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bomb cyclone 2018, this year's first winter storm is dumping dg up and down the east coast from florida to maine and definitely around the d.c. region as we take a look at oxon hill. >> looking live outside, this is ocean city maryland where a blizzard warning is in effect as you can see. it's whipping snow all around. here in the d.c. region, i-95 is expected to be the dividing line. so if you live west of 95, you should expect a trace to an inch of snow if you live east of 95 you can see up to 3-inches of snow. even a little more down in southern maryland. good morning to you. thank you for joining us. today is thursday, january 4th. >> today's weather is already leading to some delays and closures. amtrak operating on a modified schedule. much of amtrak's northeast corridor will be impacted by today's storm. locally service from d.c. to newport news and norfolk is canceled. the area school systems are also impacted. >> here's a look at the closures and delays in maryland. sain
are closed. also in maryland, the schools following here are on a two-hour delay. anne arrundel county schools, calvert county schools, charles county schools and prince george's county schools all delayed two hours. >> in virginia, prince william county and spotsylvania county schools are closed. also in virginia fairfax county fauquier county, and paige county schools on a two-hour delay. >> d.c. public schools also on a two-hour delay. there are many more delays and more closures. we are running the full list of closures and delays at the bottom of your screen. >> we have also heard from the federal government which is opened today but operating on a two-hour delay. federal workers do have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework. >> let's get to caitlin roth and also to erin como to talk about our roads and the weather today. caitlin let's start with you. >> maureen and wisdom i think the delays are a good call. so much of this snow will wrap up before the lunch hour even hits and locally we are only talking about an inch or two of snow. however, this is a massive storm which is
blizzard conditions up and down along the east coast. those are your warnings in red. in pink, that's kind of the eastern shore. winter storm warnings for higher snowfall amounts and probably more wind although where the winter weather advisory exists for us here in washington we already are windy and will continue to see the wind through the day. not much has changed with our thinking on the amounts. trace to 3-inches along and points west of 95. two to four, you've got a better chance from baltimore down through annapolis, southern maryland. that's just, just east of 95. it's going to be a dividing line. further east you go higher amounts. three to six for places like dover down through saint mary's county and then five five topossibly 10-inches anyths up for grabs along the coast there where they'll get into heavy banding. all right, for today 28 degrees, morning snow giving way to wind and blowing snow. it will be brutally cold through the next couple days. that is still ahead in my seven-day forecast. we'll transition to talking
on. maureen and wisdom, back over to you. >> thank you caitlin. so, what is being called a bomb cyclone is making its way through our region this morning and with it comes frigid temperatures, snow and brutal winds. >> fox5's annie yu is live in saint mary's county this morning. annie, has anything changed since the last time we talked to you? >> reporter: it certainly has, wisdom and maureen. good morning to you. good morning, everybody. it's definitely getting worse as we head south towards saint mary's county. we're on route five right now just past the 301 split headed into charles county. it's about 60 miles southeast of d.c. so, we're making our way slowly and it's getting worse. and you know it's bad when you start to lose a lot of pavement but also you can't see the lines on the roadway. so, we are playing it safe, just following this plow truck. we see a small number of plow trucks out and about. you could definitely tell the roads have been treated but because of the flakes still falling and then you've got this cold temperature, this stuff is
making it very, very tricky to get around now. so, if you have a front wheel drive vehicle, you are going to be -- you're going to definitely want to play it by ear because we have all wheel drive, four wheel drive and even for us, this is a 55 miles per hour zone we are going 20 and at times we're swerving around as well so definitely be careful. it's getting diceyer as we head south and again we're headed to saint mary's county where school is out and that was a great call. we also the full listings on our web site fox5 d.c. check back in with us guys and we'll tell you how we are as we move along southeast of d.c. back to you all in the studio. >> all right, annie thank you. of course coming in for me in d.c. it wasn't that bad on the roads. i mean, some trace amounts of snow but overall crews have been good about getting salt down on the road so it wasn't too bad for me. i don't know, what was your commute for you. >> coming down 270 nothing. >> nothing at all. >> just snow trucks ready to take action, ready to go all along 270, snow truck scale and park, lots, snow trucks on the s
this point, not -- well, that was about an hour ago. nothing on the roads, no snow, no ice, not anything. >> i'm curious, have you heard anything about montgomery county schools. >> not yet. usually they make a decision around 5:00ish, in between five or 6 o'clock i usually get a robo call. it probably will happen because normally thereout side of caution because they know what's coming and caitlin has been talking about by noon it probably will be over for this area but you still have all the delays and issues in the morning with the roads and the ice and that kind of stuff. >> it's a tough call, you know, because along with just the snow ending at noon you then transition into it's really windy and it's brutally cold so it's not a day you want to be outside or kids at the bus stop. when it comes to the snowfall and road conditions the worse is right now. by noon things should rapidly improve. snow has filled in just about everywhere. light snow falling and with that, you're going to get stuff to stick pretty quickly as it hit those untreated surfaces or surfaces that are
untreated. let's zoom in a little bit on the beltway. it's just light snow. the darker purples indicate heavier snow which has set up south of us but just east of 95 and that i think is where we'll start to see some of those higher snowfall amounts as we get into the mid morning hours. the highest snowfall amounts will be along the coast where a blizzard warning is in effect and because this is a true coastal storm the worst effects will be felt immediately along the shore line. down by chincoteague along the delmarva, ocean city maryland pushing into bethany beach, that's where you get some of these steadier snows. that's where they'll have the higher winds and the whiteout conditions associated with the blizzard. so, visibilities, this is where you're driving and you're looking how far you can see in front of you. it's 2 miles in washington, it's not terrible but lower and visibilities down by baltimore. this is not due to fog, of course, this is due to the snow. i'll have to check some ocean city maryland ones but for now get to annapolis eastern shore it's down to less than 2 miles so it is tough out there driving with the snow falling and then with potentially some
temperatures well below freezing. we're only in the 20's out there. wind chills are in the low teens. and by this time tomorrow morning, they will be well below zero. day planner forecast, count on that light snow to be falling and accumulating through the morning. by 1:00 p.m. it's all over all though with the wind blowing snow is a possibility especially south and east of town. and all over by 1:00 p.m., i mean here. it will that continue along the coast through much of the day. that's a look at your plan, forecast. erin i'll send it over to you. >> thank you caitlin. looking around the district maryland and virginia. you can see the camera on the bottom there, that is in the district, pennsylvania avenue at alabama avenue southeast. you can see some flurries flying there and some slick conditioning on the roads. again, salt trucks, plows out but use caution. if you're taking amtrak this morning no service on the northeast regional between washington, d.c. and newport news norfolk. that's canceled and also delays, modified schedule because of snow between new york and boston on the northeast regional. we'll keep you updated on metro when their service kicks in at 5:00. as we forward
this a live look by the bay bridge. winds have picked up. warnings are in place at the bay. they're moving slower than usual. 66 at nutley street a little bit of volume. lighter snow there. heavier snow in the southern maryland side of things. that's your traffic. any questions at erin fox5 d.c. on twitter. >> fox5 news morning's team coverage of the 2018 cyclone storm continues next with a look at conditioning in northern virginia. >> we're going to break right now at 4:38 with some live look outside, some driving shots. we're all over the region, all over the area. depending on where you live depends on how you'll be affected by this storm. we got all the coverage all the updates for you, we got school closures scrolling at the bottom of your screen. 4:38 is the time, 28 is the temperature. back in a moment.
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snow coming down. welcome back to fox5 news morning. it is thursday, january forth. if you live east of 95, you'll get most of the snow from the storm. if you live west of 95, you could see a trace up to an inch. be sure to count on fox5 all morning long for your live team coverage from the eastern shore to washington, d.c. >> our mike thomas is driving in d.c. headed toward northern virginia. he continues our live team coverage now so mike, what are conditions looking like where you are? >> reporter: so, so far, guys, good morning to everybody, by the way, we are traveling towards the gw parkway through northern portions of -- or about to cross into northern virginia and so far your major roads are doing all right. we haven't had any major issues on the majors but the side streets, especially as we got farther and farther south in d.c., we're starting to get more and more covered. so, we're definitely hitting a lot of slick spots and i was out taking road temperatures earlier and road temperatures are between 20 and 25 degrees. so, whatever
definitely going to stick especially on those untreated roadways. checking out radar, there was a nice band near alexandria, virginia just about an hour ago. so, we're heading down in that direction to see how roads are around there. but so far your majors are fine here and we're going to let you know how things look in alexandria as we get a little farther south. >> all right, mike, thank you for that update. we'll check in with you in just a few. coming up on fox5 news morning, we're following the latest developments from another amtrak derailment. >> and political power in the virginia statehouse will be decided today by drawing names from a hat. >> heading to break right now let's take a live look across the d.c. region. we have crews out and about getting salt down making sure the roads are cleared as much as possible. southern maryland one of the hardest hit areas in our region. we have a crew down there checking out things. they'll have a live report for us in a few. in the meantime it is 4:42 and the temperature is 24 degree
roads in texas. the storm also hit savannah and charleston recording their heaviest snow in some 30's years. parts of florida like tallahassee and port canaveral also getting a powerful blast yesterday. >> at amtrak derailment this time near savannah georgia. officials say the train was traveling from miami to new york and was backing up slowly into the savannah station when three cars derailed. fortunately there are no reports of any injuries. >> political power will be decided today in the virginia statehouse. the state board of elections is breaking the tie between democratic candidate shelley simonds and republican incumbent david yancy. the outcome will determine who controls the house of delegates and if simonds wins the house will be split 50-50. good morning. thanks for join, us. >> today is thursday, it is january 4th, live look outside at the boardwalk in ocean city eastern shore is is expected to get most of the snowfall from this
95 may only see a trace. >> we have a lot of school closings in our region. we'll be scrolling that shortly but if you live particularly in the southern part of the -- of maryland schools are closed, parts of virginia also schools closed. a lot on a two-hour delay. we'll get you the details in a few but we want to start with you ladies, because roads and weather the big story today. so let's start with you caitlin. >> yeah, snow is falling for our whole area right now, will continue to fall through the morning hours. icy conditions out there on anything that's untreated and that's basically our main story with the snow impact. it's a moderate for us. we're not expecting those incredible snowfall amounts that new england will see. however, with the wind and the cold, it's like a three punch with this snow. so, it will stick easily. highest totals will be east of 95 and it wraps up by midday. blizzard conditions for places like ocean city, maryland, up through ocean city, new jersey, all the way to long island. 25 degrees out at reagan national right now with light snow falling. winds are out of the north and it feels like 11, brutal wind chills will be
tonight, friday even into saturday. here's our whole developing storm system which is deepening and rapidly so as i speak. it's off the coast but you've got snow that has pushed from south to north across the eastern seaboard. it has already been historic with the southern snowfall in places like tallahassee and savannah. we're just on the western edge here in washington and with in we'll get lighter snowfall amounts but right now you can see the snow is really just filled in all across our area. light snow along the length of the beltway and across most of our majors as we go through the day, the highest snowfall amounts will likely be east of 95. futurecast shows that snow will continue through about 8:00 a.m. along 95 and then it will start to break up after that. you see just flurries by 10:00 a.m. and then by noon, it's over for us. that light snow continues along the coast. that's the way it plays out. i'll have the latest on amount, what to expect for the rest of the week still ahead. for now let's get a check of the roads. >> 4:48, caitlin. we're taking a live look outside. you can s
light traffic picking up, a very reduced speed simply because of the slickness on the roads, the snowy conditions out there. taking a look at our bottom camera, southern avenue at branch avenue in southeast, you can see that snow piled up on the shoulders. please use caution. watch for slick spots. right now you can see 66 out by nutley street things have picked up a little bit and southern maryland very slow conditions 301 at the five split. volume is picking up a bit and also much heavier snow conditions down there. metro service picks up at 5:00. any questions at erin fox5 d.c. on twitter. we're tracking the roads all morning for you. >> all right, erin thank you. our team coverage continues this morning in maryland. >> all right. bob barnard is live this morning. he's on the roads. bob, where are you now? we know where you were headed. where were you going right now? >> reporter: we're still headed toward the eastern shore and we are approaching the toll plaza here at the chesapeake bay bridge. we -- since we've been on in the last half hour have learned of the new restriction. no t
empty loads are now allowed to cross the bay bridge and as you can see here its pretty wide opened. snow is still falling. the road surface here is covered with snow. there is a 40 miles per hour restriction as you cross the bridge both toward the eastern shore and then coming back from the eastern shore toward the d.c. area. but the only restriction right now, because of winds, and it has gotten windier is the restriction on trucks with nothing their trailer. other than that it's a 40 miles an hour speed limit restriction. basically mdot is saying if the conditions get worse, if there are winds over 40 miles an hour sustained, that there is the potential for further restrictions and that if the winds are 55 or greater sustained then they will have to actually close the bay bridge. that's a potential that the
will tell you when we were closer in toward the district, the road surface was clear and the wind was less. as we get further east, the road is covered with snow and the road is covered with snow and the has picked up considerably. so, again, just a slight restriction so far but keep in mind if you're on the eastern shore and you work in the district or vice versa, you're here and you work over in the eastern shore, you have any business over there, pay attention to mdot because there could be restrictions on the bridges mainly because of the winds. yeah, it's snowing but mainly because of the wind guys. so far we're at speed, 40 miles an hour and not too, too bad. >> all right, bob barnard thank you for that update. we'll check in with you. please be careful on those roads as you travel. coming up on fox5 news morning, the numbers are in for last night's powerball drawing but what about a winning ticket? >> all right. as we head to break right now here's a live loo
this is in oxon hill, maryland. 4:51 is the time. 24 is the temperature. back in a moment. >> ♪ >> ♪♪ before we start, i just want to say if anyone still doesn't have fios, please stay out of the way so your lag doesn't get us all killed, ben. what's so good about fios anyway? uh. what's so great about a 100% fiber-optic network that makes your gaming system actually work awesomely? hey. did you take out the trash? haha, garbage boy! dad, i already took out ben. it's not funny. gaming is best on a 100% fiber-optic network. so get fios. now, just $79.99 per month with a 2-year price guarantee with a 2-year agreement.
>> ♪ >> welcome back to fox5 news morning. today is thursday, january 4th. time right now is 4:54. this is a live look at the boardwalk in ocean city, maryland. if you live east of i-95 you will see significant snowfall totals today. >> developing this morning in the news at 4:54, president trump's former campaign chairman has sued special counsel robert mueller and the justice department. paul manafort alleges the russia probe has gone beyond. for conduct that was not related to russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. in october, manafort
indictment that included allegations of money laundering and making false statements in connection to his work in the ukraine. >> luck of the draw could make one american very rich. the mega millions and powerball jackpots swe swelled o $968 million. this after no winning ticket was sold for wednesday's 460 million-dollar powerball jackpot. the jackpot for saturday night's powerball jackpot is $550 million. while friday's mega millions jackpot now stands at $418 million. >> ♪ >> 4:55 is the time right now. caitlin roth, good morning to you. good to see you. we're talking about the storm in some parts of the area. >> absolutely. and you guys, we already have a coating on most of the grounds across our area because light snow has been falling since shortly after midnight. it's really filled in and along and east of 95 we've got that snow falling that looks a little heavier just east of 95, literal from baltimore down through pri
county, charles county and into northern virginia. i'm seeing some steadier snow set up which is where we do estimate some of the higher amounts will be. further east you go, the higher the amounts. further east you go, the worsening conditioning through the rest of the day but it is cold, it is windy. temperatures are in the 20's right now. and we're still pretty much on track for that snowfall forecast we first showed you at this time yesterday on fox5 news morning. trace to 2-inches for the district and along 95. just east where i'm happy to see that that band set up, two to four through baltimore down through charles county. three to six as you get into parts of jersey, delaware and the eastern shore. yes, up to 10-inches is possible in ocean city, maryland and salisbury where a blizzard warning is be in effect through today. so, the snow will end by the lunch hour here and locally. by the time we get into the afternoon, it's going to transition to more of a story about the wind and the cold with winds gusting to 40 miles an hour, you're talking about the concern with blowing snow. brutal cold expected through the rest of the week. quick look at that seven-day forecast shows highs in the teens, lows in the s
that's a quick look at your forecast. now let's get a check of the roads with erin. how are we looking out there. >> 4:56, caitlin. volume is still really light but again, conditions are a little bit dicey because of the slickness from the snow falling down t want to start you off with an amtrak service alert. metro service picks up at 5:00. no reported delays there. however, no service on amtrak on the northeast regional. no service washington, d.c. to newport news, canceled there. also northeast regional modified schedule between new york and boston delays. make sure you check the schedule before you head out. red zones because of those delays. as you make your way out on the roads you can see that traffic is, looking okay across the bridge, wilson bridge please use caution. any questions getting around at erin fox5 d.c. on twitter. we'll be right back with your full look of news, weather and this bomb cyclone weather report as we continue. >> ♪ >> ♪♪
>> ♪ >> this is fox5 news morning. >> today on fox5 news morning, bomb cyclone 2018 is here. this is a live look at the snow in oxon hill, maryland. the year's first winter storm dumping snow from florida all the way up to new england. >> i-95 really is the dividing line here. if you live east of 95, you're probably going to have to shovel today especially if you live in ocean city. in fact, this is a live look from the boardwalk in ocean city right now. it is whipping.