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flooding, the impact on transportation and more. >> we begin with the latest from accuweather and meteorologist cecily tynan and adam joseph and adam, we just updated this forecast and it looks like it's going to bring us even more snow than we originally thought. >> yeah, those temperatures are much colder at the onset of the storm. instead of that really heavy wet snow through most of the storm it will be light and fluffy and that can pile up the snow a little bit more as we are looking at double scan live radar the low is spinning just to the north of atlanta. you can see the moisture that was originally from the gulf of mexico moving into the deep south and midatlantic and even the atlantic starting to pull in moisture into the system and soon they'll be transferring its energy and that's when you'll see an explosion happen on the radar and also those intense winds will really start to wrap up. as we look at double scan live radar this bark is a little worse than its bite. the leading edge of the snow not reaching the ground. sea isle city cape may
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fortescue north of middletown route one also 47 in southern new jersey seeing a few flakes beginning to fall as it's working up from the south to the north and it will slowly push into philadelphia right around that that 6:00 to 7 o'clock hour. blizzard warnings in effect from 7:00 p.m. tonight through 10:00 a.m. on sunday morning and the blizzard warning covers pretty much the entire viewing area with the exception of the far northwestern areas of the lehigh valley, berks county, also cape may county because of the mixing but this is where you're going to see reduced visibilities, treacherous roadways and blinding snow squalls pretty much the entire night and throughout the day on saturday. wind gusts if you live north and west from the pennsylvania turnpike away from the coastal low 35 to 45 miles an hour. wilmington, philadelphia, trenton all the way down to millville, dover, 45 to 55 miles an hour with that snow so that's why you have the blizzard warnings in effect for that area and down the shore high wind warnings, 55 to 65 miles an hour with
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this nor'easter. so, what to expect down the shore between 4:00 a.m. on saturday through noon on saturday, moderate to major flooding. in fact, the new jersey shore line is expecting one of its top 10 worst high tides in its history, so this will create some evacuations which are happening right now in low lying areas. off shore waves 15 to 20 feet. significant beach erosion for three tide cycles. cecily tynan will break down region by region and what to expect are you live. >> this is a very large storm system and what you get depends on your location. so along the coast as adam mentioned that coastal flood warning now as far as the precipitation, it will start and it has already started as snow but then as the storm system really cranks up we'll get a changeover to rain before it can pull in cold air as it begins to retreat and then we'll get a change back over to snow. extensive beach erosion. the shore is really going to
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be taking a major hit with this. the first high tide at 6:43 but that coastal flood warning will be for three tide cycles so tomorrow morning, saturday evening and again on sunday morning and a big problem all that water gets pushed into the back bays, it can't drain out before the next high tide and also there's a full moon so the tide's already higher than usual and then those winds 55 to 65 miles per hour along the coast. you get those winds off the ocean, there's no friction so that's why they're highest along the coast. now, in philadelphia we're moving a little bit inland. we are going to be hit the hardest. we're looking at snow falling at the rate of one to 3 inches an hour at the height of the storm and that height of the storm will last for about 12 hours. it's really cranking up later on tonight continuing through the day tomorrow. wind gusts 45 to 55 miles per hour. so not only is that snow going to be piling up, it's going to be blowing around. so, that's why we'll have near whiteout conditions. now, allentown you're farther
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away from the center of the storm, excuse me, so you're not going to be hit quite as hard but i do want to stress that this is still a big storm for the lehigh valley. we're looking at colder temperatures so that means the snow will be lighter and drier. there's a sharp cutoff as you head to the north. so the southern lehigh valley is going to get a lot more snow than the northern lehigh valley and the wind not blizzard conditions but we're looking at some gusts 35 to 45 miles per hour. so, yes, we are upping the ante with the snowfall totals. the snow is not only coming earlier because of because a lot of it is falling in the middle of the night. the temperatures are cooler so the ratio is higher. also the storm has jogged slightly to the northwest so philadelphia this is going to be a top 10 snowstorm, 18 to 24-inches of snow. wilmington the same, trenton close to that, 12 to 18-inches, allentown six to 12, atlantic city you get that mixing three to six and we have a detailed snow map coming up in a few minutes.
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back to you guys. >> cecily thank you. with the storm moving in faster than anticipated parts of delaware are already starting to see snow. >> trish hartman continues our team coverage this afternoon. she's live on king street in wilmington. trish. >> reporter: well, rick, sharrie, no snow yet but when the storm hits the city of wilmington will have 200 miles of streets to plow but with salt and sand supplies fully stocked and drivers working 12-hour shifts officials say they're ready. preston foster is one of wilmington's plow truck drivers. he says after 12 years of maneuvering through snowstorms he's ready for this one. >> after the years of experience i have there's no preparation it just happens. >> reporter: but for the city there is a lot of preparation happening for the 18 to 24-inches expected this weekend. 64 employees plus private contractors will help clear the streets and 1800 tons of salt is waiting to be loaded into trucks. wilmington public works commissioner jeffrey starky
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hopes for a smooth operation with the public's help. >> please stay out of the way of the plows and please do not shovel stuff back into the street. that makes it difficult for us to continue to plow. >> reporter: at the newark deldot yard salt trucks were loading up and phenomenal preparations were under way. >> i think with this event because we have blizzard conditions it might be a little bit longer than normal. we do work on our interstates first, our primaries, secondaries and locals. >> reporter: we found plenty of folks gassing up in case of an emergency. mike porter was headed to his beach house in rehoboth beach to ride out the storm hopping for the best. >> with the high winds down there, all the trees down around my place, i'm right on the water. >> reporter: if you download the deldot app that plow tracker will pop up. wilmington's plow routes are posted on the city's web site.
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we're live in wilmington, trish hartman, channel6 "action news." rick, sharrie. >> from dell bot to penndot. penndot crews have been brining roads for days and now they're loading up for what's expected to be a long weekend. >> chad pradelli is live at front and oregon in south philadelphia with the latest. chad. >> reporter: lay, guys, this hes is the the calm before the storm. the salt yard was bustling with activity. in a couple hours it will be go time for penndot. penndot put the finishing touches on preparations for the storm. soon it will be time to go to work. >> basically we'll bring our crews in approximately two hours in advance of when the snow is depicted to start. >> reporter: in the operations center all eyes are on the screens and that will continue through the weekend. crews will be working around the clock in shifts with four-hour breaks to rest up. >> it will be a very
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challenging storm. not only heavy accumulating snow but wind, strong wind. that means blowing snow, poor visibility and possible possible drifting of snow. >> reporter: homeowners will be busy, too, bigging out of this storm. here at this sunoco in south philadelphia rock salt comes in and goes right out the door. the gas station went through three pallets yesterday. >> i've been in this business for 15 years so i have sources who can restock it for me and then, you know -- in times like this we don't run out. >> good stuff, man you ready for the storm? >> yup. bring it. [laughter] >> reporter: well, he said bring it. it is coming. now we say it often, we're going to say it again. penndot officials are telling drivers if you can, stay off the roads. i'm live in south philadelphia, chad pradelli, channel6 "action news." >> chad, thank you. philadelphia mayor jim kenney and his administration will implement a snow emergency at 9 o'clock tonight. that means all parked cars
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must be moved from the city's designated snow emergency routes or they will be towed. you can park at one of the philadelphia parking authority garages instead for just five dollars starting tonight at 5 o'clock. ly residents who are supposed to have their trash picked up tomorrow will also have to wait. service has been postponed until next week. >> meanwhile new jersey governor chris christie is heading back to the garden state after initially saying he would stay in new hampshire to keep campaigning there. >> yeah, but new jersey still has not made any kind of formal emergency declaration despite the expectation of heavy snow and flooding along the coast. nora muchanic is live in barnegat. >> barnegat. >> barnegat, thank you where leaders ordered an evacuation today. nora. >> reporter: hi there sharrie. emergency management officials are expecting flooding that could rival sandy and so they instead of asking people to leave, they are now ordering them to evacuate. >> one of my sister's house.
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i have two young children and i worry about the beach floods down in that area over there, worry about getting out. >> reporter: michael irwin is among those evacuating from the bayshore area of barnegat where police are going door to door after issuing a mandatory evacuation order this afternoon for a very specific area. between the municipal bathing beach and the east bay avenue bridge which is now under construction. >> we're looking at a potential 4-foot storm surge here and sandy was about four and half foot storm surge so it's a significant amount of water that obviously gives us cause for concern. >> reporter: because of bridge construction there's only one way in and out of the neighborhood, bayshore drive and police say that will be impassable. before the order became mandatory residents were considering their options and not everyone wants to go. >> we've seen the water this high here and we're still here. so, it will come, it will go out. >> reporter: but you don't want to leigh? >> no, we're not going anywhere. >> i'm not worrying. if i get flooded, i get flooded. what else. i going to do?
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>> reporter: now, police can't force anyone to evacuate but they'd really like to get everyone out of here so they don't have to do water rescues in the middle of the storm. live in barnegat, i'm nora muchanic, channel6 "action news." rick, sharrie. >> all right, nora, thank you. we are just getting started with our coverage of this storm. when we come back alicia vitarelli will have details on the impact at the airport. at 4:30 gray hall is with people running last minute errands and throughout the evening we'll hear and from reports from walter perez dann cuellar and jeff cherokee. we'll check back in with trish hartman and nora muchanic. >> get prepared with 6abc.com. we have a street level warning map complete with weather warnings posted for your area. we're updating our list of mass transit changes and community closures. be sure to check out the list of snow emergencies posted across the area. remember if you lose power you can still stream our coverage on 6abc.com and the 6abc news
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>> ♪ >> they've been getting out of dodge. tickets in hand and hoping to hit the skies before those first flakes tonight. that's a live look right now from the action cam as pass passengers at philadelphia international airport wait and lope to catch some of the final flights out tonight. the line is starting to taper down just a little bit. it's been pretty busy there today. that's because come tomorrow those run ways will be quiet with all flights canceled. >> can't wait to get out of town. >> and if you have a ticket, it's go time because come tomorrow, no one is coming or going at phl. >> if you were planning to fly on saturday, don't come to the airport because your flight has been canceled. >> the airport has a team of more than 450 people dedicated to snow removal and crews will be working throughout the duration of the storm. the hope, to get those runways
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back up and running for sunday morning. >> they're going to be clearing runways, taxi ways, the aprons, the roadways outside, so this is going to be a continuous operation for us. >> meanwhile, septa is suspending most of its services starting at 4:00 a.m. tomorrow for at least 24 hours. there are a few exceptions. the cct service for dialysis patients and the broad street and market frankford lines which will run on a weekend schedule. >> the broad street and market frankford lines are important to carry emergency personnel, hospital employees and other essential workers during the storm. >> septa has about 2,000 worker scheduled throughout the weekend along with an arsenal of new equipment. >> septa has added tools such as heavy duty snow removers rail mounted blowers to clear tracks and high velocity blowers to clear you have buses and other vehicles. >> septa hopes to restore service early sunday morning. the weather and any potential storm damage will be a
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deciding factor there. if you plan on traveling after 4:00 a.m. using septa take note of those changes you guys. >> okay. >> will do. >> alicia thank you. time now for the "action news" traffic report. >> all right. matt pelman in the "action news" traffic center t.g.i.f. matt but it's not your ordinary friday. >> it's more like a thursday for a lot of us. good afternoon and it is the final count down, the hours before the storm hits, rick and sharrie and a lot of people have been getting out of dodge this afternoon. we've seen very busy traffic here along the vine street expressway in center city. it remains especially busy here on the westbound side approaching the schuylkill. but earlier problems that we had on the vine have cleared out. here on 95 there's still a tractor-trailer accident northbound side right by the vine street expressway. at this point it's mostly off to the side so not causing a huge delay. and then farther north another broken down truck is off to the side just past the work zone at cottman avenue. southbound all afternoon we had emergency construction in the ongoing work zone at cottman. that just cleared out a few minutes ago.
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they're saying they may do some emergency work somewhere else. we'll let you know if the penndot crews pop up anywhere else to do more emergency work. in quakertown we're watching a crash along 309 on broad street. and in plymouth meeting a pair of accidents. one is is along germantown pike and chemical road at germantown pike is another accident scene. let's grab the ipad do the commuter report on this friday sort of afternoon and yes, indeed, the storm is moving in the southern delaware and we are already getting reports of icy conditions on the roads along highway one near the dover air force base. it has us in its sights. rick and sharrie, we will check it again in the next half hour. >> yes, we hm thanks matt. time for a check of the accuweather forecast. >> of course everyone waiting to hear the latest on our conditions in the area. >> as matt was mentioning in and around dover that's where the snow is picking up in intense s it's coming in about
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an hour or two earlier than we first thought as that precipitation is moving up from the south. as we look to the north from wilmington, points to the west it is still dry and quiet. in center city we should get through the evening rush before that first flake of snowfalls. as we look closer at double scan live radar route 47 near fortescue, sea isle city he to cape may that is where the snow is also beginning to fall lightly and throughout most of the state of delaware up to about kent county southern part of new castle county and the northern part, maybe a couple of flurries at this point but this is slowly working in from the south to the north and we close in a little closer here, you see a little bit of purple near sea isle city. we take a live look right now sky6 in cape may, the visibility is dropping just a short time ago you could see clearly over the ocean. but you look down to the south there with some of those -- the sea grass you start to see some of those flurries going across the screen so the snow yes is beginning to fall in
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southern new jersey. right now it's 28 in sea isle city, 27 philadelphia, 27 in allentown, 25 in reading and these numbers are running a little bit colder than we would have first thought yesterday, so the temperature's being a little bit colder we'll give a little bit more fluffy nature to the snow. good thing if you have to shovel. the primary low near la and at a beginning to transfer its energy to the coast off of the south carolina and that's where the nor'easter blizzard will be developing around 7, 8 o'clock tonight. so, 7:00 p.m. that snow starts to slide to the north of philadelphia on the brink of the lehigh valley. overspreads the entire region. heavy at times at 11 o'clock. where you see the darker blues those are some bands setting up of heavier snowfall. already mixing early tomorrow morning in southern cape may county. that mixing goes up to millville, atlantic city at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning still heavy snow philadelphia to the north and west. 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon
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you see that rain/snow line stays right at the immediate eighty foushore.it pushes out hw late evening and overnight. by sunday morning that sunshine is back right when you wake up. as we look at the expected snow totals tonight through saturday night again we've upped it to about 18 to 24-inches for the heart of the philadelphia delaware valley anywhere from downingtown, wilmington, salem, glassboro up to mount holly and then north of there quakertown reading right around were elf 1. up in the lehigh valley six to 12-inches of snow is expected by the time it all wraps up here on saturday night. as we look at the four day at 4:00 forecast the blizzard of 2016 it is all day tomorrow. very strong winds, coastal erosion and major flooding at the shore. 29 degrees. and the sun is back here but
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brisk sunday at 34. a few clouds on monday, 36 and much warmer as we get into tuesday with temperatures of 45 degrees. so, the snow is starting from the south and the worst of it still looks to be about 3:00 in the morning until 1:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon. >> we'll be covering it every inch the way won't we. >> 24/7. >> we'll be here. all right, adam, thank you. and of course as the heaviest part of the snowstorm moves through, count on "action news." we'll be on the air starting at 5:00 a.m. tomorrow and bring you live coverage as promised throughout the day. and as the snowstorm hits, we want you to be a part of "action news." be sure to send your videos of the current conditions along with your family, friends and pets enjoying the wintry weather. use the #6abcaction on social media or e-mail join the action at 6abc.com. >> still to come on "action news" we'll check out some of the other stories making headlines today. >> and coming up at 4:30, the philadelphia police officer attacked in his cruiser comes
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>> it is 4:30 and "action news" continues to track the blizzard as it moves into our area little earlier than anticipated. >> accuweather is upping those snow totals almost everyone is likely to see more than a foot by the time the storm moves out of here. accuweather meteorologist adam joseph and melissa magee are here with the updated forecast and adam, we start with you. >> yeah, those temperatures are extremely cold this afternoon. only in the mid to upper 20's which bumps up the ratio of snow to rain. so you get that fluff factor with the snow that is moving in. as we look at double scan live radar you can see the southern parts of our viewing area
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beginning to see that snowfall especially from smyrna to dover to milford, cape may and atlantic city to millville you're right on the edge so probably seeing a couple of flakes beginning to fall but you can see some of the bright whites moving in the south and west throughout the state of maryland. chester county, lancaster county wouldn't be surprised if the first few flakes begin to fall within the next 20 to 30 minutes. as we take a wider look at double scan live radar the initial low that developed near texas yesterday pulled moisture out of the gulf of mexico. this low is beginning to weaken and transferring its energy to a low that will develop this evening off of the south carolina-north carolina border taking moisture out of the atlantic moving it our way and then also some very strong winds are going to wraparound this nor'easter and with those winds combined with the snow falling most of our area a blizzard warning goes into effect this evening everywhere in the red basically meaning whiteout conditions overnight tonight throughout the day on
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saturday. winter storm warnings far to the northwest, lehigh valley and cape may county. cape may county winter storm warning because of some mixing with rain there and less in the way of wind up in the lehigh valley. coastal flood warning for you on saturday through noon on sunday, high tide that we're concerned with between 6:30 and 7:30 tomorrow morning and this extends for the back bays, all of new jersey, all of delaware and up the delaware river where we he will have a storm surge between three and 4 feet, that is very significant. now to backache things down on the inagreed -- break things down on the ingredients we got the cold. >> we're awaiting that snowfall that will move in. let's talk about the temperatures. it's essentially locking that cold air in place. we've got high pressure over canada, the winds around that high are clockwise so we're tapping into that northeasterly wind its? you have the 29 in new york city, 27 in philadelphia, 22 for both pittsburgh and baltimore at this hour so were with high pressure to our north and an area of low pressure from our south we're locking that cold
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air in place in advance of the moisture on the way. the water vapor imagery showing at 4:30 that moisture across the tennessee valley. we cap into more moisture that's going to move in from a southwest to northeast direction so by 4:30 p.m. during the height of the storm we will be tracking a lot of snowfall and significant snow on the way which is why we have those blizzard warnings posted. so, the height of the storm we're saying it's between 3 a.m.st right through 3 o'clock in the afternoon tomorrow. snowfall rates ranging anywhere from one to 3 inches of snow per hour. thunder snow like in philadelphia, points to the south, gusts up to 40 miles per hour in philadelphia, 65 miles per hour likely at the shore and travel certainly not adviced when we're dealing with whiteout conditions reduced visibility and blowing and drifting of that snow. coming up meteorologist adam joseph is going to take a closer look at the winter storm that is on the way. expected snowfall and when it all comes to an end for an exclusive accuweather
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forecast. we'll turn it back to you rick. >> melissa thank you. we turn to gray hall who is in havertown delaware county where people are running out of time to run those last minute errands. gray. >> reporter: exactly, rick it is a mad scramble to stores like this giant behind me as people flock. they say when the snow is coming down, they want to be ready. we're just hours away from the first snowstorm of the season and it's a shopping frenzy at stores like giant in havertown. >> they're just buying everything. normally it's the batteries. for this storm it is everything they can grab they're grabbing. >> reporter: customers are filling baskets with the necessities and of course snacks. >> my essentials are milk which is obvious but cheese curls for my pitbull pepper ann she loves these and yogurt and cheese, we like a lot of cheese and deli meat. >> just want to be comfortable. if i can't come out the house i want to make sure i have something to keep me there. >> reporter: food is not the only priority.
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long lines at gas stations are also a common sight ahead of the storm. >> listen its wise to top off your tank. you never know what's going to happen so that's what i digit love it or not the snow is coming and preparation is key. rj power equipment has been flooded with customers needing snowblower repairs or buying new ones. >> tomorrow is just going to be crazy. we'll probably actually run out of things and you'll just be trying to patch whatever you can just to keep the guys going. >> reporter: across the area the picture and the stories are similar. people are stocking up on supplies and waiting for the snow to arrive. >> it's craziness. sunday we get it all done back to work monday. >> reporter: all right, so back out live so far this giant they say they have not run out of anything and if they do, that's okay because a truck will arrive tonight with a new shipment. they also say they will be opened tomorrow and ready for business. lie in havertown, gray hall, channel6 "action news." rick. >> all right, gray, thank you. well, the city of philadelphia is under a snow emergency as the storm
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approaches. that means that all cars must be moved off of designated snow emergency routes by 9 o'clock tonight or they will be towed. if you usually park on one of those streets you can put your car in a city owned garage for five do. those garages open at 5 o'clock this evening. meantime 400 city plows and 600 workers will be out in force to clear streets during the storm. and there's a similar situation in trenton. no cars are allowed to be parked on major roadways or roads that have signs posted. all vehicles that are will be towed. the city is letting people park in school parking lots instead. automated calls will go out telling you when your car needs to be moved out of those lots. we have a list of the schools posted on line at 6abc.com. >> it doesn't happen very often but philadelphia international airport will be shut down tomorrow. the action cam is there right now lie as the final few travelers try to get out of town before the storm hits hard. all airlines have canceled
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every single flight for tomorrow. no planes will be departing or landing at the airport. meantime amtrak is reducing service up and down the northeast corridor because of the storm. this morning officials said the trains will continue to run from washington, d.c. to philadelphia and up to new york and boston. they say they will keep a close eye on the conditions and suspend service if need be. all right, for the septa riders listen up. most services will be suspended starting at 4:00 tomorrow morning and won't be running for at least 24 hours. the community transportation service for dialysis patients will continue to run and the broad street and market frankford lines will also stay opened on a usual weekend schedule. >> well, leaders of the philadelphia suburbs are also bracing for the blizzard. both montgomery and delaware counties have declared snow emergencies that allows them to receive help from pennsylvania national guard if needed. and it allows them to seek state funding to cover repairs
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from possible storm damage. both counties are warning of possible power outages and are urging people to stay off the roads. well, get prepared for the approaching storm with 6abc.com. we have a street level weather map complete with the weather warnings posted for your area. we are also updating our lists of mass transit changes and community closures and be sure to check out the list of snow emergencies posted across the area. and as blizzard moves through keep on "action news" to keep you updated. we'll be on the air starting at 5:00 a.m. tomorrow morning and bring you live coverage throughout the day. >> still ahead on "action news at 4:00 we have a special snowstorm edition of freebie from time to time it'friday. >> an adorable three-year-old will warm your heart. hear her rendition of her favorite disney song coming up in big talkers. >> also, the philadelphia police officer ambushed earlier this month comes home from the hospital. we have the latest on jesse hartnett's recovery still ahead on "action news."
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>> meantime sky6 hd looking live at the snow starting to fall in cape may. the jersey shore is expected to get hammered this weekend in more ways than one. meteorologist adam joseph returns with the full blizzard forecast from accuweather when "action news" at 4:00 continues. >> ♪
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>> ♪ >> fugitive pastor jacob malone was formally arraigned today on child rape charges in chester county. "action news" got exclusive video malone as he left the courthouse in exton. he's in jail on $5,000 cash bail and was required to turn in his passport. malone recently returned to the country from a trip to ecuador. the 33-year-old is accused of molesting a 17-year-old who lived with his family. >> well, today about two weeks after he was ambushed in west philadelphia, officer jesse hartnett was released from the hospital. well wishes that poured in from people across the country went with him at well. "action news" reporter vernon
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odom was there as hartnett was discharged from penn presbyterian. >> reporter: officer jesse hartnett released from the hospital today three weeks after he was ambushed in west philadelphia. allegedly by a man claiming he was doing it for islam. edward archer's mother says her son went off the deep end after starting to hear voices. officers hartnett sustained three gun shot wounds to his left arm. >> significant injuries he sustained that night. it is absolutely amazing he's here. probably had he sustained them to any other part of his body we'd be planning a funeral. >> reporter: video of the attack on officer hartnett drew global attention triggers literally hundreds of well wishes cards and autographs. >> cartons full of letters and cards from people young and old from the east coast, west coast, great britain. >> reporter: a huge contingent of police formed a hero's caravan to escort hartnett home where he's asking for complete privacy. as for suspect archer he's
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scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on monday on attempted murder charge. the fbi investigation into whether or not he had three coconspirators in the assassination attempt continues. >> nothing we have thus far has connected that is other people. he knew them. everything suggests he acted alone. >> reporter:s? see hartnett is back home tonight a long way from the crime scene here at 60th and spruce in so many ways he'll be dealing with his near death experience for a long time to come. in west philadelphia, i'm vernon odom, channel6 "action news." >> we wish officer hartnett the best of luck in his recovery. big talkers now and we start with this heartwarming viral video darling little claire ryan crosby from salt lake city utah is just melting hearts all over social media with her amazing perfect little three-year-old rendition of part of your world from the little mermaid.
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>> ♪ >> i mean, can you handle it? dad dave says a few months ago he was paying for an oil change when claire started singing in the lobby and everyone started recording it on their phones. well, dad works in the commercial and film industry as i'm sure you can see there. so they hit the recording studio and a viral sensation and of course her new favorite is frozen, join the club claire. watch it out else saturday. looks like let it go is on tap for her viral sequel. if you're 40 and fabulous you'll live this. the holder family they're at it again. this time with a riff on justin bieber's sorry. >> ♪
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[laughter] >> they make it look guilty they say this is 40 and we love it going out at 5:00 in bed by 9:00 and they say pretty much the only dance moves they know now are the ones that they knew in college. so, listen you guys i haven't -- i don't know about that yet, i mean, some days, right. >> but you know, i am in bed by 9 o'clock, too, so -- >> i should make a video about 50. then i'd fall asleep . >> [laughter] >> no one is cooler than you though, rick. >> thank you. >> rick keeps it cool. >> we weren't going to get on rick but we'll let it slide. >> i got you first. >> i beat you to it. >> exactly. >> now, let's get a check on the highways and by ways one more time on a friday. >> yeah, on a busy friday at that time matt pelman what's the update. >> rick still does a mean
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chicken dance. very, very impressive. good afternoon everybody. yes, people are getting out of dodge on this friday afternoon so the roads have been a little bit crowded. this is the blue route 476 in delco. what we don't see yet is any snow. so, that's good. hopefully everybody can get home before it starts to fall here in delaware county but the speeds have already fallen on the northbound side coming off of 95 headed on up toward baltimore pike. meanwhile we had a couple crashes in plymouth township. still one out there along germantown pike near pleasant road. good idea to think pleasant thoughts over the next 24 to 36 hours. on the big picture, of course some speeds in the teens on the schuylkill and 95. on 95 northbound by the vine still have that tractor-trailer accident sticking out into the right lane and then northbound past cottman there's a broken down truck also occupying the right lane just beyond the work zone. getting word of a crash in winslow township along 30. that of course is the white horse pike at spring garden road. in vineland a wreck along main road at sherman avenue n newark delaware there's a crash along old baltimore pike
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near walter road with slow speeds on southbound highway one. and the update once again on mass transit amtrak running on a modified weekend schedule tomorrow and sunday. septa regional rails not going to be running at all starting at 4 o'clock in the morning until at least sunday morning, the subways will run and patco on a special weekend schedule tomorrow, sunday and again on monday. we'll check it again, rick and sharrie, coming up in the 5 o'clock hour. >> see you then. thank you matt. a special blizzard edition of freebie friday still ahead on "action news" tonight. >> and let's step outside, shall we, because the snow is falling. sky6 hd giving you a live look from cape may, new jersey. meteorologist adam joseph has that exclusive accuweather storm forecast next. >> ♪
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>> ♪ >> meteorologist adam joseph here now with the very latest. were you surprised that it was coming earlier and heavier? >> you know what it is, it's the temperatures are a little lower than models are predicting so you get more a fluff factor. that's why you're going to get a little more snow is because it's going to be lighter in nature. which is a good thing you don't what about the the heavy wet snow with the wind. an hour or two is better than it coming in a day or two late. as we take a look at double scan live radar around the region you see the snow south of wilmington vineland atlantic city cape play and dover. flurries in lancaster and parts berks county around 422 and also 322. it started to creep in from the south and west but again a few flakes at first and then it will intensify but down to the south that is where we already have a coating or so near dover and as you work from dover to smyrna over to fortescue cape may sea isle city and as far north as atlantic city starting to see that brighter white on double scan live
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radar slowing that steady snow beginning to fall. once that flake falls it will continue to fall here until saturday night. 26 in trenton, 27 allentown. so, again, these numbers were expected to be closing closer to freezing today so they're running about 5 degrees below average and again there will give a lighter consistency to the snow and you can pile it up quicker. as we look at satellite and radar you see all the precipitation down to the south. the primary low near atlanta is beginning to fade. you see that broken nature of the precipitation where you're starting to see more here off of the carolinas and this is where we'll see that coastal storm develop which will become the nor'easter and blizzard as it heads to the north and to the east picking up moisture from the atlantic. by 8 o'clock the first few flakes starting to fall allentown as well as trenton. heavy snow bands to the south and you'll see these bands coming in off of the ocean overnight tonight at 11 o'clock right through tomorrow morning. you can see that band right here near wilmington. it's hard and almost impossible to predict where the bands are going to set up at what time but you will see
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them and at the same time warm air coming in off the ocean switching it to rain as far north and west as millville even at times in dover, atlantic city down to wildwood. this is eight clock tomorrow morning. heavy snow inland. even 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon you don't see a break whatsoever with the rain at the immediate shore and then it starts to lessen by 8 o'clock tomorrow night, the intensity of the snow and then it winds up and pulls out and by early on sunday morning the sun is shining. we up the numbers again about 6-inches in most locates so the lehigh valley six to 12-inches, only three to six in the poconos and three to six at the shore because of mixing but most of the area will pick up away from the shore and away from the mountains will pick up at least a foot of snow around here and then you have that band of 18 to 24, southern chester county, all of delaware county, southern montgomery, center city and also northwestern parts of southern new jersey, gloucester county, camden county, northern new castle county, again that range of 18 to 24-inches where washington,
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d.c. could pick up close to 30 so they'll still get even more down to the south and west. future tracker winds coastal flooding another major concern. winds gusting over 50 to 60 miles an hour throughout the day tomorrow so major beach erosion. and the flooding will be significant down the shore. the times of the high tide 6:43 saturday morning is the first one. then saturday evening at 7:09. and then on sunday at 7:26. as we look at the exclusive accuweather 7-day forecast, we've got that blizzard the entire day tomorrow. do not travel if you don't have to because of that blinding whiteout conditions pretty much the entire day with highs in the upper 20's. the sun is back on sunday, brisk but above freezing so anything in the direct sun will melt some at 34. 36 on monday. to the 40's we go on tuesday. staying at 40 on wednesdays and then upper 30's to near 40 so a quieter seven day after tomorrow and of course we'll continue to update you on all
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of our social media pages and on -- when we're not on the newscast. >> speaking of which the "action news" facebook page has plenty of resources to help you prepare for the show. our meteorologists are updating the forecast regularly. adam and cecily are also streaming live kratz to answer your questions about the forecast and of course there are plenty of nonsnow stories to keep you entertained as you ride out the storm. so make sure you like our page, facebook.com/6abcaction news. >> ♪
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>> ♪ >> time now for your snowed in edition of freebie friday with all things to do indoors during a blizzard and let's start with catching up on those movies. you know the oscars are a month away. check out the contenders and of course all the tv shows that you need to catch up on. netflix is offering new customers a full free month of
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service and if you have verizon fios, get a free preview of stars and encore. that's through january 25th. monday. perfect. full free weekend of movies to your. if you are looking to let's say burn off a few calories from all the french toast you'll surely be whipping up my free yoga.com has workout videos to keep you sculpted and centered. if you're like me and you always think you know what i should learn some new recipes or do some diy crafting you'll love this went site craftsy.com. they have free classes from cooking to crafting and if you're stuck indoors you might have a little extra time on your hands from what i'm seeing in this forecast and finally coloring books aren't just for kids of course. check out joanna's amazing adult coloring books. we'll have details on how you can download that and have all other kinds of indoor fun and of course stay safe this weekend you googlies all righty. good weekend to catch up on
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movies. thank you alicia. >> we'll be here, though, of course. >> oh, yeah, i mean i'll be here. >> that's it for "action news at 4:00 now for rick williams, brian taff, alicia vitarelli and adam joseph, i'm sharrie williams. join me along with brian, adam and ducis rodgers tonight and every night for a full hour of "action news" at 10:00 on phl17. >> actually i feel a cold coming on actually. >> no, you're not. >> monica malpass with a look at what's head at 5:00. >> you're feeling fine. you'll be right here. coming up next live team coverage of our winter storm that's headed our way. we have a team of reporters along the i-95 corridor following the storm as it does creep its way up from the south and our team of meteorologists is continuing to update the storm's exact track and of course monitor the snowfall totals for you. we'll have an update from them for you next at 5:00. ♪
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down. going live to washington, d.c. tonight, that winter storm we've been telling you about all week long is already slamming parts of the midatlantic with snow and definitely the nation's capitol as we take a look at the white house at this hour. and our area is next. it is friday night and the big story on "action news" is the blizzard warning soon to take effect for most of our viewing area. >> in fact the state of delaware has just declared a state of emergency. we have live team coverage for you. trish hartman and chad pradelli have the preparations crews are making. first cecily tynan and adam joseph watching the storm's track and of course if it snow totals. let's start with you cecily and the latest from double scan radar. >> speaking of totals. we haved ouwe have upped our to. a storm like this always throws in last minute surprises. this certainly was the case. first of all it's moving faster encountering colder iran it's als

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