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with how much snow we got. first now is bob. radar tells the whole story, vic. look at this. all of the snow has moved down to the south of the region. clearly showing that we are pretty much done with it. maybe a few stray flakes in the next hour or two. the bulk of it, way down into the extreme southern portions of the bay. salisbury getting decent snow. basically, cambridge over to the beaches. that's where the snow is now. across central maryland, couldn't find anything. but around the central portions of northern maryland, the snow has pretty much done what it's going to do. so whatever you've got, that's pretty much the total you're going to see. we still have an advisory in effect, officially by the weather service, until late tonight. because of the slick conditions, particularly in those secondary and those neighborhood streets that have not been treated. they are certainly going to be slippery because the temperatures are well below freezing with a little more on that. tim williams joins me in the outback with a look at
temperatures and some of those snow totals. tim? >> reporter: well, bob, as you mentioned, definitely the temperatures were a major factor. winds not so much today. winds have been moderate. but the winds have been simple. it never got above freezing. never even teetered above freezing. well below freezing meant it always stayed snow. it stayed snow from the beginning and will remain snow through the end. right now, 24 degrees at bwi marshall. 18 toward cumberland. and down toward the shore and up toward northeast maryland. 3 1/2 inches, one of the highest amounts we've found. that's out toward frostburg. st. mary's, around 2 as well. and then about an inch and a half toward columbia and dundalk. and tv hill, only seeing about a half inch of snow out of this. again, keep in mind, anything that is on untreated surfaces is go to remain frozen tonight. because the temperatures are only going down from here. for now, back to you the.
first warning weather. >> more on headaches this snow is causing. denise, it certainly feels colder out here. some have been untouched. remain untouched at this hour. just remain piled with snow and ice. there's a difference. they are pretty much clear of snow. just wet right now. icy, snow-packed roads in maryland. wjz statewide. dozens of accidents snarl traffic and tested patients. and conditions deteriorated quickly, once the snow started falling around lich:00 this morning. >> it's pretty bad if you don't have a 4-wheel drive. >> it's slippery. my abs is working a lot. >> you would think this is probably like the blizzard.
the state highway administration did not pretreat in advance of the storm. but got plows out as soon as the first flakes started to fall. >> we will keep it until it is completely clear. >> side streets in the city were snow packed. just walking was a chore. >> i was not doing very well. >> it's a little slippery out there. >> yeah, very slipperiy. >> well, i don't have snow boots. >> we went into full deployment at 11:00 today. we have 130 pieces of equipment out there now. we have some contractors that are going to be working on the smaller areas. but right now, we're concentrating on our primary roadways. >> reporter: interstates fared better. the rush hour was slower than normal, with drivers advised to take extra time to get where they're going. several counties have declared snow emergencies. >> there's another storm predicted for sunday. and we may pretreat on friday for that. >> reporter: well, it is that
time of year. and just be careful. if you head out. because anything that is wet could refreeze as we have been telling you, because of these bitterly cold temperatures. this is going to stick around with us for quite sometime to come. reporting live in southeast baltimore. mike hellgren, wjz eyewitness news. >> first warning weather coverage continues now with kelly mcpherson. with the impact. dozens of schools closed early and/or canceled after school activities. that's all across the region and maryland. but not here in baltimore city. instead, parents arrived to pick up their kids at the normal time. and? were surprised that school let out at the regular time. there's a little more excitement in the air at the end of the school day in west baltimore. >> how is the snow impacting you guys? >> great. >> scrambling. and of course, you have to take your time because it's snowing outside. it's fun. >> today is not that bad. i think it feels good. >> reporter: this is bringing
out slow traffic. and cautious walking home from school. many let out of class early. but not in baltimore city. >> i came back to pick her up. and i'm going in. >> instead of me being home, i'm out trying to get all of my kids together, to get back home, to my day care parents, because i know they're going to be late, too. >> reporter: back here live, you can see that there is still a lot of snow on the roads here in the neighborhoods. people are walking around. and it's not too bad, as long as you have the right footware on. but it can be a little slippery in should spots, especially here in the sidewalks. reporting live in west baltimore, kelly mcpherson, wjz eyewitness news. >> like your new gloves, kelly. thank you. let's get a look at how bad things are on the roads now with kristy breslin. >> hi, denise. hi, everyone. as far as delays go, they are very heavy, especially all around the beltway. if you are traveling on the beltway, if you're on the inner loop, you're looking at a good 70 minutes. that's from 295 all the way around the bel air road. as far as the outer loop goes, the delay begins on the north
side, at providence road, takes you all the way to frederick road. a good solid half hour to get through. and taking a look at the harrisburg expressway. southbound from warren to the beltway. 95 struggling in that southbound direction. delays from aberdeen to mountain road. it breaks free after that. but traffic slows down again, from whitemarsh boulevard to o'donnell street. as far as 795 goes. slow from franklin to the beltway. another 20 minutes to get through. and problems in the towson area. we have a water main break, causing hazardous conditions. that's southbound york road at ridgely. taking a look at the overall travel times. 31 minutes to get through. and 20 miles an hour average. let's now take a live look. as you can see, plenty of brake lights there, on the north side of the beltway, at greenspring avenue. and there's a look at the west side, at liberty road. remember, for the most accurate traffic updates available, you can log onto wjz.com. and wjz is always on. you can check in for first
warning weather coverage. for updates on the forecast, live doppler radar, information on closings or delays, log onto wjz.com. and wjz wants to see your pictures of the snow. send them to wjz web alert. at cbs.com. and look for them on a slide show at wjz.com. hard to believe, but six months ago, it was extreme heat causing problems. especially for people stuck on a broken down marc train. kai is live in the newsroom with details. a series of failures at multiple levels. hundreds of commuters were stranded in 100-degree heat for two hours on a marc train in new carrollton in june. the report hits marc management for failing to recognize the seriousness of the problem. and respond aggressively to it. another fault for both marc and amtrak, which owns the track not updating passengers about what was happening. the report proposes a move to shorter trains. vic? >> marc officials were meeting with members of the marc riders
advisory council today to discuss the report. a shocking attack inside a baltimore county school. a boy is nearly sexually assaulted by a stranger in a bathroom. parents tell suzanne collins, they're really concerned about how the man got into the dundalk school without detection. parents come up to the school today to get their children, early, due to snow. but they come out with a surprising letter from the assistant principal. about an assault on a student. a source familiar with the case, tells week, the suspect dragged the boy into a stalled bathroom, trying to sexually assault him. it's believed the stranger slipped in with a crowd of school children, entering early this morning. >> i'm sure he was scared to death. and i have a son who goes to this school. and he's in 7th grade. it concerns me a lot. >> reporter: luckily, the boy escaped unharmed. and the man was quickly arrested. >> a school staff member heard the child yelling, went into the bathroom to investigate and found the suspect in the bathroom with the victim in this case. >> aren't they checked when
they go in? you know what i mean? how does he get past them? they have a police officer in here constantly. >> normally, school doors are locked and visitors are but of buzzed in. but today, the doors were opened early so students could wait in the lobby instead of outside. >> we're told that at least two people, a staffer and a school resource officer, confronted the intruder, told them that they shouldn't be in the building, and that they should go right to the main office. apparently, they didn't escort him to the door. >> they asked him what his business was, told him to report to the office, which is what he was supposed to do. and unfortunately, he did not do that. >> police say the school officer remained watchful. apparently the suspect entered the bathroom, but the officer was close when the boy yelled for help. >> when a police officer and a school security guard actually saw this individual, then they should have taken them off the premises. >> late today, security was very tight, even for parents who were highly scrutinized at the door. suzanne collins, wjz eyewitness news. >> and the suspect who has not
yet been identified, is in his 20s and lives in the dundalk area. the tax cut compromise. president obama struck with republicans faces its highest stakes vote yet. lawmakers have problems with the plan. joel brown reports for wjz from capitol hill. it was a last-minute scramble to get the tax cut deal passed in the house. >> i'm not talking to any of those people. >> reporter: just getting the bill to the floor for a vote was a struggle as liberal democrats pushed back against the compromise that they say favors the rich over the middle clas. >> -- class. >> tragically, these 155 million americans were held hostage to a ransom that the republicans would only help these families if we gave tax cuts to the wealthiest people. in this country. >> reporter: liberals want to toughen up the deal by hiking up tax rates on inheritances. but any problems threaten to
unravel the deal the president made with republicans. >> if this deal fails, when the ball drops on times square new year's eve, americans will be walloped by a tax tsunami. >> the plan failed. an overwhelming vote that only put more pressure on the house to pass the plan without changes. >> reporter: one of the deal's loudest critics, new york democrat, anthony wiener, signaled thursday, this was a fight he couldn't win. >> it seems pretty clear, the handwriting is on the wall, this is going topaz. >> reporter: but until house democrats line up to vote to push it through, the compromise is still unfinished business. with millions of americans set for a new year's day tax hike if the plan fails. >> reporter: in washington, joel brown, wjz eyewitness news. >> if the house is able to pass the senate version with no changes, the bill's next stop is president obama's desk, where he'll sign it into law. still to come tonight on wjz's eyewitness news. school board shootout.
[ gunshots ] disturbing new details about the man who opened fire and the hero security guard who saved the day. i'm alex demetrick. coming up, why investigating big fires often comes down to lab work. that story as eyewitness news continues. tickets on sale for baltimore's grand prix. and winter woes. snow brings the rush hour to a crawl. when will it move out? bob is here with the updated first warning forecast coming up. ,,,,,,,,
the snow is still over for the most part. wjz will continue in just a few minutes. a major blaze. microscopic detective work. it was in the lab that the cause of a five-alarm fire was found be to the result of human action. that means something that could burn was either deliberately or accidentally set. alex demetrick has a look at the lab that has the case. last week's five-alarm fire on the block eventually found its way down this long hallway in beltsville. home to the atf's forensic fire lab. >> the chances of finding something of an ignitable liquid is slim. >> reporter: that's why atf fire investigators came to baltimore. tracing the fire to a peep show booth. and the gayity book store. evidence was sealed in a can like these, essential for keeping vapors trapped.
>> since we live in a petroleum- based society, most of the things we have will give off petroleum vapors. and that's what you're looking for when you're looking at ignitable gas source is gas source. >> what it does is separates all of the vapors into their various components. a speck tromenter then tells which of those come from an ignitable liquid. but time, as well as water is hard. >> finding a telltale trace of volatile liquid also comes down to the weather. it's been relatively cold during the same processing. so we weren't losing things as rapidly as we would, say, in july. the atf lack in belt -- lab in beltville is one of only three in the nation that do intense fire forensics. open-wheel cars will soar
through baltimore streets on labor day weekend. pat warren is live now with more. >> reporter: that's right, vic. the general admission, general public tickets went on sale today. but there was a presale for the grand prix. and that is already netted more than a million dollars. >> in the preakness. >> reporter: baltimore tradition leaves more to horses than horse power. but they think adding a prix to the preakness is just the right speed. >> those are airplanes on wheels. >> we sold now just about 15,000 tickets. and you know, we're over a million dollars, in terms of what we've generated from the ticket sales. so we've had a very enthusiastic response. >> reporter: the tickets range in price from $tent to $ -- $20 to $1200. it's a three-day event. and the more you pay, the more days you can attend. the better the seats and the more perks you can get. >> you can purchase reserve grandstands for a day. that's your seat.
and you can sit at a ravens game or an o's game. and that's where you get to sit. now, if you want, you can also do between $130 and $160. and that will give you reserved grandstand seating. if you want to be there every day, you can have it for three days. >> reporter: and with more than 100,000 people expected to come to town, organizers expect those to be a windfall across the city. >> i have friends who associate baltimore with the wire. and baltimore is so much more than that. this is going to be an opportunity to showcase baltimore to the world. it will be seen in 200 different countries. >> reporter: it takes place in west pratt and circles camden yards. that's the reason for the roadwork you see there. >> reporter: and since labor day weekend is usually such a dull time for the city of baltimore, the city is hoping that this will spur some interest and bring the people in. reporting live, i'm pat warren. now, back to you, vic. >> pat, i think you and i should go down and test the
speed at -- track at high speed. >> hey, we can do that. >> see you later, pat. >> just not tonight. >> definitely not tonight. stuck in the low 20s today. 24 now. humidity, 84%. winds northwest at 5. beginning to turn around. and drying things out. barometer on the way back up. i'll have a look at the five- day forecast right after this. ,
okay. bob says, this is the first and last snow of the winter. [ laughter ] >> we wish. >> that's a rare occurrence. but it has almost happened that way. couple of years, we only had a small amount. officially, guess what. at bwi marshall, they had 4/10ths of an inch of snow. less than a half inch. >> i know some folks saw an inch, inch and a half or two. let's take a look at raid are. pretty much gone. to the north of baltimore, a few stray flakes up in the mountains. we don't even see that. all of the snow that we saw today is moved off to the east/southeast. still night slietd -- light snow. ocean city and snow hill. they're getting some snow right now. to the west of us, can't really find anything as far as snow is concerned. around the metro area, from
annapolis, up to conowingo. no snow showing up. in fact, seeing a few breaks in the cloud cover up to our west. the snow continues to move away from the region. take a look at temperatures around the area. it's been cold. in fact, our high today was only 24 degrees. the clouds, the snow kept it right down. for you snow lovers, it really was a bust. with all of these cold temperatures. just not a lot of moisture with this particular system. 18 in oakland now. 27 in washington. they got about an inch and a half of snow, by the way. 28 in ocean city in pax river. they got about an inch, inch and a half to two here in maryland. winds now beginning to turn to the northwest. meaning it's past us. and the winds will dry out. the atmosphere. 24 here. chicago. 31, kansas city. -- 18, bismarck. 34, billings. and finally, 66. it's warmed up to miami. they were in the low 70s today. so they have recovered. up in boston, it's warmer than
here. 30 degrees. all right. the snow system came through portions of southern illinois, kentucky. but it's moved really quickly. like 60 miles an hour. it didn't snow a long time. snowed hard for maybe an hour or so. but the light snow continues to move away from the region. and you see the clearing going on, just out to our west. tonight, that low moves out. it remains on the cold and breezy side. a second storm forming across the gulf of mexico saturday. it might just bring a little snow from baltimore east. late saturday night. mostly along the coast. saturday night and sunday. could see some snow out of that system. northwest winds at 5 to 10 knots. bay temps, around 39 degrees. tonight, clearing skies. down to about 18. so anything out there will be frozen. unless you have salted and clean things away. tomorrow, sunshine. and breezy. tomorrow's high, back up to 34 degrees. just poof freezing. -- above freezing. with some sun. >> thank you, bob. and many of you have been
taking pictures of the snow. tim is live with wjz.com, with some of your photos. >> reporter: as you mentioned, many of you have sending -- have been sending in pictures all day long. here are a couple of things we've seen. and a few people to be exact. andrew is bundled up in the snow. he's in canton. this is a shot on a snow- covered road in towson. be careful on those side streets. because anything that is snot touched or plowed is going to freeze over; this is alyssa sending this one. intersection of taylor avenue. and the dogs like snow as well. this is wiggles, enjoying some night lightsnow in his backyard. if you have a picture you want to send us, of course we ask you to be careful. but send it to wjz web alert firstname.lastname@example.org. and then look for it on the slide show on wjz.com. back to you. >> jim, -- tim, i have it on
good authority that wiggles ran inside. >> and i don't blame him. those little guys, their feet get cold. out on bail. and talking with the founder. what wikileaks founder is saying. under fire. more than a dozen states file lawsuits against president obama's healthcare plan. why they say it's unconstitutional. blitzed by the snow. first warning weather coverage continues. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
we're about a minute away from 6:30. it's 24 degrees and cloudy. good evening, everyone. thanks for staying with wjz. here are some of the stories people are talking about tonight. the first measurable snowfall for the region. it's causing big problems for people on the roads. and most schools are closed early today. and crews are trying to figure if all of the recent cold caused this water main break in the 2200 block of east avenue. according to public works. the 22-inch water main break is likely to affect people living along near harford road. first washing -- warning weather team is tracking now. with meteorologist tim williams. >> the last of the snow is down across extreme portions of the
lower eastern shore. take a look. there you see it. salisbury. all moving out quickly now. around the baltimore region and annapolis. can't find any snow at all. a few stray, very stray flurries. for our region, it's pretty much a done deal. we still have an advisory in effect through about 7:00, 8:00 tonight. it will probably stay in effect for a little while longer as we do have some slick conditions on those secondary and those neighborhood streets. tim has a look at some of the temperatures still out there. ain't really changed all day long. and look at some of the snow totals. tim? >> temperatures got up very slowly, to the low to mid-20s. and they stay there. and now they're back on the way down into the teens. and because of that, everything that fell is really accounted for. every snowflake came down as snow. no mixture of rain or sleet or mixture of ice. we had 3 1/2 inches roughly toward frostburg.
roughly 2 1/2 toward frederick. rockville, 2 inches. and dundalk, rank ranging -- ranging from 2 inches inches inches to 1 1/2. and the official reporting site for the state is really only around half an inch of snow. so it doesn't take a lot to slow us down. but this is definitely the first measurable snowfall. and again, temperatures getting down into the teens. bob will have your complete overnight five-day forecast coming up shortly. >> that's cold. thank you, tim. first warning weather coverage continues now with mike hellgren, who is live in southeast baltimore, with more on the problems those are causing. >> tim is right. it certainly does not take a lot to slow us down. but you can see, the conditions on the roads. many side streets are not very good. they have about 130 pieces of equipment out right now. and they're going to work around the clock to try to get things cleared, trying to get the main arteries cleared first. let's tang a look -- take a look first. the snow really came down fast
and furious, starting just after 11:00 today. continued through the afternoon. it was slow going, whether you were on the interstate, whether you were on the side streets. and the state highway administration had a number of contractors, as well as their own trucks out there to clear the roadways. if we can come back live to me now. just pan over here to interstate 895. and you can see, traffic is moving very smoothly right now. quite a difference on the interstates, compared to those side streets. it's just simply wet out there. you want to make sure because of the cold temperatures that you do take precautions, though. because a lot of this could refreeze overnight. reporting live in southeast baltimore, mike hellgren, wjz eyewitness news. >> okay, mike. thank you. and let's get one final check on the roads. here's kristy breslin at wjz traffic control. hi, vic. hi, everyone. the good news is, traffic is moving. the bad news is, it's moving slowly. it you're traveling there on the inner loop of the beltway. a good 45 minutes to 295 to belle air road. as far as president outer
loop goes, you're looking at 25 minutes there. no improvement to speak of on 70 eastbound. just bumper to bumper there, from 29 to the beltway. and we have delays continuing out there on the harrisburg expressway. southbound from warren road to the beltway. and northbound 20 minutes there from shawon to belfast. as far as the jones falls expressway goes that crawling along. and 95 southbound. that's been a big problem most of the afternoon. the delay is still heavy there, from aberdeen to mountain road. but it does break free after that. now, let's take a live look as you can see, plenty of brake lights there on the beltway at greenspring avenue. and here's the beltway at liberty road. moving along. but still a good 20 minutes to get through that delay. remember, for the most accurate and up-to-date traffic available, you can always log onto wjz.com. back to you. >> check in for first warning weather coverage. for updates on the first warning forecast. live doppler radar. and information on closings or
delays, log onto wjz.com. and we like to see pictures of the snow. your pictures. send them to we'll web alert -- wjz email@example.com. and look for them as a slide show on wjz.com. mark strausman explains, clay duke had been planning his attack. and he has more on the hero security guard who jumped into action. >> you're all going to die. >> can we talk for a minute? >> clay duke's attack startled everyone else. but he planned this. police found the date circled on his calendar. and once he held members of the bay district school board hostage, he ignored their pleas. >> i've got a lot with my wife and family. i don't need to die. >> ginger littleton, the only woman on the board snuck back inside and tried to disarm duke with her purse. [ screaming ] >> duke let her live, but no one could talk him down.
>> please don't. please don't. please. [ gunshot ] >> i'm going to kill you. >> i'm not a pansy. but i will tell you, i was very afraid. i was scared to death. >> this is going to happen. he was going to do this. there was nothing we could have done to stop him. >> reporter: on wednesday, an emotional rebecca duke told reporters, she was hoping to give her husband, some good news. >> trying to fill out applications and trying to get in some interviews so that i could actually say, honey, guess what, i got a job. you know, everything is going to be okay. but, um -- evidently, i didn't get that chance. i love my husband. he's really a gentle giant. >> reporter: by the time he opened fire, missing even at point blank range, duke was a troubled and broke ex-con, angry the school system had fired his wife, a special needs teacher. his lawyer said duke was also bipolar, which kept him jobless so he couldn't afford his medication. and by the time be some called 911 -- >> oh, my gosh, he's firing.
>> okay. >> he's firing. >> reporter: mike jones couldn't afford to wait. in the boardroom, here off camera, the school district security chief returned fire. and dropped duke. >> i'm telling you, mike saved our lives. now, it doesn't get any more real than that. and you don't have to believe that or whatever. but we were in there, and i'm telling you, that gentleman was not going to stop shooting. >> reporter: rebecca duke, the gunman's widow, described her husband as a gentle giant and excellent marksman. she believes he missed all of his targets because he wanted to. these two women, 25-year- old tunishia dorsey and brandy arnold were arrested at a hotel in glen burnie. police say dorsey solicited sex over the internet. both face several charges. six months in the prison. that's the sentence for the man
who questioned president obama's authority as commander in chief. lieutenant colonel lakin will also be dismissed from the army. lakin doesn't believe the president is an american citizen, and therefore cannot order him to a war zone. also, president obama is heading for healthcare. manuel gallegus reports this evening that the states argue the entire plan should be halted on constitutional grounds. >> reporter: the attorneys general from 20 states have a message for the president. >> obama care should be stricken down as violating the constitution. >> reporter: attorneys general from texas, florida, and alabama, argued in a federal court, that congress does not have the constitutional authority to force all americans to buy health insurance, or penalize them if they don't. >> what the judge said is if congress can force you to go out and purchase a product such as healthcare insurance, congress can force you to go
out and eat broccoli, because that would be better for your health. >> they also said if states are forced to expand the medicare under the new law, they'll go broke. >> reporter: when are you going to get the money? are you going to raise taxes in this state? >> reporter: earlier, the federal government ruled that they cannot force citizens to buy health insurance. >> reporter: but two other federal judges have upheld the law. and dozens of groups are weighing in from the sidelines. >> there's a lot at stake. because there are tens of millions of people who are going to gain coverage as a result of this legislation. >> reporter: outside the courthouse, some showed their distrust of more government intervention. but others who fought their own healthcare battle, want to see healthcare reform stick. >> i would have suffered less, not only financially, but medically, had i been eligible for medicaid. >> reporter: lawyers for the federal government say ultimately, states don't have the authority to interfere.
legal analysts say the issue will undoubtedly end up before the supreme court. manuel gallegus, wjz eyewitness news. >> maryland is not among the states in the lawsuit. but pennsylvania is. time now for a quick look at some of the stories you'll find in tomorrow morning's edition of the baltimore sun. a preliminary cost estimate to expand the center and build an arena next to it. an outreach organization now finds itself homeless, or at least headquartersless. and the man who double parked because he was scared to walk home. for these stories and a lot more, read tomorrow's baltimore sun. and remember, you can look for the updated forecast from wjz's first warning weather team. still to come on wjz eyewitness news. real-life grinch. caught on tape, stealing from war veterans. how the weather is impacting the case. bob turk, first warning weather center. some sun coming back. and actually going above freezing. i'll have the exclusive first warning five-day forecast.
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the man accused of abducting a 12-year-old, jeff rerey -- jeffrey easley arrived in roanoke last night. he faces charges of abducting 12-year-old brittany smith. the two were found at a san francisco supermarket, shortly after police discovered the girl's mother dead in their roanoke home. police are on the lookout for real-life christmas grinches. they stole the grinch from the vfw post. surveillance video shows the man and woman unplugging the decorations, loading them into a pickup truck. they made off with about $350 in decorations. wikileaks founder julian assange says it is great to smell the fresh air again. the wikileaks founder is headed to an english country mansion, where he says he will continue to reveal top secret u.s. documents. assange is fighting extradition
to sweden, where he's wanted for questioning on sex crime allegations. katie couric has a preview of what's coming up tonight on the cbs evening news. the security guard who saved those florida school board members says he's no hero. i'll speak with him about what happened. so that story and more tonight, only on the cbs evening news. thanks, katie. here's a look at tonight's closing numbers from wall street. we'll be right back. blan ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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letting government decide who can go to college. it's my education, and my job, it should be my choice. [ male announcer ] don't let washington get in the way. meteorologist tim williams and bob turk have the answers for us. we're looking at a cold night tonight. everything on the ground that is not treated, well, it's going to stay that way. 18 degrees tonight. that's where we start tomorrow. good bit of sunshine tomorrow. not too windy. temperatures going up into the mid-30s. overnight lows, back into the mid-20s. and again, we'll have another day of clear skies and another cold night ahead. for the next five days, including the weekend, we'll send it to bob. average high is now in the mid-40s on saturday. 38, with some increasing clouds. now, sunday morning, late saturday night, there can be a
bit of snow. looks like most will be to the south and east of the region. particularly along the coast up to 38. and breezy and cold. 34 on monday with sunshine. 36 and increasing clouds tuesday. he has been delivering mail for 50 years. and was just honored by the postal service for all of his work. but andrea fujii explains, the oldest mailman in baltimore has no intention of retiring. >> reporter: stamps were just 3 cents when 72-year-old joe roberts first started at the postal service. >> started off $2 an hour. and i make quite a bit more than that now. >> reporter: he's sorted mail and delivered it for 50 years. most recently in loch raven and says there is nothing he'd rather do. >> it's just a good job.
>> after half a century, there's now less mail to deliver. but some things stay the same. and the old cliche about dogs and postmen? well, he has been bit 22 times. >> contact with people is what he enjoys the most. >> i feel sorry for him. >> though at his age, most would want to retire. >> as residents wait for christmas gifts to arrive. if joe is on your round, you'll be sure to get them on time. andrea fujii, wjz eyewitness news. >> and roberts was recently awarded with the letter of recognition from retired post master general, john putter for his years of service. >> he probably looked at the snow. >> still to come tonight on wjz's eyewitness news. ranks look to build momentum in the play-offs. mark was at practice and
field today. but the snowfall this morning covered the outdoor field am. led the ravens to move today's preparation inside. cold and snow could be to the ravens' advantage. the ravens captain control the weather. but they can -- cannot control the weather, but they can improve their own play. and they have had some inconsistencies on offense and defense. i asked joe flacco whether it's possible to make significant changes this late into a season. >> i'm not a big guy that likes to change things. i think you play with what you have. and you do what you're good at. and when you're 13 games into the year, you should know what you're good at. and you should go out there and run things. you shouldn't need to change your offense, and change what your offense is or what you feel it s. i think we've played 19 games. we're a 19-4 football team. and we should go out there and play the game we have. >> we have some bumpy roads here and there. but i think as an offense, we have gradually gotten better each and every week. for us, if we're getting better
each and every week. but if we're staying stagnant, or we feel that we've reached our point, then that's bad for us. because we still got, you know, three games left. and hopefully some play-off games. >> now, mason missed practice today with an ankle injury. edtodd heap and mcclane also sat out. the ravens had a special visitor today. basketball legend, curlyne, still a member of the harlem globetrotters. the trotters have some tricks. they can shoot. so can running back willis mcgahee. check him out. he hits a loop from long distance. they are in town in advance to promote a performance at the first mariner arena that's coming up on december 28th. second shot not so good. the nfl announced official approval today for the minnesota vikings to host the chicago bears monday night at
the university of minnesota's outdoor stadium. there were concerns about the unheated feel at the college venue, which could make the surface hard in rock solid. but it will be treated with chemicals, prior to kickoff. it will be the vikings first game outdoors in 20 years. the metro dome stadium under repair now after a collapse from the snowfall. baseball news. the orioles' off season including the departure of another. matt albers, headed to boston. he was let go after three years in baltimore. came to town in 2008 from houston as part of the miguel tejada trade. working mostly relief. he appeared in 62 games this past season. most appearances by any pitcher. he gets a one-year contract. so now, matt albers is with the enemy. >> ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
>> couric: tonight, a humble hero. the security guard who saved the day in panama city, florida. >> i tried to keep him pinned down. >> couric: i'm katie couric. also tonight, a new review of u.s. strategy in afghanistan. as president obama declares "we're on track. we'll hear from a u.s. marine there who has what may be the most dangerous job in the world. >> i'll do it again and again and again. >> couric: and remembering new york's nightmare before christmas and the little boy who had an entire city praying for a miracle. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. he says he is not a hero, but watching mike jones and