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coming up in just a few minutes. in the meantime, what you need to know to get out the door right now. 35 degrees is going to be our high temperature today. plenty of sunshine, a little on the chilly side, but lovely all in all. things are going to be changing. as we head into tonight, we'll dip down to 23 degrees. clouds are going to start to slowly gather. still quiet and serene. the big changes take place during the afternoon tomorrow when clouds are going to thicken, and we are going to see the onset of snow. friday evening in sections of new jersey and saturday morning as we head into the immediate met toll ropolitan area. we'll talk more about it in a few minutes with a full rundown of expectations. in the meantime, if you're walking out the door, don't go anywhere yet. >> thank you, dave. good morning, everyone. not too many problems out there. if you commute via route 17, we have a water main break out there. the repairs take out the right lane. this is northbound at linwood avenue. it also blocks the off-ramp. that accident that we just had
westbound by exit 36 cleared. and we still have this emergency construction heading to the outbound upper level of the george washington bridge been two lanes shut down under the apartments, but no delays out there. we'll have more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. >> lauren, thanks very much. as dave just said, a blizzard watch goes into effect saturday morning. not just snow but flooding is a major concern with this storm. "today in new york's" tracie strahan is in hoboken. this is a really big concern because this city has had to deal with the flooding so many times before. >> reporter: that's right, michael. not only are we right by the water in this particular area, by the path station, but this is where all of the transit hubs are. new jersey transit as well as the path trains. already they've unveiled their plans to deal with it. we saw first hand steel plates, reinforcements put in front of an above-ground elevator at the new jersey transit station here. this is a station, if you remember, that was inundated by flooding during hurricane sandy. they're not leaving anything to chance days before this storm.
the walls are just another effort to try and keep trains moving during the storm. down the jersey shore, they're doing the same, getting ready for any coastal flooding that could occur as a result of this. the concern, not having any major roads flooded. sand was trucked in hours ago for an emergency reserve. officials are fearful of any water shutting down the roads and can pass incapacitating traffic. they're going to be laying down brine on the roads today, michael. we haven't seen the trucks just yet, but they're already warning residents to be mindful of this. back to you. >> just trying to get ahead of it as best they can. thanks so much. the storm could wreak havoc for anyone with travel plans. much of the country is being impacted and already airlines are preparing. "today in new york's" kerry barrett is in the newsroom with more. >> good morning. you know how it is. it's like the domino effect. if you have a flight somewhere, it affects flights everywhere. the good news, obviously that the storm is hitting on the
weekend. work. but people that may be trying to fly, that's a different story. any substantial amount of snow will likely affect flights coming into and out of the airports here in the tri-state. all across the northeast, down into the mid-atlantic as well. some of these airlines are already giving travelers options in anticipation of what may be to come. here's a couple of them for you. united airlines waiving their change fees for anybody planning to travel through the northeast between january 22nd and the 24th. delta offering travelers the same option. however, with delta, you have to rebook those flights before january 27th. southwest allowing people to change their flights if they are scheduled to fly on the 22nd or the 23rd. and american airlines is allowing people to change their flights between the 21st and 24th. i know that's a lot to take in. things can always change depending on how bad things are
your best bet is to check request with your airline. of course we'll keep you updated on nbcnewyork.com. >> kerry, thank you. on long island, suffolk county police are ready for the storm, especially with these vehicles in their fleet. yesterday they showed off a number of humvees at their disposal. officers will use them to respond to emergency calls and rescue stranded drivers. they also have three military-style five-ton trucks to transport large numbers of people if necessary. if you have questions about the forecast, we're here to answer them. chat with storm team 4's erica grow today. just head to the nbc new york facebook page at 1:30 this afternoon. bring your questions. >> there's going to be a lot of questions. >> i think so. i get them, and i don't know anything about the forecast in the terms of how to tell people whceat to prepare for. i can imagine what you guys get. >> the most important thing is you prepare for the worst. that way you're set no matter what we get. with coastal storms like this,
the last moments to really nail down what you're going to see. we have ranges, and you prepare for the top range. that's what we're going to get you set for. keep in mind municipalities heeding the same advice. we have a blizzard watch now in effect for new york city, essex county, portions of union county, out into nassau and suffolk and a winter storm watch for much of new jersey. that goes into effect and takes us through the weekend. also, we're watching for coastal flooding with a watch in effect for moderate flooding at high tide. we have three high tides to watch out for. we're right now, 27 degrees, partly cloudy skies out there. as we head through the day, we're going to climb to 31 at noon, 35 at 3:00 p.m., which will be our day's high. at 6:00 tonight, partly cloudy skies roll on in. then tomorrow the big changes begin to happen. we see the snow advance from the
inland areas in new jersey could get pounded. we'll watch that storm approach into new york city early saturday morning. we'll talk more the specifics in full weather. in the meantime, let's check on your transit and traffic with lauren. >> thanks, dave. good morning, everyone. right now things look good for mass transit. a couple bus detours out there. if you're getting on the subways, we have downtown f trains running express from 34th street to west 4th. that's all because of track maintenance. that's our only issues on the subways. no delays or service changes. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. today mayor de blasio will put forth a plan to make new york city's parks safer, and it includes spending a lot of money. "today in new york's" katherine creag is in prospect park. lots of concern about safety in parks. a couple high-profile crimes in central park. a lot of concern about that and concern about prospect park. >> reporter: right. even at this early hour,
there's a man just walking by us. one woman told us minutes ago she thinks this is a great idea. she would like to see more security officers in this park, also some of the other major parks across the city. that's something the mayor will be talking when he proposes his spending plan later today. he wants to add more security officers, personnel, to focus on safe it ty in a number of parks across the city. it means hiring extra people and extra funding. part of the mayor's plan includes hiring 67 full-time parks enforcement patrol staffers. another 50 additional seasonal security employees. the mayor wants to allot $5.3 million to the current $14 million budget. the jogger we talked to said this. >> i know i will be safer.
i'm out here alone by myself. i'm meeting some friends coming from that direction. but apart from that, i'm mostly coming here by myself. >> reporter: and also in a news 4 exclusive, we've learned the mayor wants to invest another $3 million to more than double the square miles covered with shot spotter, that system which uses special sensors to detect the sound of shots fired. more than 1600 times last year, that alert, the sound of gunfire, let police know when someone had fired a gun. michael, i know you said it's incredible technology, and it really is. in some of that video you saw, you see people running when they hear gunfire, but the nypd is telling us in so many cases, no one calls 911. with shotspotter, they know where there's gunfire, so they know where to investigate. back to you. >> and when it happened as well. kat, thank you so much. the city council will introduce legislation next monday that could reduce punishments for minor crimes. the bills will cover low-level offenses that include public drinks, excess i have noise, breaking park rules, and littering.
police the option of issuing civil summons to violators instead of treating them as misdemeanors. council leaders say that will keep them out of court but still subject them to fines. a teenager stabbed to death a the a bus stop in brooklyn. the bus stop was near lorimer street in williamsburg. police say a 17-year-old got into an argument with another teen there. they say that teen stabbed him and took off. he was rushed to the hospital where he later died. a box cutter was found at the scene, and it's not clear if he knew the attacker. >> i lived here for a year. i live across the street. this is the first time this has happened in this neighborhood. >> police are now checking some surveillance video in their search for the person responsible. happening today, we should learn more details about the first murder in scarsdale in
nearly 40 years. yesterday police responded to a 911 call at an upscale neighborhood on lincoln road. the caller said the woman was seriously hurt, but when officers arrived, she was dead. a 61-year-old man who lived at the same home was taken into custody and is being questioned by investigators. the man charged with stabbing a new jersey woman to death is now suing new york city's transit authority. police say arthur lomando killed suzanne bardzell in her midland park driveway last october. they say he then jumped in front of a train at 168th street. doctors had to amputate both of his feet to save his life. but lomando claims he fell from an overcrowded platform. he's now suing for $50 million. one year ago today, we all watched a massive fire destroy the avalon apartment complex in edgewater, new jersey. it left nearly 500 people without a home. since then, lawmakers promised to change building codes. however, no new bills have been passed in trenton. meanwhile, some residents are
living with family while they wait on pending lawsuits. the fast-moving fire was started by two unlicensed maintenance workers using a blow torch. ahead this morning, sarah palin is talking about her son's arrest. we're going to tell you how she's placing blame on president obama. plus, the video is incredible. a snowboarder survives an avalanche. this morning, he's not out of the woods. why he could face charges. outside, it's quiet now as we look at the tappan zee bridge. storm team 4 has the latest on the winter storm that's approaching. weather and traffic on the 4s coming up. you're watching "today in new york." y time you like. a fresh cracked egg, canadian bacon and an english muffin with real butter. mcdonald's all day
5:14 right now. here are four things to know this morning. our entire area under a blizzard watch for the weekend. in hoboken, they're also bracing for flooding. an update on the storm in just a moment in weather and traffic on the 4s. the major asian markets closed down overnight. this follows yesterday's wild right on wall street. down 500 points at one point, but closing down 250 points for the dow. amazon now offering full refunds for anyone who bought a hoverboard on the site. the commuter product safety commission is investigating hoverboard fires. mayor de blasio's 2016
budget will reportedly include more than $100 million for a new staten island ferry. all right. time to take a look at the weather picture. a lot to cover this morning. good to see you as we start off the day with quiet and calm conditions. that's going to be what we get for the remainder of today and into the first part of tomorrow. but clouds are going to build. then as we head into the weekend, we are tracking saturday's storm. let's get to et details right now. all the energy here is going to pick up gulf moisture, travel off the eastern seaboard by the mid-atlantic states or just south of them. then it becomes a classic nor'easter working its way up the coastline and winding up dumping precipitation in our area. we'll get to more on the storm in a moment. in the meantime, this is what you need to know as you walk out the door. 27 degrees in tribeca. city island at 28. widen the picture, cooler temperatures as you head to places like monticello and poughkeepsie up in duchess county. 19 in newburgh.
whether we call it a direct hit, whether we call it close to the coast, what we're expecting through the region is heavy snow. coastal mixing along the long island, connecticut, and jersey shores. a coastal flood threat as well. remember, you have the combination of mixed precipitation, high tides, and a full moon. that is not a good combination. damaging winds as well, upwards of 60 miles per hour as this system moves through. as we head to friday night, it works its way up through new jersey. as we get to early saturday morning to mid-saturday morning, there's still question on the timing, the snow pushes through. by early sunday, it's out of the way. totals at this point, 6 to 12 inches in new york city. the models now bringing it down just a little for the metropolitan area. less so to the north and west. more so as you head to inland new jersey and well to the
south. walt, baltimore, washington area, they could be in for a historic snowfall. that combination of rain, snow, ice, and wind, which could cause power outages throughout the coastal area. now, here is the american model. this winds up giving us 5.5 inches of snow in the city as we head to 5:00. but head down into inland areas of new jersey, and that number pops way up. now, the european model gives us a little bit more. it arrives a little later, stays a little longer, dumps a little more snow. so we're still going to say 6 to 12 depending on where you are. here's your seven-day forecast, everyone, as we take a look. the weekend is the problem spot. clearly it's not going to be pretty, and it's going to be dangerous to be out on the roads as we head to saturday, saturday night, and sunday. keep in mind as we head into next week, we're going to see temperatures climb. a lot of this stuff will melt off. we have a blizzard watch in effect. a full list of watches and warnings, which we went over at
the top of the program and will revisit, you can always check them out on the app. a lot to go through. let's say hello to lauren, see if the trip on the roadways are any better. >> you have the heavy lift today right now. i pretty much have it easy. we have one problem out there on the roads. here we have an accident southbound on tonnelle avenue. this is out by route 3. you can see down here it's very slow going. that's what that red is right here as you make your way into this area. this is a bit of a spot to avoid right now. otherwise, we'll take a live look outside. we'll head out to the alexander hamilton bridge, where you see some stop-and-go traffic out there as you make your way into the outbound george washington bridge. heading to the upper level, two lanes are closed with emergency construction under the apartments. they're likely clearing it. that's why things are not moving so well. i'll continue to keep a close eye out there. heading over to the bqe out by the brooklyn bridge, smooth say thing here for a change. no construction getting in your way. you're in for a nice ride. and ferry commuters, so far, so good. staten island ferry, new york waterway ferries, and seastreak
running on or close to schedule. more weather and traffic coming up. >> thank you. 5:18 right now. sarah palin says her son's military service and president obama are to blame for his recent arrest. track palin was charged monday with a domestic abuse of his girlfriend. police also say he was threatening suicide. palin spoke about the incident yesterday while stumping for donald trump in oklahoma. she said president obama lacks respect for america's war veterans. >> it starts from the top. the question, though, that comes from our own president where they have to look at him and wonder, do you know what we go through? >> palin also said her son suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder caused by his military service. a snowboarder seen in an online video surviving an avalanche could actually face criminal charges. >> the more speed, the better i'm pretty sure. for sure. >> that snowboarder, his friends
bowl resort outside of sacramento in california. officials at the resort say he was in a very active avalanche area that had been closed to the public since 2010. they accuse him of deliberately triggering the avalanche, putting himself and others in danger. in today's cnbc money report, most walmart workers will have some extra spending money in their paychecks. the retail giant says it's increasing the average pay for its hourly workers to $13.38 an that'sen an increase of about 3%. part-time workers are also getting a raise. walmart has been under pressure from pro labor groups. and wendy's is currently testing a new veggie burger. ingredients for the patty and the bun are considered vegan, but not the entire burger. that's because it comes with cheese and ranch sauce. the test markets for the black bean burger, salt lake city,
columbia, south carolina. >> looks good. strong burger. facebook has a new future for you. it's facebook's sports stadium. it gives sports fans a live game clock for their favorite team, play-by-play updates, commentary from experts, and also your friends' comments. the feature will debut during the nfl conference championship games and the super bowl. then it will cover most major events around the world, including the summer olympics in brazil. astronomers are working on confirming the existence of a new planet. they recently decided that pluto is just a dwarf. now they're pointing their telescopes toward a possible new planet nine. it's ten times more massive than earth and takes 10,000 to 20,000 years to orbit the sun. >> we're just finding this now? >> just happened to turn around and see it there. >> all right. still ahead, there's a chance to own a piece of papal history, and you can even park it in your driveway. and the story behind one driver's snow-covered car that
checking and savings account and you can get a polaroid cube+ video camera on the spot. remember, you don't want to drive your car down the road during this week's snowstorm looking like this. police say an 80-year-old canadian man did just that this week in ontario. he told the officer he was too old to clear off his car, so the officer did it for him.
he did give him a $75 fine. you know, that is hard to clean. >> and you can't see anything on the right. there's that. >> you can't look like an igloo on four wheels. >> when the snow comes off the top, it's hard to drive behind that. >> really dangerous. >> maybe you stay home? >> maybe. >> just an idea. that may be the idea that we should adopt for saturday. it's going to be a rough day. snow totals anywhere from 6 to 12 inches in the city. we may be on lighter side of that by the way right now. the models are saying that. we're going to keep an eye on it all. we are preparing for the worst, as i just wrote on twitter, and hoping for the best. we have a blizzard watch in effect for suffolk, nassau, into the city. keep that in mind as you're making your plans. also a concern for coastal flooding. we're watching for moderate flooding at high tide. that's in effect through much of the jersey shore on south. we'll keep an eye on all of that. in the meantime, your first
forecast for today, temperature 27 degrees outside right now. not bad at all. we'll climb up to 31 at noontime. 35 will be our high temperature 30 at 6:00. that's a quick look. long. dave. what's going on, lauren? >> not too many problems for the commute. service changes on the f train. downtown trains running express from 34th street to west 4th because of track maintenance. we'll look outside at the inbound side of the george washington bridge. things are still moving along nicely into the tolls. minor delays outbound coming off the alexander mam hamilton bridge. two lanes shut down under the apartments with emergency roadwork. that should be wrapped up soon. otherwise, the roads are in good shape. >> thanks very much. totally excited about this. it's not quite the pope mobile, but you have a chance to own a car with a papal connection. it's a four-door fiat 500. it's actually the l model, the four door one. it's the one the pope used
during his u.s. trip. it's going up for auction. the auction will be held during the philadelphia auto show's gadala later this month. the car retails for about $20,000, but this particular one expected to fetch much more. >> you love that. >> i drove that model car in italy with the stick shift. it was some exciting times on the road. >> you were like george clooney in italy. 5:27. lots more coming up. next, an emotional issue. the decision to close three local schools. plus, later this morning, some specifics about how the oscars now plans to improve diversity. >> reporter: and storm preps are already under way here in hoboken, but that's not the only concern when it comes to this weekend's weather. i'm tracie strahan live in ho boek within a look at that straight ahead. if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. keep watching "today in new york." download the news 4 new york app
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mayor bill de blasio de blasio. and new information this morning about a threat against police. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. it is thursday morning. it's january 21th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. chris is off. storm team 4's dave price is here with the forecast and much more this morning. >> some storm track model adjustments we'll go through within the next half hour. in the meantime, a couple clouds out there. a nice morning taking shape. as you mentioned at the top of the headlines, we have a blizzard watch in effect for suffolk, nassau, the burr oroughs of new york city and much of new jersey. we also have a flood watch in effect for sections of new jersey. a lot to absorb right now. we'll go through the details in a while. in the meantime, what you need to get out the door is this information. 35 degrees today. plenty of sunshine. a little chilly as we head into tonight. temperature drops down to 23 degrees. clouds start to gather. it's the end of the quiet time because things change tomorrow.
that's a quick look at your weather picture. details and all the latest models ahead. >> good morning, everyone. we have one slow spot in the jersey city area. an accident at tonnelle avenue southbound before secaucus road. delays on the alexander hamilton bridge. towards the george washington bridge, two lanes blocked urn the apartments there heading to the upper level with emergency construction. no exact time that's going to wrap up. these delays will continue to get worse. leave yourself some extra time. more weather and traffic ahead on the 4s. >> thanks so much, lauren. right now in new jersey, signs of an approaching storm are everywhere. storm team 4 has been telling us it's not just snow we need to worry about. "today in new york's" tracie strahan is in hoboken with that. >> reporter: good morning. people around here putting the dukes up for the one-two punch. not just the snow but also the potential for strong wind and
even the coastal flooding that's always a concern in this area. as a result of this, people around here are already on guard. the city of hoboken tweeted they're going to be putting brine down on the streets today, but we walked down the street and saw this, steel reinforcement plates around a new jersey transit elevator right around the hoboken terminal entrance. this was a station, of course, that was absolutely flooded during hurricane sandy. since then, they've made it a point to try and combat coastal flooding. we went down underneath the path station where there are also concerns about that as well. we spoke to one man at least who said right now it's not on the forefront of his mind, and his name, his last name alone, well, we'll let you listen to him. >> i work in midtown, so i just got to get to the path and i'm okay. >> are you worried about how the trains will be? it's going to hit this weekend. this is going to be a concern for you at all? >> i'm going to hole up in my apartment and hope for the best. >> we're talking about coastal flooding and your last name is
>> it's a funny coincidence i guess. >> reporter: well, funny coincidence to him, but they're not playing around down at the jersey shore. look at what's going on. emergency sand was trucked in hours ago. officials there concerned about some of the main arteries like route 35 being flooded over as a result of this storm. again, here in hoboken, not only is this area right by the water, but this is where all the transit hubs are. even though most people don't have to go to work this weekend, the path, well, it doesn't take much for a couple of hiccups to interrupt service on it. back to you. >> all right, tracie strahan. thank you. with the storm coming, this morning the rush for supplies is on. people packing the grocery stores, trying to stock up refrigerators before the storm storm. after a fairly warm winter, warm clothing clothing which wasn't selling is selling now. >> i was thinking of getting boots, but because we have such a warm winter, i just left it for later. >> i want to see if i find something a little bit warmer. >> many shoppers told us the one
thing they're actually finding a hard time, and this happens all the time, is rock salt. if you have any questions about the forecast, we are here to answer them. you can chat with storm team 4's erica grow today. head to nbc new york's facebook page at 1:30 this afternoon. >> this is where all those questions that you have that you want to speak directly to a meteorologist about, you can do that. right now we have our own dave price in for chris. good morning. >> good morning. a lot to talk about right now. let's get to it. this is the gfs snow forecast. remember, we've been talking about several models, computer analytics to help guide us on what we're going to get. the gfs, the euro. there are a bunch we look at to analyze. here's the latest run. this tells us where the heavy snow is going to be and where some snow is going to be. if you take a look at our area, we are in the heavy snow area but just to the north of us. we get less accumulation. the range is 6 to 12, but i think we may be on the lower end
of that range right now. now, we keep in mind the caveat that a lot can change. we are tracking it hour by hour, but just be aware that the latest models will bring our totals down a little bit. up and down this roller coaster we go. here's a look at your weekend planner, everyone. as we head into sat, it's going to be snowy and windy all day. this is going to be roughly a 24-hour snow event with winds gusting upwards of 60 miles per hour. blizzard watch in effect for much of the area. a winter storm watch in effect for much of new jersey. we talked about that just a few minutes ago. we'll talk about it again in detail. sunday, 35 degrees is as the storm departs. winds stick around. warming up into next week. a lot to go through. stick with us. we'll be on twitter as well all through the day and the web. let's say hello to lauren, see what's going on as you're heading to work or school. >> thanks, dave. good morning, everyone. just a couple things. right now we have service changes on the f train. downtown f trains running express from 34th street to west
4th all because of track maintenance. your major commuter lines, so far, so good there. still a few detours on the buses. nj transit, beeline, decamp doing just fine. don't forget to move your car. we'll have more weather and traffic ahead on the 4 rz. 5:37 right now. new this morning, the man who turned himself in for those isis-related threats against the nypd will not be charged. we're not identifying the man. he vebderred to police in the bronx. we're told he is being held on unrelated warrants. the nypd and philadelphia police say they got calls from a man who pledged allegiance to isis. he also threatened to shoot officers. today, payor de blasio is going to reveal some of his 2016 budget proposals. this year he wants to spend millions more on safety. "today in new york's" katherine creag is in prospect park because parks is one of the areas where they're trying to improve security. you're talking to people already out in the park. we saw somebody run behind you. you missed them. >> reporter: i hear footsteps
behind me even at this early hour. there are so many people walking, jogging around. one woman we talked with told us she's here so often, and when she's running at this early hour, she's looking over her shoulder because she's worried who might be out there. she would appreciate extra funding, extra security personnel in parks. it's something mayor de blasio will talk about when he unveils his proposed spending plan later today. hiring more security to focus on safety in a number of parks, including coney island park, the battery in lower manhattan. it means hiring extra people, having extra funding. part of the plan has him hiring 67 full-time parks enforcement patrol staffers, another 50 additional seasonal security employees. the mayor wants to allot $5.3 million to the park department's current $14 million budget. that jogger we talked with earlier said this. >> that would be great because things have changed from before where you felt so much safer where you can go out this time
of the morning. now there's so much going on, you know. you really have to be careful. we do need that extra security. >> reporter: also in a news 4 exclusive, we've learned the mayor wants to invest more in shotspotter, that system which uses special sensors to detect the sound of shots fired. he wants to invest another $3 million to more than double the square miles it covers. more than 1600 times last year that alert let police know when someone had fired a gun. also, the location where. sometimes people don't call 911. they don't tell police there's been gunfire in a certain neighborhood, but at least shotspotter lets the nypd know where it's happening. back to you. >> and police say it's made a big difference. kat, thank you so much. a home security system is giving us a clear look at a suspected burglar in queens. take a look here at this video from december 2nd. you can see the man walking into the kitchen and putting on a pair of gloves. you see him walk down a hallway. he looks in several rooms.
police say he got away with jewelry and electronics. if you recognize this man, please call police. the driver accused of killing a bicyclist in a hit-and-run accident in brooklyn is now under arrest. investigators say 31-year-old junior hicks was driving the u-haul truck that hit the man in sheepshead bay tuesday night. ma was riding his bike home from work when he was killed. he was a 54-year-old immigrant from china who brought his family here to the u.s. some seven years ago. the jury selection continues today in the trial of an officer accused of shooting a man two years ago. liang says the shooting was an accident. opening statements expected next week. police say speed may have caused a deadly crash at a new jersey turnpike toll booth. a car slammed into a concrete barrier at the toll booth at exit 14 around 7:00 last night.
the driver is in the hospital in critical condition. on long island, the sachem school board voted to close both the gatelot school and the tecumseh almost tear elementary school. parents are now concerned about overcrowding in the rest of the district. others hope savings will bring back after-school programs. ahead, an historic hire in the nfl. plus, a new york city institution unfortunately is going to close its doors or screen, you might say. we're going to tell you what's next. and enjoy this quiet morning. storm team 4 has the latest on the blizzard watch in effect this weekend. weather and traffic on the 4s is coming up.
give it a pop. it's 5:44. weather on the 4s. let's see what's going on. a lot happening. even though the picture is relatively quiet as we take a look at times square, you know we've got a lot going on atmospherically. let's get to it. a much more serene shot there of rockefeller center. 27 degrees outside right now. we have winds out of the
mostly clear conditions. a cool morning taking shape. things are achanging. you can just sense it. quiet and calm today, but the clouds will build into tomorrow. we're tracking saturday's storm. adjusting and tweaking as we see these models come on in. let's go through the details right now. this is what we're talking about. this is the energy right no uh. it's going to head on south into the gulf, pick up that moisture, roll in the direction of the mid-atlantic states, out into the atlantic, where it's going to form as another low, a nor'easter. a classic nor'easter. it's going to swing up in our direction. that's our snow maker as we head into the weekend. let's look at temperatures right now before we address the snow in greater detail in a moment. 27 in tribeca. city island, 27. same number in jersey city. up by one in sheepshead bay.
dan danbury with 23 degrees. 29 in montauk. direct hit. let's talk about the fact that we're going to get heavy snow because this nor'easter is going to stay close to the coastline. at least that's what all the models seem to be indicating right now. what's it mean for us? heavy snow, coastal mixing with snow and sleet and freezing rain, and high winds as well. coastal flood threat, of course, because of high tide and a full moon and winds coming in our direction. those damaging winds could bring down power lines and create hazardous conditions or limited visibility. so we've got a troublesome saturday no matter how much snow we get. timing is still a little bit of a question. one model says it's a little later and stays longer. one model says it's a little earlier and rolls on through. that's relatively inconsequential. what we'll see is a snowy day on saturday, all day, into early sunday morning before everything
gets out of the way. 6 to 12 for the metropolitan area. the models lead us to believe right now that we could be on the lower end of the spectrum right in the city and to the north. higher end as you head to the south and interior. very well north, much lower because we simply run out of gas. it just dpunt go in that direction. so a lot of snow this weekend. rain, snow, ice, treacherous conditions that mix along the coastline. here's what we can expect over the next seven days. we talked about the blizzard watches and the winter storm watches. we will keep an eye on all of that. we'll go through that detail when we see you next. in the meantime, it's a bad weekend. stay at home on saturday if you can. we warm up into next week. a lot of it melts a i way with -- away. let's head to lauren. >> thank goodness not too much
we do have water main break repairs for people who commute on route 17 that might get in your way. northbound by linwood avenue, the right lane is shut down as well as the off-ramp. then we have a closure on tonnelle avenue. southbound in north bergen just before you get to secaucus road, this accident has all lanes shut down. this is what it looks like by route 3. heading over to the alexander hamilton bridge, we have delays on the cross bronx expressway. they're continuing to build as you make your way towards the outbound upper level of the george washington bridge. two lanes still shut down under the apartments. emergency roadwork. no word as to when this will get wrapped up. then heading over to the long island expressway in queens out by the grand central parkway, you can see traffic building out there westbound.
trafs c , admitting the cost of improving train service in and out of penn station would be a staggering $24 billion. today's "times" reports about $8 billion of that will go towards building a new hudson rail tunnel. the current tunnel is 100 years old. it was damaged by flooding during hurricane sandy. that's caused repeated amtrak nj transit delays. in oregon, residents living near a wildlife refuge taken over by armed protesters have one message for them, please leave. that's what the group and their leader ammon bundy heard when they attended a community immediating e ing meeting tuesday night. oregon's governor is urging federal officials to move quickly to end it. a pennsylvania prosecutor vows to fight bill cosby's latest effort to get his sex assault charges dismissed. cosby's lawyers argue there's a
deal not to prosecute him. but suburban philadelphia d.a. says no such deal was vr ever approved by a judge. he also says cosby wants special treatment. a hearing is scheduled for february 2nd. cosby accused of abusing a temple university worker. we're learning some of the ideas discussed in hollywood to help disverse if i the academy awards. "the new york times" reports one idea under consideration is to allow the best picture category to have ten nominees instead of eight. there's also talk of penalizing academy members who do not vote regularly. 5:50 now. in news for your health, a new study suggesting a child's well being could be influenced by their family's finances. researchers at the yaufrt of wisconsin found children whose parents had unsecured debt, things like credit card bills, outstanding medical bills, were
more likely to have behavioral problems. experts say carrying those short-term, high-interest debts can create stress and anxiety for parents, which could affect their parenting skills. friends of the legendary ziegfeld theater can't believe the curtain is closing within weeks. it's known for glamorous hollywood premieres and a great sunday system. it's also among the last of the big single-screen film houses. new operators say they'll turn it into a ballroom for high-end corporate events. >> sorry to hear that. rutgers unveiling plans to raise $100 million for newer athletic facilities. the scarlet nights' athletic director announced it in a video sent to sports programs. he said head coaches and senior administrators are planning to donate as well. >> former new york jets coach rex ryan is helping to make history in the nfl. he and the buffalo bills hired
the first female assistant coach in the league. katherine smith was named as especially teams quality control coach. she worked for 12 years with the jets and left for buffalo with ryan as his administrative assistant. he says she deserves the promotion for her knowledge and for her commitment. >> all right. congratulations to her. >> congratulations. ahead, pay up or else. the new penalty for people who skip out on tolls. and less than an inch of snow shuts down the nation's capital. not even the president could escape it.
welcome back. 5:55. it is thursday morning. lots of stuff on the way, dave. >> a lot to get to. i'm going to talk real fast. let's go to the maps right now. we have a winter storm watch in effect for much of new jersey right now. now look at this. up to rockland, orange, putnam, westchester, pushing through into bergen county in north jersey. a blizzard watch in effect for suffolk and nassau. the five boroughs of new york city, essex, and union county. the area beginning to expand. we also are watching for closal flooding in ocean county and new jersey and to the south. so as this system moves on through, it's going to create problems through the weekend.
in the city, i think we may be towards the lower end of that right now. but again, all subject to change. as far as the day, 31 at noon. 35 will be our high temperature. i'm getting the, okay, let's wrap it up. much more ahead in the 6:00 hour. >> we could talk to dave for a whole other hour. in the meantime, let's check with lauren. >> we have problems in bergen. ed hughes will show us a closer look at tonnelle avenue. earlier, all lanes were shut down. this is just before you get to secaucus road. delays are significant getting into this area. still a spot to avoid. the good news is it does look like things are clearing out. in the meantime, you'll sit in a parking lot. not good out there. >> all right, lauren. thank you. >> well, when it snows, even president obama not immune from travel troubles. take a look at this motorcade, his motorcade last night. it slowly brought him back to the white house.
the big suvs slipped and slid through an inch of snow on d.c. streets. it even hit the curb a few times. the president usually rides in his helicopter, marine one, but it was grounded, as you might imagine, by the snow. new york drivers who repeatedly blow through tolls will now have their car registration suspended. the state dmv is suspending the registration of drivers who go through at least five tolls without paying within 18 months. the dmv first proposed that new regulation back in november. violators who eventually pay up can have those registrations reenstated. 5:57 right now. coming up next, uber about to provide more than just a ride. what new service is about to roll out in our area. also at 6:00 a.m., an alert for travelers. find out what several major airlines are doing to help customers who are concerned about what's going to happen when the snow comes. and if you're about to head out the door, keep watching. download the news 4 new york app on your mobile device right now.
now at 6:00, blizzard watch. new advisories in overnight as crews take steps to protect mass transit hubs in our area. a quiet community rocked by a shocking death as police investigate scarsdale's first murder in nearly four decades. plus, sarah palin causes controversy on the campaign trail as she links her son's domestic violence arrest to president obama. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everyone. it's thursday morning. it is january 21st. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. chris has the morning off. storm team 4's dave price is here with the forecast. dave, some changes recently in what's coming, right? >> you bet. in fact, we're going to lower the numbers, lower the expectation to the lower end of that 6 to 12 range for the city. talk more about that in a couple of minutes. in the meantime, we start off the morning telling you there will be accumulating snow, a mix along the coast. the highest accumulations to the
the coast and coastal flooding concerns as welt. for today, as you walk out the door, this is what you need to know. 35 degrees will be our high temperature. a little chilly but plenty of sunshine. tonight, down to 23. the clouds start to gather. the changes are in the offing. we'll tell you more, go through all the details coming up in just a couple minutes. in the men time, if you have to go, you have to stop and wait for lauren's enfoe info. >> the good news is i don't have a lot of bad things to tell you. roads are moving along nicely with the exception of a couple places. chopper 4 over tonnelle avenue, which looks like a disabled truck on a tow. this is southbound before you get to secaucus road. all lanes were shut down earlier. one lane getting by now. delays into this area are significant. they go all the way back to the route 3 ramp. you can see an extremely slow ride as you make your way southbound out here. i'll continue to keep an eye on that. heading over to the rails, if you take the f train, right now downtown f trains running
express from 34th street to west 4th due to track maintenance. >> okay, lauren. thank you. 6:01 right now. the threat of coastal flooding has many people on edge in new jersey. crews are already taking steps to trek our shore communities and mass transit hubs. "today in new york's" tracie strahan is in hoboken with a look. good morning. >> reporter: darlene, good morning to you. the plows may be on stand by here in hoboken, but the brine trucks will be brought out today. that's according to a tweet from the city officials that put this out actually yesterday. people have to realize not only are we by the water here, but all of the transit hubs are right by the water. and that's why city officials are on guard. i want to show you now some of the precautions they've already taken when it comes to the transit hubs. not only do you see that yellow tape around it, but check out those reinforcement plates put around an elevator throughout the new jersey transit station here at the hoboken terminal. that's something we saw this morning. all of this of course a precaution because this was a station that was absolutely flooded out by hurricane sandy.
since then, they've taken several steps to make sure it simply doesn't happen again. the snow of course also a concern around here, particularly when it comes to transit. we spoke to a man a short time ago who actually does have to go to work this weekend, about his possible contingency plans. >> do you have any contingency plans for getting to work this weekend? >> might have to take an uber or something. we'll see. >> reporter: of course, coastal flooding a concern down at the jersey shore. they wheeled in an emergency reserve of sand. the dunes are already up at belmar and different places right by the ocean. they're fearful of any washover of the main arteries. so they're starting early, and that's something they'll be continuing to do until the first flake flies. back to you. >> no doubt. all right, tracie strahan in hoboken. on long island, suffolk county police are ready for the storm, especially with these in their fleet. yesterday they showed off a
number of humvees at their disposal. officers will use the humvees to respond to emergency calls and to rescue stranded drivers. they also have three military-style five-ton trucks to transport large numbers of people if necessary. as this is happening, several major airlines are now offering options to travelers who may be impacted. kerry barrett is in our newsroom with the details. they're trying to get ahead of it too. >> of course. that is good. the good news, as we've been talking about, the storm is hitting on the weekend. most people aren't traveling to work. but people that may be trying to ply, that's i think go to be a whole different story. any substantial amount of snow will likely affect flights that are coming into and out of the airports here in the tri-state area area. in fact, all across the northeast, down into the mid-atlantic, we've all stood in lines like that. you know it's the domino effect. some airlines are already giving you the option to cancel your flight, delay your flight, reroute your flight in anticipation of the weather.
fees for anybody that's planning to travel through the northeast between january 22nd and the 24th. delta is offering the same option, but you've got to rebook that flight before january 27th. southwest is allowing people to change their flights if they are scheduled to fly on either the 22nd or the 23rd. and american is allowing you to change your flights between the 21st and the 24th. things can always change depending on how bad this gets or maybe it won't get bad at all. your best bet is to check with your airline to see what your options are. we'll do the best we can to keep you posted with the updates on our website, nbcnewyork.com. michael sm michael? >> kerry, thanks so much. if you have questions about the forecast, you can ask storm team 4's erica grow today. just head to the nbc new york facebook page at 1:30 this afternoon for a live online chat. 6:05 right now. time for weather and traffic. we're going to check in with
this minute, as a matter of fact. >> we'll tell you everything you need as you walk out the door. please stay with us for all the latest updates. this is a blizzard watch in effect for suffolk, nassau, new york city. a winter storm watch for much of new jersey and now extending north into bergen county and passaic and over into westchester, putnam, orange county as well. everyone is preparing. what we wind up with, another story right now. coastal flooding also a concern in jersey. we have a coastal flooding watch in effect for moderate flooding at high tide. future tracker shows this storm system working its way out into the atlantic. it forms a nor'easter, rides the coastline up, and stays with us all day saturday into sunday. latest numbers coming in, though, keep us on the lower end of that 6 to 12 scale. just keep that in mind, everybody. as you head through the rest of the day, we're going to see cloudy skies mixed with
sunshine. not a bad day at all. plenty of sun by the noontime hour. 31 degrees. then clouds return in the evening. today's high temperature, 35 degrees. much more ahead on the storm, including all the details and the latest on the computer models to help plan your weekend. in the meantime, let's get you going and say hello to lauren with a look at what's happening on your commute. >> thank you, dave. good morning, everyone. if you are headed to the cross bronx expressway, we have some emergency roadwork heading to the outbound upper level of the george washington bridge. you can see just how red it is here. we'll show you what it looks like. we'll look at the alexander hamilton bridge. things really are not moving along too nicely. those delays continue to grow. again, two lanes shut down as you make your way towards the outbound upper level. if you want to go lincoln outbound, great. no delay at all. heading to the brooklyn bridge, a little slow going here inbound as well as on the bqe getting into this area. there's apparently roadwork on the span out there.
expect a slow ride here. the manhattan bridge is moving along more nicely than that. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. we'll have more weather and traffic coming up. >> all right. thanks so much. happening today in westchester county, scarsdale police are expected to provide more details about the town's first murder in nearly 40 years. the police captain says officers responded to a 911 call of a woman seriously hurt. when they arrived at the home on lincoln road, they found the woman was dead. a 61-year-old man who lived at the same home was taken into custody and is being questioned. new this morning, police are releasing the identity of a teenager stabbed a the a bus stop in brooklyn. this happened about 4:30 yesterday afternoon in williamsburg. police say the 17-year-old victim got into an argument with another teen. that teen stabbed him and took off. he was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.
it's not clear if he knew his attacker. >> just upsets me to know that, you know, kids so young are getting murdered, probably over nothing. >> police are now checking surveillance video in their search for the person responsible. new this morning, that man wanted for isis-related phone threats against nypd officers will not be charged. he surrendered yesterday to police in the bronx. that's after the nypd and philadelphia police say they got calls from a man who pledged allegiance to isis. he also threatened to shoot officers. the man who surrendered is being held on unrelated warrants. sarah palin blaming president obama and her son's military service for his recent arrest. track palin was charged monday with abusing his girlfriend then threatening to kill himself with an assault rifle. palin spoke about the incident yesterday as she was campaigning for donald trump. she called it the elephant in
from post-traumatic stress disorder. >> my son, like so many others, they come back a bit different. they come back hardened. >> palin also said president obama lacks respect for america's war veterans and does not provide them with enough medical care. 6:09 right now. in this morning's cnbc money report, wall street bracing for yet another wild ride. landon dowdy joins us with those details and more. landon, good morning. >> that's right. good morning. buckle up. the markets could come under more selling pressure today, but maybe not as severe as wednesday. the dow was down as much as 560 points before reversing course. although, it still ended in the red. the index traveling 1100 points during the session. lower oil prices are translating to cheaper gas, but the big drop in crude recently has largely driven the declines on wall street. oil dipping below $27 a barrel yesterday on reports of a big increase in u.s. supplies. meanwhile, uber is launching a full food delivery service in
ten u.s. cities in the coming weeks, including new york. you'll be able to use a new dedicated uber eats app tord order from the menus of several local restaurants. the delivery fee is going to be about $5 an order. okay. i guess it depends on whether or not that's worth it. >> dash in, deliver the food before somebody tickets the uber. >> this is true. lord knows where he's going to -- he's got to keep it somewhere nice in the car so it doesn't spill. >> sounds like a lot of trouble. >> thank you, landon. still ahead, a push for safer parks. >> reporter: i'm katherine creag live in prospect park where the mayor wants to add extra security personnel. he wants to do that at a number of parks across the city as part of his proposed budget. we'll tell you what that means for you coming up. and coming up next, amazing video of an avalanche that may
a lot to cover. we want to get you set for today and tomorrow. of course, prepare you for what may come this weekend. so let's hit the headlines. quiet and calm as we start the day and complete the day. a very nice day ahead all in all. couple of clouds in the sky along with the sunshine, but that's about all. everything kind of builds tomorrow. crescendo is as we head through saturday. that's all that snow pummelling through the area. let's go through the details right now and see what's happening. the energy right now here, it's going to duck and pull some moisture from the gulf. it's going to work its way towards the mid-atlantic states, out towards the atlantic. it's going to reform as a nor'easter.
that low-pressure system is going to climb up the coast. that's our snow maker as we head into the weekend. let's start out this morning by telling you what's happening outside the door. it's 26 in tribeca. 26 in city island. 26 in jersey city. cooler in poughkeepsie at 20. 19 in monticello. 29 in montauk. morristown, 27. sussex, 23 degrees. all right. the weekend storm is going to bring heavy snow. totals, well, we've been tweaking it down this morning, actually, in the city. heaviest totals to the south of us. i think to the north you see cigy ly -- significant lower awe couple accumulations. we have a flood threat at the coast because of astronomical high tides, a full moon, and winds coming off the water. timing for the storm, we still think it winds up beginning early saturday morning in the city. later in the day friday as we
way up and through all out of here by early sunday morning. looking ahead, this is what's going to happen. that heavy snow and wind is going to roll through. temperature below the freezing mark. windy conditions. how much snowfall do we wind up with? 6 to 12 is what we're calling for. latest models suggest it will be at the lower end of the spectrum. rain, snow, and ice. that combination is going to be a sloppy mess. do take care. here's our seven-day forecast. keep in mind we have a blizzard watch in effect for suffolk and nassau and the five boroughs and sections of new jersey as well and a winter storm watch for much of the state and a flood watch as well. we'll go through all of those details in a couple minutes. keep in mind after the snow rolls through, the temperatures warm up, and a lot of this stuff will melt off next week. but we have got a rough weekend ahead. let's say hello and put a smile on our faces, hopefully by seeing we have a smooth commute
this morning, lauren. >> there is some green behind me. new jersey seems to be doing well. that accident on tonnelle avenue just cleared. we have some big problems on the cross bronx expressway. we're going to start with a live look at the alexander hamilton bridge. this is all due to emergency construction heading to the upper level of the george washington bridge. two lanes closed down until further notice. cross bronx expressway westbound by the bronx river parkway. delays are backed up past here, almost to the bruckner interchange, which is awful. if you can head to the bruckner, that's the way to go. this is a really, really bad delay for that construction out there. of course, i'll keep you updated. heading to the verrazano bridge, staten island bound upper level, a disabled vehicle blocks a lane there. if you're getting on the trains, downtown 6 trains are bypassing 14th street. downtown f trains are unare running
4th street. 6:18 right now. police have arrested the driver wanted for the hit-and-run death of a bicyclist in brooklyn. investigators say 31-year-old junior hicks was driving the u-haul truck that hit the bicyclist in sheepshead bay tuesday night. ma was riding his bike home from work when he was killed. the 54-year-old was a chinese immigrant who brought his family to the u.s. seven years ago. in new jersey, today marks one year since nearly 500 people were forced out of their homes because of a massive fast-moving fire at the avalon apartment complex in edgewater. since then, lawmakers promised changes in building codes, however no new bills have passed in trenton. the fire was started by two unlicensed maintenance workers using a blow torch. the motion picture academy is expected to outline diversity changes next week, but we're already hearing some of the ideas being floated around in hollywood. "the new york times" reports one idea is to allow more films into the best picture category.
up the same way. there's also talk of penalizing academy members who do not vote regularly. a snowboarder seen in an online video surviving an avalanche may not be in the clear just yet. >> the more speed the better, i'm pretty sure. >> the snowboarder and his friends recorded that video friday at sugar bowl resort outside of sacramento, california. officials say he could face criminal charges, saying he was in an area that had been closed to the area for years and that he deliberately triggered that avalanche. 6:20 right now. coming up next, mvps. which nba team is the most valuable in the league. and later, it's a boost for the staten island ferry. why commuters could soon be seeing a big change. and don't forget, follow us on facebook and twitter.
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6:23 now. despite not winning a championship since back in 1973, the knicks are once again the most valuable team in the nba. according to "forbes," the knicks are worth $3 billion. the team actually knocked the lakers out of the top spot. the lakers are worth $2.7 billion, followed by the bulls, the celtics, and the clippers. the nets are seventh on the list, worth $1.7 billion. the pothole problem across new york city is running up a costly bill for taxpayers. a new report suggests road repairs costing new yorkers nearly $800 a year. the report suggests nearly half of the city's roads are in poor condition. the state is planning on pumping
repair for the next five years. something else on those roads in a little bit. >> and that's going to create the problem. you just can't win. want to say hello to everyone in bergen county watching this morning. got some tweets asking what's the deal here? well, let's give you the deal. let's put it up. it may not be such a deal. this is what we're looking at right now. a winter storm watch in effect for much of new jersey stretching into westest chester, putnam. bergen, you're on there too. we have a blizzard watch in effect for suffolk, nassau, the five boroughs of new york city,est city, est -- essex and union counties in new jersey. we have a full moon, moderate flooding, winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour. full details on the impending storm coming up as we head through the next half hour. as far as the day goes, 35 degrees, plenty of sunshine, and a pleasant day. things do change in the next 24
hours. >> okay. thank you very much, dave. lauren, what do you have? >> service changes on the subways. that's not the only thing. right now, downtown 6 trains are bypassing 14th street. downtown f trains running express from 34th street to west 4th. now delays on downtown f trains. a live look at the brooklyn bridge. it's a slow ride this morning. delays on the bqe back up on to the bo gowanus at this point. i'll have more details coming up. >> lauren, thank you. 6:26. coming up next, a look at how our area is preparing for this looming winter storm. >> reporter: don't wait until saturday. you're going to see storm preparations in new jersey today. i'm tracie strahan live in ho boken with more on how they're gearing up for the storm on the way. and if you're about to head out the door, take us with you. keep watching "today in new york." download the news 4 new york app
now at 6:30, blizzard watch. crews already taking steps to protect mass transit hubs. spending millions on safety. the new push to improve security at parks around new york city. and officials vote to shut down several schools on long island. we'll tell you why. "today in new york" starts now. good morning, everybody. it is 6:30 a.m. on this thursday, january 12st. i'm michael gargiulo. >> i'm darlene rodriguez. chris cimino is off this morning. dave price has the forecast for you. >> good morning, everyone. before we get to the here and now, all eyes are on the future. everyone looking to saturday. let's tell you what we can expect. accumulating snow, rain and snow mix along the coast. highest snow amounts look to be in the southwest. blizzard blizzard-like conditions possible along the coast with winds gusting to 60 miles per hour and coastal flooding and beach erosion is going to be a problem. we'll talk about all the details and the latest model runs in a few minutes. in the meantime, if you have to walk out the door, 35 is going to be the high temperature today
a little chilly. as we head into tonight, down to 23 degrees or so. clouds start to gather. the big change is tomorrow night. saturday, a rough go. all the latest snow totals in minutes. let's say hello to lauren, see if this morning is starting out right on the roads. >> not so much, dave, but thank you. good morning, everyone. we have some serious delays out there on the cross bronx expressway this morning. we have ed hughes live in chopper 4 giving us a closer look at this emergency construction heading to the outbound upper level of the george washington bridge. two lanes are shut down. looks like they're actually shutting down all lanes heading to the upper level. possibly in the process of clearing. in the meantime, delays are significant. they go back past castle hill avenue. also reports of an accident in the middle of this. in addition to the delays there because of the construction, two lanes are blocked westbound by 3rd avenue with an accident. not an easy ride. avoid this. head over to the bruckner if you can. that is a much better option. of course, we'll keep a close eye on it.
more weather and traffic ahead. coastal flooding is a major threat from the potential storm. crews are already taking steps to protect shore communities and mass transit hubs. "today in new york's" tracie strahan is live in hohoboken. this comes as they're still repairing damage from hurricane sandy. >> reporter: and they don't want it to happen again. this is a bus-linked transit hub. so many people relying on these two modes of transportation. the city is already on guard. we want to show you some video we took this morning just a short time ago of an above-ground elevator. it's not the yellow tape you should be looking at but those steel walls. reinforcements put up just hours ago. it's been installed because they don't want any flood water. that coastal flooding is always a concern in this area. the walls are of course another effort to try and keep trains moving during the storm.
we spoke to one man on his way to work about how he plans to cope. >> i work in midtown, so i just got to get to the path and i'm okay. >> are you worried about how the trains are going to be? is that a concern? >> i'm going to hole up in my apartment, i think, and hope for the best. >> we're talking about coastal flooding and your last name is flood. >> yeah, it's a funny coincidence, i guess. >> reporter: not a coincidence they're taking action. emergency sand was brought in hours ago. they're putting up dunes that are 12 to 18 feet high in that area. coastal flooding always a concern. it's the roads they're worried about down at the jersey shore. they don't want any of the water to crest over those dunes or seep on to those main arteries they rely on. not only would they have to plow away that snow, it's the ice and the coastal flooding and the strong winds that they're worried about as well. back to you. >> it's a combination. a huge mess. tracie, thanks so much.
mayor de blasio will give another update today on how the city is preparing for the snow. people who live on western staten island may be particularly interested in what he has to say. that neighborhood called in the most complaints to 311 about snow removal last winter. a large number of complaints also came from park slope, forest hills, and two other sections of staten island. well, people are rushing to stores in our area. they're getting supplies before the storm hits. winter clothes, which weren't selling before, are selling now. groceries, of course, being sold in large quantities. shoppers trying to make sure they've got full refrigerators before the snow piles up outside. >> bought my milk and bread. i wanted to get salt, but they're all out. >> i feel like the best thing to do is just assume for the worst and get everything you need. >> shovels and snow removal equipment are selling fast, but many shoppers are telling news 4 stores are already out of snow melt and salt. >> well, if you have questions about the forecast, you can ask
just head to the nbc new york facebook page at 1:30 this afternoon for a live online chat. we know a lot of you have questions. this is that perfect opportunity. >> right now it's time for weather and traffic on the 4s. we want to check in with dave price. it's interesting just to see how things are shaping up with the latest information. >> well, everything changes as these model runs come in. once the system goes into the atlantic and that nor'easter is formed, we have to track it even more closely and make adjustments as the system begins to work its way in our direction. in the meantime, michael, the updates you're talking about include a winter storm watch in effect for putnam, westchester, rockland, now into bergen. into hudson county. of course, we saw the south and interior sections of new jersey get those watches late last night. now we have a blizzard watch in
the five boroughs. essex and union county. it's going to be busy and we have coastal flooding concerns right along the coastline of new jersey and heading south. high winds, high tide, and a full moon. bad combination. the good news is look at these numbers now. they seem to be on the low end of that 6 to 12 scale. so we'll continue to watch that. that's the latest update. much more ahead through the this hour. in the meantime, 35 degrees today and nothing particularly exceptional. a nice day, and that's about all. we'll take it. lauren lauren, anything exceptional on roadways? >> fends depends how you take it. this is what's left of the subway problems. just delays on downtown f and m trains. if you're hitting the rose, this is the gowanus-bqe combo. an extremely slow ride today. that has to do with some construction out there on the brooklyn bridge. another slow ride.
we have ed hughes live in chopper 4 over the cross bronx expressway, where it's just a mess out there because of this emergency construction. on the outbound george washington bridge heading to the upper level, looks like that just cleared. the delays are not going to clear. the damage is certainly done. those delays go back past castle hill avenue to the bruckner interchange. you can see there's an accident out there westbound by 3rd avenue. not a fun ride. head to the bruckner if you can. and alternate side of the street parking rules are in effect today. more weather and traffic coming up. >> thank you. new york city's ready to spend big money to try to protect your safety. mayor de blasio will unveil new plans during today's 2016 budget address. "today in new york's" katherine creag is in prospect park with more. >> reporter: a couple of joggers we talked with told us they've never seen security personnel here in prospect park. they've seen nypd officers driving around, but they believe that extra security would certainly be a good thing, along with additional funding for
that's something the mayor will talk about when he reveals his budget plan later today. he wants to hair ire more security personnel to focus on several parks. it means hiring extra people and extra funding. part of the mayor's plan would include having 67 more full-time parks enforcement patrol staffers, having another 50 additional seasonal security employees. the mayor also wants to allot $5.3 million to the park department's current $14 million budget. and some joggers we talked with earlier said this. >> would you like to see extra personnel, or do you think it'll make a difference? >> i've never seen any personnel. have you? i've never seen any security in the park. identify i've seen other runners, but never security. >> you're running, you have to look back to see if someone is behind you. at this time of the morning, you know what i mean? >> reporter: and along with
extra crime fighting initiatives, in a news 4 cloouf, we learned the mayor wants to invest another $3 million to more than double the square mileage that " shotspotter covers. that lets police know when someone has fired a gun. the nypd credits shotspotter with recovering guns and making eight arrests last year alone without a 911 call. they just relied on that system to make those arrests. back to you. >> pretty advanced system. katherine, thank you. also in the mayor's budget proposal, $103.8 million for a new staten island ferry boat. the new storm resistant boat will join two others already being added to the fleet. they will replace three ferries that will soon be taken out of commission. the city council will introduce legislation next monday that could reduce punishments for minor crimes. the bills will cover low-level
offenses that include public drinking, excessive noise, breaking park rules, and littering. proposed measures give police the option of issuing a civil summons to violators instead of treating those crimes as misdemeanors. council leaders say that will keep offenders out of criminal court but still make them subject to pay fines. police say speed may have caused a deadly crash at a new jersey turnpike toll booth. a car slammed into the concrete barrier around 7:00 last night. the driver is in the hospital. a passenger in the car died. on long island, the sachem school board voted to close three schools. the get a gatelot avenue school, the tecumseh elementary school, and the sequoya school. the closures will happen after the school year ends. parents are concerned about overcrowded classes in the rest of the district. other parents hope the savings will bring back after-school programs.
coach rex ryan are going to make history. they hired the first female assistant coach in the nfl. she's katherine smith. she was named special teams quality control coach. she worked for the jets for 12 years, headed off to buffalo with rex as his administrative assistant. he says she deserves the promotion for her knowledge and commitment. trail blazer. we salute her. >> for sure. 6:41 right now. still ahead, a famed manhattan movie house is closing its doors. we'll tell you what's coming stoon the ziegfeld theater site. weather and traffic on the 4s coming up as you look at getting on to the george washington bridge.
that is a harbinger of things to come. that's our trouble on saturday. we're tracking all of it right now with the understanding that all of it is subject to change or much of it. models are beginning to converge on some lower numbers for the city. that's good news. heavier amounts of snowfall as you head to the south and interior sections of new jersey. we'll get to it in a moment. in the meantime, what you want as you walk out the door is the temperature. it's 27 degrees in the city. variable winds. 25 in westhampton. 20 in poughkeepsie. 23 in sussex. monticello the cool spot at 18 degrees. 22 in bridgewater. all right. now, here's what's happening. we see a couple clouds today rolling through, but it is the storm system that's going to push in our direction through friday that's going to be the trouble spot. this is the gfs model. the numbers in the city seem to be pushing towards the lower end of that 6 to 12 spectrum. some models even a little lower
than that. all of it starts and pushes through by early sunday morning. it's out of the way. but look at that. very high winds. the pressure gradients you can see here. those are the little lines. that means we could see wind speeds upwards of 60 miles per hour. so i think what we're going to see is in the city this starts very early saturday morning, pushes through. we'll see heavy snow through much of the day as we head through saturday. sunday it pushes out. temperatures begin to rise as we begin the workweek. a lot of it melts away. mostly snow but a mix along the coastlines. watch the south shore of long island, even sections of connecticut by the city as we move closer to westchester county and the jersey shore. you're going see high winds as well. our concerns are going to be along the coast, where we see 8 to 12-foot surf beach erosion and moderate coastal flooding. 50 to 60-mile-per-hour wind gusts, everybody. inland, this is where we'll see the highest accumulations.
we're going to watch for possible power outages. as we head through other areas, the city, long island, and into the coast, again, we're going to see coastal flooding, 50 to 60-mile-per-hour winds, and high tide flooding concerns. one more if we can get it in. from the jersey shore on down, beach erosion expected and coastal flooding a possibility. watch for storm surge. today, 35 degrees. as we head into tonight, we're dipping down to about 23. in the seven-day forecast, all eyes on the weekend. saturday, a great day to just stay home if you can. warming temperatures and sunshine for the beginning of next week. a lot to cover. thanks for your patience. lauren? >> all right, dave. the trouble spots out there, we're going to run through them for you. we'll start with a live look at the brooklyn bridge, where you'll see a really slow ride on the manhattan-bound side of the span. there's a disabled vehicle blocksing block blocking the center lane. this is jamming things up on the bqe. delays go back to the gowanus.
heading over to the long island expressway in queens, there's a new traffic pattern out there as you head eastbound out by 108th street coming off the ramp there, so heading towards the van wyck expressway. that's what's causing those delays. quite a slow ride. then we will talk about the cross bronx expressway. we do have ed hughes live in chopper 4 over an accident that was out there westbound by 3rd avenue. that has been moved over to the shoulder. it was blocking two lanes earlier. we still have extensive delays on the cross bronx expressway from the emergency construction heading to the outbound upper level of the george washington bridge. still goes back to the bruckner interchange. if you can head to the bruckner, that's your best bet. let's talk about the inbound side of the george washington bridge. there's an accident on the inbound lower level in the right lane. delays to the upper level, 15 minutes. at the holland, 15. you also have delays on downtown f and m trains. back to you. >> all right. thanks very much. within weeks, you'll no longer be able to enjoy those
legendary ziegfeld movie theater. the theater known for its ground shaking sound system is closing. they will turn it into a giant ballroom by the fall of next year. it was the largest single-screen film palace, as they say, in the city. growing up, it's one of the famous movie theaters. that's where i saw "star wars." >> really? see, a lot of stories there. it had that beautiful old theater appeal. >> very special. >> we will miss it. 6:49. coming up next, passenger preferences. we'll tell you what travelers really want when they fly. >> i want an upgrade. and don't forget, follow us on facebook, twitter, and instagram. michaelg4ny, darlene4ny. you're watching "today in new
amenities on shorter flights. when they do, it's extra leg room that tops the list. as for longer flights, americans say they'd pay for a child-free quiet zone. when asked what they couldn't fly without, americans say water and their mobile device. >> maybe some people would rather not fly with their own children. >> no. >> their own child-free zone. 6:53. the "today" show coming up in a few minutes. we'll check in with matt and savannah, see what's ahead. >> i was thinking that. >> not going to say what airline i flew the other day. they gave me one of those postage size blankets in a plastic container. i opened it up, should be clean. >> really? >> he's right. >> some unidentifiable substance on it. >> see, see. he's right. you open it up and you expect it to smell fresh or new, and it doesn't. >> no. >> matt. >> anyway, on that note, coming up on "today," how about this? a small storm before the big one. the nation's capital brought
that's ahead of a blizzard that could dump two feet on that area. our weather team has it covered. >> also ahead, a bombshell report on the death of a former russian spy poisoned with a cup of tea. was it approved all the way at the top of the russian government by vladimir putin? >> those stories, and hoda will be live in las vegas, taking us behind the scenes as jennifer lopez kicks off her new show on the strip. michael, not to be confused with her new strip show. this is a show on the strip. i saw you perk up there. >> i didn't know what the content was. >> he was buying tickets right now. >> i was online. >> he was on stubhub. >> all right, guys. thank you. have a great show. >> all right. >> up next, it's a major suspension for long island railroad commuters. lauren will have the details on that.
welcome back. today mayor de blasio will unveil a new budget plan with a major focus on safety. >> "today in new york's" katherine creag is in prospect park with the details. kat? >> reporter: and darlene and michael, the mayor wants to expand two crime-fighting initiatives. why we're here at prospect park, it involves safety in parks. he wants to add funding, also include hiring more than 100 parks enforcement staff members at this park and a number of parks across the boroughs. he also wants to add millions of dollars to shotspotter, the system which uses special
sensors to detect where gunfire is heard and where. back to you. >> kat, thanks very much. the impending winter storm causing coastal flooding concerns in new jersey. steel reinforcement plates that were just installed in front of this nj transit elevator in hoboken. this was a station that had been flooded during hurricane sandy. all right. we're going to check in with traffic one more time with lauren. >> we have some bad news for lirr commuters. this just came in. there is a service suspension in both directions on the ronkonkoma branch, which is the main line. that's between farmingdale and ronkonkoma. this is all due to a vehicle struck just east of the pine lawn station. right now no bus service in place. you can head to the port jefferson branch or montauk as an alternate option. we have delays on the downtown f and m trains. we'll take a quick look at the roads on the brooklyn bridge heading inbound into manhattan. we still have a disabled vehicle blocking the center lane. delays go back across the span on to the bqe, all the way back through the gowanus. heading over to the inbound side of the george washington bridge,
we do have an accident on the inbound lower level right now. a 20-minute wait inbound here. 30 minutes over at the lincoln. 20 at the holland. the cross bronx expressway heading to the outbound george washington bridge, that construction cleared. it's getting a little better but still a slow ride. rough morning commute. >> a lot going on. dave, looking outside, it's going to look much different 48 hours from now. >> we're tracking it all now and giving you the updates as we get them in. a blizzard watch now in effect in suffolk, nassau, the five boroughs of new york, essex and union counties. a winter storm watch expanded up through rockland, orange, and much of new jersey, including bergen county and passaic now. we are going to see lower snow totals if these models now hold right around the 6-inch mark. don't hold me to that number. these are parenthetical totals. we have a flood watch in sections of new jersey, where we could see a mix and high winds and high tide rolling through.