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fierce flames at a webster home as police officers rush inside to save a woman. >> nancy: and president obama's motorcade has a run-in with a drone when a high-flying device gets too close for comfort. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> nancy: it's 5:00 on this wintry tuesday morning. good morning to you. i'm nancy chen. >> sarah: i'm sarah french. welcome to winter. snow, sleet, rain, it's all on tap for us today. take a live look outside. a westbounder the weather advisory is in effect for much of the area, and for some places evening. believe. let's start inside now. man, it's gotten even worse out there, j.r., since we drove in this morning. >> bri: yes, it's going to be a tough go out there early today. it's not a power house overwhelming storm. i mean, those are statements you hold on for record-setting events like we saw last winter. so it's been a while since we've england.
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we'll give it the respect it deserve, but i don't think this is a storm that brings us to our knees. i sure hope not after last winter. snow, sleet and freezing rain this morning, radar showing that we have some purple on the map and some blue. that's indicating where we do have that sleet and freezing rain and snow going back and forth with some pockets of steadier snow north of town. this is where we think most of the accumulating snow is going to happen. we'll be up in this location here for the next hour, hour and a half, but even up here, methuen, lawrence and amesbury and dracut, it does become a sleet and freezing rain event. it's happening now, this mixed ribbon, if you will, is working north out of rhode island as the city of boston. and so it will be briefly in the form of snow and sleet in the city, and then it's a cold rain in the city mid-morning through this afternoon, early afternoon. then it tapers off. slow to sleet the rain in the pink shading, basically 95 to 128 up through 495 i should say. then 495 and north it's snow and
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here's our storm system. the center of the storm going to our west. but that will put us on eventually the warm side of the storm. boston right now at 32. plymouth at 33. worcester 22. so there is some colder air that still needs to be dislodged. that's going to be the problem is getting rid of that cold air, which will be a slow process worcester hills, merrimack valley. that's why we have sleet and freezing rain for several hours this morning through first part of the afternoon. closer to the coastline, city of boston, it's snow and sleet early. then just a cold rain. and then it winds down for everyone as we work toward lunchtime. so how much snow and sleet on the way? again, lean on the lower end of these numbers, a coating in the city, not much more than that, one to three inches of snow and sleet as well as three to four inches of snow up along the mass, new hampshire boarder with a coating of ice on top of, that especially the worcester hills. attempts to maybe in some locations a quarter of an inch of ice buildup on the trees and the power lines. for more on that here's meteorologist bri eggers. >> bri: thanks, j.r.
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welcome back to winter. you talked about the ice accumulation. we get the sleet, and that's basically frozen raindrops, but freezing rain doesn't freeze until it hits a surface. that can happen on power lines and power poles and tree branch, as well. where we could see some areas of outages of power, isolated likely on the eastern slopes of the berkshires. isolated possible as you get into the worcester hills up route 2. out for today. for us. the brunt of the storm, again as j.r. mentioned, to our west. we're not talking about a nor'easter here with very gusty winds, but there are a bit of a breeze or there is a bit of a breeze in some areas this morning in boston. i'll tell you with the sleet falling, it's like free microdetermine abrasion. watch out for that. notice the direction the winds are coming from. off a 48-degree water temperature. so we're going to get that changeover more quickly along
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travel today will be a tough go for the morning hours due to the sleet and some areas of freezing rain where you do have the temperatures below freezing at the surface. you can get a coating of ice or the crunchy stuff. but then turning to just more of a sweat, sloppy mess as we get into the evening hours. a lot of people have been asking, do i need to shovel today. i think a lot of this is going to melt as we get into the afternoon, and we will have that extended forecast coming up in a little bit. >> nancy: bri, i like that, a free spa treatment. thank you very much. one driver already having problems out there after this tractor-trailer crashed in sutton. it appears the truck went right over the guardrail. police say the accident was because of the weather since the roads are pretty bad in that area. they say the truck does have a fuel leak, but they do not believe anyone was hurt. we are towed, though, there is a lane closed on 146 north. and now let's head out to marshall hook in the traffic tracker. marshal, where are you and how are those roads? pretty icy. >> marshall: it is not pretty
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we're out on the mass pike inside 128 in newton. what i can tell you is that the snow is not thick. we don't have a lot of it on the ground, but it's mixed in with that sleet and moisture that. just creates a whole layer of slippery. that's all it is. it's going to be very slow out here in the early going at this point. we are going under 40mph just about 35 right now, and that's about as fast as i feel comfortable going at this point, because again, with that snow mixed in with that sleet, with that water, it makes for very, very slippery conditions and the surface roads just like here on the mass pike, not necessarily treated at this early hour. so even the small et cetera curve or turn, you're going the find yourself losing your grip. so if you are headed out, you're going to want the keep it slow. good news, a vacation week for a lot of people, so traffic should be lighter. danielle gersh is here to tell you more about that.
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the give yourself some extra time if you're getting ready to hit the roads this morning. we have a couple incidents already. this is the zakim bridge leverett connector. be extra careful over the bridges and overpasses. let's go to the maps. we have a couple incidents already out there. route 24 south of town, we have an accident in brockton and another accident in stoughton. 24 southbound at 129. in brockton on 24 northbound at route 27. so two accidents there. the expressway from the braintree split enter boston, 11 minutes. and then up in lowell, 495 northbound to the lowell connector is actually closed from a previous accident. so traffic is being detoured to route 110 there. and medford, another accident, this is 93 southbound at route 16, you just saw the pike. no major accidents on the pike yet, but you saw how slick it is out there, so you want to be extra careful. take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door. the expressway the split to the tunnel, ten minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim
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back to you, guys. >> sarah: thanks, danielle. we might have had record temperatures so far this december, but now it looks like that heat is gone. >> nancy: certainly so. winter is here, that could cause a tricky commute for a lot of people. 7's kris anderson is live in andover this morning. chris, how is the storm out there so far? >> kris: you mentioned the tricky part of it. the roads are pretty messy. it's a slushy mix on the roads that's causing a lot of slipping and sliding. we have been on 93 northbound for quite some time heading up to the andover area from our new station in government center. and we've seen a couple of box trucks spun out and crashed on the side of the road, as well, because it's not coming down in huge volume, but what's coming down on the road is causing that slushy mess, and it makes you slip and slide. you really can't go over 40mph, probably safer to go below that, as well. there are a lot of plows out there. we do see the plows trying to keep up, but as traffic
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seeing more and more cars having some issues out here on the roadways, and it's taking us a whole lot longer to get up to andover than it typically would because of the limited driving conditions, because of the slushy mess again on the roadways making it for slick conditions. you definitely, definitely want the give yourself plenty of extra time when you're headed out. >> sarah: all right, kris. thank you very much. be careful on those roads out there. remember, you can stay one step ahead of the storm with our 7weather app. go to your app store. download it for any and all updates. also this morn, a woman is recovering from serious injuries in the hospital after she was pulled from a burning home in webster. when police arrived, they pulled the woman and several others trapped inside this mull my family home on granite street on monday. two officers were treated and released for smoke inhalation. investigators are still trying to figure out the cause of the fire. the f.b.i. and boston police say an anonymous threat against the city is not credible.
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against boston to a 911 dispatcher in new york city on monday. the threat was not specific. as a precaution police will be stepping up patrols at events with large clouds, including the first night celebrations in copley square on thursday. >> nancy: we're following breaking news from overseas. belgian police arresting two people who they believe were planning attacks in brussels during the holidays. in the past two days police is seized military-style training uniform, isis propaganda and computer materials in searches continued to those suspects. no weapons nor explosives were found. and also new this morning, office centers boston are asking for help in identifying a person of interest in connection with a robbery at a construction site earlier this month. investigators say the person seen in these photos broke into the moriarty construction site on nashua street december 14th and stole $20,000 in copper welding cable.
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texas teenager and his so-called "alvin and the afluenza has been found in mexico and has been turned over to authorities. he disappeared after violating his probation. police say couch was drunk when he drove into and killed three people back in 2013. he avoided prison time after his lawyer argued couch's parents never set limits for him. >> sarah: there is much more news ahead on "today in new england," including a disruption for president obama's motorcade when an object in the sky gets way too close. >> nancy: plus hover boards may be the hottest toy of the season, but they are causing major problems in some homes. >> nancy: and tom brady speaking out. what the q.b. had to say about the pats' injury-plagued season. >> bri: and we're tracking snow, sleet and freezing rain this morning. slow go out there. complete storm forecast up next. >> danielle: and already a couple incidents out on the
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on 24 we have an accident in brockton, an accident in stoughton, and then we also have an accident in medford and lowell. 495 to the lowell connector is closed from an earlier accident. they're detouring traffic to route 10.
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>> sarah: welcome back. busy morning in the 7news room. a lot of team reporters out there covering this weather. it was really loud hearing all this sleet hitting our windows. >> nancy: let's send it over the jeremy reiner with more on your forecast. it seems like it's picked up and got worse out there. >> bri: yes, it has. good morning, everybody. good to be back with your ladies. winter weather advisory in effect through the day. it expires first city of boston 1:00 p.m., coastal areas and not until 7:00 p.m. further inland because it will be tougher to get the cold air dislodged and
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worcester hills as well as the merrimack valley. snow, sleet, and freezing rain this morning leading to poor travel. doppler radar, the radar is full of precipitation. it's just trying to figure out where this rain/snow ribbon is setting up. it's almost like ribbon candy, remember that good stuff in the good ol days? this is a return what-to-what you usually find in early winter storms in new england, whereo uh have rain snow lines. last winter with all this bitterly cold arctic air, it was never challenge. there was in rain/snow line. you had a foot of snow on the cape, a foot of snow in the worcester hills. this morning it's much different. it's not that scenario. it's just a rainstorm on the cape and eventually in the city of boston. so we notice there are pockets of sleet and freezing rain showing up across southern new england. most of the snow is now moving north of our area. there are still pockets of snow mixing with the sleet, and that will go on for a couple more hours, but then we'll focus on the sleet and freezing rain. from this storm system right
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our west, and that eventually does drag milder air into new england. 34 in the city right now, worcester, though, 22, and jaffrey at 20. so these locations here where the cold air is locked in. it will be a tough battle. but as you get closer to that coastline, you have the warmer ocean water at 47. so the east wind helps to warm things up. the city at 34. our storm time line, again, a lot of pink on this map. and that's where you have the snow and the sleet and the freezing rain. could be all three happening at once at any given location. and then as we work through the morning hours and into the afternoon, then it is just a cold rain boston, the 95 corridor. further inland, 495, worcester hills, even though this model is showing rain, i think sometimes the model overdoes the warm air, so i would plan on freezing rain even in the worcester hills up through new hampshire. early in the afternoon, then it does wind down for everyone to drizzle and freezing drizzle throughout the afternoon. how much sleet and snow on the way, most of this is already done. lean on the low end of these
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possible in the shading of blue of snow and sleet. city of boston a coating. we're done now because temps are 34. it will be really tough to add on for there. southern new hampshire 3 to 4 inches of snow, but most of that will be falling over next few minutes. a buildup of ice, a bit of a concern, worcester hills anywhere from one-tenth to as ice. i don't think that will be as enough to have any significant power loss, not like 2008. rainfall totals, after you change over the rain, boston, between 1 and 1.5 inches of rain, boston, south shore and out on the cape. for more on the weather story, here's meteorologist bri eggers. >> bri: good morning, j.r. we had a lot of fluff factor. you had a lot of cold air in place. this is a backward ice cream sandwich. you've got a layer of air that's warmer working in between two layers of colder air, and that's why we're seeing this mixed precipitation. you have a snowflake falling out of the cloud. it's frozen, ice crystals, snowflakes.
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layer, 7,000, 10,000 feet. it melt, cannot refreeze, so it refreezes in a deeper layer and becomes sleep and/or it stays as super cool water droplets and then freezes upon contact. that's freezing rain. as j.r. mentioned, we'll see the whole gamut as we work through the morning hours. now, surprisingly, so we've had a very warm december ranking number one. very likely we'll wrap up there. so a lot of people have been asking, if you have a warm december, what does your seasonal snow total look like? well, here's the top three. look at how those seasons turned out in the teens as far as how much know did they get. we have a bit of a wind coming off the coast. so coastline will be warming up. a little quickly, more quickly than other areas. it's also taken the real-feel temperatures down. so it feels like 22 in boston. it fees like 10 degrees in worcester and you'll also have sleet blowing around out there. so something to keep in mind as you get dressed for the day. travel for the first part of the
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just looking wet for us. turning to rain for everyone past noon. and then keeping around a touch of drizzle as you head into the evening hours. that 7 on 7 forecast, man, we're getting word that winter is here today. you can see it outside. but i'll tell you what, we kick off 2016 with some very chilly temperatures topping out at 30 degrees next monday. we're going to feel that. >> nancy: thanks, bri. breaking overnight, the secret service stopped a man from flying a drone near president obama's motorcade while he was on vacation in hawaii. agents forced him to land the drone after they noticed it was flying on the same route as the motorcade on monday. the pilot says he didn't know the president was in the area. no charges have been filed. president obama went on to play a round of golf. now to the race for the white house. a busy day on the campaign trail in new hampshire. republican jeb bush will hold a town hall in petersborough, new hampshire, tonight. democratic front-runner hillary clinton will hold town hall meetings in portsmouth and berlin today. meantime, donald trump back in
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he held a rally in nashua where he lashed out at the state's largest newspaper. the "union leader" published an editorial calling him a bully whose campaign insults the intelligence of the voters. >> you have a very dishonest newspaper up here. it's also a failing newspaper. it's going down the tubers, so here, you can have it. that's all it's worth. a piece of garbage. >> sarah: last month the "union leader" endorsed chris christie for president. >> nancy: a popular holiday present going up in flames. a hover board caught on fire in a new jersey home and half of that house was destroyed. the home just gorged. firefighters say it started while the toy was charging. thankfully no one was hurt. but officials say you shouldn't leave that toy unattended while charging it. and a hover board also burst into flames inside a shopping mall in houston.
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boom and saw this toy on fire at a kiosk. the batteries were exploding. a worker put at the flames with a fire extinguisher. no one was hurt but part of the mall was closed because of that thick smoke. >> sarah: much more ahead on today "today in new england" as we keep a close eye on this winter weather. >> nancy: a live look outside in saugus where the snow is really coming down. j.r. will give us an update on what's g i absolutely love my new york apartment, but the rent is outrageous.
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>> bri: good morning. welcome back. flying out of logan this morning, there may be a couple delays boston, manchester, t.f. greene. we have a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain to contend with. then you get out of new england and it's much different. philadelphia 62 this afternoon. chicago 35. portions of the southeast, there will be some scattered showers, maybe a rumble of thunder in the panhandle of florida. warm in florida. upper 80s down through
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seattle, a cold rain. san fran, a lot of clouds and sun. low to middle 50s. los angeles 61. here in southern new england, traveling this morning will be a slow go. if you are leaving to go north up into northern new england, snow, a lot of snow for ski country. that's good news for those folks up there. metro boston, though, mainly a chilly rain after about 8:00 a.m. >> nancy: j.r., thank you. the patriots have locked up a first-round bye, but the team continues to deal with injuries the starting players. tom brady talked about it last night during his weekly interview with westwood one. >> we've had a lot of bad luck this year. when someone falls like what happened to seabass yesterday, those things are tough to avoid. and we've had so many guys over the past six, seven weeks, guys carted off the field. we know we don't have the play in the first round of the playoff, which is great. hopefully that will give us a chance to get some guys healthy.
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sebastian vollmer was the latest pat to get hurt. ankle. coming up in our next half hour, a suspect in court after police say they crashed their car into a lynn cafe before taking off. >> reporter: and we're live in was with the latest on the conditions for the road and what the mbta is doing to get ready for its first test of winter. >> sarah: an we're keeping a weather. a live look at copley here. everything you need to know about this wintry mix before you head out the doo find your sweet spot today with dunkin's chicken apple sausage sandwich. enjoy sweet apple and savory sausage together for under 400 calories.
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norovirus outbreak shut them down. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: good tuesday morning, everybody. thanks for staying us with. i'm sarah french. >> nancy: and i'm nancy chen. if you're getting ready to head out the door, get ready because winter is back. expected across much of new england. let's send it over the jeremy rhiner with more on the latest on this storm j.r.? >> bri: good morning, sarah. good morning, nancy. good morning, everyone. we have a winter weather advisory in effect for snow, sleet and rain leading to poor travel. the city of boston will be a slow go for a couple hours. right here on the edge of the screen, the green, that's the rain. it will come off the cape and work into the south shore and wiggle its way up into downtown boston mid-morning. once that happen, then it's just a cold rain. but further inland it will be a tougher process, a slower go. the snow and sleet and some of this sleet is heavy. this is going to be a heavy sleet event for several hours. i think we're essentially done with any accumulating snow. there may be a little bit of
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you know, in terms of snow just happening all by itself, no longer in the cards. so briefly snow and sleet changing to rain boston south shore. snow, sleet and then eventually rain. 95 out to 495. then 495 north and west it will be a slow process getting rid of that snow and freezing rain, sleet and freezing rain. the city at 34. fitchburg at 23. your snow and sleet accumulation. most of this will be on the low end of the scale. generally a coating to a couple inches around metro boston and back into the worcester hills. bri? >> bri: j.r., good morning to you. we have a bit of a breeze out there in some spots. that's also bringing in some milder air from the 47-degree ocean water. so that's turning into more of a sleet-and-rain situation for the city of boston. 20mph winds right now. it's also taking our wind-chill ratings down some while wind-chill ratings don't have anything to do with ice accumulation; this is only for your real-feel. vaz you're bundled up in layers, it shouldn't be an issue, but
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worcester feels like 10 degrees. it feels like it's in the 20s in boston and along the north shore. travel, don't freak out. this is first winter event of the season. it takes a while to get back on that bike and remember how to ride it. sleet as we head through the morning. turning to rain for the city of boston, could happen between 8:00, 9:00 a.m. nevertheless, a fair travel day in the afternoon and evening hours just based on the fact that roads will be wet an we will all be moving just a touch slower. for your day today, temperatures warming to near 40 and even southeastern mass. again, turning into all rain. leftover drizzle and spots of freezing drizzle for your evening. we'll continue to follow this and update you. >> sarah: thanks, bri. 5:42 right now. let's head out to marshall hook in the traffic tracker. roads look pretty bad out there, marshall? >> marshall: it's not good out here at all at this point. we have this muck on the ground. it's snow mixed in with some moisture, and that sleet and
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and there's enough of it on the roads, the roads haven't been treated. it's one of these situations where you can't see the lanes. you can't see the lines on the road. people are just forging their own path. it's also heavy and wet enough that it can grab the tires and sometimes just pull you into a different lane. we have been keeping it at about 25 to 30mph. this made one man in a pick-up truck very upset. he plow right past us and then nearly spun out. so keep it slow is the lesson to be learned from that. there are some accidents out there i know. and i also know that danielle gersh knows where they all are and is here to tell you about them. >> danielle: thank you so much, marshall. yes, there are quite a few accidents. i want to show you the zakim bridge and leverett connector. you see how slick the roads are. give yourself a lot of extra time, especially over the bridges and overpasses. let's go to the maps. we have a few accidents out there. let's start in chelmsford. a new accident. this is 495 northbound right at
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route 3. and this is an accident blocking three lanes. so just the breakdown lane is getting by there. and medford, we still have another accident. we've been keeping an eye on. this is 93 southbound right at route 16. and then the pike, it's slow but in major incidents yet. south of town, route 24, still two accidents there. one on 24 southbound. that's at 139 in stoughton and then another accident in brockton, 24 northbound right at route 27. in hingham, another accident on route 3, and this is right at derby street on the northbound side of route 3. let's take a look at these drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door. give yourself extra time. the expressway, the slit to the tunnel, just 12 minutes. not a lot of traffic out there, but very wet roads and very easy to spin out. the pike into town from 128, 14 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge 12 minutes. back to you, guys. >> nancy: danielle, thank you.
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lot of people are worried about those roads. all eyes are on the mbta. >> sarah: the aging system was no match for last year's record snowfall. riders are hoping this winter isn't a repeat. our winter weather coverage takes us to worcester where we find 7's nicole oliverio. good morning, nicole. >> nicole: good morning. well, if you're watching and getting ready the head out on of snow. this isn't a major storm obviously. nothing compared to what we saw last year. however, it is enough, if you take a look at what is already coating the ground in worcester, there's about half an inch, close to an inch, but the problem is the roadways, while the plows are out, are still extremely slippery and it is definitely very slow going. so it's a good test to sort of ease us into winter officially, that warm christmas eve. and for commuters, the mbta has been making prep for the past several months to make sure that we don't see a repeat of what happened last winter. officials say they're doing what they can to make sure this
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crews have added a new anti-ice sprayer which coats the third rail with a solution. according to the "t," two trains on the red line will be equipped with sprayers and the sprayers will also be on the blue line train and orange line train. now, some of those tracks froze last winter after the storm piled snow on top of them. so governor baker working with the mbta, vowing to hopefully make this a better winter for commuters and again while there's not a lot of snow, it could be enough to slow down the ride, so this will be its first test, not a huge test, but just enough to sort of ease us into the next few months. that's the latest live in worcester, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> nancy: thank you. we continue our storm force coverage with kris anderson in andover. good morning to you, kris. >> kris: hey, nancy. nicole just mentioned the slowdown potentially for people coming in. here's 93 southbound heading into the city. we're in andover now. you can see traffic is already starting to slow down a bit.
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because of the snow are not ideal. it's not coming down the n droves. we don't have several inches of snow piling up, but what we have coming down now is this sleety snow mixture, and it's causing a slushy mess out there on the roadways and it's causing for some problems out there. we saw a couple of box trucks spun out on 93 northbound when we were heading up to andover from downtown boston, and they were crashed on to the side of the road. and that's causing some slowdowns and delays on top of what we're experiencing because of the snow and sleet and ice that's forming on the ground, forming as marshall called it, "muck." the snow is giving us an introduction into what we'll be dealing with this winter. it's helping us ease back into the swing of thing, getting us reintroduced to some old friends, the ice scrapers and know brushes and our shovels so we can get this minor storm out of the way so when the bigger storms come down, we'll be more prepared and ready to go. that's the latest live here in andover. kris anderson, 7news "today in new england."
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news this morning. a man is facing charges after crashing into a cafe in lynch officers say they were chasing the suspect for driving a stolen car when he slammed his car into the bidding monday, destroying the entrance. the suspect has been charged with receiving stolen property. prosecutors say the hoax of a baby thrown into the merrimack river in haverhill last week cost taxpayers $50,000. 42-year-old holly fowler and her 23-year-old daughter christine pleaded not guilty monday to misleading police and making false 911 report. prosecutors say 50 people were involved in the nearly three-hour search last thursday. both the prosecution and defense say both mother and daughter may have mental health issues. >> nancy: 5:38. still ahead on "today in new england," police still searching for a suspect after a deadly hit-and-run in malden. >> sarah: plus a dangerous drive caught on camera when a car goes plowing through the front of a store. >> jeremy: tracking sleet and freezing rain for the morning
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if you don't have a morning commute but you have the travel today, we'll have travel forecast coming up in a few minutes. >> danielle: good morn, everyone. it's a mess out there. here's the braintree split. people taking their time on the roads. in chelmsford, a new accident blocking three lanes. just can breakdown lane is getting by there. that's 495 before route 3. we have two accidents on route 24 and another accident on route 3. then one more in medford. so far the "t's" on time.
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>> jeremy: let's seize into winter, shall we? winter storm right now -- snow, sleet, freezing rain. it's not a powerhouse, blockbuster event, but it's our of march. so we do have that winter weather advisory in effect through the day. for that combination of snow, sleet and freezing rain. poor travel this morning. and you notice here on the doppler radar, all sorts of colors. we broke out all of our crayons indicating snow and sleet and freezing rain. eventually the city of boston flips over the a cold rain by about 8:00, 9:00 a.m.
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sleet for several hours will lead the poor travel, 495 corridor, 128 especially north of the pike, and route 3 and 93 up into new hampshire. as well as 95, new hampshire seacoast, allow extra time this morning. >> nancy: j.r., thank you. the cleveland circle chipotle back open for business after a serious health scare. that restaurant was shut down earlier this month when nearly 140 people got norovirus after eating there. boston's chief health inspector ate at the restaurant on monday to show it's safe to do so. >> sarah: i'm sure business will pick back up. it's a good establishment. they have done everything that we've asked and then some. >> nancy: the restaurant was supposed to reopen last thursday, but an unrelated water leak caused that to be delayed until saturday. >> sarah: all right. we got a lot to get to this morning. we're keeping a close eye on winter's return. a live look outside at 9 3. those roads are covered in a messy mix.
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>> nancy: welcome back. time now for everything you need to start your day off right. >> sarah: here's what you need to know and go. first up, winter is here. j.r., how are things looking out there? >> jeremy: it is a mess. boston 34. bedford 27. fitchburg 23. here's the thing. you have sleep happening where for many cities and towns your temps are down into the low and middle 20s.
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clouds. too warm for snowflakes, and my buddy breezy will break that down in a second, but pockets of snow and sleet and freezing rain on the radar. that will continue for several hours. eventually this becomes a cold rain cape ann, city of boston, south shore. some leftover steadier snow across southern new hampshire, but even up in those locations the sleet now starting to take over and contaminate your snowstorm across southern new hampshire. snowfall totals, again, some of this is sleet, as well. westborough close to an inch of snow and sleet. new bedford half an inch of snow and sleet. i think essentially where you're done with the snowfall accumulation, still sleeting for several hours. one inch, maybe a couple inches of a mixture of snow and sleet. city of boston, coating, i think that's about it. then we'll have the raindrops which will wash all that away, especially the south shore, then up along the mass, new hampshire border, 3 to 4 inches of snow and sleet before ending as freezing rain and freezing drizzle.
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pink eventually becoming just plain rain south of the mass pike as well as the city of boston later this morning. eventually enter the worcester hills, although i think it's the slow process. it may never get over to rain. it looks to stay cold up in those locations with that snow and sleet ending as some freezing drizzle throughout this afternoon. so a mess going on at this time. for more on that, here is meteorologist bri eggers. >> bri: j.r., last year we had so much cold in place. our snow. it made it easy to pile up very snow. more than 110 inches. now the storm system for us today is well to our west and it's pushing through the brunt of it to our west. but we get this warm from the that's edging through, as it does, it's pushing in a layer of warmer air, we can call this a backward ice cream sandwich. the warm cookie on the inside and the ice cream on the outside. you get a mess? same thing for us today.
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it melts in the warm layer. it can not refreeze enter a snowflake, so it either becomes frozen raindrops, which we call sleet, or it freezes upon contact with the roads and surface, which is freezing rain. so we have slick spots out there. you can plan on that through the morning hours until our temperatures climb closer to 40 for the city of boston, even into the mid-40s for southeast mass. just left with a wet, sloppy mess as we get into the afternoon and the evening commute. now, we did break that record for the latest first snowfall for worcester. that was on christmas eve. but the latest first snowfall for boston this leads us at number five. that happened for us today. a look at the 7 on 7 forecast, a lot of people were begging for winter. snow lovers, you're out of luck. looks quiet as we head through the next seven to ten days. however, if you're fan of the cold, you're in luck. look how we start off 2016. topping out in the 30s. >> nancy: wow. thanks, bri. let's head out to marshall hook. how are things going? you're on 93 in wilmington?
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roadway's a little bit better i think that the plows have been down this interstate 93 northbound. but it is still very slippery and visibility is a little bit reduced, as well. we've gotten a little further north of the city. the snow has become more consistently snow rather than that mix in of sleet and other stuff that brie was just talking about. the conditions, though, on the roadway, are still very bad, very slippery with that layer of muck just kind of catching the wheel every once in a while. it is very slow going out here. we're going counter to the commute. you can see a lot of headlights coming at us. those are the folks headed south on 93 and into boston. there is definitively volume out there. right now we are actually en route up to chelmsford where on 495 there are a pair of jackknifed tractor-trailers that i'm sure danielle gersh will tell you all about. danielle gersh that's right.
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traffic is flowing, but the roads are very slick. let's go to the map and go to chelmsford because three lanes are blocked, just the breakdown lane getting by, and that's right at 495 just before route 3 at the lowell connector. that's something to keep in mind. in danvers, a car spun out on 95 southbound at center street. so that's something to be very careful of this morning, and then in medford, still another accident. this is 93 southbound at route 16. now, the pike we have a new accident just in framingham blocking the right lane. that's eastbound. the rest of the pike, no accidents to tell you about, but it's slow moving. route 24, our accident in stoughton cleared. still keeping an eye on the accident in brockton. this is 24 northbound at route 27. and then in hingham, another accident. we're still monitoring. this is at derby street. the expressway from the braintree split boo boston, 14 minutes. take a look at those drive times as you get ready to head out the door. pack the patience. give yourself a lot of extra time on the roads.
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lot of traffic out there, you'll want the move slower. the expressway, the split to the tunnel ten minutes. into town on the pike 14 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, that's up to 20 minutes. and so far all of our reports say "t" is on time. back to you, guys. >> sarah:>> nancy: all right, much of new england expected to see some form of winter weather. >> sarah: and a lot of people head out to work looking for what to expefnlg kris anderson is right near 93 southbound. how are things looking out there, kris? >> kris: nancy, we're about ten minutes north of where marshall hook just was. people trying to get the early jump to get to and from work this morning because they're going to need some extra time. you're not really going the need your snow shovel to dig your car out today, but i want to show ground. there is quite a bit of this snow/sleet/ice mixture. it's compacting as these cars go
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the plows are trying to keep it out of the way. the cars are driving over it making for slicker surfaces. we've seen a couple spin-outs on our way in from downtown boston up to andover this morning. you definitely want the allow some extra time as you head out this morning. again, 93 southbound heading into the city. that's the story here in andover, kris anderson, 7news "today in new england." >> nancy: kris, thank you. remember, you can stay one step ahead of this storm with our 7weather app. download it for any and all-updates. >> sarah: police in malden are searching for the driver involved in a deadly hit-and-run accident. investigators say they found the car that hit a 71-year-old woman sunday night. she was trying to cross the street in front of her apartment when the car hit her. police say or people say the street's very busy there, especially now that a speed bump has been removed. >> nancy:>> nancy: we're following more news today in cleveland ohio after a grand jury's decision not to indict two police officers involved in a shooting death of a 12-year-old boy.
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who marched and chanted in the streets last night. the grand jury's announcement comes more than one year after the death of tamir rice. rice was playing with a toy gun in a park when police arrived. the officers say he pulled the gun from his waistband, possibly the show it wasn't real. they say they shot the boy because they feared for their lives. >> sarah: caught on camera, an 88-year-old won takes a danger us are drive through the front of the store. you see the woman start to pull enter a parking spot and go straight through the door there. police say she apparently hit the gas instead of the brake. the vehicle hit one man who is expected to be okay. the woman and another person in the car were not hurt. a road in south carolina completely collapses on christmas morning. this is the third problem for this road in three months. first it happen a sinkhole in october and then just last week a water main break. officials say the problems are from heavy rain. they think it will take hundreds
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>> nancy: so we know this all too well around here, waking up early can be a really tough thing to do, but did you know there are some things you can do the lose weight while you get ready? first up, include protein in your breakfast. it could help you eat fewer calories later in the day. also just get right on moving. exercising before you eat breakfast can help your body burn more fat. and also take a second to meditate. just focus on your breathing for a few minutes can really help you stay focused. i always love seeing these habits and these tips, but i'm always so bleary eyed when i wake up that i don't remember them very well. >> i think the protein is easy to do. we have eggs in the morning here anyway. but the whole get moving, when you wake up at 2:00, j.r., that's just snooze button. >> jeremy: and going to sleep at 2:00, that's a doozy. boston 34. plymouth 33. colder worcester hills, metro west, merrimack valley.
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for boston, this becomes a cold rain, much the same as the south shore and the cape. but bedford and fitchburg, worcester, sleet and freezing rain for several hours. some ice buildup on the trees and power lines, but i don't think it leads to any power disruption 495 and worcester hills. there could be some minor power disruption. >> nancy: thanks, j.r., we'll
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>> nancy: ready oar not, winter is back in new england. what the messy mix means for your drive or ride to work this morning. we have team 7 coverage of the winter weather. fast-moving flames trapping a woman inside her webster home. officers rushing into the fire
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breaking overnight, a nationwide manhunt for the so-called affluenza teen and his mother comes to an end. plus a drone gets too close to the presidential motorcade in stop. and donald trump turns his attacks toward a new hampshire newspaper. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> nancy: after weeks of unusually warm weather, winter arriving in new england overnight. winter waking up to the first flakes of the season. 6:00 on the dot right now. good morning. i'm nancy chen in for christa. >> sarah: and i'm sarah french. winter weather moving in and creating a dangerous mix as you head out the door. we have a team of meteorologists tracking this. plus 7news reporters are spread out giving you the best look at the conditions before you leave. a inthe traffic traffic, traveling the roads for an up close look at the driving conditions. but we'll start with meteorologist jeremy reiner. i was just asked you, please,
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you said no. >> jeremy: i shot that down right away. bri will share the seven-day forecast with us in a few moment, but after today we don't have any more snow in the forecast. right now a winter weathered advisory in effect for the city of boston in the areas shaded in purple for snow, sleet, freezing rain and eventually rain leading to poor travel. now up until later this morning, middle part of the day. the city at 33. sleet and rain in boston. snowflakes, as well. further inland, this is the concern, though, lower 20s at this time. worcester and fitchburg and nashua. atmosphere. so that's where i think you'll have the sleet and the freezing rain the longist. done her radar now showing we have the areas of the snow and the sleet and the freezing rain. most of the snow now up across southern new hampshire, but there have been some pockets of just snow here in massachusetts, but it's short lived, because there's warm airstreaming in up
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that's what's going to end your snowstorm an turn it into more of a sleet and freezing rain event and eventually rain. it is actually snow and sleet totals. westborough under an inch of snow and sleet. new bedford half an inch of snow an fleet. concord, as well as hampton of snow. so the storm time line, there's a lot of pink on this map. those are the areas where we'll experience the sleet and freezing rain. as we move through the morning hours, plain rain mass pike south, city of boston just rain. further north and west, worcester hills, merrimack valley. it will be a mixture of some sleet and freezing rain for several hours this morning, and thin it all does wind down early this afternoon in the form of some drizzle as well as some freezing drizzle. so how much snow and sleet? again, a lot of this is down, but i would focus on the lower end of these numbers, a coating to generally an inch, perhaps two inches in some locations
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the elevated surfaces. the trees and the power lines. fitchburg, worcester, you're in that area where you're talking about one-tenth of an inch to a quarter of an. >> of ice buildup. that might lead the minor power disruptions to system of you, this will not be an overwhelming ice storm, for more here's bri eggers. >> bri: you mentioned that warm air moving in the mid-layers of the atmosphere. that's melling the snowflake. it can not become a snowflake once again. so it stays as a super-cooled water droplet. that's when you get rain drops freezing witness they hit the sure fashion. so we're talking power lines and power polls and tree branches. the potential for seeing sop of those outages where you're seeing the most ice. this is the setup, we're not seeing the bruntd of the storm, that's heading off to the west of us. we have this warm layer of air dragged in. cold air really likes to sit.
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the upstairs of your house too warm, everybody settles down in the basement where it's cooler. that's what's happening with the layers of thes a -- the atmosphere. that's freezing rain. you can actually have a rain drop that exists below 32 degrees. it's called super cool water droplets and then it freezes upon contact with the surface. that's at freezing or below. we have a bit of a breeze coming off of the ocean. 23mph sustained winds in boston. a breeze in provincetown, as well. so where you're getting that sleet, a little bit like free microdermabrasion. it's also making our real-feel temperatures really chilly. we're talking feeling like 15 degrees in worcester. feels like 16 in fitchburg. it feels like 21 in boston. so aside from taking it slow on the roads today, you'll also want to bundle up with hopefully that new coat you got for christmas. we'll continue to update you as we move through the morning. >> nancy: bri, thank you. one driver already having problems out there after this tractor-trailer crashed in sutton.
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over the guardrail. police say the accident was because of the weather. no injuries were reported there. but it's just a big mess in general on the roads out there. time now for fast track traffic. marshall hook is in andover. >> marshall: the ride on both 93 and 495 marginally better than what we saw on 128. i think the plows had gotten to them more recently than what we saw on the 128 ride north of the city. but still dealing with a very slick roadway surface at this point. a little less snow, but this sleet and freezing rain, all of that mixed in with the snow creates a very slippery mixture op the roadway, and for many of these roads. we can't even see the lines on the roads. to it makes it more difficult the choose a path and drive it in, particularly as other people are making their way around you. would he have been keeping speed
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low 30s. it's felt mostly safe. even times that has felt a bit dicey. we're looking at increased volume on 893 and 495678 we have this double jackknifed tractor-trailer situation up ahead. that's what we're headed for. and danielle gersh will tell you more about the entire traffic picture. >> we'll go right to the maps. it's quite a mess out there. handful of incidents to tell you about. this is what marshall was talking about in chelmsford. 495 at the look connector, three lanes are blocked from this accident. just the breakdown lane is getting by. a bit of a mess there. in danvers, 128 southbound at route 35. another accident. we have another accident, this is medford, 93 southbound at route 16. and then in waltham we have an overturned vehicle. this is 128 northbound right at route 2 getting on the ramp from trapello road, something to keep in mind there. a new accident on the pike, this
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right lane on the pike eastbound at route 9. the rest of your ride on the pike is slow, but mo accidents from 128 into boston. route 24 southbound, our accident in stoughton cleared, brockton still keeping an eye on 24 northbound at route 27. an accident there. and then in hingham, three northbound right at derby street. we have another incident. so quite a few accidents. definitely give yourself extra time on the roads. take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door. the expressway, the split to the tunnel, 15 minutes. into town on the pike from 128, 12 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, 13 minutes. but give yourself more than that. if you are taking the "t," we have moderate delays on the red line. >> nancy: speaking of which, the mbta says they are prepared. >> sarah: last year the "t" was pounded by the storms and coupe keep up with all that 7's nicole oliverio live in worcester. nicole, the governor says the "t" will be on track.
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they have been preparing for months to make sure that we didn't see a repeat of last winter, so of course if you're just waking nowp -- up now and you see the snow falling, it's not the nice sort of flakes. it's sleet. this is what you'll be dealing with as you take a look here. we have just about an inch of snow. on the bottom you have the icy mix. that's what caused so many headaches for all of the mbta riders last year. but again, as we mentioned. governor waker saying that the "t" is ready. now. crews a added a new anti-ice sprayer. that's going to coat the third rails with a solution. also according to the "t," two trains on the red line will be equipped with sprayers. those will also be on the blue line and an orange line train. remember system of the tracks froze last winter as the storms just piled the snow on to the tracks. so again, they're hoping that with these new initiatives,
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ready to go to keep those trains running. again, not a . of know today. definitely a good way the ease into winter for everybody, including the mbta. live informal worcester, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." ism crews all across the state have been out overnight treating the snow. >> nancy: the salters and sanders are ready to roll as the snow continue to fall in places like andover. that's where kris anderson is this morning. kris, you're right near 93. how are things now? >> kris: we're ready to roll, nancy. we have our equipment ready to go. we were introduced to our old friends, our snow scraper and our know brush and our snow shovel. you're not going to need the shovel too much as far as digging your car out because there is not the accumulation storms. this is a relatively small storm. 93 southbound moving relatively smoothly. they're keeping it clear as best they can.
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because traffic is moving relatively smooth limp people are taking their time and keeping it under the normal speed limit. it's dangerous because it's that slushy sleet/snow mixture that makes it slick and slippery. we're driving up to andover on 93 northbound from downtown boston. and it took us a lot longer than it typically does because there were some spin-outs on the roadways and it was slippery and slick. so you definitely want to allow yourself some extra time when heading out, or again, try public transportation today. that will minimize the traffic on the roadways and help get you to where you're going and it will give the "t" a true test on what those prove. s might have done. that's the story in andover along 93 southbound heading into boston. kris anderson, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: and remember you can track the storm with our 7weather app. go to your app store and download it for any weather updates. >> nancy: time now 6:10. there's still much more news ahead on today in new england. the war of words continuing on the campaign trail. why new hampshire's largest newspaper is the latest target
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>> sarah: and breaking overnight, too close for comfort. what the secret service stopped near president obama's motorcade. >> jeremy: a mixture of sleet, freezing rain and snow for the next several hours across southern new england. storm time line and details up next. >> danielle: and we have breaking news on the red line on the "t." we now have severe delays on the red line due to the switch problem at the ultimate and j.f.k. station. if you're taking the roads, give yourself a lot of extra time.
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>> sarah: welcome back, 6:14. roads. we've been saying so long, winter is coming, but winter is
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"game of thrones" style. >> jeremy: let's do it. >> sarah: winter is coming. >> jeremy: it's here right now, nancy chen. love it. you sold it. messy winter storm. not overwhelming, not a powerhouse storm, but it's been a while sin we've dealt with these conditions during a morning commute. so why don't we ease into it. thankfully kiddos don't have school today, so perhaps you are off with the kids. that will allow some... alleviate the travel headaches early this morning with snow and sleet mixing with freezing rain and then eventually rain, but that whole process is just kind of messy with freezing rain likely over next couple hours. snow totals and again this will include sleet that's been going on. briewtser for example, half an inch of sleep. acushnet half inch of snow sleet. fairhaven, braintree. third to half inch of snow. so the snow part of the storm is not the headline grabber. i know we live and breeze with these snowfall maps, we did all last winter, but this go around it's not overwhelming. it's an inch in many locations
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by in addition of snow and sleet. a little bit more up across southern new hampshire. the concern, though, really is the buildup of ice on the trees and the power lines, the elevated surfaces, basically anywhere where air can get under, like a bridge or overpass, untreated surfaces at that. so in this shading of pink here, one-tenth to a quarter of an inch of rain, when you get close to a quarter of an inch of ice buildup, that's where there is some concern of that being enough to take down the tree or limb, a tree limb or perhaps across the power lines. so there might be some minor worcester hills. if you're watching us this morning, make sure your mobile devices are plugged in just in case. a higher chance of perhaps losing some power. in those locations a quarter to a half inch of ice buildup, lighter eight. 495. it's not much of an issue around metro boston because your temp already at 33, not going down in the city. only going up from here. worcester 23, bedford 28. so it's in those locations
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where we do have some work to go to dislodge that cold air. and that's a slow process this time of year. radar right now showing a mixture of just about everything that's possible in the atmosphere. snow, sleet, freezing rain, cats and dogs living together. it's one of those mornings out there. so this ribbon here, this pink ribbon showing the mixed precipitation does eventually move to the north and up across southern new hampshire by later this morning and more so this afternoon. and it will wind down as some drizzle as well as freezing drizzle. on the maps at this time, low pressure passing well to our north and west. this is responsible for this storm. and what a storm. and for more on the storm, here is meteorologist bri eggers. good morning, bri. >> bri: good morning, j.r. we're back at it, right. a lot of people are asking on twitter, why are we not seeing all snow with this one. last winter we had the fluff factor in place and lots of cold air in place. we have cold air in place, but it's at the surface. it's like a couch potato.
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the warm air rides over that cold air. that's why we're getting the snowflake that melts in that warmer air and refreezes into sleet or freezing rain. it's in the freezing rain unless it hits a frozen surface. you can have a rain drop that exists below 32 degrees. it's called super cool water droplet. wind direction coming off the ocean. 47-degree water i might add. so that changeover for boston is going to happen a lot sooner, especially along the coastline for most areas because of the warm water temperature relatively warm, we should say. but it's a bit of a breeze. so where you are still getting that sleet, i tell you what, i was out there a second ago. it's like free microdermabrasion. didn't ask for it. definitely bundle up. you saw those temperatures in the 20s as you get off into worcester county. look at what the wind is doing. wind-chill reading, it feels like it's 15 in worcester. it feels like 17 in fifnburg, it feels like 21 in boston. travel today, a slow go for the morning hours. don't freak out, but also don't think because the roads are wide
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take it easy. this is first event of the season. you have to get ready to deal with this again. and then for the afternoon, it look like just a wet, sloppy mess, but it might still be a slow go. and still a patch of drizzle, even freezing drizzle that exists as we head into the evening hours. it has been a warm december. so i've had this question, too: if it is a warm december, what does that mean for seasonal snow totals? well, we'll top out at number one with this december. the other top three have wrapped up the season with snow totals in the teens. so just some food for thought for you. here's a look at the 7 on 7 forecast. we have quiet weather through next seven to ten days. so snow lovers, you're out of luck. if you want to bundle up because you got that fancy new jacket for christmas, looks like january 2016 is your time. temperatures topping out 30 degrees next monday. >> sarah: now to breaking news. danielle gersh is here with major delays on the red line. danielle? >> danielle: that's right, sarah. if you are taking the "t," the red line is experiencing some dres.
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now we're calling them moderate dres nonetheless. this is from an earlier switch problem at the umass and j.f.k. station. let's go to the maps because we also have quite a few incidents to tell you about on the roads. still keeping an eye on this accident in chelmsford. this is 495 northbound. it's at the lowell connector. it's just before route 3. three lanes still blocked from this accident and just the breakdown lane is getting by. so keep that in mind. danvers, another accident, 128 southbound at route 35. another incident to tell you about. med mord still watching this accident, 93 southbound at route 16, blocking the left lane and then we have an overturned vehicle in waltham. this is 128 northbound at route 2. so a lot of accidents out there. in framingham to be pike eastbound another incident. from 128 into boston pike, slow but no accident. south of town, still watching this accident in brockton. this is 24 northbound at route 27 and then in hingham, another accident we've been keeping an
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route 3 northbound on derby street. a car off on the side of road. a lot of incidents out there. take you time, let's take a look at the drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door. the expressway the split to the tunnel, 15 minutes into town on the pike, 12 minutes. 39 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge 23 minutes. so these drive times don't look that bad, but you'll want to give yourself a lot of extra time and pack the patience if you're hitting the roads. our marshall hook is out there right now. i think he'll have to agree with that statement. >> yeah, dan qesm it's now pretty out here. we're on 495 southbound going through lowell. the road conditions are pretty good because we've been driving behind that nice plow there. he's getting off the road. we're staying on it at this point. we still have this layer of muck on the roadways, snow mixed with the moisture that comes from sleet and freezing rain and it makes for very slippery conditions. for the most part we ourselves have not driven by much of anything in terms of a spin-out. we had one car almost spin out
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from that is stay off these roads. if you don't or if you don't have the ability to stay off them, if you do hit them, go ahead and keep it slow, keep it safe, that's how you're going to get to the end of the day feeling much better otherwise. live from behind the wheel of traffic tracker, marshall hook, 7news "today in new england." right now a woman is recovering from serious injuries in a helicopter after she was pulled from a burning home in webster. when police arrived, they pulled the woman and several others trapped inside this multifamily home on granite street monday. two officers were treated and released for smoke inhalation. investigators are still trying to figure out the cause of that fire. breaking overnight, the texas teenager and the so-called affluenza case has been found in mexico and will be turned over to the u.s. marshals. police detained 18-year-old ethan couch and his mother near puerto vallarta on monday. he disappeared after allegedly violating his probation.
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drove into and killed three people in 2013. he avoided prison time after his lawyer argued his parents never set limits for him and he was not able to distinguish between right and wrong because of his privileged upbringing. the secret service stopped man from flying a drone near president obama's motorcade when he was on vacation in hawaii. agents forced him to handle the drone after it was flying on the same route as the president's motorcade. the pilot said he didn't know the president was in the area. no charges were filed. >> nancy: coming up on 7news, the first snow of the season is falling across parts of new england right now, and the timing of the winter weather could not be worse for those headed to work. you're taking a live look at 39 anne arundelover.
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>> nancy: breaking news. on the red line delays with because of a switch problem. the mbta says the switch has been fixed. we'll keep you posted. >> jeremy: still monitoring the rain/snow/freezing rain babtdz. the pink shade marching through massachusetts at this time. reports of heavier sleet across southern new hampshire. traveling this morning, it is a slow go. as we work to the middle part of
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rain, more rain, but even rain itself will be a nuisance when traveling. as we work into the latter half of the afternoon as well as this evening, pockets of drizzle as well as some freezing drizzle. flying out of boston today should not be major issue. just rain in the city. then you get out of new england. the air does warm up. chicago 34. pittsburgh at 51. scattered showers in florida. scattered showers in the pacific northwest. dry in san francisco and los angeles today. >> sarah: still ahead at 6:30, we're keeping a close eye on the roads. drivers facing the first test of the season as winter returns to new england. there are already a lot of delays. stay with us. we'll give you an update after
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>> nancy: winter is here. snow, sleet and freezing rain making for a tricky commute. >> sarah: more trouble for one
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new cases of exploding hover boards. >> a bear is in the cave with us. >> nancy: new details in a bear attack. >> sarah: and whole foods paying the price for not telling the whole truth. >> this is 7news "today in new england." >> nancy: and we are following some breaking news this morning. problems this morning on the red line. an early switch problem at the j.f.k./umass stop causing minor delays. the mbta says that problem is now fixed. >> we'll have much more on that and your other stop stories coming up. thank you for joining us. it's 6:31 right now. i'm sarah french. >> nancy: i'm nancy chen. we've been talking about this winter weather. here's a live look at the roads in andover. 93 right there. state police reporting several accidents this morning in new england, urging people all over to take it slow on their way to work. the department of transportation says there are about 1400 crews on the roads all across the state. we'll have a full traffic update in just main.
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for a look at the timing of this storm. >> jeremy: nancy, we're noticing sleet and snow all over southern new england. pockets of rain down toward the canal and out on the cape. eventually that rain line starts the creep up route 3 and into the city of boston. still several hours to go. it's a slow process. snow and sleet. merrimack valley, mass-new hampshire border. further south, more and more rain showing up through narragansett bay as well as down through portions of long island. there is warmer air on the move, but it's a slow process. snow and sleet totals generally half an inch to an inch, dracut about an inch of snow. further north up across southern new hampshire, had a report from ryan in atkinson, new hampshire, about three inches of snow. now he's reporting heavy sleep. most snowfall if not all of the snow is done. we'll add on some sleet, one to as much as two inches of snow and sleet combined. on top of that will will be freezing rain in the worcester hills where we're thinking as much as one-tenth to one quarter
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that. might lead to some minor power disruption for some of you in the worcester hills. that's not an issue inside 495678 upper 20s and low 30s. the city at 33. bedford at 28. it's predemeanor unanimously cold rain boston later this morning through this afternoon. snow to sleet to rain, and then eventually into the worcester hills you have the three and freezing rain that will wind down as freezing drizzle around lunchtime this afternoon. bri? >> bri: a mixed bag, j.r., absolutely. those snow totals may go down a touch because of this sleet that's going to compact the snow. so that will be interesting to see as we make it through next few hours. look at this breeze that's coming in off a 47-degree ocean temperature. 23mph sustained winds in the city of boston. this is going to help for the coastline to change over from that sleet to just plain rain earlier than most areas. it will take until about 9:00 or 10:00 for inside of 495 to really see the rain rather than frozen precipitation. now, wind-chill readings, this
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precipitation that's falling, but it does have the feel with how you need the prepare for the day if you're heading outside. it feels like the teens for fitchburg and worcester. it feels like it's 21 degrees in boston with that slight breeze. now the warm air as j.r. mentioned, it's trying the creep in from the south, and it's here. it's just that it's upstairs and it's having a hard time making it down to the surface. that will eventually happen and we will see our highs this afternoon, for most locations warming into the upper 30s, close to 40 degrees for most. latest measurable snowfall for boston didn't break this record here. we're number 5 with our little bit of snow that we got today, but we did break that record for worcester. we know that was december 24th. it was christmas eve. we just cruised on past that with record-smashing temperatures. travel today, worse for the morning hours because of that frozen precipitation. still dealing with sleet in most locations. not changing to rain. most people it looks the happen by the noontime hour. i think as we do 7news at noon,
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it into the afternoon and evening, but a sloppy mess that may slow things down a touch. we'll continue to follow this as we move through the morning. >> nancy: all right time now for fast track traffic. let's send it out to marshall hook. he's on the roads. are the conditions getting any better, marshall? >> marshall: they're not getting particularly better. we've kind of proved away from snow back to the sleety rain coming down in the air, but really once it hits the ground, it doesn't matter because we've got this mix of snow and moisture on the roadways and it's making for very treacherous driving. we also had to pull over at one point and kind of clear off the wipers because we got a good chunk of ice on those things. that is something else you're going to be dealing with this morning if you get those frozen wiper situation. we're here on 495 north where those two jackknifed tractor-trailers had been cleared out of the way. so all lanes are once again open because you can see that it has not done much to improve the speed at which the traffic is
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still very slow in through the chelmsford and lowell stretch on 495. and, in fact, slow pretty much everywhere as danielle gersh will now tell you all about. >> danielle: that's right. handful of accidents out there, if you can, probably want to stay home. a lot of red out there. here is 495 where marshall is. route 3 to 128 from that accident is a parking lot. we still have this accident. this is danvers, 128 southbound at route 35 where we're keeping an eye on the accident. this medford accident blocking the left lane is still there. this is 93 southbound right at route 16. and then you have this overturned vehicle in waltham. this is 128 northbound at route 2. and framingham on the pike eastbound an accident. this is right at route 9. the pike from 128 into boston is slow, but no other accidents to tell you about there. and brockton, we still have this accident on 24 northbound at route 27 and then in hingham another accent we have been keeping an eye on for a while now.
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street. let's take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door, the expressway, the split to the tunnel 19 minutes. into town on the pike from 128, 12 minutes. 93 southbound, 128 to the zakim bridge, 23 minutes. i give yourself more time than these numbers here. also if you're taking the "t," the red line now down to minor delays. we went from severe delays to moderate delays, now minor delays. back to you, guys. >> sarah: the first storm of the season finally here. >> nancy: from the roads to the rails, nicole oliverio is continuing our coverage from worcester. good morning, nicole. >> nicole: good morning. temps. if i step out of the way, you can see what commuters are dealing with this morning. definitely the slush is staying to build up. here. if you take a look through the light. falling. it's not snow and it's not really sleet. it's more sort of the ice pellets
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it accumulates on the ground, you can see one of the plows have already come through here. we have just over an inch of snow, but if you take a look on the ground, while it looks like the powdery snow on the bottom, it's definitely wet. as you get closer to the bottom, that's where you get that ice compact, which is going the make it slippery for you out on the roadways. i know we've been saying it all morning, you need to give yourself some extra time. definitely a reminder that it is winter and, you know, this kind of snowfall is a nice way to ease us back in. but definitely a shock to the system since less than a week ago people were wearing shorts and t-shirts. we're live in worcester, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> nancy: we can only push it off for so long. >> sarah: i know, right?
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>> i think he's injured. guys, on three yell, "can you hear this?" >> i hope we get out of this alive. i love you guys. >> we're over here! >> sarah: so none of the boy scouts were hurt and that troop leader is expected to be okay. >> nancy: one of the hottest gifts of the holidays going up in flames. a hover board burst into flames inside a shopping mall near houston. shoppers reported hearing a loud boom and then saw the toi on fire at a kiosk that was selling them on monday. a worker put at the flames with the fire extinguisher and no one was hurt, but meantime this hover board caught on fire in a new jersey home causing some major damage. firefighters say it started while the toy was charging. thankfully no one was hurt. >> sarah: know and go is next with all your day's top stories. after weeks of unusually warm weather, a winter storm with snow and sleet is hitting new england. you'll have a look at the conditions you'll be facing as
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first round of winter weather. >> sarah: all right 6:45. time now to know and go. we have all your day's top stories coming up and more on the messy roads out there. >> nancy: absolutely. we have a team of reporters and meteorologists tracking this morning's storm. let's start with meteorologist jeremy reiner. >> jeremy: nancy, at this time 20s and 30s. the city at 33. million 33. so there is milder air ready to come ashore and head west, young man, as well as mild air. worcester 23. fitchburg at 23. and those locations where it's cold right now, low 20s. it will be a long and slow process. sleet and freezing rain for several hours. worcester hills, 495 corridor, merrimack valley, southern new hampshire. then you head into metro west and it's sleet and freezing rain for a short time. then just rain i think by noon today. tapering off this afternoon. boston with temperatures now in the low 30s. you'll have sleet and rain. and then it just becomes rain as we work through the morning hours, and into the afternoon.
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time showing that we do have that mixture of everything going on really. you try to sum it up in one or two precipitation processes, no, you got sleet and freezing rain here and a little light snow there. so this is it. this is a messy morning commute for you. we'll have that for several hours with many cities and towns already picking up about a half an inch to an inch of snow and sleet combined. but again, it's more about the sleet and the freezing rain from this point on than the snow. most of this is already down on the ground, a couple of inches of snow, sleet and then on top of that, the worcester hills, this is where you likely are to see some ice buildup on elevated surface, trees and power lines. fitchburg, worcester, out toward orange and jfry and keen and nashua. there may be minor power disruption, but this is not 2008 about to repeat itself. but keep that in mind in terms of your mobile devices. keep those plugged in through the morning hours. metro boston a cold rain shaping up through the day. bri? >> jeremy:>> bri: it's not last winter repeating itself either.
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of snow on top of snow. that's because we had a lot of cool air in place. today a layer of warm air is edging in there and turning it into mixed precipitation. we also have a bit of a breeze coming off an ocean temperature that's 47 degrees. you get that milder air working in along the coastline. you'll see it change over to all rain along the coastline sooner than other areas. it looks like 9:00, 10:00, you'll see that changeover within 495678 temperatures j.r. showed you, that's what is key as far as what kind of precipitation you're seeing, the sleet, the snow, frozen rain, freezing rain, i should say. but the wind-chill is all about how you should dress as you head out today. it feels like 15 in worcester. it feels like 21 in boston. it feels like 23 in bedford. travel today is a tough go for the morning. don't get angry. and don't freak out. just take it slow. it is like riding a bike. we know how to do this. this isn't the worst of it. we've seen much worse here in new england. but do just plan for some extra time, pack the patience. same for the evening commute.
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wet than white. it's still something you want to remember. take it easy out there. 7 on 7 forecast for us. we warm up to near 40 degrees for this afternoon. that's why we will see that change over to rain and then some drizzle and possibly some freezing drizzle. we'll call that dreezle. a look at the 7 on 7 forecast. very cold temperatures to kick off 2016. hopefully you got a newbery coat for christmas. >> sarah: now for our traffic tracker, let's send it out the marshall hook for the conditions on the roads. are you on 495 northbound, marshall? >> marshall: we, are 495 northbound in tewksbury right now is where we are. we are seeing all of that stuff bri just talked about, even the dreezle out here. it's snow and freezing rain and everything. when all of that combines down on the roadway, you get this heavy muck that makes it very difficult to drive, the kind of conditions that will pull the tires into ruts. you'll jump from one lane to
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one of the ways obviously to combat that is to keep the speed slow and that's basically what everyone is doing. also the volume has built. those earlier jackknife tractor-trailers slowed things down through this stretch of roadway. and despite the fact they're gone, it's still a slow go. we'll get on to 93 southbound in a little bit. that's a long, slow ride, as well. in fact, danielle gersh will tell you that pretty much every road is a long slow ride right now. >> danielle: that's right. thank you, marshall. very slow, very wet. roads are slick out there. and we have a couple of incidents on the pike now. this is eastbound right at route 9. we still have this accident. then we have a new spin-out. this is 495 southbound at route 9. and then another incident in weston on the pike westbound at route 16. we're still keeping an eye on this accident in brockton. this is making route 24 a bit of a mess. traffic is backed up northbound all the way almost to 495. that accident is at route 27. our accident in hingham actually just cleared.
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chelmsford cleared, as well. so that's some good news for you. we are still keeping an eye on that accident in medford, our accident in waltham has also cleared. let's take a look at those drive times if you're getting ready to head out the door. the expressway, the split to the tunnel, just under 20 minutes, but i'd give yourself more time than this because you need the drive slowly and carefully out there. into town on the pike from 128. 14 minutes, 93 southbound. 128 to the zakim bridge, over half an hour, and the red line delays on the "t" have cleared, but now we have minor delays on the green line. back to you, guys. >> nancy: danielle, thank you. with winter weather hitting, the mbta says they are prepared. >> sarah: last year the "t" was pounded by the storms and could not keep up with all this snow. 7's nicole oliverio in worcester with a look at how things are going this morning. nicole? >> nicole: well, hopefully this winter is nothing like that. this is one of the worst storms that we will see. but as you can see, cars heading out here, it's definitely
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sort of that thick snow on the ground, making it slippery and definitely slowing down your commute. but if you are not in your car and instead you're heading here to one of the mbta stations, well, the state is hoping for a much smoother ride this year. they have put many precautions in place hoping to not see a repeat of what happened last winter. now, according to the "t," they say they have added three or sorry new anti-ice sprayers which coat the third rail with a solution, and they've also had two trains on the red line. that will be equipped with sprayers along with one on the blue and orange line. remember some of the tracks froze last winter after the storm piled the snow on to the tracks. so that's definitely what they're hoping doesn't happen again this winter. with what's coming down now, the snow and the icy pellets that are falling, it's definitely making it tougher to shovel. it's not the fluffy stuff that you can just toss away. it's what makes it slippery. it's what sticks to the rail. so the mbta is hoping this is a
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beginning of winter. we're live in worcester, nicole oliverio, 7news "today in new england." >> nancy:ism and, of course, crews have been out all night treating the roads. >> nancy: officials say there are about 1,400 crews across the stated. as you've seen in nicole's live shot, it's slow going. kris anderson is in andover with a look at the conditions out there. >> kris: drivers also getting this reintroduction to winter weather because it has been such a mild december. you see i-93 southbound here. the traffic going into boston. the roads are pretty slick in some spots, but the plows have been going by again just under 1,400 crews out on the state roadways trying to keep them clear and as clear as possible from the snow and ice. problem is it's been falling for quite some time, and while there's not a whole lot of accumulation, it is building up and it's that mixture of snow, ice and sleet and it's compacting down underneath, which makes for slippery spots. the good news is for those kids
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makes great snowballs. so i'll throw this over at mugsy, my photographer. he'll get me that later. that's the one benefit. it is vacation week. so there's a lot of people who are off, so maybe not as heavy volume of traffic, but we see it picking up a little bit as we continue in the rush hour. there's my payback. he gets me back with the snowball. that's the latest live in andover. take your time, kris anderson, 7news "today in new england." >> sarah: thanks, kris. remember, you can track the storm with our 7weather app. go to your app store and download it for weather updates. >> nancy: we're following breaking news now from overseas. belgian police arrested two people who they believe were planning attacks in brussels during the holidays. in the past two days police seized military-style training uniforms, isis propaganda and computer materials in searches connected to those suspects. found. >> sarah: and breaking overnight, the texas teenager in the so-called affluenza case has been found and will be turned over to u.s. marshals.
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ethan couch and his mother in mexico on monday. he disappeared after allegedly violating his probation. police say he was drunk when he drove into and killed three people in 2013. he avoided prison time after his lawyer argued he was unable to distinguish between right and wrong because of his privileged upbringing. >> nancy: now to the race for the white house. a busy day on the campaign trail in new hampshire. jeb bush will hold a town hall in peterborough tonight. hillary clinton will hold town hall meetings in portsmouth and berlin today. meantime, donald trump is back in new hampshire last night. he held a rally in nashua where he lashed out at the state's largest newspaper, the "union leader" published an editorial calling him a bully whose campaign insults the intelligence of the voters. >> you have a very dishonest newspaper. it's also a failing newspaper. it's going down the tubers. so here you can have it, pal.
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a piece of garbage. >> sarah: last month the "union leader" endorsed governor chris christie for president. whole foods paying a hefty price in new york city to resolve an investigation from earlier this year. the supermarket chain agreeing to pay $500,000 after the investigation showed they overcharged customers for some of their products. whole foods executives did admit to the problem, saying the overcharging was just a mistake. last year whole foods also paid money in california after. a similar investigation. >> nancy: and one final check of weather with j.r. >> jeremy: okay. poor travel conditions right now. that's the case for a few hours. you notice as we work through the morning hours, it starts to improve somewhat. city of boston with rain. then as we work later this afternoon and this evening, we could have a little patchy freezing madriding, poor travel conditions much of the day as well as much of southern new hampshire. we'll keep you updated throughout the day on 7news. >> nancy: j.r., thank you. thank you for joining us. i'm nancy chen.
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