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we soon discovered. this chunk of snow i was holding is now water. >> there's not a cloud in the sky. it's gorgeous. >> reporter: snow didn't stop cyclists from taking in the wonder. >> the snow was at about 2,000 feet and you turn around and look at the livermore and pleasanton mountains and those were covered by snow as well, pretty neat to see. >> reporter: for some it was a day to play. for others it was a day to take work outside. >> we thought spending the time together would be a great way to connect. >> reporter: for matt grassman and his dog tank today's snow was a chance to reflect. >> sorry. i'm getting choked up. >> reporter: his mother passed away last night. >> she liked to live in the moment and if she saw an opportunity like this, she would kind of encourage us to take it and yeah, it was a good chance for us to celebrate her. >> reporter: our heart goes out to the glassman family. he was certainly living in the moment today, as were a lot of people. if you didn't get to see it, i'm sure you saw pictures on
social media. i'm hearing through the weather grapevine we may have some more snow on the way. we'll stay tuned for weather later in the newscast. for now i'm juliette goodrich in the east bay, kpix5. chief meteorologist paul deanno is tracking our next round of wild weather heading our way, paul. >> talking about more low elevation snow this week. it stays dry for about 24 more hours when showers begin to move into the bay area. snow levels drop thursday and friday, mount diablo and mount hamilton have a good opportunity of seeing snowfall later this week. let us focus on this. that is lake tahoe and the sierra because this will be the biggest snowmaker we have had so far in winter. snowfall totals with the winter storm warning already in effect widespread snow totals in the sierra of 3 feet to 5 feet, up to 60 inches of snow by saturday morning. the highest peaks 9, 10, 11,000 feet could see 84 inches of snow. here's the kicker. even the foothills as low as
1,500 to 2,000 feet, they could get 2 feet of snow hacking it the biggest foothill storm we have seen in the sierra in seven years. we'll talk about how much rain to expect around here coming up. the developing story now in the east bay, a shelter in place has now been lifted in pittsburg, but crews are still looking into reports of a strong chemical odor in the air. the area around the bnsf railroad tracks on north parkside drive had to be shut down this afternoon. there were reports of a strong vapor coming from two train tank cars. kpix5 reporter mary lee is live at the scene in pittsburg with the latest from emergency officials. >> reporter: that's right. we just spoke to contra costa fire officials and they say the strong smell is not a health risk to the community which is why they lifted the shelter in place order. chopper 5 was over the scene earlier today as hazmat crews investigated that leak.
this started when workers were doing regular maintenance work moving and classifying the railcars and smelled strong fumes and immediately called hazmat. officials were able to pinpoint the small leak to one specific railcar. that car is empty, but it did hold sodium sulfide which is corrosive and when it mixes with air it makes that noxious smell. it is at extremely low levels and mixing out quickly in the air. back out live hazmat crews are still on the scene. the rail company is working now to cap that leak. live in pittsburg, mary lee, kpix5. more breaking news, another hazmat situation unfolding near the nation's capital, 11 people on a military base got sick after a letter containing an unknown substance was opened up. this happened inside a building at joint base meyer in northern virginia. three people had to be taken to the hospital.
the building has been evacuated. hazmat crews are now examining that letter. a new state report confirms emergency officials in santa rosa could have done more to alert residents the night the wine country wildfires erupted but didn't. kpix5 reporter emily turner is live in santa rosa with more. emily? re we doing >> reporter: liz, it's very clear there are still some very raw emotions about what happened or didn't happen 4 1/2 months ago when that fire started. when it comes to what didn't happen, we're specifically referring to the emergency alert system. >> not one person received the alert. what the hell are we doing here? >> reporter: it's the kind of candor rarely seen in public officials, but exactly what the death of 25 sonoma county residents and loss of 6,500 homes deserves supervisors say. >> i don't understand how these decisions were made in term of what to use and what not to use
and where the accountability is. it should go up the chain of command. >> reporter: today fire officials made the first presentation of the after action report from october's deadly fires. in it the office of emergency services dissected the county's response highlighting shortcomings and showing a lack of preparation among local emergency managers. >> this is a mandatory evacuation. >> reporter: especially when it came to notifying the public. >> it's inexcusable that what we felt was needed for the situation was absolutely not appropriate and horribly insufficient. >> reporter: the report suggests the county create and update an alert plan including when to use the now infamous wireless emergency alert system that never got activated on the night the fire broke out. it also says sonoma county should develop prescripted messages and templates for disasters and practice deploying them, but when it comes to standard messaging, supervisors were on the same page when they said the stay needs to take its own advice. >> there were probably 13 or 14
counties that were affected by floods, mudslides, fires. how many billions of dollars is it going to take to rebuild our communities and there's no consolidated policy procedure manual from the state of california? that needs to change. >> reporter: the board of supervisors has vowed to take this to the state level to governor jerry brown to discuss. now there's also going to be another after action report on the local level and supervisors say they expect that to be equally scathing. of course, we'll be here when that comes out and bring you the very latest on the developments on every front. live in santa rosa, emily turner, kpix5. new at 5:00 a stanislaus county man is under arrest accused of flying overseas to fight for isis. federal prosecutors say 21-year- old bernard augustine wrote an e-mail before he left explaining his decision to join and potentially die for the group. it read in part, " my purpose in life is to seek the ultimate
justice. the good people in this world bring balance and push back against evil and give their lives freely in the process." augustine flew from sfo to tunisia in 2016. he was captured on his way to libya. a federal judge sided with the trump administration on the construction of a border wall with mexico. opponents argued environmental laws were illegally waived before construction, but a judge sided with the trump administration. the decision clears the way for 14 miles of border wall in southern california. yesterday the white house announced the president plans to visit san diego next month to review border wall prototypes. meanwhile state attorney general xavier becerra said a wall simply does not belong in the 21st century. president trump's son-in- law and senior advisor has been
stripped of his access to the nation's top secrets. if jared kushner's security clearance -- jared kushner's security clearance was downgraded friday along with other white house officials operating on interim clearances. he could get it back once an official fbi background check is completed. the next presidential election is more than 2 1/2 years away, but president trump has already hired his campaign chief for 2020. brad parscale, trump's digital media director during the 2016 presidential race, will run his 2020 campaign. president trump filed for reelection shortly after his inauguration in 2017, but it's highly unusual for a president to hire a campaign manager so far before the election. parscale had no political experience before he helped president trump win the white house in 2016. a north bay high school closed early today, authorities taking no chances after threatening graffiti was found on campus. police say the graffiti including a specific threat was
found at anoli high school in see s -- in sebastopol. nikolas cruz remained at the high school in florida until february last year when he was removed for behavior issues. meanwhile prosecutors reached an agreement to obtain dna, hair samples and fingerprints from cruz. the 19-year-old has been charged with 17 counts of murder and is held without bail. students who survived that florida attack met with lawmakers in washington d.c. to push for stronger gun control. cbs reporter weigia jiang is in capitol hill this evening. >> reporter: senator dianne feinstein is leading the charge to raise the age to purchase assault weapons from 18 to 21.
it's an idea that president trump also supports, but the nra does not and that's why it's going to be so hard to get it through congress even though these high school students have been here making their push. >> how did the meeting go? >> it was really productive. >> reporter: students from parkland, florida, spent the day meeting with lawmakers on capitol hill. they're survivors of a school shooting nearly two weeks ago which sparked a national debate on gun control. >> we in congress, democrats and republicans, owe it to these students to act in a real and significant way. >> reporter: congressman steve scalise who was also a victim of gun violence focused on personal aspects of his meeting with the kids. >> we talked about policy, but really we talked a lot about shared experience. some of the things they were through are similar to some of the things i've been through. >> reporter: republican
leaders say they'll focus on fixing the background check system, not big gun control laws. >> we've been down this path before. there are bipartisan differences about how to address this issue. it will continually snag every effort. >> reporter: democrats are pointing fingers at republicans to step up and do something even if it goes against the nra. connecticut senator chris murphy will be part of a group of bipartisan congressmen talking about gun violence at the white house wednesday. >> the public is demanding real action and my hope is that the president will lead his party to the point we can get something important and meaningful done. >> reporter: president trump insists something needs to be done to stop school shootings, but so far lawmakers have yet to find common ground solutions. the senate could vote this week on a measure that would strengthen the national criminal background check system by holding federal and
state authorities accountable for things they're already supposed to be reporting, but beyond that republican leaders have not committed to any other gun reform. we're live on capitol hill, weigia jiang, kpix5. coming up it's never fun, but even more of a headache today, the dmv. we'll tell you why. >> plus the tense moments on board this southwest flight after an engine catches fire midflight. >> and the dubs in d.c., how they celebrated their 2017 championship and it wasn't at the white house.
. >> closed captioning for this newscast is sponsored by living spaces. well, it's rarely fun, but today a trip to the dmv turned even more excruciating all across california. computer trouble is forcing long delays just as the dmv prepares for a huge rush of customers. kpix5's kiet do shows us the problem.
>> now serving wh. >> reporter: here at the dmv offices in santa clara the department's relatively new automated queuing system is fine now, but this morning it went down an hour or so forcing the clerks to do it the old- fashioned way, shout the customers' names out loud. it turns out santa clara was not alone. 15 offices across the state had outages this morning. the dmv said the problem was intermittent and that it did not affect the processing of transactions, which is on a completely separate system. the new queuing system has been rolled out to 40 offices out of 170 statewide, but today's outage raised concerns especially since the department began issuing the new real id which you have to apply for in person which increases foot traffic and wait times at already crowded offices. the agency issued a statement about today's outage saying, "our staff has been man you'llly handling this while our -- has been manually
handling this while our i.t. is fixing the issue." at los gatos the old queuing system has been down since friday. people with no appointments had to wait more than four hours. >> things happen, try to make the best of it. >> reporter: emily rubush was told to wait five hours and after today she does not have a lot of confidence the dmv can reduce wait times for the real id. >> they can't handle their daily load it seems. either i'll leave the state by then or be flying on a passport. >> the dmv just provided a more detailed explanation saying the problems were caused by a high number of attempts to access the central data business all at the same time. we're told it's being addressed and performance should improve. other bay area headlines, two people are in custody in connection witt a double homicide in the san mateo community of broadmoor. 21-year-old vanessa gilroy and
21-year-old michael garcia salem were shot and killed saturday night. a third person was shot but survived. it was no laughing matter at a bay area comedy club when fire broke out this morning. investigators say a cash register at punchline san francisco somehow caught fire around 9:30 a.m. no one was hurt. all lanes of 88 are back open -- 880 are back open after an oil spill from a big rig crash. no one was hurt. some scary moments for passengers on board this southwest jet. the plane bound for l.a. had just taken off from salt lake city when one of the engines caught fire. passengers say they heard a loud pop and saw those flames. >> what do you do when you've got shooting flames out the side of the engine? it's crazy. >> i kind of just got really, really, really scared and i started crying and i just started praying and holding my sister's hand. >> the plane was forced to make
an emergency landing. once on the ground southwest brought out fred the therapy dog to help calm the nerves of some of the passengers there. all 110 people were put on another plane to los angeles, no word yet on what caused that engine fire. hundreds of levi's stadium workers are losing their jobs temporarily after the 49ers opted to switch concession providers. the 759 jobs include food service workers, bartenders, suite attendants and supervisors for current vendor center plate. no reason was given for the change, but in a statement the 49ers said, "we expect our guests to receive a best in class experience every time they visit levi's stadium and we know food and beverage operations are a crucial element of that vision." the stadium authority board could approve a new contract tonight. all current workers will be retained by the new vendor. the warriors in the nation's capital tonight, but players and coaches are
skipping the traditional white house visit. kpix5 reporter allen martin joins us now from the newsroom with the team's alternate plans. >> this all began with a very public spat with president trump. normally champions from the pro sports teams and the ncaa get invited to visit the white house, but shortly after golden state beat the cavaliers last summer for their second title in the city, several players including steph curry and klay thompson expressed reservations about meeting president trump and said they probably wouldn't accept an invitation. well, the president felt slighted and rescinded the offer to the entire team. so before tonight's game in washington the team spent some time with kids in the community taking them to the national museum of african american history and culture. kevin durant who grew up just outside d.c. had this message for the kids. >> i just want them to take it in. i just want them to meet steph and klay. here's somebody you don't really get that opportunity to be in front of champions like
that. so hopefully it inspires them to just be whatever they want to be in life and hopefully we set a good example. >> today's event was not open to the media. the warriors did meet with president barack obama after their previous championship in 2015. allen martin, kpix5. sunshine today throughout the bay area. by far it will be the sunniest and mildest day for the next several. there's another storm on the way, details on the timing. will mount diablo see any new snowfall? hint, yes. and how much snow is going to fall in the sierra. a lot to talk about next in weather. >> coming up at 6:00 tonight a gutsy theft right in front of san francisco city hall, another car break-in, the victim this time? a firefighter. the social media swipe at the city's interim mayor. >> but first the markets, they closed down today. here's a look at the closing numbers from wall street.
paul deanno is here with a look at our wild weather coming our way. >> the calm before the storm. things around here will get wet. it will be the wettest system we've had since mid-january. of course, that's not saying much. it barely rained in february. in the mountains it's going to get very snowy. 50s, livermore 55. you should see how ken's interest just peaked when i said sierra snowfall. concord and san francisco 51 degrees. tonight clouds move in but not before we fall to the 30s, fremont 38, livermore 33, close to freezing fairfield, vacaville, concord, clayton, walnut creek, san rafael 38, santa rosa 33 degrees. the radar is clear now. by this time tomorrow there will be some light rain in the north bay. the storm arrives thursday. some snow will arrive wednesday evening in the sierra. it will not stop until saturday night. man, that's like 72 hours of snowfall, widespread snowfall totals 3 to 5 feet. the highest peaks could receive even more than that.
even the foothills as low as 1,500 feet in elevation may get up to 2 feet of snow. the next storm is in the gulf of alaska. this time as compared to the past five or six storms this will tap into tropical moisture. we'll see widespread rainfall around here, more than just a few showers. let's time it out with futurecast. tomorrow morning you'll notice an increase in cloud cover, especially redwood city east to livermore and points north. santa clara valley gets a little early sunshine. by tomorrow evening light rain for the north bay. look at thursday morning the not only will be it very wet for the morning commute, it's also going to be windy. we could see wind gusts upwards of 30 miles per hour. the front moves through. we aren't done. we will see scattered showers thursday night. we are going to see on and off light rain during the day friday. we will see scattered showers or on and of off light rain saturday. it will be saturday night before the rain is finished. if you add everything up, likely a minimum of 1 inch of rain for the east bay, 1 inch
for the city and san mateo county and upwards of 2 inches for the bay. showers likely ahead of the storm late tomorrow. the heaviest rain will be thursday morning and on and off showers thursday night, friday and saturday. all this time it will be snowing in the sierra. the snowpack now is 23%. i think by sunday it may be upwards of 35%. highs tomorrow mostly cloudy, oakland 56, fremont 56, napa 55, san jose 59 degrees. extended forecast, late tomorrow the rain arrives, thursday wet and windy. showers and light rain friday and saturday. we dry things out sunday and next monday and tuesday. march is coming in like a lion. it's going to be roaring coming up thursday. we'll be right back.
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