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Published: Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 12:32 PM
Updated: Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 12:32 PM
A very high impact Nor’easter will develop off the mid-Atlantic coast early Tuesday, intensifying over the ocean as it passes over or just southeast of New England on Tuesday. It will gain momentum, strengthening winds, all while beginning to crank out heavy snow. While the exact track is becoming more clear, there is still some uncertainty because this storm has not formed yet. If you are in the path of the winter storm, make preparations now, as Tuesday will be a messy day with heavy snow, strong winds and concerns at the coast. And check back with us often as we update our forecast with the latest information available to us.
If you would like to track the storm, whether you live in the area or have friends and family impacted, click here for the latest for an hour by hour look at regional radar.
Blizzard Warnings/Watches Vary across the region impacted, but areas of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, are all under either a blizzard watch or warning.
Winter Storm Warning Much of the east coast is covered by a winter storm warning. According to the National Weather Service, the Winter Storm Warning stretches from Maine to Northern Virginia.
Winter Storm Watch Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard Tuesday
Winter Weather Advisory Parts of Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia North Carolina and Virginia
High Wind Warning Cape Cod and islands of Massachusetts, parts of New Jersey, Delaware,
Coastal Flood Warning 11am-3pm Tuesday exposed coastlines from Salisbury to Nantucket
Snow will begin to overspread the area during the early morning hours of Tuesday. Snow will quickly become heavy with snowfall rates of 1-3” a hour possible at times through Tuesday afternoon. Some mixing and changeover to rain could occur Tuesday afternoon.
12-18” of snow is possible for a good portion of the New England area with isolated higher amounts. Currently, the models are indicating a more inland track to the storm. This means more mixing of sleet/rain the farther south and east you live.
**A continued push to the west, would move that heavier band of snow even more inland with more mixing across the southeast, cutting totals. A push to the east, would mean snow for most, but highest totals would slide east. We’ll continue to keep you updated as new information arrives to keep checking in with us. Adjustments are likely.
North to northeast winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 55 mph are possible, 60 mph at the coast. Winds will create significant blowing and drifting snow and limit visibility to white out conditions at times. Travel will become hazardous throughout the day on Tuesday. Strong winds may also lead to scattered damage and power outages. Heavy, wet snow will add extra weight to the trees, which may lead to an increase threat of damage.
During the afternoon high tide on Tuesday, the eastern coast of Mass including Cape Cod may experience a 2 to 3 ft storm surge along with widespread minor flooding. Pockets of moderate coastal flooding are expected along with splash over and beach erosion from waves along the ocean exposed shorelines.
Exact totals and timing will be determined on the specific track the storm takes and the intensity it gains. We’ll also better determine how much rain mixes in and where that rain/snow line will be. More information is coming in now, so make sure to check back with us online and on air as we’ll be watching every new development and bring that to you.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 12:35 PM
— Update: While the House passed legislation on Thursday to fund government services, the Senate on Friday failed to vote on a continuing resolution that would keep the government up and running. With no bill to fund the government, non-essential services have been shutdown.
Below is the original story that explains what will happen now that the government has been shut down.
The fight over a border wall, the fate of nearly 800,000 DACA recipients, and the wrangling over the funding of an insurance program for children could force a U.S. government shutdown after midnight on Friday if Congress does not pass legislation that would keep the government running.
While negotiations on a temporary spending bill, called a continuing resolution, are ongoing, House Republican leaders said late Wednesday that they lacked the votes to prevent a shutdown, but that they are pressing members to back Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, (R-Wisconsin), on the temporary spending bill.
“I think it passes,” Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker, (R-North Carolina), told reporters on Wednesday. “I don’t think it’s overwhelming, but I think it passes.”
What would happen if no bill is passed and the government “shuts down?” Here’s what to expect:
First, a government shutdown doesn’t mean the government completely shuts down. Employees and services deemed “essential” would remain in place. About half of the federal employee workforce, however, could be furloughed – sent home without pay.
Government agencies would shut down because of the lack of a bill that funds services those agencies provide. What Congress will be considering Thursday night and Friday is a continuing resolution, a way to temporarily fund the government.
What is a continuing resolution?
A continuing resolution, or “CR,” is legislation that funds government operations at the current spending level. In normal years, a bill that funds government operations is signed by Oct. 1, which is the end of the fiscal year. That didn’t happen this year.
CRs can fund the government for days, weeks or months. The CR that could be considered Thursday would fund the government through Feb. 16.
Here is a list of services and how they would be affected if a CR is not passed by Friday night:
Air travel would not be affected as federal air traffic controllers would remain on the job and Transportation Security Administration screeners would remain in place.
For about two weeks, federal courts would continue operating normally. After that time, the judiciary would have to furlough employees not considered essential.
The Food and Drug Administration would handle high-risk recalls. Most routine safety inspections would be halted.
Patients in the National Institutes of Health would continue to be treated. New patients would not be accepted until a funding bill is in place.
You could still get a passport and visa applications would still be processed by the State Department. Fees collected when someone applies for a visa or a passport fund those services.
The Federal Housing Administration, the agency that guarantees about 30 percent of all American home mortgages, wouldn't be able to underwrite or approve any new loans during a shutdown, causing a delay for those using one of those loans to purchase a home.
You would still get mail, as the U.S. Postal Service is not funded by taxpayer dollars for everyday operations.
Active-duty military personnel would stay on duty, but their paychecks would be delayed.
All national parks would be closed, as would the Smithsonian museums. Visitors in overnight campgrounds in national parks would be given 48 hours to make alternate arrangements and leave the park.
School lunches, SNAP and WIC
School breakfasts and lunches funded by the federal government would not be affected. The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, could be affected. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which used to be called the Food Stamp Program, would continue to be funded and SNAP benefits would continue to be distributed. But several smaller feeding programs would not have the money to operate.
The National Weather Service would keep forecasting weather.
Social Security, Medicare and unemployment benefits would be paid, but new applications for those payments could be delayed.
Most services offered through the Department of Veterans Affairs would continue.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 7:16 PM
In a high stakes game of legislative chicken, the U.S. Senate on Friday night blocked a House-passed bill to fund operations of the federal government for the next four weeks, as most Democrats joined with a handful of Republicans to filibuster the spending measure, demanding faster action on immigration matters, driving the Congress toward the first federal government shutdown since 2013.
The vote was 50 to 49 – 60 votes were needed.
Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump had met with Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer at the White House – but while they seemed to make some progress, there was no final deal.
And Mr. Trump made clear who was to blame.
A handful of members from both parties broke with their leaders on the Senate vote, which would have shut off debate on the four week spending measure approved on Thursday by the House.
Mainly because of the impasse over DACA and immigration, several Republicans refused to join with the President, as they voted against the plan.
“I believe no one wants the government to shut down,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). “I also believe that we are inside the ten yard line on finding solutions on all issues.”
Other Republican “no” votes included Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).
Democrats voting to end debate included five from states which were won by President Trump: Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sen. Clare McCaskill (D-MO), and Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN).
For many Democrats, the biggest thing missing from a temporary budget plan was something concrete on the DACA program, to deal with close to 700,000 illegal immigrant “Dreamers” now in the United States.
In the various Congressional office buildings, immigration activists and many Dreamers joined in demonstrations for their cause.
But Republicans argued that backers of DACA relief were not interested in doing enough to stop people from coming illegally in the future.
“We want to be able to resolve this, but it has to be resolved with border security attached to it,” said Sen. James Lankford (R-OK).
“There’s a deal here that could be struck very quickly,” argued Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC).
But signs of a late agreement did not seem to be there for Senators as the clock ticked toward midnight, a reminder that many hours had been spent in recent months on the issue, so far – to no avail.
It wasn’t immediately clear how Congressional leaders would try to broker a deal.
President Trump stayed at the White House Friday night instead of flying as scheduled to his Mar-a-Lago retreat in Florida. It’s not clear if he will go there on Saturday for a party to mark his first year in office.
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 7:15 PM
— Tom Petty died from an accidental drug overdose after taking a variety of medications, the family for the legendary rock star said Friday.
Petty, who suffered emphysema, knee problems and more recently a fractured hip, was prescribed various pain medications including Fentanyl patches, his family said.
“On the day he died he was informed his hip had graduated to a full on break and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his over use of medication,” his family wrote on Facebook.
The family called Petty’s Oct. 2 death an unfortunate accident.
“As a family we recognize this report may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that it is a healthy and necessary discussion and we hope in some way this report can save lives. Many people who overdose begin with a legitimate injury or simply do not understand the potency and deadly nature of these medications.”
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 10:47 PM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — He may have started from the bottom, but rapper Drake is making headlines after doing one dance that started in the Bluff City.
According to party promoter Curtis Givens, the Grammy winner called him wanting to have a private party at In LOVE Memphis, a popular nightclub.
Givens said it was a last minute call, but he and his business partner were up for the challenge.
Shout out to @champagnepapi! Call me at 8:33pm wanting to have a private party at Love at the last minute. @peppa_mouthofthasouth and I put it together and there it is. Great times with great people. #aintnopartylikeacurtisgivensparty #curtisgivens #flyishonly #wearegettingreadyforfeb9th #curtisgivensbirthdaycelebration #getyourflyright
As word quickly spread that Drake was in Memphis, videos started to popping up on social media.
He was seen doing the popular "shoot" dance made famous by Memphis rapper BlocBoy JB.
Drake even previewed new music during his appearance at the club.
He also made a stop at Friday night's Grizzlies game against the Sacramento Kings.