you. >> heather, thank you.
caught on camera an oregon sheriff's deputy saves a toddler who was running down the middle of a busy highway. this happening late at night and investigators say the parents were nearby frantically searching for the child. the boy was safely reunited with his family. the sheriff's department released the video as a warning to drivers to always keep their eyes on the road. 6:27. closing in on 6:30. and still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, 24 hours ago before a -- 24 hours to go before a blizzard warning takes effect in new york and new jersey. but it's not just the snow folks on the jersey shore will have to worry about.
breaking news this morning, new york city now in the blizzard bull's eye as well. this winter storm still to our south could dump up to a foot of snow and bring potentially life-threatening conditions to the tri-state area. good morning, i'm ken. >> and i'm lori stokes. the five boroughs plus long island an most of new jersey are now included in that
from d.c. to philadelphia. >> and we first alerted this on the abc7ny facebook page around 4:00 a.m. department of santation workers will begin working 12-hour shifts today with nearly 600 salt spreaders predeployed to treat the roads. crews have more than 300,000 tons of rock salt on hand. >> and this storm stretches across much of the east coast which means major travel disruptions at the area airports. according to flight aware, some 2,500 flights have already been canceled today. >> virginia, pennsylvania, maryland and washington d.c. have all issued a state of emergency with potentially historic amounts of snow on tap. >> and we have a team of reporters keeping you updated. dray clark is on the jersey shore, rob nelson is in brooklyn and heather o'rourke has an update on the commute. >> first we go to meteorologist amy freeze in for bill evans with the latest with the accuweather forecast. amy. >> ken, lori, good morning to you. first of all, the blizzard warning which goes into effect tomorrow is really an
during the storm. it doesn't necessarily mean that we get more snow. while d.c. and philadelphia are expecting to get large amounts of snow, the blizzard warning is really the winds during the snow event that make it so dangerous because it reduces visibility and the definition of a blizzard really has to do with 35 mile an hour winds over a three-hour period or more, so be aware of that. lots of cold air today as we have the calm before the storm. feels like 13 right now. here's what you need to know, snow begins by dawn tomorrow, is done by dawn on sunday. the brunt of the storm coming saturday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., hardest-hit areas central and southern new jersey. monmouth and ocean county, big heads up to you. snow, wind an coastal flooding, very serious concern there with coastal flooding. six to 12 inches of snow, more south and west of us. here's the storm right now. it will continue to move in our direction, again, really making its debut by daybreak tomorrow. we'll see maybe a coating of snow on the ground, the timing
tonight where the snow gets going for south jersey. i'll have much more coming up in the full accuweather seven- day forecast. right now, though, the latest on your drive and commute getting into the city. that is weather, here's heather. >>reporter: yeah. so not -- the storm is not going to affect the traffic today, however, think about this, a lot of people are going to try to get their situation that they were taking care of for saturday and sun, all of those needs taken care of today, so there may be some rushing around. so here is the route 3 ramp to the new jersey turnpike where we have this overturned tractor- trailer. so let's head over to our maps and we'll talk to you about -- just show you on the map where this is. route 3 as you go onto the westbound side, you try to get onto the new jersey turnpike, that's where the overturned tractor-trailer is. so as a result leading away from lincoln tunnel, getting onto route 3 west, that ramp is closed down. and the ramp from route 3 west to the new jersey turnpike is closed down, thank you very much, john del gorno, from newscopter 7 for those pictures. but that's where this is all affected at this point.
lincoln tunnel, 15, 20 minutes, building up. the holland tunnel inbound is 10, but mostly the outbound lincoln tunnel traffic is going to be affected by this problem with this overturned tractor- trailer. we have street cleaning rules in effect today, suspended tomorrow, and mass transit so far so good. ken, over to you >> heather, thank you. 6:34. communities along the jersey shore are at risk of major flooding from this storm. voluntary evacuations will begin tonight in barnagut and ocean county. eyewitness news reporter dray clark live in belmar with more. dray, good morning. >>reporter: yeah, good morning, guys. we've been telling you all morning long that both monmouth and ocean county are part of the bull's eye of the storm, meaning they could easily see up to 12 inches of snow here and they're expecting a big hit. for example, a look here in toms river. they're already rolling out the high water rescue trucks here because not only in addition to the heavy snow, you're looking at high wind and then the real threat of coastal flooding. so they want to make sure they have those vehicles in place in the event that the flooding
elsewhere along the coastline, they've been building up the sand dunes because that will be the first line of defense in surge here. now back here live along the shore, here with me is monmouth county's sean goning. thanks for coming out so early. i know you guys have been very busy all week long. you take a look behind us, you see those sand dunes in place, you take a look elsewhere, the heavy equipment is on standby, as we are now less than 24 hours away from this storm arriving here. what are your concerns going into this storm? >> well, it's always concern for power outages and the like for our residents, particularly if there's blizzard-like conditions the way amy was describing it earlier this morning. you know, we're expecting over a foot of snow here in monmouth county and the monmouth county sheriff's office and emergency management is ready along with all of our public works vehicles, and, again, high water vehicles, similar to what toms river has. the other thing is the storm surge. we don't think it's as bad as originally predicted earlier in the week, but it's still likely to cause some local flooding in some of the towns, particularly
always a concern for us. >>reporter: we see in places like barn dl apgut township where they right now have a voluntary evacuation for those vokes living in a part of the region where there's only one way in and one way out. do you think we might get to a situation where it could become mandatory? >> i don't know if we'll hit the mandatory threshold. we have a couple threshold that is were set after sandy, our emergency management and the local emergency management teams are monitoring that closely. we'll get the word out to our residents. they know who they are in those flood zones, if you will, and we'll continue to monitor the predictions and forecasts for the flooding and coastal tides. >>reporter: for so many people here along the jersey shore who will stay at home and ride this storm out, what's your advice to them? >> my advice is to listen -- we should always have a plan, ready.goov is a great website to hit. flashlights, batteries, all the usual stuff and maybe be prepared for a power outage. we have great partners in jcp&l, our electric utility and new jersey natural gas, they're at the ready with our emergency
however, if it's blizzard-like conditions as describe, the linesmen won't go out until it's absolutely safe. so if there is a power outage, we'll know about it. we will work with the utility companies to get that on as quick as possible, but our residents need to be prepared. >>reporter: monmouth county sheriff sean goning with us here. you heard it here. so as we are now looking at this storm bearing down, this is the time to get prepared and get those necessities that you heard the sheriff mention a moment ago because they're expecting this storm to hit in a hard way. so they want to make sure that everything is in place in terms of what they do and for the folks at home make sure you have what you need to get through the weekend. live in belmar, dray clark, channel 7 eyewitness news >> thank you, dray. and crews on long island already hitting the road ahead of this weekend's storm. trucks will fan out today across nassau county and suffolk county. officials say they have been preparing all week and their capacity. crews are also bracing for flooding in low lying areas and potential blizzard conditions on the east end.
three feet above normal. 6:37. and with the blizzard warning now issued, emergency officials here in new york city will be monitoring conditions closely this weekend. eyewitness news reporter rob nelson is live now in sheepshead bay with more for us. rob. >>reporter: hey, good morning to you, lori. of course we have been talking about this storm all week, but today is the day things, yeah, get pretty real here. the city bracing not only for several inches of snow, but as we've been talking about all morning, those high winds that could lead to some pretty significant coastal flooding. now, take a look at some of this video again. this is the big prep day for the city, new york getting its arsenal for the storm up and running, an army of snow plows and salt spreaders and thousands of tons of salt to fill those spreaders. the city's office of emergency management and the santation department, of course, will go into overdrive starting today into tomorrow as that storm begins to hit our area starting tonight and then, of course, things will really ramp up
now, as of now mass transit, we should point out, will remain operational on saturday, schools are expected to be open on monday. of course we've had a very mild winter, we've been very lucky this season. we've certainly seen countless storms in the past, though, storms just like this, so city lears basically are just stressing some common sense safety steps and, of course, urging the public to stay calm and safe over the next few days. >> 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: and just to reiterate, as amy mentioned a second ago, we are now officially starting at 4:00 a.m. tomorrow, the city itself has now -- is now under that blizzard warning that we mentioned to you all morning. but real quick before we let you go. take a look over here to my right, it is a beautiful, cold, but beautiful sunrise here in sheepshead bay.
morning getting started, savor that shot because in 24 hours things are going to look a little different. reporting live here in brooklyn, rob nelson, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> they certainly will. thank you, rob. well, washington d.c. could get slammed with more than two feet of snow, and that's causing a lot of anxiety in the nation's capital. federal offices around the city will be closed by noon today. washington's mayor says that she learned from the poor response to wednesday night's storm when a coating of ice and snow brought the commute to a standstill. streets had not been treated and there weren't enough snow crews working, but all that changed today. salt trucks are fully loaded for what some say could be the biggest coastal storm sandy. d.c. rail system will close at 11:00 p.m. tonight for the entire weekend. buses will stop rolling at 5:00 this afternoon. 6:40. meanwhile mayor de blasio's chosen to opt out of his trip to the nation's capital because
the mayor had planned to attend the winter meeting of the conference of mayors to discuss his urban agenda. well, it's easy to find the latest weather forecast. all you have to do is head to our website, abc7ny, one of the most popular features right now, as you can imagine, our accuweather maps. all you gotta do is click through the pictures to see the forecast timing and the estimated snow totals. this feature is also available on the eyewitness news smart phone app. 6:41. and you're never more than seven minutes away from weather and traffic. we begin with meteorologist amy freeze >> ken, lori, good morning to you. what a shot from rutherford, new jersey, as the sun comes up this morning, really spectacular looking skyline. and it'll be a fabulous day where we have sunshine to clouds, the sky will look good. it'll just feel cold. 22 degrees on the thermometer right now. the feels-like temperature is just 13. it's all the cold air getting into place, and what a difference it'll be 24 hours from now as the snow begins to fall. blizzard warning goes into effect tomorrow and will continue through the day on
now here's the storm right here, and it's pretty much on track as what we've expected, a lot of moisture coming into it from the gulf, plenty of cold air from the north. and as the storm crawls up the coast, there's blizzard warnings all the way from d.c. into new york city. now, not only are we dealing with the blizzard-like conditions which is reduced visibility, treacherous travel, winds gusting up to 50 miles an hour, but also the winter storm warning for the counties in pink. that means we'll have very winter-like conditions, a lot of snow, slip rhode island travel, and then we've got the coastal flood problems, and this is a warning that goes along to the long island south shore, including the jersey shore, also parts of staten island included in that right into the bay. so a lot to pay attention to with this storm as it comes in. our latest snowfall graphic looking like this, and, again, we are posting this up on social media and various places so you can get access to it. three to six inches north of new york city, higher amounts south and west. a general 6 to 12-inch zone for people to be prepared. and a lot of people will be doing that by driving around
on and so forth. heather has your traffic. >>reporter: so you don't want to be rushing around, causing any major disruptions today. keep yourself safe today and chill out tomorrow if you can. here is this overturned tractor- trailer as you go onto the westbound side of route 3. we have john del gorno up in newscopter 7 showing us these pictures. so the ramp from route 3 west is closed down getting into the new jersey turnpike. and then the outbound side ramp to route 495 from route 495 to westbound 3 is also closed down because of that debris spill that occurred. so they have to get this all cleared up. the inbound lincoln tunnel, that's all this traffic here, that's about a 30-minute delay. mass transit, f and g trains are dealing with some delays. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today, suspended for tomorrow. lori and ken, over to you. >> thank you very much, heather. 6:43. still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, some the other news of the day. a mother shot while trying to protect her daughter from robbers.
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let's work together to support sensible and fair learning standards that help every child -- in every neighborhood -- succeed. developing overnight, a mother remains in critical condition, shot as she tried to save her daughter from the thieves outside a hotel near kennedy airport. the 20-year-old daughter was pistol whipped an had her jewelry stolen as she waited in a car outside the hampton inn in south ozone park. well, her mother was in the
out to help her daughter, she was shot in the chest. the two thieves in ski masks drove off in a white white van and police are still looking for them. 6:46. time to check the accuweather forecast. >> and let's check in with meteorologist amy freeze who has stepped outside. amy. >> yeah. i'm the warmest possible because it's so cold outside, just ouz the studios here on the upper wind advisory. temperatures are in the low 20s, and then we have winds and so the wind chill factor is actually in the low teens right now. it's quite chilly. and the cold air is coming in as we have this calm before the storm. beautiful skies as the sun comes up this morning, and we'll continue to have sunshine through the first half of the day, and then we'll see increasing clouds and then even a few flurries before the storm gets in here later tonight. 21 degrees by 7:00 a.m. we're pretty much on track with this over the next seven hours, staying below freezing, you guys, very cold air is in place.
what's going on as the storm approaches. blizzard warning in effect starting tomorrow through sunday. coating by daybreak, then four 0 eight inches of snow during the day on saturday and an additional two to four at night. that's where we're getting the totals of 6 to 12 inches of snowfall across the area. there it is on the map, the storm still making its crawl in our direction up the coastline. it is producing snow for parts of the virginias. this is the blizzard warning from d.c. all the way into new york city, including the boroughs of long island and parts of central new jersey. that's where we're going to expect blizzard conditions which means not necessarily as much snow as d.c. is getting or philadelphia, but certainly the winds, 50 miles an hour wind gusts are part of this plan, a 35 mile an hour wind gust sustained for a three-hour period is what defines a blizzard. and then we have the impact of those winds in the form of coastal flooding. so the winter storm watch, of course, just to the west of us and then coastal flooding which includes the boroughs, so all high tide locations, be on
saturday morning, saturday night and even into sunday morning because we could see tides the highest they have been since sandy. so not equal, not over it, but the highest the tides have been since superstorm sandy. here's the timing of the storm. again, moving through south jersey late tonight, by daybreak in the new york city area, continuing to be widespread with snow over the tri-state into the day tomorrow with heavy snowfall rates up to two inches possible at times and the blizzard conditions will, of course, reduce visibility, make travel very treacherous. the impacts of power outages, trees down, all of these are possibilities. that's why a big heads up for this storm system, not necessarily the amount of snow you're getting, but just in general know that there is a severe weather system moving through and be on alert. if you can stay home and stay safe, that's the thing to do. up through the hudson valley all the way through sullivan, ulster and dutchess we have one to three inches. we know there'll be a sharp cutoff to the north with this storm system. overnight computer models did
be ready for a couple of inches of snow there, but know that the real target zone of heavy snow that will take a lot to remove will be central new jersey, monmouth and ocean counties, potential for over a foot of snow there. in the boroughs stretching out to long island and west suburbs into new jersey, this is the 6 to 12-inch zone. and we're expecting in the boroughs that we'll probably average around the six inches and expanding out there will be pockets of 8, 10, even 12 inches of snowfall there. and it's a real tricky area just to the north of the city on what amounts we'll get. be prepared for snow to come down heavy at times during the day on saturday. sunday an early exit with this storm. it's all over sunday morning. sunshine by the afternoon and 34 degrees, not as cold on monday with a high of 38 and down the stretch in the accuweather seven-day forecast we return to the 40s. we'll have much more as we go throughout the morning and a reminder to join us on social media. we'll have facebook live this morning, i'm posting some of these graphics on our abc7n y.com right now so you can access them very easily.
it's freezing out here. >> yes. thank you. >> come on in. >> over to heather o'rourke. another check on the commute. >>reporter: yes. so behind me you can see this overturned tractor-trailer getting a little bit of daylight now. this tractor-trailer is on the ramp from route 3 west getting onto the new jersey turnpike. naturally that ramp down. now, here is the outbound side of 495, trying to get to route 3 going onto the westbound side. that ramp is also closed down. we're also hearing about reports as you travel eastbound on 495 and that's traffic right lincoln tunnel. we have an accident right near kennedy boulevard. so your delay coming off of route 3, here's route 3 coming inbound to the lincoln tunnel, this traffic is coming from the new jersey turnpike. it's at least a 45-minute delay coming inbound. we have alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today, suspended for tomorrow. f and g trains have a problem, so they're running with some delays. ken and lori, over to you >> thank you, heather. and we're following breaking news in brooklyn. a teenaged boy seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash.
breaking news on that hit and run in williamsburg, brooklyn. we've learned the victim is a 15-year-old boy and he is in critical condition. the teenager was struck near broadway and marcy street late last night. eyewitnesses say that he was hit by a red minivan that fled the scene. when we come back we'll get you the latest track on the
welcome back. you are looking live at belmar, monmouth county and the jersey shore expected to get battered by high winds, coastal flooding and beach erosion. barnagut township in ocean county issued voluntary evacuation ors and other towns may volume. >> we take a live look right now from sheepshead bay, a serene and gorgeous morning. that will certainly change over the next 24 hours. we're expecting an update on
also an overturned tractor- trailer is leading to big delays near the lincoln tunnel. >> an absolute mess. we get an update from john del gorno in newscopter 7. >>reporter: and the problems ken, are going to be if you're coming out of the city into new jersey at the lincoln tunnel an it's all related to that overturned tractor-trailer. this was westbound on route 3 on the ramp to the new jersey turnpike, but because of the debris spill, they had to shut the ramp from westbound 495 to westbound route 3. as a result, as you exit the lincoln tunnel now, you can't access route 3 out towards secaucus and the meadowlands. bumper-to-bumper delays here all the way back into the tunnel itself. we're live over secaucus, john del gorno, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> that's a mess. what about the rest of the commute? >> well, i can show awe map just so everybody can get an idea of where john is. so it's westbound 3 to the new jersey turnpike, you have that overturned vehicle with the debris spill. so westbound 495 ramp to route 3 is closed, and the ramp from route 3 west to the turnpike is also closed down.
you go outbound at the lincoln tunnel, as john was saying. the inbound side of the lincoln tunnel is at least a 45-minute delay. we can look at a camera and show you, again, as that traffic is exiting, you can see off on the right side of your screen, that's where all that activity is. so really only one or two lanes are going to get you to the turnpike and then from there you have to figure out a way to get up to route 3. i mean, there aren't really many options there. >> no. it's meadowlons. >> a lot of people could head up to the george washington bridge or the holland. >> wow! good luck. i'm sure that will clog up soon. >>reporter: exactly >> thank you, heather. the weather much better on this friday, sunshine early on here. it's going to be a beautiful start to the day, but it is very cold, so prepare. temperatures are in the 20s, the wind chill factor in the teens, low 20s right through the day with a high of 34. tomorrow a blizzard warning for the storm that will be here producing 6 to 12 inches of snow across the area. it ends early on sunday morning, completely out of here. we end the weekend with sunshine, a high of 34. the accuweather seven-day forecast takes us back into the upper 30s and low 40s for the early part of next week.