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morning we have gone over the fiscal cliff. now, it all depends on what happens in the house and that is no sure thing. details of the deal in just a few moments here. first, good morning of the welcome to news4 today. happy new year. i'm aaron gilchrist. i'm erika gonzalez in for eun yang. today is tuesday, january 1st. happy new year everybody. >> 4, 3, 2, 1! . happy new year! >> i hope you got a good smooch. nearly a million revelers brought in 2013 in new york with lots of kisses and cheers. they jammed times kwar to see the crystal ball drop. crews are busy cleaning up the mess left behind. as we take a live look outside here. 2013 off to a bit of a chilly start. not too bad right now. tom kierein is here with our first day of the year forecast. tom? >> good morning. there's a cloudy sky over the metro area. those clouds are producing a few scattered sprinkles. they're associated with a front coming through here.
all these areas in green are mostly sprinkles. there may be a few scattered flurries mixing in. i stepped out in northwest washington a couple minutes ago. it's not reaching the ground. it may be in the lighter darker green areas to our south. some sprinkles of rain mainly eastern shore and eastern part of the northern neck, southern maryland and parts of northern virginia. the air temperatures are above freezing. some of the road temperatures may be a little below freezing. so some of the sprinkle activity may be causing a little bit of light icing. watch out for that. otherwise, we'll just have wet roadways and it's generally above freezing from eastern west virginia to the atlantic beaches most locations. 7:00 a.m., a few sprinkles or flurries. temperatures in the mid 30s, near 40 noontime. low 40s mid afternoon and late afternoon to the upper 30s. maybe a few more scattered sprinkles or flurries in the daylight hours. back in ten minutes. aaron? >> thank you, tom. if you're driving this early morning, please be careful. it's been a treacherous morning on the road. this major against in southeast
happened about two hours ago. several cars slammed into each other on mississippi avenue near hailey ee er hailey er haileyerter has. earlier a seven-car crash shut down a street in northern d.c. it happened near the washington times building. after 1:00 this morning. we're told five people taken to the hospital with minor injuries. police are still trying to figure out what caused that crash. let's get a look at the roads. danella with first four traffic. >> good morning, aaron. looking at the beltway now, we have no major incidents or accidents to report. light volume on the roadways. taking a look at the accident you spoke about. mississippi avenue southeast and hailey terrace southeast. that's in the clearing stages. use caution approaching that area. >> 395. no delays or incidents to report on that stretch of roadway. taking a live look northbound is on the right. this is north of duke street on
395. another look at 395 at the 14th street bridge where it looks like you have a 12-minute drive from the beltway. erika? >> thank you, alexis. police are investigating an attack on a metrobus in which one woman was stabbed. it happened near the intersection of talbert street and martin luther king boulevard southeast. two women were attacked on the bus to capital heights before 2:00 this morning. one was stabbed, the other beaten. witnesses tell police the suspect ran off the bus. those women were taken to the hospital, one with serious injuries. we're following breaking news on capitol hill this morning. a major step closer to a deal that will limit had the damage done by going over the fiscal cliff. overnight, the senate passed a bill that will keep taxes in check for most americans. news 4's megan mcgrath live on capitol hill with the breakdown. megan, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, aaron. that's right. under this deal, about 98% of
americans would avoid paying higher taxes. the big question though, is will house conservatives go for it. it was a little bit after 2:00 this morning, two hours after the fiscal cliff deadline, that the senate passed a measure blocking automatic across the board tax increases and spending cuts. under the compromise taxes would go up for individuals making $400,000 or more and couples making over $450,000. that threshold, i should mention, is higher than what the president wanted. as for cuts to defense and domestic programs, that would all be delayed for about two months to allow lawmakers to continue negotiating. a little breathing room there. the deal has renewed optimism that the country will avoid the worst case scenario in all of this. should say, this is not by any stretch a done deal. it all has to be approved by the house. they reconvene at noon today. it's unclear exactly what the house will do, what their vote will be here. all eyes on the house and of
course, a story that we're going to continue to follow all day long. lot of important decisions being made here and some ramifications for a lot of people. reporting live from capitol hill, megan mcgrath, news 4. aaron, back to you. >> megan, thank you. 6:05 now. get ready for a financial battle on capitol hill this time over the debt ceiling. the treasury just stopped issuing new debt for two government retirement funds to keep the government from reaching its $16.4 trillion borrowing limit. that measure could buy the government about two months' time to decide whether to raise the debt ceiling. this latest move will not impact current retirees. this morning, many same sex couples in maryland can call themselves newlyweds. they became legal at 12:01 this morning and many couples throughout the state couldn't see celebrating the new year any other way. some chapels stayed open through midnight so the first couples could say "i do." >> i appreciate everyone that stood up and assisted us in this
journey. >> i'm just excited and thankful that we could have this day. i'm just happy. >> maryland is now the ninth state in addition to d.c. that allows same-sex marriage. voters approved it back in november. several other new laws take effect today in maryland. in a first for any state in the country, parents now have the ability to freeze their children's credit to prevent identity theft. people who served in the military can have their veterans status noted on their drivers license and in montgomery county, a ride in an ambulance now costs as much as $800 for out-of-county residents. also happening today, it costs more to drive along the dulles toll road. 50 cents more in fact. increased to $2.75 each way. that adds up to an additional $260 a year if you take the toll road to work every day. the rate hike will help pay for construction of metro's new
silver line. next year it goes up again to $3.50 jumping 75 cents. good morning everyone. a big announcement from one of washington's most famous athletes. something to think about the next time you fly. why airlines are patting themselves on the back. and when the new year will turn really, really cold. weather and traffic on the 1s next.
this is atlanta, my friends. revelers celebrated the new year with i 24th annual peach drop, as you might imagine, at midnight. the peach weighed 800 pounds. then they took a knife to it and carved it up and had a bite. >> ha. ha. >> the fireworks lit up the night sky. it's the southeast's region new year's eve party. >> aaron has jokes this morning. >> you don't think they cut it up. >> i don't think so. >> let's get a look at the forecast now. tom? >> good morning.
good night as the case may be. starting off this new dwreers day morning. around the metro area, we have a few scattered sprinkles. the temperatures aloft are above freezing. these areas in green are evaporating before they reach the ground. prince george's county, southern prince william, stafford and spotsylvania. farther south and east, charles, calvert. farther west, cloudy. a few breaks in clouds in the highlands of west virginia where temperatures are above freezing. it's above freezing most of the region, generally in the mid and upper 30s. eastern shore, on the atlantic beaches near the bay, it's near 40 degrees. >> it's going to be about the high for the day. not much of a change in temperature. we'll be staying to near 40 degrees. that will be holding true through the afternoon. maybe a few scattered sprinkles or flurries. into tonight, we could get that ee vap waiting and changing over to cloud cover. i'm back in ten minutes with a
seven-day outlook. alexis davies in with first 4 traffic. >> no major incidents or delays to report. southeast d.c., good news. that accident at mississippi avenue southeast in hailey terrace has been cleared. that intersection has been reopened to travelers. taking a closer look at the beltway in prince george's county. all the travel lanes are open as you're traveling around there on the beltway. no problems to report. here's a live look at the beltway at route 202. in virginia, 95 is looking good. another live look north of the occoquan. we have no delays to report there. aaron, erika? >> thank you, alexis. 6:12 is o our time ahead. nhl players and owners held a meeting in the wrong place at the wrong time. >> an update on exactly what secretary of state hillary clinto
new york hospital this morning. she checked in on sunday after an exam revealed that clot lodged in a vein right behind her right ear. the vein runs between the brain and the skull. doctors found it while doing follow-up tests related to a concussion. the clot is being treated with blood thinners right now. secretary clinton is in good spirits. doctors say she could be released as soon as they determine the right dosage for her medication. venezuelan president hugo chavez reportedly spent the holiday with his daughters in havana according to a tweet from his son-in-law. the tweet said compatriots don't believe ill-intentioned rumors. he hasn't been heard from in more than three weeks. on sunday, the vice president admitted that chavez suffered a third set of complications in cuba after a fourth operation in 18 months. police in oregon say it may be a month or even more before investigators decide whether to file charges in a deadly tour bus crash.
the charter bus lost control on the icy highway, crashed through a guardrail and down a 100-foot embankment over the weekend. nine people died and more than 20 others hurt. the bus was on the way back to canada after a trip to las vegas. the skies are apparently getting safer for travelers. 2012 is going into the record books as the safest year for air travel. there has not been a single deadly commercial airline accident in the u.s. for nearly four years. take a look at the numbers here. 93,000 commercial airline flights worldwide. that is 3 billion passengers a year. the chairman of the national transportation safety board says pilots go through a lot of training. >> learned from accidents we've plowed all of those lessons back in. they've been embraced in many cases and we're not seeing repeats of those same accidents. >> besides the better training for pilots, planes are equipped with computerized cockpits that monitor every aspect of the
flight. alert systems warn pilots of a potential midair crash or a mountain ahead. >> today is another key day in an effort to save the nhl season. the league and its players association will resume negotiations on a deal to end its lockout. players and owners had to battle party-goers in times square yesterday just to make it to their meeting. they had to contend with the crowd again had they discussed the negotiations. >> what we've said is we need to drop the puck by january 19th if we're going to play a 48 -game season. >> the players association did make a counteroffer to the league yesterday. it isn't clear yet whether the sides have actually made progress towards a deal. alex ovechkin has reason to celebrate. he's engaged. he announced the news yesterday on twitter and posted this picture of himself with his new fiancee, tennis star maria can
you remember link owe. the couple has been dating more than a year. ovechkin has been playing hockey in moscow during the lockout has been seen at many of her matches in recent months. congratulations to them. >> absolutely. crews are putting the finishing touchings on the tournament of roses parade. >> teams have been decorating floats with flowers and the theme this year is oh, the places you will go. the parade is hosted by the "today" show's al roker and actress allison sweeney. you can watch the 124th tournament of roses parade live starting at 11:300 here on nbc4. new this morning, pope benedict xvi says despite the death and injustice in the world, goodness prevails. you're looking at live pictures right now coming in from vatican city where services just wrapped up. the new year's day mass at st. peter's basilica. he marked the church's world day of peace there. the pope says despite terrorism,
crime and inequality, he believes there is lots of work toward peace. >> it is january 1st. still no major sign of any huge snowstorm coming to the area. >> don't talk about it. >> leave well enough alone. >> that's good news, right? meteorologist tom kierein standing by. tom, you see anything in the forecast? >> right now we are getting just a few sprinkles. but no major snowstorms as we get into 2013. so far. prepare to get back to work and school on time tomorrow. right now, though, these areas in green, a few sprinkles of light rain and trying to reach the ground here in southern maryland and the eastern shore and parts of virginia. south and east of washington. might have a few sprinkles now in fairfax county, prince yor s george's, fairfax. temperatures are above freezing most of virginia and maryland. way out in the mountain snow, behind this front, it is below freezing. the front now just coming into eastern west virginia. it's been triggering a few sprinkles this morning.
maybe a few scattered flurries later today had that front comes through with colder air aloft. before then, climbing to 40 degrees and hold steady there through the afternoon and then this evening. back down to the mid 30s by midnight. mid 20s by dawn tomorrow. four-day forecast for the rest of the week, a cold pattern. 20s in the mornings, afternoon highs near 40. sunday, for the 'skins game, looks good. a cloudy day. 30 in the morning, afternoon highs in the mid and upper 40s. little sun back on monday morning. low near 30. upper 40s. i'll be back in ten minute. live from the weather deck. now with a look at traffic in nor danella is alexis davies. good morning. >> good morning, tom. marc and vre are not running today and metro is on a sunday schedule. it's opening at 7:00 this morning. overall, the beltway is running very smoothly with no delays. a closer look at the topside of the beltway, you're free and clear traveling from new hampshire avenue to connecticut
scientists want to develop a powerful antibiotic in the bloodstream of giant pandas to fight super bugs. the antibiotic destroys fungi and bacteria. the substance is released by the bear's immune system in order to protect them from infections scientists say they want to use it in a new drug or as an antiseptic for cleaning surfaces and utensils. >>ment famous quote from astronaut when he landed on the moon, it may not have been as off the cuff as armstrong says. >> it's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
>> in a new documentary, armstrong's brother dean says neil wrote down the sentence and handed it to him during a game of risk. neil armstrong insisted he said the quote responsible tan krusly when he landed. no way to verify the account. neil died in august. he was 82 years old. it doesn't change much about that historic moment, though. he was there, it happened. it was a major moment for american history. it was the perfect way to sum up what happened. >> i mean, whether it was something that he planned to say or something that was spur of the moment, it was very appropriate either way. >> there you go. 6:26 is our time. ahead, the new year's eve violence that forced a city to cancel fireworks. >> what police are telling us about a scary incident overnight. two women attacked on a metrobus. if you're just waking up, the senate voted to keep us from
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fiscal cliff. in just a moment, exactly what senators agreed to and why we're not out of the woods just yet. first, welcome back to news4 today and happy new year to you folks. i'm aaron gilchrist. >> i'm erika gonzalez in for eun yang. >> there's a party. hundreds of people gathering for the annual first-night celebration in alexandria. fireworks lit up the sky in old town at the stroke of midnight there. a lot of fun for the whole family. children had a chance to get their faces painted, do a little dancing there. live music, lots of food as well. 2013 off to a bit of a chilly start. >> meteorologist tom kierein is on the storm team 4 weather deck. how about it, tom? pretty chilly out there? >> the revelers have gone to sleep. it's all quiet now here in northwest washington and it's calm and cold. starting off this morning, we've got a cloudy sky all over the region. as we take a look at the radar, we've had some sprinkles of
light rain. those areas in green. passing mainly just south and southeast of washington. it's all part of a front to come through our region by later today. >> that continues to march our way by noontime. giving us a few sprinkles or scattered flurries. those air crass in green, few scattered light sprinkles. prince william, stafford, spotsylvania. the northern neck to virginia tidewater and southern maryland to. much of prince george's county, anna run dell getting a few sprinkles on the eastern side of the bay. good news, temperatures are above freezing where the sprinkles are on the ground. most of the road temperatures should be above freezing. elsewhere, we're above freezing into eastern west virginia. but western west virginia it's turning colder. that's coming in this afternoon. we're going to stay in the 30s to near 40 degrees. maybe a few scattered flurries or sprinkles off and on through the daylight hours.
a look at tonight in ten minutes. alexis davies in for danella this morning. >> good morning, tom. on the beltway, we're seeing light volume and very few delays. we have reports of a disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the beltway. it is on the shoulder. it's near gallows road. use caution as you approach that area. taking a look at bridges as we're traveling around the area. the woodrow wilson bridge, the outer loop on the right. light volume. no delays to be seen on the american legion. the outer loop is the headlight. no delays there as well. checking -- the headlights into the screen are people traveling from virginia into d.c. we're seeing no delays on the bridge. aaron? >> thank you, alexis. now to the breaking news on capitol hill this morning. a potential deal to limit the damage caused by going over the fiscal cliff which we did overnight. at the same time, the senate passed a mefmeasure keeping tax check. the bill has strong bipartisan
support here. 89 senators voted in favor of it. just eight opposed it. the vote came about two hours after the new year's deadline to get a deal done. now, under this deal, taxes will remain the same for americans who earn less than $400,000 a year. and families that make less than $450,000. it would also extend long-term unemployment benefits. about $24 billion in spending cuts would be delayed for two months so the white house and congress can have more time to debate them. democrats and republicans agreed to a compromise. they say not acting could have had devastating consequences. >> we don't think taxes should be going up on anyone. but we all knew that if we did nothing, they'd be going up on everyone. >> it is now up to the house to vote on that proposal. this morning, police in prince william county are mourning the loss of one of their own killed in the line of duty. 35-year-old officer chris young who you see there was responding to an accident yesterday when he
slammed his motorcycle into a minivan on a nokesville road in bristow. when the vehicles collided, they burst into flames. young died and the driver of the minivan was not injured. still no word if any charges will be filed against the driver. >> the search is on for the driver who ran over a 16-year-old girl and then took off. jackson was crossing a busy new york avenue in northwest friday night when she was hit by a car. police say she was in the street but outside the crosswalk. the driver of that car did stop but then a second vehicle, a tan-colored suv with d.c. plates ran over her while she was on the ground and drove off. the girl died the next day. family members want the driver to do the right thing. >> come forward. whoever knows who did this to my little sister, come forward and tell us. it's crazy. i don't believe she's gone. >> if you have any information about the car that left the scene, d.c. police would like to
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themselves after the helicopter they were in crashed into the ocean. this happened close to the shore in rio de janeiro. something happened to the chopper and it slowly started to fall toward the water. fortunately, no one was seriously hurt here. the fire department blaming that crash on a mechanical failure. you. we hope you're off to a wonderful start this morning on this first day of 2013. >> take a live look outside with us over the nation's capitol. 40 degrees outside our studios right now. want to check in with storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein for this first day of the year forecast. tom? >> it's been cloudy for the last, oh, 36 hours or so. those clouds held in some of the warmth from yesterday. most of the area is above freezing. that's a live picture approximate our nbc4 city camera. right now, we have a few scattered sprinkles passing south of washington. they're ahead of a front that's way out here in the ohio valley.
that front will be sweeping through later today. ahead of that, these areas in green getting a few scattered spripg ls. the low eastern shore, the lower part of the bay, southern maryland from prince george's county and anne arundel getting a few sprinkles. south and east of there, virginia, tidewater, richmond, roanoke, getting a few sprinkles. colder air moving into western pennsylvania, northern west virginia. few scattered snow flurries there now. temperatures are above freezing. we're generally in the mid and upper 30s around the beltway. the nearby suburbs. south and east of washington, though, in the low to mid 40s from richmond to ocean city. in southern maryland near 40 degrees as is reagan national. look at this cold air. farther west of it from western west virginia into the midwest. it's only in the 20s and 30s. this cold air mass is going to be coming our way here as we get into tonight. before then, though, we'll stay above freezing. the rest of the day, may be a few scattered sprinkles or flurries. as we get into the latter part
of the morning, we'll get into the upper 30s to near 40 degrees. hover near 40 through the afternoon. overnight tonight, just maybe a few scattered flurries early evening and then some of that colder air moves in after midnight. we'll be well below freezing in the morning. your seven-day outlook in ten minutes. a look at traffic. alexis davies in for danella this morning. >> good morning, tom and everyone. the beltway is running smoothly. no incidents or delays to speak of. elsewhere, inside the beltway, incident-free as well. things are at speed, about 48 miles per hour as you head toward the district. taking a live look now at the beltway. about 66 eastbound at spout run parkway. no delays to speak of. very few cards on the road. to glebe road. north of washington boulevard there, looks like we had an earlier disabled vehicle on the side of the roadway on the northbound side. it has just been cleared. we are in the clear.
aaron? >> thank you, alexis. >> if you are driving this early morning, be careful. it's been a treacherous morning on the roads. this major accident in the southeast happened about two hours ago. several cars slammed into each other on mississippi avenue near hailey terrace. one car ended up in a yard there. paramedics treated several people at the scene. also this morning, police are investigating a seven-car crash in northeast d.c. this chain reaction crash happened along new york avenue near bladensburg road about 1:30. we're told five people taken to the hospital with minor injuries after this. police still trying to figure out what caused that crash. new this morning, police are investigating an attack on a metrobus in which one woman was stabbed. happened near the intersection of talbert street and martin luther king avenue in southeast. police say two women were attacked on the bus to capital heights before 2:00 this morning. one woman was stabbed, the other beaten. witnesses tell police the suspect ran off the bus. both women were taken to the
hospital and one sustained serious injuries. d.c.'s homicide rate is expected to fall below 100 for the first time in 50 years. as of yesterday afternoon, there were 88 homicides in the district in 2012. that is 20 fewer than 2011. and that is far below the nearly 500 reported each year in the late '80s and early '90s. even with all the progress, though, d.c. council member tommy wells tells news 4 he's concerned the police department and its union failed to reach a new labor contract. >> one of the things i would talk chief lanier approximate and the mayor that we need a contract for our policemen and women so they're paid fairly. >> wells will chair the council's public safety committee. he's preparing a run for mayor next year. 17 before the hour this morning. some same sex couples in maryland are now newlyweds. same-sex marriages became legal
at 12:01 this morning. a lot of couples took advantage of the new law right away. some chapels stayed open through midnight so the first couples could say i do the moment they legally could. many couples have waited a long time for this. >> i appreciate everyone that stood out, everyone that assisted us in this journey. >> i'm just excited and thankful that we could have this day. i'm just happy. >> maryland is now the ninth state in addition to d.c. that allows same-sex marriage. voters approved it back in november. the new year means a handful of new laws for people in our area. in maryland, parents can now freeze their children's credit to prevent identity theft. people who ride in a montgomery county ambulance but live outside the county are now subject to a fee of as much as $800. in virginia, an amendment approved by voters allows local governments to seize property for public uses.
but not if its purpose is for private gain, job creation or increased tax revenue. meantime, driving the dulles toll road costs more. it now costs an extra 50 cents to be more precise each way. increasing to $2.75. that means that you'll be taking an additional $260 a year if you take the toll road to work each day. the rate hike will help pay for construction of metro's silver line. if you think it's that time. wait until next year. it's going to jump to another 75 cents totaling $3.50 by the time 2014 rolls around. doctors treating secretary of state hillary clinton for blood clot say they're confident she'll make a full recovery. secretary clinton is still in the hospital in new york city this morning. she checked in on sunday after an exam revealed that clot lodged in a vein behind her right ear. the vein runs between the brain and the skull. doctors found it while doing follow-up tests related to a
concussion. the clot is being treated with blood thinners. secretary clinton is in good spirits we understand. doctors say she could be released as soon as they can determine the right dosage for her medication. the redskins appear to be happy with the direction head coach mike shanahan is taking the team. the washington post is reporting the 'skins are thinking of negotiating a contract extension with shanahan. he's currently in the third year of a five-year deal. the redskins are just 11-21 during shanahan's first two years in washington. but he's just led the team to its first division title in 13 years. the redskins will host their first playoff game in more than a decade next sunday. whatever the outcome of that game, prince george's county will likely win big. the game will bring in millions of dollars for the county. it expects to make millions in admissions alone. >> values have gone down over the years. property taxes gone down.
any time we get an influx of revenue that allows us to provide for services to the county revenue. >> prince george's county expects more than 80,000 people to pack fedex field for the game. hotels already booking up and fans are stocking up on 'skins gear at the fedex field store. >> today is the last day to see one with of the country's most important documents. the emancipation proclamation has only been on display at the national archives for three days because it's so fragile. president abraham lincoln issued it during the civil war. it freed all slaves and states rebelling against the union. historians considering the proclamation a steppingstone to the ratification of the 13th amendment which outlawed slavery. you have until 5:00 tonight to see the document. people all around the world celebrating the new year.
tens of thousands of revelers watched the fireworks at the seattle space needle in washington state who rang in the new year about 3:00 this morning our time. >> that is new york city on the east coast. nearly a million people, revelers in times square brought in the new year and jammed times square to see the crystal ball drop at midnight. people kissed and cheered to celebrate 2013. after the party crews got right to work cleaning up all that mess overnight. they should be done now. and a lesser known ball drop where they celebrated with the 24th annual peach drop at midnight. this is in atlanta. the peach weighed 800 pounds. thousands of people cheered as the fireworks lit up the night sky there. it is the southeast's largest new year's eve party. across the pond we go. the party is not over. the new year's day parade going on in london. you're looking at a live picture
right now. you were. you still hear it, though. the theme is -- i missed it. the theme, i'm going to find it. >> something happening in london is the theme. hats off to london. celebration of the capital of the world there. the olympics of course, happened in london this year and the queen also celebrated her diamond jubilee. lots of celebrations. i shouldn't say this year, last year was the olympics. right now, crews are putting the finishing touches on one of our traditions. the tournament of roses parade. teams have been hard at work all week decorating floats with flowers. the theme of this year's parade is oh, the places you will go. the parade is hosted by the "today" show's al roker and actress allison sweeney. you can watch the 124th tournament of roses parade live starting at 11:00 right here on nbc4. a great tradition.
>> always a spectacular sight to see. want to turn to meteorologist tom kierein now. maybe going to spend some time later in the day outside because a lot of folks are still sleeping quite frankly. >>eer all going to go home and take naps. >> want to know what to expect. >> if you plan to travel and head out later this morning, there may be a few scattered flurries, maybe a few sprinkles. really should not have any problems. first faint light of morning beginning to show up. we're still about 40 minutes away from sunrise. there is the national harbor in the foreground, the wilson bridge in the distance. 40 at reagan national under a cloudy sky. we have a calm wind. humidity now at about 60%. whenever ee get a few of these sprinkles, they're hitting roadways that are mostly above freezing. you can see it's a broad area of moisture. this is mostly rain here from alabama, mississippi up into arkansas and farther east into tennessee, kentucky. this area of rain extends into northern north carolina.
if you're heading south, you'll be driving into light rain this morning. driving west, you may be heading into flurries. heading northeast toward new york or boston, should just be dry under a cloudy sky. the front continues to get closer to us. ahead of us, we're getting a few sprinkles of rain. anne arundel county, southern prince george's county and farther south and east in the northern neck, across the bay. chincoteague. and lewis delaware. farther north and west, just a cloud cover this morning and temperatures are above freezing. there may be a few scattered road temperatures below freezing. watch out. there may be a few slick spots in southern maryland, northern neck, eastern shore. most of the temperatures stayed above freezing overnight. freezing temperatures, though, at leesburg and farther west and north and most of the region is a little bit above freezing, around the mid 30s now. we'll hold steady in the mid 30s. by 8:00 a.m., a few flurries or
sprinkles. temperatures still in the upper 30s to near 40. by noontime, might have a few scattered flurries. some of the colder air aloft does begin to push in. we'll still be well above freezing. any of that flurry activity will be melting on roadways. if it does happen, it's only a 30% chance. this is for new year's day. highs reaching perhaps near low 40s around much of the region here from late morning into early afternoon. then the colder air comes in tonight. it will be a cold start to wednesday, back to work and school. tomorrow morning the mid 20s. afternoon highs, upper 30s. partly cloudy on wednesday. still cold thursday and friday morning. both mornings low 20s much of the region. afternoon highs upper 30s to near 40. partly to mostly cloudy. over the weekend, still cold. but a bit milder for sunday. cloudy, good weather for the 'skins game. near 30 in the morning. afternoon highs mid and upper 40s. more of the same on monday. we ought to get sunshine returning. i'll be back with frequent
updates throughout the "today" show now a look at your morning traffic for your new year's day. alexis davies in for danella. >> we have light volume today. no incidents or delays reported. taking a look at 270 in both directions as well. same story. light volume on the roadways. no trouble spots. taking a live look at the dulles toll road at route 28. light volume there as well. as you're traveling on the outer loop of the beltway from the dulles toll road to van dorn street, a 14-minute drive. erika? thank you so much. 70,000 commuters use it every day. but the deteriorating bridge will be replaced in a few years. mayor gray unveiled the idea for a new bridge yesterday. the new one will go less than a thousand feet down the anacostia from the current one. it also includes new traffic circles on both sides of the river as well as reconstruction of the 295 suitland parkway
interchange. work on the $660 will million bridge is set to begin in 2015. coming up on 6:54 now. more on the breaking news on capitol hill. the senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of a plan to limit the damage done when we went over the fiscal cliff early this morning. it is now up to the house to take action. news 4's megan mcgrath live on capitol hill with more. megan? >> reporter: good morning, aaron. that's right. this measure passed 89-8 in the senate. overwhelming bipartisan support. under the deal, about 98% of americans would avoid paying higher taxes. the big question is will house conservatives go for it? around 2:00 a.m., two hours after the fiscal cliff deadline, the senate passed a measure blocking automatic across the board tax increases and spending cuts. under the compromise, taxes would go up for individuals making $400,000 or more and for couples making over $450,000. but that threshold is higher
than what the president had wanted. as for cuts to defense and domestic programs, all of that would be delayed for two months to allow lawmakers to continue with negotiations. a little breathing room there. the deal has renewed optimism that the country will avoid the worst case scenario. it's important to stress that this is not a done deal. it has to be approved by the house. they're going to reconvene today. it remains to be seen whether they'll go along with this compromise. reporting live from capitol hill, megan mcgrath, news 4. aaron, back to you. >> megan, thank you. president obama released a statement shortly after the senate voted. reading in part on your screen, "tonight's agreement ensures that going forward, we'll continue to reduce the deficit through a combination of new spending cuts and new revenues from the wealthiest americans. i will continue to fight every day on behalf of the middle class and all those fighting to get into the middle class to forge an economy that grows from the middle out, not the top down." the treasury is taking steps
to help avert a different financial crisis. it has stopped issuing new debt of two government retirement funds. the news will keep the government from reaching its $16.4 trillion borrowing limit, at least for the time being. this is not going to impact current retirees. treasury secretary timothy geithner announced last week that his department will adopt measures to save about $200 billion and that is to keep the government from reaching its limit for two months. want to get the out-the-door forecast. tom? >> 2013, the forecast for today, a few scattered flurries or sprinkles today. above freezing throughout the daylight hours. a cold pattern tomorrow through the first part of the weekend. milder on sunday. a lot of clouds around. still dry weather for the 'skins game. that's the way it looks. happy mu year. thank you tom. thank you for starting your year with us. >> that's right. the "today" show is next. we'll be back in about 25 minutes with more weather and
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