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it's awesome. welcome to 9news now at 5:00 a.m. andrea, mike, monika and i'm howard. we're so busy talking about jason siegel. we have a good day today, sunshine. windy conditions especially this morning. the winds will be breezy we'll call it. temperatures in the mid-50s by noon. we'll climb to the lower 60s. right now 53 in d.c. with 40s north and west. we are looking at a front that came through last night. you can see the line of showers. heavier northeastern maryland as it came right through us. a couple of sprinkles there. this morning we cleared out but the winds have been gusty. over 30 miles an hour at times. dropping temperatures into the 40s. many areas north and west. mid-40s in hagerstown out into western maryland. we're 53 here. andrews down to 51. patuxent river 58 behind our 9. 22 miles an hour here in washington but 32 in cambridge.
monika santami, it is 5:00 a.m. how is our traffic looking? not too bad for a friday morning. things are looking great. it's friday morning light everybody. that's a good thing. if you're planning to head out to the beltway early this morning to get to work, i don't think shoe have any big problems. -- you should have any big problems. looking good coming in from baltimore, bw parkway, route 50 and annapolis. there had been overnight construction on the outer loop approaching the bw parkway. that should be cleared now. let's take a live look outside at the beltway at university boulevard. traffic still moving very well on the outer loop heading westbound through silver spring and into bethesda. let's go back over to the maps. this time to the other side over in from frederick, i-70, 270, no problems to report all the way down to the point where the lanes divide. we'll take a live look in virginia on the northbound side of i-95. no problems here in springfield on to 395 and the 14th street bridge. coming up in my next report, a closer look at virginia roads at 5:09. back to you. with the second pick in the
2012 n.f.l. draft, the washington redskins select robert griffin iii. >> with those words washington fans can now officially welcome the young man they hope will become their franchise quarterback. >> it is exciting in washington. redskins originally had the sixth pick but traded up to number two so they could get rgiii. they also gave away picks. delia goncalves joins us live from new carrollton with how the skins fans are reacting. it's not hard to predict. good morning, delia. >> reporter: good morning. it's going to abpretty exciting day -- to be a pretty exciting day. the morning commute and all the trains will be buzzing with rgiii talk even though it was very is expected that the skins were going to pick rgiii. it was still a very exciting night for washington. we didn't even have to wait. it was the number two pick so the suspense didn't have to kill you all night waiting for the official pick. the question is now can rgiii live up to the hype?
the redskins traded a big risk for a very big reward in robert griffin iii. the heisman trophy winner was pressuretive and already showing his love and gratitude by wearing some special burgundy and gold socks last night. fans and cheerleaders who gathered at a local restaurant watching the draft were elated when the pick was official. our derek mcginty was in new york. he spoke to the future qb right after the pick. >> when i heard them say robert griffin iii has been selected by the washington redskins, it meant something to me. i tried to live in the moment. in college i was the quarterback, the leader, the face of the college program. now you have to go to the pros and realize you start down here, not up here. even if you are a franchise quarterback or a top pick, you still have to start here and prove to the veterans that they can trust in you because if they don't trust you, they won't play for you. >> reporter: those super bowl dreams that folks are already
counting on, don't buy your tickets just yet but rgiii says of course that's the goal. every player's goal is to make the super bowl and he's going to try his hardest to make it happen here in washington. coming up at 5:30, reaction and expectation from his new coach jim shanahan. back to you. >> we're talking about bolstering that offensive line so he can air it out. we'll see. >> let's hope so. mike shanahan hopefully will be able to pull that off. starting july 1, you'll be paying more probably to see the redskins but also to ride metro buses and trains. metro's board of directors approved the fare hikes yesterday. the average rail fare will go up 5% and bus trips will cost 10 cents more. the last fare hike was in the summer of 2010. metro officials hope to use revenue from the increases to help close a budget gap of $100 million. the metro board also voted to adopt fairfax county's recommended names for eight of the 11 stations on the silver line. working from east to west will
be mclean, tysons corner, greensboro, spring hill, wealy, reston east, reston town center, herndon and innovation center. next week will be a year since a seal team killed osama bin laden. the f.b.i. and department of homeland security have issued a new intelligence bulletin for law enforcement agencies around the country. some terror groups vowed revenge after americans celebrated in the streets of osama bin laden. even outside the white house and elsewhere. >> at this time we have no credible information that terrorist organizations including al qaeda are plotting attacks in the u.s. to coincide with the anniversary of bin laden's death. >> when we asked d.c. police about any special precautions, a spokeswoman responded with this quote: as always we maintain a heightened sense of alert in the nation's capital. 5:05. time for the latest your money report of the morning. >> triple digit gains as we head into friday. not too bad. >> we'd like another one just
like yesterday or the day before. it's been a pretty good week for wall street and we're already seeing some green arrows today in global trading. one session to go. key averages are up about 1.5% for the week. checks the numbers the dow stands at 13,204 after jumping 114 points. nasdaq rose by 21 points. the s&p 500 was up by 9. you may want to call your mortgage broker. check mortgage rates. the reason why? they're nearing another record low. freddie mac says the average rate for a 30-year fixed rate loan is down to 3.88% this week. that is just a hundred t of a point above the record low we hit back in february. forget about that gallon jug of mayo. costco plants to start selling mortgages with a full service program. it experimented with the idea years ago and this time around costco is partnering with first choice bank and 11 other lenders. costco says it also plans to offer student loans in the
future. why not? they sell tires. plan your honey moon. they have the vacation arm. they do everything. >> and the baked blueberry pie. >> your credit cards just got safer. i'll tell you why. more secret servicing as apparently coming under investigation now. >> coming up details about the latest allegations involving an earlier presidential trip abroad. >> plus, our mostly mild winter isn't preventing problems out west with melting snow. wait till you see this video. we'll be right back.
5:09 on this friday morning. cold and breezy north and west of town as we've dipped into the 40s. it is going to abbreezy day today. we'll get into a nice temperature this afternoon. not a warm one but a nice one. we'll be in the mid- to upper 50s here for lunch time. highs today mainly in the low 60s. as we head toward the weekend, there's a chance of showers. i'm have that complete breakdown coming up in the next five minutes. right now we go to monika with time saver traffic. coming in from leesburg toward tysons, everything is running smoothly. same story as you travel in from 66 in manassas and the beltway across the american legion bridge on the west side also incident free. in my next report, another look
at area roads at 5:16. here's what's making news now at 5:10 this morning. they should have kept the highway closed. that is the conclusion of a new report after crashes kill 11 people on a florida highway back in january. fog filled up i-75. the highway patrol closed the highway. the fog cleared. they opened it again. unfortunately the fog came back. that's when the crashes happened. the fog and smoke if a nearby wildfire quickly made it impossible for drivers to see. there are new allegations about secret service agents paying for sex this time in el salvador. a government subcontractor says he saw the agents exchange for sexual favors inside a strip club days before the president and family arrived. as the rain falls in idaho, it accelerates the smelting winter snow pack. water covers several roadways
and residents are using boats to get around. we're expecting rain around here as well. howard is taking us back into the 80s by the end of the seven- day forecast. that's coming up at 5:15. >> today capitals player joel ward is going to react to some racist fan tweets sent out after his game-winning goal wednesday. >> later at 5:49, a safety plea from transportation officials for drivers to take it easy in construction zones. we'll be back.
good morning. welcome back to 9news now on this friday morning. it's 5:14. we're happy to elyou it's friday -- to tell you it's friday. next week prepare for 80s. >> may starts next week. it's about time to get out of this weird funk gi weather we've been -- funky weather we've been having. we're still in the hole rain wise. even though we had the rain earlier in the week and the weekend it's still enough to get rid of all the rain problems. we'll get a little more starting tomorrow afternoon. today it's going to be a sunny day. a brisk morning for you. jackets and gloves i think. some folks northwest might even want to put a little had on because we've got temps there in the lower 50s and even windchills dipping into the 30s now. mainly clear, blustery. some of the gusts have been 30 miles an hour or so. sunrise at 6:15. we are looking at a sunny and
breezy to windy day. northwest winds at 15 to 20. lunch time temperatures in the mid-50s. looks like your lunch hour, recess for the kids, sweat shirts for sure. a little wind breaker. then this afternoon 61 at 4:00. still with a northwest wind. look at that, 19. could be gusting to 30 miles an hour at times. by 8:00 we're back in the 50s. winds will slacken tonight as we dip into the upper 30s and 40s. this morning we've dipped into the 40s north and west of town. in fact mid-40s here. oakland and garrett county, they're 3,000 feet, 32. still some mid-50s down south in tappahannock, patuxent river naval irritation is at 58 while in -- naval air station is at 58 while we're 53 in town. the strongest winds seem to be just east of us now. we've got gusts up to 25 in the martinsburg area and 22 in frederick. and here in washington. you can see the flags around the capitol on our michael & son weather camera, they are
standing proud this morning. 53, clear skies, northwest wind at 15, gusting 22 as we said and the humidity at 45%. the barometer is jumping up once again. it's been a tough week with the pressure changes for those who are sensitive on that more of that to deal with over the weekend thanks to what's going on in the middle of the country. you can see this little twist in the clouds here coming east of denver now responsible for the strong to severe thunderstorms. the rain pushing toward iowa and minnesota and the dakotas. that moisture is going to be scooting off to the east. we're going to see a little bit of it tomorrow i think mid- to late afternoon tomorrow. this morning a northwesterly flow so the winds will keep us dry and cool and sunny. here we are at 5:45. a few clouds in west virginia. the clouds will thicken up overnight. looks like tomorrow in the afternoon when we could start see something of those showers push in. but that's better than what we were looking at yesterday when i thought the showers would be here in the morning. so we may get through much of maryland day cloudy but without
the showers. 62 today. tonight we're in the 40s. a few 30s. 50s tomorrow with the afternoon and nighttime showers but the sun is back on sunday, 64. by monday we're looking at 70 degrees with an isolated shower or a few more showers tuesday. then warm with the potential for the afternoon thunderstorm wednesday and thursday. yes, 85 my forecast high both days. monika santami, 5:17, tgif. oh, yes, tgif. feels like it's been a long week. we had a lot of different accidents all week long, things going on on the major thoroughfares but i'm happy to say this friday morning i don't have that kind of news now. if you're planning to head on the northbound side of 95 in virginia you're doing fine. from dale city into woodbridge, no problems into springfield and over to 395. a live look there right now on the northbound side. quiet it seminary and king heading to the potomac river. let's go back to the maps this time to southern maryland. all of your major thoroughfares are great. no problems on route 4, 5, 301
and route 210 out of accokeek to oxon hill. a live look in alexandria on the beltway, no problems here at telegraph road on 95 between the wilson bridge and springfield. by the way, in wheaton eastbound veers mere road at university boulevard, the two left turn lanes are blocked because of utility work. coming up in my next report, a look into maryland at 5:24. the wizards end their season on a huge winning streak. >> but instead of talking about the next playoff series, the caps will be talking about the racist tweets from fans following their game seven win in boston. we want to take another look at our question of the morning. it is according to a readers digest survey, most couples argue about this while traveling by car. is it arks the inside air -- a, the inside air temperature, b, when to stop for bathroom breaks or c, the music. >> one of our facebook friends wrote definitely a, the inside temperature. >> log on to the wusa9 facebook
heavier to keep you warm as you get ready to go outside. here we are at 9:00. still in the 40s and 50s. not much change from now. by lunch time mid-50s. low 50s in winchester, hagerstown. some upper 50s well south of town. sunny today but brisk. highs only into the low 60s in many areas. then we have a chance of showers later on saturday. more on that coming up. right now mike and andrea. the capitals play their round two playoff series against the new york rangers. but the celebration of their game seven victory there round one has sort of been tainted. >> joel ward will be on the radio but he'll be answering questions about some racist tweets fans put out after his heroics on the the ice. matt jablow reports. >> score on the rebound. joel ward. >> reporter: it was one of the finest moments in recent washington capitals history. joel ward backhanding a game seven goal to knock off the defending stanley cup champions the boston bruins in boston no
less. >> joel ward, right place, right time. >> reporter: but from that fine moment emerged a stream of postings on several online boston fan forums marked by vulgar racial slurs directed at ward, the capitals veteran forward. >> it's -- it's just ugly. >> reporter: "washington post" columnist mike wise was in boston for last night's game. he says even when you consider the city of boston's historically mixed record on race relations, the online venom directed at ward is hard to believe. >> it's sad, disheartening on many levels. you wonder who would do this stuff. >> reporter: the 31-year-old ward is by all accounts well liked by teammates and well respected by opponents. a few months ago he told 9news sports anchor dave off went that as a black man in a predominantly white man's game, he has some experience unfortunately with racism. >> it's tough at times.
kids can say some cruel things. >> reporter: ward was not available for an on camera interview today but referring to the racist online postings, he told "u.s.a. today," quote, i think it's just kids. it has no effect on me whatsoever. clearly it's had a significant effect on a lot of other people. the capitals organization said they were, quote, outraged by the postings calling them totally unacceptable while the bruins management described the online comments as classless and ignorant. >>it's rotten on 20 different levels. mostly it devalues a great hockey game and a guy that scored a game-winning goal who happens to be black. >> reporter: matt jablow, 9news now. for more pleasant sports we want to take a look at two other local teams. >> we h. the nationals going for the sweep in san diego. the game was scoreless in the 7th when jason werth hit a solo home run but in the bottom of the 8th, the pat drays score --
the padres score two rbi doubles. tonight they'll start a three- game series against the dodgers who are also in first place in their division. the wizards not in first place and they're packing up their lockers today because they're not growing to the nba playoffs but they did end their season on a six-game winning streak. last night at verizon center washington trounced miami 104- 70 104-70. there's a much bigger sports story here. >> we'll have reaction to the skins taking quarterback robert griffin iii in the n.f.l. draft coming up. right now here's monika. we're beginning to see some volume on the southbound side of i-270 here in germantown down through father hurley boulevard but still okay to rockville and the split. coming up in my next report, we'll take a look at area roads once again at 5:30. you're watching 9news now. stay with us.
good morning. happy friday. i'm andrea roane. i'm mike hydeck. thanks for joining us this morning. we'll explain some jokes later. >> no, we won't. >> it's fun when somebody says something and it's something you shouldn't have said and you're just laughing because it's funny. >> thankfully you're not the one. >> exactly. weather wise we've got a good day ahead. going to be kind of chilly and breezy. you'll probably want something a little heavier. might even need some gloves if you'll be out at the bus stop this morning for a little while. here's a look at our day planner. we're expecting sunshine all day. had the showers in the morning yesterday and another batch last night. temperatures, though, are not going to be moving very well. we're 53 now so we'll dip a little bit. recover at 56 by noon with highs in the low 60s this afternoon. the winds at times will be
gusting toward the 30 mile an hour mark. yesterday had the showers in the morning. then last night, this little line of showers came through, especially north of town. that broke up, pulled aeast and we're -- pulled way east and we're left with clear skies. 50 in manassas and culpeper. low 50s from la plata and andrews and fredricksburg is down to 55. the winds are still gusting. 25 in martinsburg. 26 at andrews. cambridge 26. that's a 25 mile an hour gust at pax river and many areas seeing the gusts up to 20, 25 miles an hour. today sunny, breezy, cool. here are your highs. only in the low 60s with mid- 60s well south and southwest of washington. let's go to monika at 5:30 with time saver traffic. you don't have any notes. i know. isn't that great? we're taking a breather and we deserve it. we had a tough week traffic wise. on the beltway right now, things are looking great. no problems to report all around town. we're going to zoom into 66. if you're one of those commuters that leaves manassas
early in the morning into centreville, we'll take a live look there on the inbound side. you can see traffic still moving very well. it's friday morning light. no problems to report to the beltway and inside as you head for the downtown area. let's go back over to the maps. this time to the other side of town. 95, bw parkway out of baltimore look great. no problems on route 29 as you travel into the beltway. we'll take a live look outside right now in maryland. here's route 355 at east west highway in the heart of bethesda. things are looking great here as well. and now let's run down this weekend's track work on metro. this weekend it's the blue and red lines. starting tonight at 10:00 and going through closing on sunday, on the red line metro will single track trains between tacoma and fort totten and tradey grove and glen -- shady grove and glenmont. metro will close the arlington cemetery station. no rail service between pentagon and rosslyn. shuttle buses will be provided but that will add an extra 15
minutes to the trip. coming up in my next report, we'll take a look at virginia roads at 5:39. >> thank you, monika. tomorrow robert griffin iii will be formally introduced at redskins park as washington's number one draft pick for 2012. >> as you've already heard a million times already, he's the baylor quarterback who was the heisman trophy winner. he was the number to overall pick last night and the skins got him. delia goncalves is live in new carrollton with maybe some ideas on how people be enjoying this choice. good morning, delia. >> reporter: good morning. it's a good friday indeed. as you said, mike, we all knew it was happening and it wasn't a big surprise. we told you a million times but it was still pretty thrilling last night, even when i watched. and when he pulled up his pant leg and showed off those socks, that was kind of icing on the cake. it was pretty cool. rgiii will be heading to our area a little later today to meet with the team's leadership. and then he'll be speaking to
reporters, to the public and he'll also be hosting a draft party on saturday. so some big things to come this weekend. the red scints made some major and some risky moves to make the second overall pick for the heisman trophy winner. of course he pleased fans by wearing those cool burgundy and gold socks last night. fans are hoping that rgiii will give the team a winning season and finally some stability in the qb position. the team has had 21 different starting quarterbacks in the last 19 seasons. >> you can see what a class act he is, what type of charisma he has. i just think he's going to bring a whole lot to this organization. you're always looking for that franchise guy. the term is used without him proving himself yet. we understand that but he has everything you look for in a quarterback. he knows when you make a commitment like that you're serious about him and you've got a lot of belief in him. we have a lot of belief he's
going to do everything he possibly can to give us the best chance to win and for him to be as good as he's going to be. >> reporter: mike shan man goes -- han goes on to say they want him to be as good as he's going to be. that means shanahan has the responsibility of creating that supporting staff to make sure rgiii can really be successful. he will be joining rookie camp may 14 and get this. his fiance who was sporting a huge rock last night if you watched -- i did and paid attention -- she'll be moving to the washington region with him as well. back to you, mike. >> we were just discussing, delia, about how men and women process visual things differently. you saw the rock. i never would have thought. that's very funny. see you in a little bit. the space shuttle enterprise will be heading to its new home this morning, at least it's scheduled as such. the enterprise has been loaded on top of the same 747 that brought discovery here to washington last week. now it sits in the enterprise's old spot at the air and space
museum's udvar-hazy center in chantilly. the enterprise is scheduled to take off at 9:30 and arrive in new york and do some fly byes around lunch time. the -- fly byes around lunch time. it will be put in the air and space museum intrepid in new york. in l you may vote at your local voter registration office but must meet one of the qualifications to vote absentee, such as being out of town on election day. the deadline for voting absentee in person is saturday, june 9. the date is now set for the opening of maryland live, the state's largest casino. developers say the slots casino at anne arundel mills will open for business june 6. it will feature more than 4700 slot machines and electronic table games. that's more than double the number in maryland's first two casinos. state gaming officials say it could generate more than $400
million a year. 5:35. time for another your money report now. >> jessica is talking about credit cards and making them safer for us. >> that's exactly right n. is a big crackdown on websites that reportedly were selling stolen credit card numbers. we saw the justice department saying an international investigation has resulted in the shutdown of 36 websites. a federal magistrate in alexandria ordered the website seizures. this investigation included undercover purchases of stolen credit card numbers. we're hearing it may be a first of its kind investigation. shares of amazon.com are up more than 10% before the bell this morning. that's after the online retailing giant posted first quarter profits that blew past analyst estimates. sales topped $13 billion, strong demand for its kindle e- read are the biggest factor here. starbucks' profits jumped 18% last quarter. more customers visited stores around the world. they also plan to open a
thousand new stores this year and that's 200 more than originally planned. almost like they're running out of places to put them. >> they're doing the juice thing now. in the grocery stores. boy, they're busy. >> very busy. >> and making money. >> we need more 24-hour drive- thrus though. >> one right down the street. well, jessica can help you start a weekend of saving money. she'll reveal some daily deals coming up. >> plus, this morning the muse yum opens its -- the newseum opens its first permanent addition since the doors opened. we'll be right back.
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5:39 on this friday morning. it's brisk out there. winds gusting in spots 20 to 25 miles an hour as temperatures are falling into the 40s and 50s. so jackets and gloves pretty necessary this morning. we are looking at a cool, brisk but sunny day. winds northwest 15 to 20, gusts to 30 at times. by 3:00 we'll be up to 60 with highs only in the low 60s.
we'll tell you exactly what's going to happen. this weekend with the forecast in just five minutes. right now monika santami is here with time saver traffic. on the inbound side of i-66 things are looking great here at the fairfax county parkway. no problems as you head for vienna and the beltway and the beltway looks great through tysons corner. coming up in my next report, i want to tell but a problem in wheaton and 5:49. i've been combing through the day's daily deals, e-mails and retailer websites to find you some deep discounts. here are some of my favorites. go out, paddle around on the potomac. $35 for five 60--minute kayak or came noon rental -- canoe rentals. you'll find this one on groupon. e-bay is showing this as a featured daily deal. the two gig nook simple touch wi-fi. these are refurbished and come directly from barnes and noble.
the price $59.99, 24% off. there are limited quantities available. finally, pay 30 bucks and get ten passes to house of bounce in manassas. that's 50% off. the bouncy passes good for monday through friday. they work for adults too so you can get out there and this deal is being offered by living social. if you have an offer you've seen or you're a local merchant with a deal for our viewers, i'd love to hear from you on facebook. now over to andrea. >> thank you, jess. this morning the newseum debuts its first permanent addition since its 2008 grand opening at its northwest washington location. it's called the hp new media galleria. it offers what the newseum calls five groundbreaking interactive experiences along with two video presentations. the goal is to demonstrate the impact of new media on the world. tens of thousands of people are expected to flood into college park tomorrow for maryland day. the annual open house at university of maryland runs from 10:00 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m. 430 plus events you can sample and see including carnival and weather wind tunnel and then stop by knight hall. you can meet the 9 news now team. i'll be there. andre yarks howard, upon -- andrea, howard, monika, a whole slew of us. you can take a sneak peek of the activities. tonight i'll be there live at 5:00 and 6:00 so we can show you some more of the exhibits. 5:42. raising money through a website for his defense fund could cause big problems for george zimmerman. that story is coming up. >> plus, area transportation officials try to raise awareness about the added dangers of distracted driving in construction zones. >> let's see who's celebrating a birthday this friday.
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uh huh. actually, make that glazed pecans... ok. with chocolate... no... caramel sauce. whipped cream? uhhhhhhh, yeah... but on the side. introducing build your own pancakes. only at denny's. good morning. welcome back to 9news now. it's 5:46 this friday morning. howard is here. he has the forecast and especially we want to know what we should wear going out to maryland day tomorrow. >> i think a sweat shirt, maybe a wind breaker and with some luck, the rain will hold off till late in the afternoon. that's what we're hopeful for. i think it's going to be cloudy and cool either way. allergy count, the tree pollen was high. so was the grass pollen. if you're struggling a little. for some people we're later in the season. monika was saying why am i sneezing now and a month ago everybody else was sneezing. you may be allergic to
something that's coming in bloom now that wasn't a few weeks ago. rain on the way for the weekend and we can use it. we are still looking at some big deficits. we have 7.3 inches in d.c. 7.2 at dulles but we're still 4, 4 and a half inches in the hole. a little better in martinsburg. they're 2.88 inches underneath where they should be for the year. we need to make some progress and get those numbers closer to zero, the white numbers that is closer to zero. our bus stop forecast today, it is a brisk morning out there. it is blustery i'm calling it because there's a cold wind now blowing out of the northwest dropping temps into the 40s. we're holding on to some 50s barely in spots. d.c. and points south. today it's going to be a sunny day but a windy and cool day with temperatures even midday not moving much from this morning into the mid-50s. northwest winds at 20. can gust 30 at times. then this afternoon we'll try to get into the lower 60s still with the northwest winds at 15
to 20, gusting 25 to 30 miles an hour. you can see what's happening. big storms still in eastern canada. the front came through last night. had a couple of showers also, especially north of town during the early or late evening, early nighttime hours. look at cold up to the north and west. it's 38 in pittsburgh. 40 if cleveland. 45 cumberland. that's all being drawn south and east on the brink northwesterly winds. in fact, we've got mid-40s as close as centreville at 46. gaithersburg is at 46. we've got 49 in sterling. 50 in manassas. the warmer temperatures if you will the low 50s coming in from college park at 51. upper marlboro is 53 and alexandria at 52. outside on our michael & son weather camera, just starting to see a little light off to the east. the sunrise happens about 6:15 this morning. the capitol looks good. 53 degrees, clear skies. northwest winds at 15, gusting to 22. the dew point in the low 30s as the air drying out for the moment behind that front last
night. we'll stay sunny all day today. here we are at 6:00'. still looking good. a few clouds starting to come in during the overnight from west to east. we wake up mostly cloudy. the clouds will be with us through lunch time here but showers out west. they arrive in the afternoon and will be with us with luck late afternoon. it will be with us for part of saturday night. the forecast today we're looking at temps in the low 60s. 40s tonight. maybe some 30s. upper 50s tomorrow with showers developing in the afternoon and evening. sunday sun returns, 64. then we get warm. maybe some showers by tuesday but warm wednesday and thursday in the 80s. a couple of things to tell you about right now and if you're planning to head to the north side of town, you'll want to know that in wheaton on veers mere road near connecticut avenue, there were wires down, low hanging wires. police are on the scene there directing traffic. just be aware of that. otherwise the beltway looking fine. no problems from college park into silver spring. we'll take a live look there at georgia avenue. things still moving well on the outer loop heading westbound
toward this point and over into bethesda. let's go back over to our maps. canal road at fox hall road, the signal lights are not working properly so be careful through that intersection and treat it as a four-way stop or a two-way stop in that intersection. no problems to report dale city into woodbridge. it is a bit slow now lorton into springfield. let's take a live look there where you're also going to have a vow exit to the inner loop -- slow exit to the inner loop. after braddock road there is an accident on the left shoulder. all lanes are open but it's attracting attention. we'll also take a look on the northbound side of i-395. no problems to report to the 14th street bridge. all lanes are open. you have a tiny bit of slow traffic in landmark. coming up in my next report, i'll keep you posted on that accident on the beltway near braddock road. before that despite the dangers, many of us are still texting while driving. in today's extra mile report, northern virginia exercises the importance of putting our attention back on the roads, especially in construction
zones. >> reporter: law enforcement officers were given well deserved awards this week. in virginia the express lanes construction corridor for the 2012 work zone week event. given nearly 15 people die each day in the u.s. due to distracted driving, keeping work zones safe is no easy task. >> they become distracted. they increase their risk for having an accident and unfortunately we've seen the statistics show that people are having fatal accidents. >> reporter: virginia's award winning orange cones no phones campaign has focused on eliminating distracted driving in construction zones since 2009. according to police officers on the front lines, dangerous behaviors in construction zones include speeding, aggressive driving, and disobeying traffic patterns, but cell phone use actually tops the list. the average time it takes to send a text while driving is 5 seconds.
in that time you can drive a football field at 55 miles an hour and the consequences can be devastating. >> we have seen a number of fatal crashes that are the result of people not paying attention, whether it's on the cell phone or either typing or they're doing something else in the vehicle other than concentrating on their driving. >> people have to be aware. they're going 50 to 60 miles an hour and that vehicle could be a deadly weapon very quickly. >> now in northern virginia, several hundred new projects are getting under way so almost every driver encounters a work zone on a daily basis. to quote the ntsb motto, no call no text, no update is worth a human life. you know, guys, any time you drive on the roads, you always see people on their phones still. pretty amazing. >> it is so true. we have more than our share of orange cones around this area. it's a good idea to put it down. >> in northern virginia, almost 1100 workers are working in the 495 express lanes construction
project. 1100 workers. we need to keep them safe. >> i saw a worker kind of step back out of his zone area and that's where the accidents happen if you're not paying attention. one step back but it could have cost him his life. >> the best thing is to put the phone away while in the car. concentrate on the road. >> thanks, monika. making news now at 5:53, police are now searching bodies of water around tucson, arizona trying to find 6-year-old isabel sellas. she disappeared from her home last week. they could not tell if she was kidnapped or wandered away on her own. george zimmerman's finances will be discussed in court in sanford today. he's charged with second-degree murder in the february shooting death of trayvon martin, an unarmed black teenager. zimmerman is free on $150,000 bond. however, he has received more than $200,000 in donations through his website. the wife of john edwards'
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coming up a few minutes before the 6:00 hour. brisk out there. breezy conditions, windy conditions. temps running in the 40s and low 50s although still in the mid-50s in reedville this morning. spoke to jan down there. she said the winds are blowing. at 9:00 still in the 40's north. we get toward lunch time sunny. still going to have some gusts to 30 miles an hour. sustained winds 15 to 20. probably not the outdoor type of lunch day with a 56-degree
reading. then for the afternoon we stay sunny, breezy, highs in the low 60s. a few clouds start to move in late. got some showers possible tomorrow afternoon. more on that coming up on 9news now at 6:00. right now andrea and mike. >> thank you, howard. want to take a look at some of the major movies opening in theaters this friday. friday. this movie is barely getting by making rounds on the mixed martial arts circuit. then he becomes a target after russian mob after blowing a fight. the mob murders his family but then he find as girl who could hold the key of bringing down the entire crime organization. >> john cusack plays the writer edgar alan poe in "the raven." the murderer is inspired by poe in carrying out horrific crimes based on poe's writings. >> emily blunt and jason segelc- star in the five-year
engagement. it follows a couple's path from popping the question to getting to the altar just keeps getting longer and younger. >> the pirates band of misfits, a pirate captain who is enthusiastic. they are going up against deep odds by vying for the coveted pirate of the year award. arr. you're watching 9news now at 6:00 a.m. good morning. >> would you do that again. >> arr. >> happy friday. we're a little bit punchy this morning. monika santami has traffic momentarily. >> some of us are punchier. >> that is cue for howard right there. thank you very much. winds blowing out of the northwest. we've cleared out so a lot of sunshine today but a chilly one. we've got 40s,