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he roads to keep streets safe. up first today, breaking news out of maryland. we want to go live to pictures over the beltway. a serious accident involving a tractor-trailer. >> richard is at the live desk. >> let's take you to the live pictures from the inner loop of the beltway. we have a camera at good luck road our best vantage point. but the accident is actually near kenilworth avenue in greenbelt. a truck and motorcycle colliding there. the inner loop is shut down because of the police and ambulance response there. initially, the plan was to get a helicopter there on to the beltway to try to get a patient who has some serious injuries over to the hospital. we are now learning that helicopter has been cancelled, because the patient is in critical condition at this point. these are life threatening injuries for that victim on the beltway. so an ambulance will be taking the patient to the nearest trauma center at this point. but it is going to be a while before traffic gets moving here
again. again, the inner loop of the beltway now at kenilworth avenue in greenbelt is shut down. we're staying on top and will keep you posted as we learn new information. >> thank you. now to the story everyone is talking about today. are you ready for our first real dose of winter out there? >> most of us will soon be under a winter weather advisory. we have live team coverage this afternoon to make sure you are prepared for whatever the weather brings us. >> let's kick things off with storm team 4 meteorologist veronica johnson in the weather center. vj? >> yeah guys whether you're ready or not, here it comes. we haven't seen very much snow at all so far this season. and now our biggest snowfall of the season. winter weather advisory in all these counties shaded in purple to the south, so includes d.c. fairfax, prince william and fauquier county. up to the north and west for frederick county over in virginia too. what we're going to see in these locations is snow. it could be moderate at times. and then advisory means the possibility of accumulating
snow. and what we'll find in those locations, 1 to 2 inches of snow fine and powdery. so not so much the amount of snow we're going to get, nothing big. but the timing during the morning rush and the type of snow that fine powdery type of snow makes conditions slick. there, just to our west a clipper system fast-moving, will put down just enough to cause some trouble on area roads. so what to expect tomorrow morning, snow that may stick on some of the secondary roads. bridges and overpasses. so watch your speed. now, when i return we're going to give something else that will be harder to take than the snow. we'll talk about that, coming up. >> our team coverage to get you prepared continues now. transportation reporter adam tuss has been tracking what to expect on the roads. he's live along one of our busiest sections the beltway in tyson's corner. adam? >> reporter: jim, every road crew in the region gearing up for this. the wind has picked up it's
cold and that means whatever falls will likely stick to the ground. in d.c. about 200 trucks will be out theres. in maryland the state highway administration also will be out with hundreds of trucks. v-dot says here in northern virginia about 500 trucks will be out. loudoun county getting the most attention right they're actually taking the whole notion of snow in stride at the moment. >> does it make you nervous driving in the snow? >> no. actually last year i drove to boston when the winter storm started here in virginia. so like i was driving, and i was seeing the snow coming. so it was like i'm racing with the snow. so it doesn't make they nervous. >> reporter: and back here now live. again, what we have been hearing is the timing of the snowfall could be tricky because it could fall during the morning rush. at 5:00 how much do local crews have in the snow budget this year?
you'll hear about that reporting live along the beltway, adam tuss news4. and you can see a familiar name on the ballast in the special election for marion barry barry's d.c. council seat. >> a very familiar name barry. his own son christopher barry says he wants to replace his father as the councilman representing ward 8 on the d.c. council. christopher barry at the board of elections, the 34-year-old still needs to get the necessary signatures in order to get his name on the ballast. that is for a special election on april 28th. and on the ballot his name would be printed as marion c. barry. this is of course to replace former mayor and council member marion barry who died at 78. there are 24 candidates who have expressed interest in taking that seat. christopher barry has not held elected office before. he owns a painting business and also has had a few run-ins with the law, previous arrests on drug and traffic charges. but he says he does have
political ambitions and plans to pursue them. he wants to follow in his father's footsteps. that's the latest from the live desk. >> first at 4:00 we're working to learn the name of a woman killed when her car went off the road and hit a tree in chopper 4 over the scene on south osborne road in rosary fill maryland here. emergency responders rushed her to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. there's tight security at the courthouse in boston as jury selection begins in the marathon bombing trial. the first group of 200 potential jurors stared intently at suspect dzhokhar tsarnaev. this trial is unlike most other federal trials. the jury will not only decide tsarnaev's innocence or guilt, but also decide if he lives or dies. coming up right here at 4:30 we'll have a live report from boston and details on how tsarnaev acknowledged the people who could decide his fate.
we are on the eve of bob mcdonnell's sentencing for corruption and the judge in the case is holding hundreds of letters for support for the former virginia governor. the letters from family members, former colleagues and state lawmakers. more than 400 letters describe mcdonnell as an honorable man who did not intend to break the law. mcdonnell was found guilty of accepting gifts and loans from a businessman seeking support for his product. it is generating interest on our facebook page and of our follower they say the letters testify to the mcdonnell those folks knew not the man he really was. new details about that school bus crash that sent dozens of charles county students to the hospital this morning. one student had a broken nose when the bus rear ended another car. this happened near hawthorne and livingston roads in indianhead. 16 students on board. we know the bus driver hit a car that was stopped in front of it. the car then hit another vehicle in the oncoming lane and that
vehicle hit a third car. eric frein, ambushed to cops and terrorized a community for seven weeks, according to prosecutors. and today a judge ordered him to stand trial. in court, prosecutors played graphic surveillance video that showed two pennsylvania state troopers gunned down outside their barracks back in september. one was killed his widow sat quietly as the video played. frein hid out in the woods for 48 days before he was captured at an abandoned air field. he looked a lot different that day with facial cuts a goatee and shaggy hair. to a developing story. the u.s. ski team is said to be in shock this evening. two prospects training with the team were killed today in an avalanche in the austrian alps. the skiers identified as 20-year-old ronnie ber lack of new hampshire and 19-year-old bryce as tell of utah.
rescuers found them near the training base. there were days of heavy snowfall and mild temperatures. out of control and getting worse by the day. the brand-new information about this year's flu season that shows just how bad it got, even over the holidays. slapped with a new lawsuit. apple's newest legal battle over what is said about your iphone. first at 4:00. and breaking news again on the beltway. chopper 4 just arrived over the scene of a crash on the inner loop. the inner loop is shut down because of a crash involving a truck and a motorcycle near kenilworth avenue. that motorcycle rider in critical condition. stay with us.
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banning airasia flights from flying the same route which crashed a week ago. the airline was not authorized to fly that route on the day of the crash, and they're cracking down against everyone who lets it take off without proper permits. all 162 people on board are presumed dead. coming up nbc's katy tur has a full report from indonesian. chances are someone you know has had it. the flu is running rampant across the u.s. and could get worse before it's over. new numbers from the centers for disease control show the flu is now widespread in 43 states up from 36 states in late december. and in most states flu activity is intense. cases are expected to peak this month. this season is similar to two years ago when the flu peaked in early january. we posted four things you need to know about the flu on our nbc
washington app. check it out during the break and share with your friends. lights out. we're going to tell you about the new evidence that shows your kids might be overexposed to their gadgets. >> now that the holidays are over so many of us have those gift cards tough to keep track of consumer reporter erika gonzales tells us how to make it simpler so we can all save some money. and we're staying on top of breaking news on the beltway. the inner loop is shut down right now, because of a crash involving a truck and a motorcycle near kenilworth avenue an update ahead. first at 4:00.
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and we're staying on top of breaking news. richard jordan live with the latest from the live desk. richard? >> major delays right now. this is on the inner loop that is partially shut down. there is one lane getting by on the shoulder so not an actual lane open but traffic is moving on the shoulder, just past the accident scene here on kenilworth avenue. this was a truck and a motorcycle that collided there. one person suffering some serious injuries had to be taken to the hospital to the trauma center by ambulance there. but you've still got the backup traffic there, held beyond just the crash site here because the wreckage is still there in the middle of the road. you do s trickle down there on the right shoulder trying to get past. but there is still major backup. and we expect that will be the case for the foreseeable future at this point as the accident investigation is just getting
started. again, one person taken to the trauma center for some serious injuries. we're still waiting to get an update on that person's condition. but you can see, the major traffic issue, we believe that might have been the semi truck there that crashed into that motorcycle there, resulting in this major backup there. again, this is the inner loop of the beltway at kenilworth. jim and barbara? >> richard, thank you. the timing could not be worse. a software update now, causing an uproar for users of some popular electronics. >> consumer reporter erika gonzales joins us with the latest. >> if you've noticed the software on your smartphone specifically your apple phone, taking up a lot of storage, there is now a lawsuit for that. apple is facing a class action lawsuit, which alleges the tech giant didn't properly inform users about exactly how much space the new software would take up on devices like iphones and ipads. the case says that in turn could cause users to buy more
icloud storage space from apple. the suit filed in california claims apple didn't disclose as much as 23% of the storage space would be eaten up by the ios 8. the lawsuit is seeking millions in damages for those stuck with the storage squeeze. apple has stayed quiet. no official word from the company since the suit was filed. from storage in the cloud to storage in your wallet. if you've received gift cards over the local holidays here are the ways to use that free money and so it doesn't just sit in your wallet. the national retail federation says more than $31 billion was spent on gift card season an all-time high. here's how you can get a handle on the cards. if you've got google wallet you can add your gift cards to your mobile wallet. target also let's you convert a physical target gift card into a mobile target gift card. you can also try card hub. that site allows you to sell your gift card in an online
exchange using facebook or you could sell it to card hub for a little less than what the card is worth. similarly, there's card pool where you sell your unwanted gift card for up to 92% cash back. and then if you think maybe you would have a walmart gift card be more useful well walmart is now taking exchanges, as well. you can send them your gift card they will give you a walmart gift card in exchange with 97% of the card value if that is more to your liking. coming up on news4 at 5:00 tonight, the best ways to prepare your house for tonight's deep freeze. from preventing problems with your pipes, to space heater safety all of that is coming up at 5:00. meanwhile, if you've got a story idea for the consumer watch, we would love to hear from you. accepted send us an e-mail. also phone your ideas. your number there on your screen. just in time for that cold weather. the pipe story, coming up at
5:00. >> that's right. and vj will have more on that. speaking of -- do you two ladies want to talk? so is this stuff we're seeing from the west? >> it's really from canada. >> i have something to tell you first, though. if you're feeling colder air, it's a summer breeze compared to what they're dealing with in minneapolis. it's around 10 below zero there today. with a wind chill of 30 below. people are taking advantage of the city's skywalks meaning they don't have to step outside. tomorrow it will be colder with wind chills of 45 below. summer breeze? >> yeah that's just brutal. >> brutal. >> now, that's tough. the stuff we're going to be feeling the rest of this week some of it? >> our wind chills for a period of time will go down 0 to 10 below. let me show you where some of that air is coming from right up in canada folks. dropping down arctic cold.
look at that. this is the current temperature up there. minus 2 in minneapolis, minnesota. you've got 3 in chicago. but with the wind and some snow even occurring there, not great conditions. at least we've got the cold without the snow. but we're going too get snow early tomorrow morning. let's talk about radar what's on it right now. it is dry, and one of the things i really want to stress is that it is going to be dry for this evening. it's going to be dry until the other side of midnight. so your driving impact forecast with the snow developing and moving in around 4:00 or 5:00 a.m. leaves us with some snow-covered roads already far out west say around 68 the system will be moving in from west to east. snow will likely between 6:00 and 8:00. the temperature, 25 degrees, so roads easily impacted early tomorrow morning. as a matter of fact that snow really starts shutting down and
really diminishing after 3:00 a.m. to noontime. here's a look at the future. i can show the snow moving in, warrenton warrenton, luray, hagerstown just west of frederick seeing snow by 4:00 a 5:00 a.m. 6:00 a.m., covers the area. this is going to be a fine powdery, dry snow. the secondary roads when it comes down could make for sli rush. up until 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. after that occasional snow showers, and flurries for the remainder of the day tomorrow. and we may see a little bit of sunshine by the time the sun sets. here's what we're expecting around clinton, a half to an inch enough to cause trouble early tomorrow morning. 1 to 2 inches lovettsville bluemont mt. airy and frederick, too. so the impact forecast moderate with snow likely on some roads.
possibly until about noontime tomorrow. the high just 36. snow likely here. then it's the cold that moves in. for wednesday and thursday hanging on a little bit for friday. the low temperature early wednesday morning, 24 degrees. but it is going to be windy. we could see flurries coming through. wind gusts over 30 miles per hour. and that puts those wind chills at times wednesday and thursday subzero readings. so that's when that cold up in canada is also to show up. we'll take you hour by hour and show the wind chills and what you can expect in your neighborhood. >> thanks. in today's news for your health most parents know that having a television in a child's bedroom can interfere with their sleep. smartphones and tablets are apparently just as bad. california researchers asked 2,000 fourth and seventh
graders. kids who had a phone or tablet nearby slept 20 minutes less than those who did not bring a device to bed and more importantly, claimed their sleep was interrupted. an actress who spent other childhood around bill cosby weighs in around the sex abuse allegations. celebrating after a hard-fought legal battle. the state that will allow same-sex couples to wed in a few hours. and we told you about the worsening flu outbreak. we want to know, have you or are a member of your family gotten the flu yet? it's our nbc washington flash survey of the day. text or call the number on your screen. you can also vote over the nbc washington facebook and twitter pages. we're coming right back.
was it a bad call not to pick up the phone and talk to bill cosby? >> keshia knight who played rudy hugs tabl is talking today about being fired from "celebrity apprentice" for not calling the star. joining us live is billy bush. she is strongly defending what she did and didn't do in the course of her apprenticeship right? >> she hasn't spoken to bill cosby in over five years, only sees him at reunions for show-related events. so to pick up the phone -- if i had to call a rich guy that you've been close to but haven't seen in five years to ask for
money, some people are a little shy about that. she was. trump obviously thought it was the wrong thing. >> huh. >> and we have part of the interview. let's listen. >> i feel that his legacy and all of the great things he's done speak volumes. you know if this is all everything that's happened it's so unfortunate. the whole thing is very, very unfortunate. but i can't ignore the legacy that he's built. >> no. she can't avoid the legacy he's built. remember bill cosby gave $20 million to spellman college, one of bill's daughters, effin' went to spellman college. keisha went to that school as well and bill helped her get into that school helped her in the process. she owes bill cosby a lot. it's a terrible position for her to be in. spellman college distanced themselves from bill cosby. they had to. they suspended bill and camille
cosby endowment. so it's a terrible place for her to be in. if the college who received $20 million has taken a step back from bill imagine how hard it is for her. >> good point. >> i think it was hard for her to make that phone call. >> all right. see you tonight on "access hollywood hollywood." we'll tell you what's ahead as prosecutors try to bring the accused boston marathon bomber to justice. a commute unlike any other. why a new way to get around town saw an expensive spike on its first day with commuters.
>> the backup is building there on the inner loop of the beltway at kenilworth avenue after this accident this afternoon. a truck and a motorcycle colliding there. one person seriously injured. now taken to the trauma center. there you see all the traffic that has been blocked. there are some drivers that are able to get by on the right shoulder lane. the lanes of the beltway are closed but the right shoulder there is moving. this is our live camera at good luck road there, showing you the situation so you see there the right shoulder. that's when people are getting by very slowly. you still have a lot of people backed up here on the inner loop of the beltway. it's unclear when we will see some of these lanes start to reopen because the investigation is just beginning. so major delays this afternoon there on the inner loop of the beltway at kenilworth, and one person again, in critical condition at this point at a trauma center. chopper 4 heading to more breaking news now. this time in gaithersburg. a train accident at north summons street and east diamond avenue. a person was struck and killed
by a train there. montgomery county fire rescue is at the scene. we know train traffic has been suspended because of this. also some of the roads in the area are also blocked. but again, we're on our way there, so we'll get back to you as soon as we have those live pictures established from the scene. so a lot of breaking news affecting the roads. for now, that's the latest from the live desk. now to our weather. storm team 4 is tracking snow in the forecast. vj? >> that's right. but not for this evening. and not until late tonight. so if you're going out, we're going to be dry until after midnight. real important here. here's the advisories winter weather advisories we expect to see some accumulating snowfall. frederick, d.c. annapolis, i-95 to baltimore, accumulating snow starting early tomorrow around 4:00 a.m. you can download the weather app. we have an app cast there, the forecast you can get any time in interactive radar and meteorologist tom kierein and chuck bell will update 4:00 a.m.
tomorrow morning. wind chills across the area in the low 20s to around 30 degrees. now we expect to see some very, very low wind chill readings coming midweek. meanwhile, look at the temperatures starting out early tomorrow morning. cold enough easily to sustain snow. 23 culpeper manassas. 25 in d.c. and our temperature high for the day, just above freezing. we'll have more on that cold that comes after the snow in just a little bit. >> veronica thank you. jury selection in the boston bombing case is you said under way now in a federal courtroom, miles from the site of the attack. federal prosecutors will ask for the death penalty if there is a conviction but that is months away. we go live to jay gray outside the courthouse in boston. jay? >> reporter: hey there, good evening, jim. despite multiple requests to either move or delay the start of the trial, as you say, jury selection began this morning, a process that included the suspect in the case.
the marathon bombing trial began under heavy security this morning, officers surrounding the motor vehiclely federal courthouse. as many as 500 prospective jurors shared an assembly room with the suspect in the case 21-year-old dzhokhar tsarnaev. tsarnaev seemed to smirk as he took his seat at the defense table and listened as judge o'toole gave brief instructions to the potential jurors before each filled out a questionnaire. attorneys in the court will review the forms, eliminate those ineligible and begin questioning the groups of 20 late next week. >> we try to produce a jury that can fairly and impartially render a verdict, and give a punishment that considers all options, including the death penalty. and life without patrol. >> reporter: tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to the bombing that killed three and injured 260 during the 2013 boston marathon and to the
murder of m.i.t. police officer sean collier a few days aoffter the attack. judge o'toole announced today opening statements will begin on arrest around january 26 and expects the trial to last three to four months. now, if that time line stands it means the trial will likely still be going on during this year's marathon. live in boston jay gray news4. >> thank you, jay. "new york times" reporter james ricin took the stand in alexandria today and it's what he did not say that's making news. he was ordered to appear in court to hammer out what questions he would be willing to answer if he is forced to testify next week at the trial of former cia officer jeffrey sterling. sterling is accused of leaking classified information to risen for a book he wrote in 2006 called "state of war." today on the stand, risen refused to answer any questions that might help prosecutors identify his sources. the new congress convenes
tomorrow with republicans in control of the house and senate. house speaker john boehner is expected to win re-election to his leadership post and he will command the largest republican majority in congress in 84 years. president obama can expect challenges on his health care law, recent immigration actions and new sanctions on iran. he has vowed, though to make more use of his veto pin. he's only used that power twice in six years. cheers and applause inside a miami courtroom today as florida becomes the 36th state to legalize same-sex marriage. the judge found florida's ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. the county clerk began issuing marriage licenses immediately, and the first couples got married in miami this afternoon. same-sex marriages are expected to begin statewide after midnight tuesday. that's when a separate ruling by a federal judge takes effect. lots of people are thankful this afternoon for their nbc washington push alerts that warned of an accident this morning on i-95.
this accident helped boost travel on the new express lanes which handled their first morning rush since the holidays. the highest toll this morning, $11 for the first 29 miles. that's just under 40 cents a mile. v-dot guarantees a trip of 55 miles per hour or faster any time of day. the lanes opened last week. palin versus peta. what has the former alaska governor speaking out today that has social media reacting in a big way. and alarming fines at the nation's airport. why weapons discoveries are on the rise. we thought our cable internet was fast. but, our uploads are half the speed of our downloads so our internet is really half-fast. so half-fast. someone did a half-fast job posting our vacation pics. stop living with half-fast internet. only verizon fios comes with speedmatch - uploads as fast as downloads. get a fios triple play for just $79.99 a month online for two years and get a $400 bonus with a two year agreement! hurry! it's your last chance. this
the cargo ship is expected to be stuck leaning more than 50 degrees for several days. you see it there. in an effort to save the ship the captain began grounding it shortly after it left dock. it was carrying 1400 vehicles. no oil is thought to have leaked from the ship though. officials are working to learn what caused the incident and to recover the vessel with as little disruption to the environment as possible. no word yet on any damage to the vehicles that were on board that ship. tomorrow voters in virginia's 34th district will decide who replaces barbara comstock who is now in congress. the district extends from eastern loudoun county to the spring hill area of fairfax county. republican craig pareso is an
air force veteran. he says he'll support conservative values and push for improvements in education and tax policy. he is being challenged by democrat kathleen murphy, a former high-level staffer on capitol hill who runs her own consulting firm. she is married with four children and has worked with an organization that teaches women in developing countries how to become political leaders. the number of people trying to take guns on board planes is at an all-time high. more than 2,000 firearms were confiscated by tsa agents last year alone, up 20% from 2013. most guns were loaded at the time. when while the trend is so scary to some one security analyst believes it might simply be a case of travelers forgetting the rules. >> i don't necessarily think it's cause for alarm. i think if you live in a state where there are more restrictionive gun laws, you're not going to have as many guns coming through the checkpoint
than as houston or dallas and places like new york or chicago. the numbers are either staying relatively the same or going down. >> there were 32 cases of guns on passengers last year at all three d.c. area airports. guns are not allowed on carry-on bags. they can be in checked bags but must be unloaded and declared to the airline. what happened and why. the change in fortune for people searching for a downed plane and how the u.s. is helping in the mission. and storm team 4 tracking the arrival of snow. veronica? >> that's right. here's the weather system now. fast-moving west of chicago. but it's snow for our morning rush. we'll take a look at amounts again across the area, and brutal wind chill temperatures hour by hour coming up.
you're watching news4 at 4:00. welcome back. it's a busy monday on news4 at 4:00 and we're covering all the big stories for you this afternoon. >> and we have reporters and anchors stand big with new stories first at 4:00. >> the big one of the day, the storm coming our way. vj? >> that's right. again, it's for the morning rush. our biggest concern tomorrow with that fine powdery type of snow falling. so wanted to get straight to your evening forecast so folks can be assured it's going to be quiet for the evening hours. cold for sure. let's take a look at the numbers across the area. they drop 30 degrees by 7:00 and then holding around 28 for 9:00
and 11:00 p.m. fairly mostly clear sky now. clouds will be on the increase. especially as we get to 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. and, again, the radar also quiet now throughout the area. around 3:00 4:00 a.m. the snow will be moving in and in the pink these are the locations we'll see some of the highest amounts of snow. morgantown and areas of garrett county western maryland just around frostburg, elkins 2 to 3 inches here in the areas in blue hagerstown frederick, just around leesburg. winchester to petersburg 1 to 2 inches of snow here. so that will take you around 72. and warrenton, d.c. areas around waldorf, warrenton, as well as marshal, about a half inch to an inch. but again it's all about the time that it's going to be falling. and that will be early on 4:00 or 5:00 a.m. up until 10:00 a.m. maybe as late as noon. we could hold on. at times, there could be some moderate snow falling that could limit visibilities for a while
too. again, more snow to the north and west. and that means travel then. we give you cautionary light. watch your speed, slick conditions on the fine powdery snow. exercising outdoors really it's an inside kind of exercising type of day for tomorrow. and certainly the warm coat needed if you're going to be out and about. but an even warmer coat you're going to need if that's possible or just layer up even more come mid part of this week. this is auto look at the high temperatures tomorrow. just over freezing by the afternoon. a real concern early part of the day. but i think we're going to wish doug we had these types of temperatures for the mid part of the week. because very brutal wind chill temperatures are coming up and you're there to take us hour by hour. >> obviously we're getting our first snowfall of the season but it's really going to be the real first arctic cold that i think makes the bigger story over the next couple days. we'll show what's happening. first off, yesterday, we hit a high 67 degrees.
missed a record high by one degree. by tuesday, only around 37. and look at the air back to the west. 10 in minneapolis. 15 in chicago. that cold air moves down. 15 in pittsburgh wednesday. 28 in d.c. it gets even colder for us during the day on thursday. but it's not the temperatures. it will be the wind. winds gusting 20 to 30 miles per hour, and look at these wind chills. 14 in d.c. 9 in martinsburg. 9 in winchester and colder still from there. down to 4 degrees back towards winchester. 8 in gaithersburg 9 in manassas. 11 in d.c. that's wednesday afternoon and how about wednesday night. down to 0 in d.c. and is some areas below zero. we're talking the coldest air so far in about the last year. so once again, get ready. not just for the snow but for the cold that follows. vj? >> and doug while you were giving that forecast jim handly with lots of sound effects. wow! what? >> kept it clean. >> he did keep it clean. so what to wear then for
tomorrow at least starting out. the coat the hat, the scarf, the gloves. everything but the umbrella. we don't think the umbrella is going to do any good tomorrow. again, fine powdery type of snow drifting around with a light wind. here's a look at your storm team seven-day forecast with snow here. your cold days wednesday, thursday even hanging on friday and saturday. up to close to 40 degrees by the end of the upcoming weekend. we'll have a lot more totals coming up on news4 at 5:00. guys? >> see you then veronica thanks. we're tracking velts developments now in indonesian ship. navy divers from the "uss ft. worth" with use special s.o.n.a.r. equipment to scour the java sea, looking fort black boxes. the ship joins the "uss sampson" at the request of the indonesian
government. bad weather, choppy seas have hampered the search making it hard for divers to get to large objects spotted at the bottom of the sea. nbc's katy tur has the latest on the search from indonesian. >> reporter: searchers say they may have spotted one of the key pieces of the plane, specifically the tail. it's not confirmed now. but if it is and didn't break too much on impact they could find the black boxes within. it's now been more than a week since areas lost contact with radar and crashed into the java sea. still no visual on the bulk of the wreckage. divers repeatedly thwarted by rough cease and low visibility. weather conditions so uncooperative, searchers are even having trouble with the auto tonnous sub ma between. news as one team may have found the tail section which would likely still house the black boxes. the head of the indonesian search and rescue said our difficulty is now to locate the black box.
it's not easy even though we have the tools and the system. we have deployed vessels to find the ping signal but up until now, we haven't succeeded. over the weekend, gentleman the meteorological agency said weather was most likely the trigger. meanwhile, it has now been eight days and although some bodies have been recovered and identified most are still missing. as grieving relatives mourn for 10-year-old stevie and her mother still waiting for the family's grandmother, grandfather, father and two other children who are still unaccounted for. in surabaya indonesian kaut katy tur. smoke is pouring out from the italian ferry, making the search for answers very difficult. italian emergency workers have reboarded and looking for evidence among the wreckage. at least 11 people died when the
ferry caught fire on december 28th and over 400 have been rescued. investigators fear there may be more bodies on board. the cause of the fire is still unknown. i'm richard jordan following breaking news. chopper 4 has just arrived in gaithersburg where a person has been hit and killed by a marked train. live pictures from north summit and east diamond avenue there. all brunswick line service is suspended now. passengers are being told to use metro and bus service to get home. we'll have updates on this situation and that serious crash that is causing some major delays on the inner loop of the beltway in green belt. that's ahead on news4 at 5:00. for now, that's the latest from the live desk. and first at 4:00 fake goods targeting hockey fans here in d.c. nearly 700 counterfeit jerseys, t-shirts and other gear were seized before the winter classic. news4's mark segraves has more on the crackdown. >> reporter: i'm mark segraves.
do you know what to look for next time you go to a concert or game to make sure you get the actual authentic jersey you're paying for? the feds do. and at the last winter classic here they confiscated tens of thousands of dollars of counterfeit items. they say it's all part of their mission to keep businesses safe. >> the victims are really the american people and the hard-working people in the u.s. that work to produce and legally manufacture the quality -- the high-quality merchandise for these events. >> reporter: coming up at 5:00 i'll tell you what you should look for to make sure you don't get ripped off. back in the spotlight and ruffling some feathers. how alaska's former governor is responding to criticism now. the joke that led to a social media feud right here first at 4:00. as a small business owner you
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wet roads and careless driving are to blame for this incredible highway collision. you can see the front of the truck smash into the median on one of china's busiest highways. other drivers came to quick stops and swerved to avoid the unexpected disaster. traffic resumed quickly after local police arrived. police say the truck driver was going too fast for slippery conditions out there. well it's sarah palin versus peta in a social media war that involves her son, animal rights, and evenral norms. it all started with a picture
palin posted and the controversy has a lot of comments on our facebook page. here's nbc's peter alexander. >> reporter: sarah palin is fighting back with a message for peta. chill. the feud was sparked by these photos that palin posted last week of her 6-year-old son, trigg, who has down syndrome stepping on the family dog to reach the sink. her message read may 2015 see every stumbling block turn into a path forward. peta pounced, insisting palin had no apparent sympathy for the dog, and the obliviousness of this bizarrely callous woman. >> they say the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull, lipstick. >> reporter: once john mccain's vice presidential attack dog, she sunk her teeth into peta this weekend. at least trigg didn't eat the dog, she wrote, a reference to president obama's admission he tried dog meat as a child in
indonesian. did you go as crazy when barack obama revealed he actually enjoyed eating dead dog meat and highlighting this photo of another child stepping on a dog posted by the group's past woman of the year ellen de generous. did you get all wee weed up. palin has been up front about the challenges of raising a child with special needs. >> when we hold trigg and when we care for him, we don't feel scared anymore. we truly feel blessed. >> reporter: still, palin called peta's criticism a shame, because as she wrote, i'll bet we agree on what i hope is the true meaning of your mission, respecting god's creation and critters. snow on the way. right now at 5:00 storm team 4 coverage on the winter weather and why the timing of the storm will make all the difference. a fairfax county man shot and killed by police now after a year-and-a-half of pleas from his family the name who shot him is finally being
released. and former redskins star fred smoot, talks to news4 after being found not guilty of domestic assault. >> first thing that came to my mind is picking up the pieces and getting my life back. first at 5:00 tonight, ready or is not, folks, a snowstorm is on our doorstep. >> and auto winter weather advisory. >> live team coverage at this hour because by the time most of us wake up in the morning, there will be snow on the ground. >> and some schools may have to make a tough call overnight. the plan to get your kids ready for school we'll keep you updated throughout the evening. doug kammerer joins us to break down the timing of all of this. doug? [ no audio ] >> currently sitting at 27 right now. 18 in gaithersburg. so it's already on the cold
side. fredericksburg around 34 degrees. there is nothing on the radar right now. that storm is still well off to our west. back cords the chicago area. you can see the snow making its way through portions of iowa, through portions of the illinois area. it will move into our region and that's why we have that winter weather advisory from 4:00 a.m. tomorrow until 1:00 in the afternoon. actually i believe it goes until 5:00 in the afternoon for areas around the d.c. metro region back to the north and west. we are expecting some accumulating snow as well. i'll let you know who is going to see what. we'll break it down as far as timing is concerned. but the big factor tomorrow morning, i think, will be rush hour. we'll talk much more about this coming up in a few minutes. >> thank you. team coverage continues now with our transportation reporter adam tuss. he's been looking at the efforts to keep the roads clear ahead of the snowfall. he's live along the beltway.