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>> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> googood morning everyone its 5 o'clock on this wednesday february 8th here's what's happening. >> new surveillance video shows thieves stealing kobe bryant's memorabilia from inside lower merion high school. >> a volunteer fire department in pennsylvania might need to turn on the fire hoses for a different kind of heat as it prepares to hold another naughty fundraiser. oh and let's take a live look outside as the delaware valley gets ready for a rollercoaster of weather. it's going to feel like spring today, it already does, but we're telling you this time tomorrow we'll be talking about snow. >> you saw that open that we rolled before the news every morning, it's going to actually look like those pictures around here in a little bit. here are david and karen. >> we get the shot of the kids shoveling and all that and sledding. might get a little bit of that
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tomorrow. we've had light sprinkles and showers overnight. they're now off the coast so that's not an issue. a lot of cloud cover around on satellite although you can see the clouds thinning out out to our west went expect to transition to a mix of clouds with some sun. it's also very mild right now but that's not going to last tonight. we see crashing temperatures and there is a winter storm warning that kicks in at midnight in the northern suburbs at 4:00 a.m. closer to philadelphia and doesn't expire until 4 o'clock thursday afternoon and this is because of periods of heavy snow that will gradually work their way in overnight tonight, definitely be cranking during the morning commute and then gradually taper off during the afternoon hours and in this area from the poconos down to philadelphia, we're looking at a general four to 8-inches of snow, less the farther south you go and there could be some pockets up farther north that go even higher than that so this is going to be a significant snow event. now, it's very mild heading into the snow. 60 degrees currently in philadelphia. in allentown, we're only in the upper 30's, same thing in reading, 60 in millville so mild air across most of the
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region and we are going stay mild for a good portion of the day. we're going for a high of 64 degrees, probably hitting that kind of early, say, 1:30 or 2 o'clock and then you see how the numbers do start to fall but even as late as 7 o'clock we're still probably holding onto about 50 degrees but the numbers are going to really crash overnight into the 30's and snow should arrive after midnight and again go into tomorrow afternoon. i'll track all of this for you and karen despite the mild temperatures today, it does look like eventually this snow is going to be heavy enough to cover roads tomorrow. >> yeah, it's going to be a mess of a ride tomorrow so today we're going to try to give you the morning off for bad traffic. looking outside live on the vine street expressway and we can see no overnight construction. all the lanes are opened. roads are a little bit damp. we had those showers move through in the overnight hours. here we are in king of prussia. this is 202 at the schuylkill. no problems here between exton and norristown. you've got a pretty good looking ride here on 202. we do have an accident in willow grove. watch for it on wyandotte road at easton road. also construction that's blocking two lanes here
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westbound on the turnpike near bensalem blocking the right lane and the center lane and westbound is slowing a little bit through that work zone at times so you'll want to watch for that. here we're outside live on the new jersey turnpike near exit 7a where we're looking pretty good at this point. we've had speed restrictions of 45 miles an hour but right now looking good right there. also one more thing in. williamstown 322 eastbound is reopened near 422. >> thank you, karen. let's take a live look at philadelphia international airport where several airlines have already and issued travel alerts ahead of tomorrow's snowfall. "action news" reporter katherine scott is live there where she has been talking to travelers who are trying go before the snow, katherine. >> reporter: that's right t-matt, the snow is coming tomorrow so a number of airlines are allowing passengers to change their flights today without incurring any fees so that is something to keep in mind if you have travel plans tomorrow when it's supposed to snow but right now here at philadelphia international airport you can seep peoplsee people are getting just fine.
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we're at the security lines between terminal d and e but the lines respect pretty light. tomorrow expect there could be trouble but not just in philadelphia. the storm is expected to impact a number of cities over the next few days. in many cases travel alerts from airlines started coming out yesterday. american posted a list with a number of cities that could be affected including philadelphia, allentown, the new york airports just to name a few. if you're traveling to or from a city on the list and you're supposed to travel tomorrow, passengers will be able to change their tickets and american will waive the fee t and we've seen similar travel advisories come out for other airlines including delta jetblue and southwest. at this point we haven't seen such advisories on frontier's web site a best to check your airline before you go. as for the passengers we've been speaking to this morning many were already scheduled to travel today and they tell me they're pretty happy to be getting out of town. some are going to ski and snow, some are going florida or costa rica or other places happy to get out of town
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without any trouble right now. we are live at philadelphia international airport, katherine scott, channel6 "action news." matt. >> costa rica. you're whetting our appetites. thanks, katherine. "action news" will be on the air early tomorrow to track the snowfall and the impact on your morning commute, also have the latest on any school closings. join us for "action news" mornings beginning at 4:00 a.m. tomorrow. >> ♪ >> new this morning, police have released surveillance video showing two thieves stealing kobe bryant memorial memorabilia at lower merion high school. it includes lower merion's 1996 state championship trophy and a signed replica jersey. take a look at that tape. if you think you know these thieves call police. and it is 5:05 and a bandit and an accomplice caught on tape in heist after heist across philadelphia and police are trying to get to these people before somebody gets hurt. newly released surveillance video shows the pair holding up several stores at gunpoint. investigators say they have been targeting convenience stores and restaurants in west and southwest philadelphia and that it's been going on since
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november. >> you'll city a video where he puts a mask on but he puts the mask on backwards and tears it but still goes in and tries to complete the robbery. you can clearly see he doesn't know what he's doing. >> there were two incidents where shots were actually fired. one suspect was wounded and later arrested. we'll have more on this robbery spree coming up in a live report in the next half hour. >> homicide detectives are looking for a killer who didn't down a 51-year-old man in the strawberry section. the victim was shot several times at 27th street and montgomery avenue yesterday afternoon. he was rushed to the hospital where hawpe pronounced dead. investigators have not released a motive. >> and happening today, the pennsylvania state senate could vote on a vote on a bill that could prohibit all abortioning in the state after 20 weeks. governor tom wolf says he'll veto at the bill. republicans have larger majorities in both chambers this year and they may be able
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to override aviette to this a panel of appeals court judges will that continue reviewing president trump's travel bandas the white house tries to get that ban reinstated. the three judges questioned lawyers on both sides last night as to whether the president's order was motivated by concerns about terrorism or instead by a bias against muslims. the ban which is on hold forename temporarily suspends immigration from seven mostly muslim countries. a decision is likely to come later this week. >> turning no to you accuweather. let's not talk about the snow just y let's enjoy what's going to happen today. >> you step outside this morning you can't believe we're talking snow as soon as maybe two or 3 o'clock in the morning. storm tracker6 live double scan right now shows us that we are essentially dry after some sprinkles came through overnight. they're mostly off the coast. taking a look outside we do have clouds in place over the commodore barry bridge but, boy is it mild and really not feeling anything like winter right now. at least not in most of the region. we're at 60 degrees currently in philadelphia, 61 in wilmington.
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and 60 in millville. now, if you go up the pike not all that far, colder air is still sitting in trenton where you're only at 42 and up in allentown and the reading a stark difference with temperatures currently in the upper 30's. we will see these numbers climb a bit this afternoon probably up into the 50's in those northern areas and getting into and staying in the low to mid 60's in and around i-95 before things change. there are the rain showers that went off the coast earlier. you can see the clouds getting a little thinner out to the west and i do think eventually we'll see clouds and sun mixing for awhile today. and then a front is going to come in from the west w you don't see much activity out there right now but it is going to blossom and bloom and after midnight in the overnight hours tomorrow or tonight i should say into tomorrow morning we're going to see snow arriving and i'll show you that in the model in just a second. lehigh valley's forecast today though mostly cloudy and very mild. we will manage to get u up to 56 degrees during the early to midafternoon hours. down the shore a high around 60 mostly cloudy and mild there. and in philadelphia shooting
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all the way up to 64. now, if we hit that, that will break the old record high for this date of 63 set back in 1925. so, record warmth this afternoon, mostly cloudy skies with some sunny breaks. and a little bit on the breezy side. then overnight tonight, boy, do those numbers dip. by tomorrow morning, we'll be all the way down to 33 degrees, maybe even dipping a little bit below that as heavy snow bands come through. cloudy skies, snow arriving after midnight and those winds picking up so it will be a bit blustery. new model runs suggest that the snow won't be here until maybe about 2 o'clock or 3 o'clock in the morning in the western suburbs and by 4 o'clock or 5 o'clock in the morning it should be coming in close to philadelphia and in the northern and western suburbs. notice how it starts out as rain down south. that's going to help diminish your snowfall totals in the area you see the rain. as we move through the rush hour that snow band gets closer to the coast, continues to snow heavy at times across the center of the region and by about noon the intensity of the snow begins to taper off and by about two or 3 o'clock it looks like the last of the snow showers are also heading
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away from us. how much are we expecting on the ground? a general four to 8-inches by the time we wrap up the main snowfall around lunchtime or so tomorrow from areas south of philadelphia all the way through the poconos. some areas could go higher than that. two to 4-inch band closer to the coast and a coating to 2-inches is possible down the shore. however there is a varying range on the models as there always is and in philadelphia we actually do have some projections going as high as seven, some only going to about 4.3 so again that four to maybe 7-inch range looks pretty good in the i-95 corridor. in the lehigh valley there is one model, the rpm that goes up close to 9-inches. i think it's possible some pockets go nine or 10-inches from this. down the shore not expecting as much, most models in atlantic city only calling for about 2-inches on average. your exclusive accuweather 7-day forecast, today's high 64 degrees record setting highs across much of the region mostly cloudy but then overnight tonight you see the temperatures plunge, that snow arrives and in the morning we do have snow oh falling heavy at times and then tapering off
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during the afternoon. a high of just 35 degrees. i know it's mild, i know yesterday i talked about how the snow might have a hard time sticking to road surfaces initially but now the models are projecting such heavy snow that we do think it will be able to take over the roads probably in time for the morning commute in a lot of spots. on friday sun giving way to clouds, 32, a clipper comes through at night with another snow shower. and then we get into saturday and in the afternoon, after a morning snow shower, we do get milder with a high of 57. periods of rain sunday but it's rain not snow with a high of 53. we start to cool down again around valentine's day. >> okay. thank you, david. >> where we warm up again. >> uh, yes. >> okay. >> right. >> it is 5:11. next, these folks didn't stand a chance when they tried to break into a gas station. see why they stopped before even getting inside. >> pet owners in 15 states including pennsylvania are being warned about a dog food now under recall that turned deadly in one case. karen.
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>> in fort washington checking out 309 approaching the damp. no other issues. we'll take you to chester county coming up. >> ♪
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>> welcome back. you're taking a live look there the sky6 camera from city hall looking over towards the ben franklin parkway. you can see the roadways are a little damp this morning but it's so warm out there, it's hard to imagine that 24 hours from now we'll be talking about snow. >> and probably be talking about a pretty rough commute so let's see how things are shaping up this morning before
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the snow with karen rogers. >> i think it's only fair we give you a good commute today. >> yes. >> hopefully everyone behaves themselves on the roads here. let's check the suburban traffic report and go live outside here. this is what it looks like in exton, chester county. this is route 100 at commerce drive and you see traffic here moving just fine its a little wet here but from the showers that have already moved through but no big problems out there. let's take a look at some of the other issues here and on the maps we've got a shot here wyandotte road near east ton road an accident over there its not really causing too much of an issue it's residential and the pennsylvania turnpike westbound near bensalem we've had some slow traffic at times moving through this work zone because the construction blocks the right lane and the center lane so watch for that one headed out. on the commuter traffic report here, we found chef felix talking about in kutztown berks county some foggy weather so let's check our latest visibility reports right now. 10-mile visibility at philadelphia international airport. it was foggy yesterday. not the case now. but we have .3 of a mile in
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allentown, 4-mile visibility in trenton but only 2 miles in reading so if you're north of philadelphia right now, you have some fog, not a lot of people are seeing it but just watch for that as you're headed out. i want to though you these temperatures though because it's 60 degrees right now in philadelphia so how does that compare to yesterday morning? oh, about 20 degrees warmer than yesterday. 19-degree change in just 24 hours. 64 for your record warmth today under mostly cloudy skies. get out there and enjoy it. the snow comes and tomorrow morning is going to be a messy commute, matt. >> a shocker today and a shocker tomorrow. thanks, karen. new this morning a pair of would be thieves try to break into a gas station in florida that was built to last. the surveillance video shows the men approaching the store in point saint lucie yesterday morning. that first man used a hammer to try and break the glass. after several unsuccessful hits he rams his body into the shattered door. that didn't work. couldn't get inside. the men end up leaving empty handed and what they did not realize was the glass at the
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station was hurricane resistant. >> good for the gas station. there's an important recall this morning form pet owners. dog food sold in 15 states including pennsylvania could be deadly. some cases of evangers hunk of beef dog food are contaminated way drug used to euthanize animals. the company says the food has killed one dog and sickened four others. the recalled food was manufactured between june 6th and june 13th of 2016. the company is offering to pay for any vet bills that result from eating this compromised food. >> the sixers host the san antonio spurs tonight. it's unclear if rookie center joel embiid will play. he has missed the past six games with a bruised knee. >> it is now 5:17. the cdc is out with an update on flu season. we'll tell you what it means for our region. >> and a mystery on a tiny island in central america. a globe trotting woman from new york is found dead there. we have the latest from the investigation. >> ♪ by peggy lee playing ]
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>> in health check doesn't it seem like everybody is sick and that it's taking them forever to get over it? the cdc agrees this year's flu season is pretty bad around here. this high prevalence of sickness is the case in more than a dozen regions including the delaware valley. experts say there have been more than 31,000 confirmed cases of the flu this season. the virus has been associated with 15 pediatric deaths. health officials say, you know what, it's still not too late to get the flu vaccine and that this year you should really consider it. >> yeah. good mother that i am i got two out of the three vaccinated and i can't remember which one i didn't. >> who was in the car at the time she went to the clinic. >> i'm such a disaster. let's take a look outside right now and check montgomery township. this is dekalb pike at welsh road. a little wet right here but no big problem. septa's market frankford subway still on that modified schedule especially during the morning rush.
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you want to expect in some crowded cars and platforms during rush hour and they're again running the supplemental shuttle buses during the morning rush to help you out if you need that, dave. >> we all get our flu shots because they offer them here for free at work which is -- they were right next door. 58 degrees on the bus stop this morning. that's right, 58. right now we're at 60 in philadelphia, 57 by 8:00 a.m., very mild this morning. mainly cloudy skies although some sunny breaks are not out of the question. and if you want to go out and get errands done, maybe head to the market of course with snow coming in tonight today is a great day to do it and it will be mild. wooer going for 57 degrees by 7:00, 61 by noon, a high of 64 degrees rather early probably around 1:30 or 2:00 and even as late as 7 o'clock we're still holding onto 50 but the numbers are going to plunge after that into the 30's overnight and we have snow arriving after midnight. matt. >> thanks, david. a bucks county cemetery that was the focus of an "action news" investigation last year is that once again accused of miss placing a family's loved one.
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investigative reporter went see saltzman ha -- wendy saltzmn has a special preview. >> you remember the date that you had that baby and you remember the day there baby leaves you. >> reporter: but when the family went to visit his grave, she says she was sent to the wrong plot. >> it's like another slap in the face, another stab in the heart. >> reporter: tonight at 11:00 we confront the cemetery for answers. >> off my property before i break your camera. >> reporter: plus how the family went to find their missing loved one. >> get to digging 'cause you going to digger rick walker up. >> reporter: then many don't miss my special investigation, another grave area tonight on "action news" at 11:00. >> up next in the morning buzz a pennsylvania fire department is turning up the heat to raise money isn't that "action
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>> strangers helping man who collapsed outside a lehigh valley casino. first up "gma"'s first look. >> in this morning's "gma" first look a mystery on a tiny panamanian island a globe trotting 23-year-old from new york katherine joe hasn't this found dead in paradise. she was visiting an explorer's dream. this youtube video showing epic hikes and pristine beaches posting on instagram from one just a week ago but when she didn't return from a solo day trip to a nearby island thursday, she was reported missing. after three days of searching, a police officer found her body along a hiking trail. >> i'm going to guess based on the reaction of the panamanians that this probably is -- there's some wrongdoing going on here someplace in this case. >> reporter: now investigators are racing to determine whether there was foul play and we'll have the latest on the investigation coming up at 7:00 a.m. with your "gma" first look, i'm geo benitez, abc news, new
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>> ♪ >> welcome back. you're taking a live look across philadelphia international airport. when you open the door today you might say i need the lighter jacket its nice and warm. 60 degrees right now. but changes are coming. call ahead to the airport if you have a flight tomorrow.
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they've eased up some airline restrictions fees. >> a fire department in schuylkill county pennsylvania is raising eyebrows for their creative fundraising efforts. the hometown volunteer fire company is getting ready to host its second adults only naughty bingo night. instead of competing for cash people will try win adult themed prizes. the hometown volunteer company says it made a few thousand dollars with its first naughty bingo fundraiser last year, so the event was so popular people came from as far as new jersey withstanding room only. this year's bingo fundraiser is set for march 11th. attend if you dare to be naughty. [laughter] >> all right. i'll put it on the calendar. thank you, matt. police are searching for a violent thief targeting businesses in southwest philadelphia. one store owner fought back but it still didn't make his suspect and accomplices think twice about striking again. a look at the damage after
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strong storms and tornadoes ripped through louisiana. those stories and more when "action news" comes right back. >> ♪
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>> ♪ >> now on "action news," rising temperatures before a reality check.
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accuweather is tracking a wild one with record highs and then snow. >> catch me if you can. police say this brazen bandit clearly does not know what he is doing and yet his crime spree continues. >> roadside rescue. a man is alive thanks to bystanders who knew cpr. >> good morning everyone. 5:30, 5:30 wednesday -- david and karen, it's february, i mean, i know it doesn't seem that way. >> yes. >> yeah, doesn't right now but it will tomorrow morning. storm tracker6 live double scan currently shows you a couple of sprinkles and showers passing to the east of us. there are some breaks in the clouds to the west and we'll probably transition to at least clouds with some sunny breaks, might even have a shot of good sunshine at some points. you don't see too much happening out to the west of us right now but there is a cold front coming in that's dramatically going to change things tonight. zoom those temperatures down and bring us some snow. boy, doesn't feel like it right now though across most of the region. we're at 60 degrees in philadelphia, 61 wilmington, 60 in millville. now in northern areas like trenton we're


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