Skip to main content

tv   News 4 Today at 6  NBC  January 26, 2012 6:00am-7:00am EST

6:00 am
around the pentagon is reportedly prepared to enter his plea. good morning. welcome to "news4 today." i'm eun yang. >> i'm joe krebs. let's take a live look outside right now. we have clouds overhead and some rain falling in some areas. you can see the spotlights on the capitol dome reflected in the clouds above us. tom kierein will tell us about our forecast. >> we had a few overnight sprinkles, so many roads and streets are wet this morning. they are a bit slick, and a few scattered sprinkles. you can see them moving. light rain. sprinkles in the panhandle of west virginia, southern washington county.
6:01 am
further to the east, getting a few sprinkles just south of baltimore, northern anne arundel county. extreme calvert and st. mary's. we are above 30s much of the region, west of 95, before you along 95 points south and east, near 40. here's your day planner, sunrise at 7:19. mid 40s by 9:00 with a few sprinkles. then passing showers this afternoon. off and on showers during the afternoon with highs in the low and mid 50s. a look at the evening planner in ten minutes. danella has a look at traffic. if you're traveling along i-95 in virginia, stop and go for you. heading out of dale city, delays to route 1. i'll give you a look at the occoquan. volume is heavy here. delays towards lordton. fairfax county parkway, you will hit the brakes a bit. hov just opened so that's clearing some congestion.
6:02 am
travel speed, about 58 miles per hour. joe and eun, back to you. today a former marine is expected to enter a guilty plea related to charges he fired shots at the pentagon and the marine corps museum. yonathan melaku was connected to shootings at several military installations in the fall of 2010 and a cash of car break-ins. melaku pled guilty to the break ins and served six months in jail. if convicted in the military building shootings, he faces a minimum of 35 years in federal prison and a maximum of a life sentence. big changes are come together pentagon. secretary of defense leon panetta will announce major budget cuts today. it's part of the president's plan to restructure the mill fair. as many as 80,000 soldiers will be cut and multiple combat
6:03 am
brigades will either be dissolved or reassigned. 30 older model drones will be grounded and the air force will not buy new models for now. president obama says this will help cut the defense budget by a hatch trillion over the next decade. arlington national cemetery is trying to find out what ened. th(7,g to the "washington budgets between 2004 and 2010 but it was apparently never a probe into mismanagement at t the facility shows the cemetery is more full than first thought. we are waiting to find out when a virginia woman freed from kidnappers in somalia will be back in the u.s. jessica buchanan was rescued bay team of navy s.e.a.l.s thursday night. the 32-year-old aid worker from bedford county was captured in october. the president authorized the rescue mission after receiving reports that buchanan was ill. right now there's no word on her
6:04 am
current health condition. a rockville man kidnapped in pakistan is alive and in good health according to a new report this morning quoting pakistani security officials. 70-year-old warren weinstein was kidnapped in august. in december, al qaeda leader ayman al zawahri claimed responsibility for his kidnapping. al qaeda gave several conditions for his release including the release of three men tied to the 1993 world trade center bombing. mitt romney and newt gingrich are neck to neck in florida, five days before the state primary. romney leads gingrich by 2 percentage points in the latest poll, well within the margin of error. rick santorum and ron paul are a distant third and fourth in that poll. the candidates will scare off tonight in jacksonville. today is the second day of president obama's five-state tour this morning the president will stop in vegas to talk about clean energy policies before
6:05 am
heading to denver, colorado this afternoon. tomorrow he'll head to the university of michigan in ann arbor to talk about education policies. yesterday president obama visited factories in iowa and arizona to promote manufacturing jobs. and the first day of the president's tour featured a tense exchange between the president and arizona's governor. jan brewer was jabbing her finger at president obama just a few seconds after greeting him on the tarmac. brewer is critical of the president's stance on border patrol. the president told brewer he was unhappy about her portrayal of their last meeting, which brewer wrote about in a book. as the two reportedly began talking over each other, the president then walked away in the middle of brewer's sentence. brewer defended herself on fox news channel.
6:06 am
>> i want our borders secured. i want our nation protected. he wants amnesty. we're never going to agree on that. we agree to disagree on that subject. so, i don't know why he was surprised by my book. but he evidently is, and he's t it. in í the confrontation that. president obama may th looking for a new treasury secretary if he's re-elected in november. current treasury secretary timothy geithner told bloomberg tv that he doesn't think the president will ask him to stay on for a second term. he considered resigning last summer after congress and the president reached a deal to raise the debt limit. our time is now 6:06. ahead, the department store that ahead[ male announcer ]tore that this was how my day began.
6:07 am
a little bird told me about a band... ♪ an old man shared some fish stories... ♪ oooh, my turn.
6:08 am
♪ she was in paris, but we talked for hours... everyone else buzzed about the band. there's a wireless mind inside all of us. so, where to next? ♪
6:09 am
6:10 am
talk about just desserts. police caught a bank robber who literally shot himself in the foot. it happened in a small brazilian town. security cameras show two robbers inside a bank while the third guards a door. while guarding the door, he gets nervous, he lowered the gun and shot his foot. you can see him trying to limp away. police eventually arrested the dude when he went to the hospital for treatment. wonder how he explained that the two other robbers are still on the loose. >> yeah. he was easy to watch up with. he was the one limping. >> probably thinking how does this thing work again? should have had a little sticker tape on it saying don't pull. this one and the guy beat up by the 70-year-old. good morning. time for weather and traffic on
6:11 am
the 1s. this morning we have had a little bit of light rain coming through. you will need your umbrella before you head off to work and school. right now just some clouds over much of virginia and maryland. you see the moving color there, those are some sprinkles near charles town, martinsburg and west virginia. across the maryland line into frederick, southern washington county getting a few sprinkles, as well as northern howard, northern ann around dull. temperatures in the mid to upper 30s north and west of washington. fairfax, arlington, prince george's counties near 40. 41 at reagan national. much of the district of columbia near upper 30s to 40s. occasional showers into the afternoon. lighter rain this morning, but maybe a brief, moderate down poor this afternoon and more rain tonight. evening planner, occasional showers through the evening hovering near 50. we'll look at friday, the weekend and next week in ten
6:12 am
minutes. danella, how is traffic? >> prince george's county, southbound on 295, left shoulder lane at riverdale road. earlier police were responding to the accident and taking away the right lane. delays start at the beltway, 22 miles per hour. back to you both. thank you very much. 6:12 now. 42 degrees. ahead, why downloading an app coul
6:13 am
6:14 am
6:15 am
researchers in maryland are joining efforts to solve a mystery illness effecting teens in upstate new york. 15 students including one boy have suffered from uncontrollable ticks. neurologists initially said the
6:16 am
teens have conversion disorder, the national institutes of health now want the patients to come to its facilities in bethesda. doctors are offering high-end testing which include a clinical trial on genes. other doctors have also offered second opinions including a world renowned expert in tick disorders. penn state fans will gather today to say their final farewells to former head coach joe paterno. he died sunday at the age of 85. the school is holding a memorial service this afternoon at the team's basketball stadium. yesterday there was a public viewing and then thousands lined the streets to watch the funeral procession. today's event comes with some controversy about the tickets. tickets for the free event were being sold on ebay for thousands of dollars before ebay pulled them saying free tickets cannot be auctioned. today mre paprepare for shoe buying an airline ticket.
6:17 am
melissa is here to explain. >> we all received those e-mails for $80, $60, $20 flights. those days are over. now all airlines have to include all of their taxes and fees in one up-front price and that price may leave you a little bit surprised. look at two examples. yesterday, a round trip flight from reagan national to los angeles with one connection, initially looked like it would cost you $240. in reality, though, that flight actually costs $294 because of those taxes and fees. you're now going to see the total price from the start. the biggest sticker shock right here for international flights. this is the fare would have seen yesterday for a round trip flight from dulles to london, $151. looks too good to be true. it was. this morning that same fare advertised at $768 because of all the taxes and fees. look here. the new rules offer some protections for customers. that's good. airlines must notify people of cancellations or delays of more
6:18 am
than 30 minutes. customers will now have 24 hours to change or cancel a reservation for free. totally free. we always like that. some budget airlines are not happy with the new rules. spirit and southwest sued to stop the new rules from being enforced. back to you. as part of jcpenney's new spra pricing strategy, the store will no longer have sales but mark down everything 40% permanently. the new rule will start february 1st. the plan is similar to walmart's iconic every day low pricing strategy. the department store says the plan is to give customers consistently low prices rather than to try to lure them in with sales. the state of maryland may try to collect 6% state sales tax when maryland residents buy digital applications, like music, apps, ex-books and other online goods.
6:19 am
24 states and the district of columbia already charge a digital sales tax. gary williams name will now forever be part of comcast center. the basketball court at the university of maryland arena was named after the retired hoops coach before last night's game between the terps and blue devils. williams retired after last season. he is the winningest coach in history and is the only coach to lead the terps to a national championship. unfortunately the night did not end as well as the night began for terps fans. maryland fell to duke 74-61. that kept things quiet along route 1 in college park. police were prepared for potential riots which sometimes after half duke games. extra police were around just in case things got out of hand. here is a proud thursday morning boast, the washington wizards are no longer the worst team in the nba. seems like a new coach may have
6:20 am
been what they needed. they got the win in whitman's first game at the helm. they beat the bobcats last night 92-75. good way to start. >> one step at a time. >> there's plenty of danger when playing hockey. we know the pucks, skates, players, fights. but a few people probably think of the rink itself. in slovakia, the rink's roof collapsed due to all the snow and ice on the roof. get out of there. look out below. richard zednik was skating with a youth hockey team. fortunately they left the rink right before the roof collapsed. amazingly no one was injured, but people could have been killed. that's very frightening. >> thank goodness no one was inside. that's very fortunate. let's check the forecast now.
6:21 am
just about 6:21. weather and traffic on the 1s. here is tom kierein. >> good morning, you'll need an umbrella this thursday morning. right now the radar showing light rain in the panhandle of west virginia, jefferson and berkeley counties. across the potomac into southern washington county and northern frederick into carroll, and a few sprinkles here in northern anne arundel and along the eastern shore. elsewhere, a few sprinkles here just to the west of shenandoah valley. temperatures in the upper 30s to 40 throughout the region. we'll stay steady here near 40 for another couple hours. here's your day planner. by 9:00, mid 40s. sun ride at 7:19. a few sprinkles this morning. a greater chance of passing showers this afternoon as we climb to the low to mid 50s. tonight, more rain likely. the rain should taper off and end by noontime on friday. a wet commute tomorrow morning, too. we'll be near 50 tomorrow morning. near 60 noontime friday.
6:22 am
gusty winds friday afternoon as we bring in colder air. it will be down to near 30 by dawn saturday. a partly cloudy weekend, chilly and cold start to next week, too. danella, how is traffic? >> traveling in northwest d.c., a sinkhole taking away the northbound lanes of 22nd street at f street. be aware of that as you make your commute. 66 very busy as you pass 50. waples mill road, eastbound lanes recrowded. stop and go as you continue to nutley. travel speed about 36 miles per hour. continuing on to i-66, not so bad as you pass glebe road. joe and eun, back to you. 6:22. 42 degrees. after the break, the one of a kind work of art stolen 30 years ago finally back where it belongs. and the world leader who got pore than she bargained for
6:23 am
6:24 am
6:25 am
some scary moments for usth australian prime minister.
6:26 am
she had to be rushed out of a restaurant by security after it was surrounded by a group of protesters. about 200 indigenous rights supporters surrounded the building. the situation was so tense about 50 police officers escorted her out. she stumbled and lost a shoe at one point a rare piece of art is back with its riteful owner this morning more than three decades taf was stolen. immigration officials returned the pissarro to the faux museum. it was stolen back in 1981 and later sold to a gallery at texas. it was shown off one last time in washington yesterday before being shipped back to france. >> wonder how they tracked it down. >> i'm sure there's a great story there. ahead a school scare what has a lot of local parents on edge. edge.[ male announcer ] citibank's new app for ipad
6:27 am
makes it easy for anne to view her finances from anywhere. like gate d12 for the next three hours. citibank for ipad. easier banking. standard at citibank.
6:28 am
6:29 am
is as easy as... making breakfast. omelet? sure. scrambled eggs. [ male announcer ] actually, it's easier. citi financial tools. easier banking. standard at citibank. after allegra-d, i can breathe. [ male announcer ] a fast, non-drowsy antihistamine plus a powerful decongestant. [ woman ] after allegra-d, i have it all.
6:30 am
kind of a soggy started out there this morning. tom is tracking a big storm system that is just reaching our area now after doing some serious damage in other parts of the country. good morning. welcome back to news 4 today. i'm joe krebs. >> i'm eun yang. that's the same storm system that did a number in texas. tornadoes touched down through austin, san antonio and houston damaging several homes and businesses. after months of terrible droughts, the storm just sat over texas dumping several inches of rain and causing flash flooding. emergency crews rescued several people trapped this their cars on flooded roads. they needed the rain, but maybe it was coming down too fast, too quickly, too much too soon. >> every drop helps. it's been a historic drought in texas. they could get some more rain, too in the foreseeable futures.
6:31 am
we had a few sprinkles coming through. you can see the extent of this storm, spreading precipitation from new england down to louisiana. closer to us, a few passing sprinkles overnight. much of the pavement around the region is wet. allow yourself extra time as you head out. grab the umbrella. a little light rain in frederick maryland, east of washington, a few light sprinkles along the bay and anne arundel county. as we look at temperatures, well above freezing. 30s around the region north and west of 95. oeser to 95 near washington and up and down the atlantic seaboard, temperatures are gentlemange generally in the 40s. montgomery, fairfax, arlington, prince george's county near 40 now. mid 40s by midmorning, maybe a few more sprinkles this morning. a greater chance of passing showers this afternoon as we reach the low to mid 50s by this afternoon. we could get more rain by
6:32 am
tonight. danella has a look at thursday traffic. good morning. good morning. traveling in the district, northbound lanes of 22nd street completely blocked by a sinkhole now. this is at f street. use caution in the area. i-270, a lot of delays as well as an accident on the shoulder lane, i-270 southbound at 109. an accident there. delays start out of urbana. very slow approaching clarksburg. you are hitting the brakes at father hurley. south, you are slow making your way to rockville. travel lanes are open, but it is slow at this time. joe, back to you. a new study is placing pressure on schools in the district's poorest neighborhoods to improve or face closure. the results of the study, commissioned by mayor vincent gray, will be released today. it suspected to urge the district to turn around or close nearly three dozen underperforming schools and expand the number of charter
6:33 am
schools. about 46,000 students attend charter schools. new from overnight police are trying to figure out how a car crashed into the side of a house in anne arundel county. it happened a few hours ago in davidsonville, maryland. police have not released information on the driver or if anyone was inside the house at the time. today marks two years since the body of murdered virginia tech student morgan harrington was found. the 20-year-old disappeared after leaving a metallica rock concert at the university of virginia in charlottesville in october of 2009. the security company had no reentry policy into the stadium and would not allow her back into the building. her remains were found three months later in a hayfield. her death was ruled a homicide but no arrests have been made.
6:34 am
her parents have since started a campaign called help save the gi next girl it offers help in finding missing people. this morning police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted and robbed a woman at gun point in the district. the attack happened tuesday night in the 400 block of q street northwest. police say a man with a handgun approached the woman from behind as she was walking along the sidewalk. according to the police report, he told her "i will shoot you if you don't do what i tell you." he then forced her into an alley, sexually assaulted her and stole her purse. police are now looking for that purse. it may help them identify a suspect. a warning for some homeow r homeowners in montgomery county. thieves are ripping off copper right from the houses while people are asleep. police say thieves swiped copper
6:35 am
gutters and down spots 26 times in bethesda, potomac and rockville. the mayor of rockville, phyllis maruccio said it happened to her. she said she thought one had s fallen on to her roof when she woke up startled. >> my dad built this house. when he built it, he wanted to put the best things he could in it, so naturally he put copper. i heard this tremendous racket. what i saw was my downspout was gone. >> maruccio says it was not cheap to replace it. the copper alone was hundreds of dollars. the scrap metal usually holds about 90% of its value at resale attracting thieves to steal it and resell it. today d.c. down until members will look at a plan to allow online gambling in the district. the district legalized online gambling in late 2010 as part of a budget bill but it has not been implemented here. today's informational hearing will focus on how the gambling law was approved. the bill would allow people to play online poker, blackjack and slot machines at certain spots
6:36 am
in d.c. if the council decides to move forward with the plan, online gambling could be up and running sometime this spring. d.c.'s chamber of commerce is weighing in on the occupy d. d.c. encampment. the d.c. chamber of commerce says protests are hurting local businesses downtown. health officials say the area has become infested with rats and is now a public health concern. the d.c. mayor said this week he would like to see tents removed to freedom plaza so the mcpherson square can be cleaned. the national park service will soon enforce a ban on camping at mcpherson. "the today show" is coming up next at 7:00. let's check in with ann curry to see what they're working on today. good morning. >> nice to see you. coming up on a thursday morning on "today," mitt romney, newt gingrich and president obama facing tense confrontations on the campaign trail as nancy
6:37 am
pelosi backs down on her claim that she knows something that could end gingrich's run. >> and what was behind demi moore's hospitalization. and another girl has come down with strange symptoms at the same school where 12 other students have developed turrets-like symptoms. we'll have the latest on that story. and with so many people struggling to find work, we'll tell you five ways to keep your resume out of the rejection pile. those stories and oscar nominee michelle williams will be joining us as we get started on a thursday morning on "today." she's really fabulous in "my week with maryland." >> i want to see it i have a long list of movies i need to catch up on. >> better get it done. the academy awards are coming up fast. >> thank you very much. see you soon. 6:37 is the time. ahead, why some of you will never again have to wonder when a snowplow will be coming down your street. and the local chef reaching into his own pocket to warn
6:38 am
people about a speed camera. plus bang, zoom, straight to the moon. newt gingrich's big plans for outer space. and
6:39 am
6:40 am
[ carrie ] i remember my very first year as a teacher, setting that goal to become a principal. but, i have to support my family, so how do i go back to school? university of phoenix made it doable. a lot of my instructors were principals in my district. i wouldn't be where i am without that degree. my name is dr. carrie buck. i helped turn an at-risk school into an award winning school, and i am a phoenix. [ male announcer ] find your program at phoenix.edu.
6:41 am
good morning. welcome back. redskins fans have been waiting for a game like this for a long time and still are waiting. 20 years ago today was the last time washington won the super bowl. they beat the buffalo bills 37-24 at metrodome in minneapolis in a game they dominated. at one point they led by 27 points. quarterback mark ripen earned mvp honors for his 292 yards passing and two touchdowns. this was the third super bowl for the team and legend dare coach joe gibbs. >> i have goosebumps.
6:42 am
those were the glory days. >> those were. >> i have to remind my children, we had an awesome team and some day you may have the same thing. >> some day. this will be some day, let's find out from tom kierein. what's the weather look like? >> another anniversary today, one year ago today, something happened that we'll try to forget. i'll show you that coming up. right now dealing with rain. getting a few sprinkles in northern virginia, panhandle of west virginia and north of washington, frederick, carroll counties and the even shore this is fender bender weather, low clouds with temperatures near 40 from washington's trinidad neighborhood to upper marlboro, centreville, mclane and aspen hill. all right around 40 degrees. we'll be in the mid 40s by midmorning, then mid 50 by noontime. greater chance of passing showers this afternoon as we climb into the low to mid 50s.
6:43 am
occasional showers through the evening. a look at friday, the weekend and next week in ten minutes. danella, how is traffic? breaking news traveling in clarksburg, maryland. making the trip on 109, a head-on collision at the ramp for i-270. traveling on 109, you have to be aware of this i would avoid it i'm watching cars exit from southbound i-270 and squeeze by the accident. i would to the recommend that. if you're on i-270, do not try to get off southbound on 109. just be careful because crews are working on this accident right now. i will keep watching this for you all morning long. if you're taking the beltway in montgomery county, slowing down a bit at new hampshire avenue. eun, over to you. thank you very much. breaking news at 6:43. hazmat crews are on the scene of a possible carbon monoxide poisoning. tracee wilkins is there with the
6:44 am
latest. >> reporter: good morning, eun. i will step out of the shot so you can see behind me. if you take a look down the block, you can see fire and hazmat crews are here. they responded around 6:15 a.m. for a possible carbon monoxide poisoning incident. this is along the 1700 block of p street. we know two people are being treated for symptoms such as dizziness here on the scene. the hazmat team has not confirmed the exact cause of what happened here. and that apartment building, they have four apartments. we understand they have started the process of evacuating all four of those apartments. you can see, as i'm speaking now, police are starting to put up hazmat tape here to keep traffic from coming down p street. if you are commuting in this area, and you take p street, know it is now closed here at the beginning of the 1700 block here at 17th street. know if you come down here, they have it closed off as they continue to deal with this hazmat situation. i'm tracee wilkins live this
6:45 am
morning in northwest. back to you all in the studio. >> thank you. a would-be robber got more than he planned for when he tried to rob two off-duty d.c. police officers it happened tuesday night at this sunoco station in maryland. police say 51-year-old sandy stancil threatened the officers with a knife and tear gas. that's when the two d.c. officers identified themselves and the suspect ran away. he was caught. police in st. george's county are trying to find a man who robbed an employee at for the foote school. and the spotsylvania sheriff is warning parents after a man
6:46 am
in his 30s or 40s was spotted following students home from school yesterday evening and waited outside their home force a while as the kids went inside. the sheriff's department will add patrols in the area. today major changes are coming to the department of defense. defense secretary leon panetta will announce huge cuts to the defense budget as part of president obama's restructuring plan. as many as 80,000 troops will be cut and multiple combat brigades will either be dissolved or reassigned. 30 older model drones will be grounded and the air force will not buy new models for now. president obama says the moves will help cut the defense budget by a half trillion over the next ten years. arlington county cemetery is trying to account for 12 million dollars. the money was allocated during budgets from 2004 to 2010.
6:47 am
it's not clear if the money was returned or spent. we are waiting to find out when a virginia woman freed from kidnappers in somalia will be coming back to the u.s. jessica buchanan was rescued bay team of navy s.e.a.l.s on tuesday night. the 32-year-old aid worker from bedford county was captured in october along with a danish colleague. the president authorized the rescue mission after receiving reports that she was ill. right now there is no word on her current health condition. a rockville man kidnapped in pakistan is still alive and in good health. 70-year-old warren weinstein was kidnapped in august. in december, al qaeda leader ayman al zawahri claimed responsibility for his kidnapping. al qaeda gave several conditions for his release including the release of three men tied to the 1993 world trade center bombing. this morning, the son of one of president obama's cabinet members is in egypt and not allowed to leave the country. sam lahood is the son of transportation secretary ray
6:48 am
lahood. he and several other americans are part of a washington-backed organization banned from leaving egypt because it is under investigation. egypt's ruling military council has accused the u.s. of funding groups with the intent of destabilizing the country. now to the race for the white and gingrich are neck and neck in florida, five days before the state primary. romney leads gingrich by 2 percentage points in the latest poll with rick santorum and ron paul third and fourth in that poll. the candidates will scare off tonight in jacksonville. gingrich is aiming high in his effort to win in florida, literally. he told voters near the kennedy space center last night that the united states will have the first permanent base on the moon by the end of his second term if he's elected. gingrich said he wants to spend part of nasa's budget on prize
6:49 am
money for competitions to encourage the private sector to to develop space technology. mitt romney also said he wants to make space a priority. today is the second day of president obama's five-state tour this morning the president will stop in vegas to talk about clean energy policies before heading to denver, colorado this afternoon. yesterday the associated press snapped a picture of jan brewer pointing her finger at president obama just a few seconds after greeting him on the tarmac. brew hear been critical of the president's stance on border patrol. he told brewer he was unhappy about her write being him in her book. as the two were talking, the president walked away in the middle of her sentence. >> i want our borders secured.
6:50 am
i want our nation protected. he wants amnesty. we're never going to agree on that. we agree to disagree on that subject. so, i don't know why he was surprised by my book. but he evidently is, and he's very thin-skinned in regards to it. >> the president said some time after the confrontation that he would be glad to meet with the governor again. beginning today, if you book a flight you'll no longer have to wait for the sticker shock moment when all those taxes and fees are added to what you thought was the fare. cnbc's jackie deangelis has more on that. good morning. good morning. new airfare rules go into effect today. they include requiring airlines to have a prominent link on their website to a page disclosing fees for things like checking bags and changing flights. you'lls will be able to hold a fare and reservation for 24 hours without paying for it or being penalized for canceling. southwest and spirit airlines are fighting the new regulations in court. netflix may be regaining its footing after suffering from customer backlash last summer in the wake of a price increase and
6:51 am
botched plans to split up it's streaming video and dvd by mail businesses. netflix added 300,000 new customers in the last six months that was more than expected. joe, back over to you. >> jackie, thank you very much. have a great day. people in northern virginvirginia can now find out when the snowplows are in the area. the virginia department of transportation is testing a new online snowplow map. people living in fairfax, loudoun and prince william county can enter their addresses and get complete realtime results, along with traffic cameras and road conditions. the website is activated once two inches of snow falls. you can take a test drive of it by going to our website, nbcwashington.com and search plowing. one year ago today, where
6:52 am
were you? hopefully you were not stuck in carmageddon. one year ago today, january 26, 2011, these were the scenes during that afternoon. now, that morning we started out with a bit of snow and sleet, it changed to rain actually midday, then right when the afternoon commute began around 4:00, 5:00 t changed to heavy snow. it snowed for about six hours. ending up with about five inches of that heavy, wet snow in washington. it stuck to all the tree limbs, and many people were stuck in traffic and standstill traffic for 12 hours, especially on the gw parkway. people did not get out of their cars, they were not plowed out until the following morning. and we ended up with 7 to 13 inches west and north of the metro area. right now, we don't have any snow, but we do have some rain. there it is on the radar. moving color, just a few passing ligh showers in fairfax county,
6:53 am
north of washington, frederick county and carroll county. temperatures in the mid to upper 30s. all above freezing this morning, near 40 closer to washington, fairfax, prince george's, montgomery county and the district of columbia sunrise at 7:19. occasional sprinkles this morning, passing rain showers this afternoon. overnight tonight, more showers off and on all the way into the evening hours. we'll hold steady in the low 50s overnight. near 50 by dawn tomorrow. the rain should end by noontime friday. by then maybe near 60 degrees. then a gusty wind will clear us out friday afternoon, it will turn colder, down near freezing by dawn saturday. then a partly cloudy and chilly day saturday, mostly cloudy sunday and a cold start to next week. danel danella, how is traffic. >> out of clarksburg, maryland, tow truck is on the scene of the accident at 109 right at i-270, the commit ramp. if you're traveling westbound on 109, your lanes will be blocked.
6:54 am
if you're traveling eastbound on 109, you'll have to get on to i-270, but the tow truck is on the scene. i've seen this accident clean up quite a bit. the fire department was on the scene as well as police officers, they're still there, but it's getting better. traveling i-95, very slow at fairfax county parkway making your way to 395. it is a slow trip for you. travel speed 32 miles per hour continuing to the beltway. delays continue on 395 across the 14th street bridge. joe, back to. today metro's board of directors will decide which options this will proposed to the public to close a $150 million budget gap. a well-known chef is trying to help you avoid a speeding
6:55 am
ticket. jeff geoff tracy received three speeding tickets in the span of eight days thanks to a new speed camera on foxhall road near georgetown university. the tickets cost between $125 and $150, and he wants to help other people avoid that same fate. in addition to putting the warning in his newsletter, he also hired a man to stand there with a sign telling drivers to slow down. tracy says he simply hopes to help save people some cash. >> i literally hope i save the neighbors about $10,000, and maybe they'll -- $150, you can buy a lot of food at chef geoff's for 150 bucks. >> tracy says some of his employees and guests have also received speeding tickets from the camera. it's one of nine new speed cameras installed in the district. you've been warned. today, virginia residents can start taking care of their dmv concerns on the go. the new mobile customer service van will be parked near the front of the fairfax county government center today from 9:00 to 4:00. virginia drivers can get renewed or driver's licenses, vehicle
6:56 am
titles and license plates. you don't have to go to the dmv building you're seeing now. today hundreds of protesters will gather outside pepco's headquarters. they are demanding the utility company stop its attempts to raise rates for d.c. customers. demonstrators say they also want pepco top executives to take a pay cut and agree to use its multimillion dollar tax return to improve infrastructure and create jobs. today a former marine is expected to enter a guilty plea related to charges he fired shots at the pentagon and the marine corps museum. yonathan melaku was connected to shootings at several military installations in the fall of 2010. if convicted he faces a minimum of 35 years in prison. and that is "news4 today." thank you for starting your day with us. >> the "today" show is next. we'll be back tomorrow morning
6:57 am
at 4:30. hope you will join us then. until then v a great d, have a .
6:58 am
6:59 am

263 Views

info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on