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bridge. south of there, getting a few sprinkles now near quantico and along 95 from woodbridge down to stafford. a little farther to the west too, this extends into the blue ridge in rappahannock county and along the central shenandoah valley. still a batch of some rain in st. mary's county moving in over the northern neck. some light to moderate showers there. right now we're in the low to mid 50s in the metro area and where we've got the low clouds still hanging in a little bit of a break in the cloud cover right there at the horizon. might see a bit of sunshine later today. but have the umbrella handy for the morning. drying out for the rest of the afternoon. looking forward to a warmer weekend and a summer-like pattern that moves in next week. next weather and traffic on the 1s a look at the bus stop weather and what to wear on this friday. how is the commute going, melissa? >> right now first 4 traffic tracker on the inner loop of the beltway. nice and dry. no major problems at this point this morning. it was a different scene on the way down outer loop to 95.
395 at kings street nice and dry as well. no major problems there. still have a report of a crash here, 295 southbound at the 11th street bridge. that could be there if you're headed out any time soon. 95 northbound in virginia through dale city is a tad slow but again that's pretty typical for this time of day. overall, prince george's county looking good but as tom told us we'll see precipitation in the area. some cameras there looking wet this morning. a wide look at things beltway is looking good. rolling along nicely. travel times in ten minutes see you at 6:11. protesters in baltimore demanded justice for freddie gray. all of the demonstrations were peaceful. one man was handcuffed for denying the city's curfew. that curfew will remain in place over the weekend. a man was found dead in the tractor-trailer near the protest area and baltimore police don't believe it's connected.
the police department's investigation into gray's death is now in the hands of the state's attorney. gray died two weeks ago after becoming critically injured in police custody. and that investigation focused on gray's transportation to the police station. it was during that period of time that gray's spine became severed. "the washington post" says investigators believe gray suffered serious head wounds inside a police van but they don't know how. one wound seemed to happen when gray hit his head on an exposed bolt. the police van made four stops before arriving at the police station. the man inside that transport van at the same time as freddie gray told the nbc station in baltimore he heard banging. he said he only heard the banging for four seconds and never actually saw gray. now the officer who made first contact with freddie gray has a history of mental illness apparently. the associate press said that
brian rice suffered a mental health episode that required him to be put in the hospital. carroll county confiscated both his personal and department guns. the atf investigating all the fires set in baltimore. it's offering a $10,000 reward for information on the arsonist. at least 19 buildings burned during monday's violence in response to freddie gray's death. i'm kristin wright at the news desk. the department of justice minutes ago announced a $20 million pilot program to help local police departments buy and implement body cameras. agencies will have to apply for competitive grants to purchase the cameras. the new program also includes funding for training, technical assistance and studying best practices. the justice department says they expect to provide 50 awards one-third of the grants to smaller departments. local agencies will be responsible for the long term costs associated with the
cameras. coming up on four minutes after 6:00. and the district is moving forward with providing body cameras to officers. one caveat though, the police chief and the mayor want to restrict who gets to see the footage from those cameras. chief kathy lanier explained the purpose to blur videos would take too long. she says it would make personal information public as well. d.c. lawmakers say that's not true. the d.c. council will hold a hearing next week on whether to keep the video from the public. today we'll find out -- to a bottle bombing back in may at the magic johnson theater in largo. he still faces charges in virginia and maryland for similar incidents. authorities say that joiner bell confessed to setting off bottle bombs at five theaters in 2014. no one was seriously hurt in any of the incidents. a traffic alert for you this morning. we're going to start to see new
road closures around the third street tunnel. news4's megan mcgrath has more on when those closures will begin. good morning. this could be quite a mess. >> reporter: yeah it real -- well it's already a mess. this is an on going project. we have a bird's-eye view and you can see the construction the smashed up concrete and the jersey walls. we have had a number of traffic tie-ups in the area as a result of the construction. and we're iffing to have yet -- we're going to have another changeover over the weekend, another lane closure. let's take a look at the map so you can see what we're talking about here. on saturday early saturday morning the off ramp from northbound 395 to massachusetts avenue it is going to go down to just one lane. the closure is going to happen at 12:01 saturday morning. the expectation is we'll only one lane available for traffic for something in the nature of 17 to 19 months. so it's going to be a while.
right now there are two lanes for that ramp. that is going to change over the weekend and you should expect traffic tie-ups. if you have driven through -- this area since this project begun you know it's pretty ugly. it will only get worse. they have lower the speed limit to 35 miles per hour on 395 and they are going to also be putting in a speed camera to make sure people obey that lower speed limit. back to you guys. >> megan mcgrath thank you. there is a new scherff in town and you may be hearing that a lot during redskins games this year. with the fifth pick, the team drafted offensive lineman brandon scherff from iowa. nfl.com calls scherff a weight room star and take a look, you can see why. he is 6'5", 320 pounds. that is a large individual right there. but you want someone like that to protect your quarterback. >> he'll do it for sure. where you live will be the key factor in whether you get wet this morning as scattered
showers roll through our area. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein is helping you with prepare with your what to weather forecast. and the mistake many of us are trying to protect our children that could land them in the emergency room. first though historic local bridge now off limits to cars. the problem that shut it down
you're watching "news4 today." >> i just tweeted about this. v dot is closing the historic aidan bridge in prince william county today. an inspection revealed further deterioration on the 132-year-old structure. it was already scheduled to be closed as part of a rehabilitation project. it will include a historic marker and a pulloff area and it will remain closed through
spring 2016 when most of the work will be complete. what a difference a second makes. it took every second literally for the caps to beat the rangers. joel ward stunned the crowd at madison square garden, he scored the game-winning goal with 1.3 seconds left in the game right there. game two tomorrow at 12:30 in new york. you can. what it on nbc4. ovi scored the first goal, first goal, and now we take home advantage. >> keep it going. just wrap this puppy up early if we can. 6:11 your time right now. a nice picture to see this morning, even with that deck of -- that thick deck of clouds right there. >> i hope this is promising news out there. tom kierein, weather and traffic on the 1s. >> it is promising, we are drying out in the northern and the western suburbs, however, eastern and southern suburbs still damp.
in prince george's county and spotsylvania and southern fauquier county. for this morning, you'll need a light jacket, an umbrella if you live south and east of the metro area. a shower south and east, 7:00 to 8:00, a small chance of a shower. a look at when the summer-like temperatures arrive, next weather and traffic on the 1s at 6:21. melissa has a new crash. >> brand new crash, 95 south. so that of course is a good thing. this is 95 southbound at 123. it's off to the left shoulder shouldn't be bothering anybody too much. a two mile backup, 295 northbound at the 11th street bridge. a warning there. you'll have to stay right because it's to the left side of the roadwayment the outer loop looking pretty good here. 66 in to town okay. 95 north quantico to the beltway you're ten minutes behind. guys?
made me mad. >> sharing their story for the first time two survivors of colorado theater shooting talking about how the massacre changed their lives. plus a developing story right now out of the south pacific after another country is rocked by a powerful earthquake overnight. what we're learning about the
i'm kristin wright at the live desk. new information coming in to our newsroom right now on that major earthquake in the south pacific. we told you about it this morning. the quake off papua new guinea was just downgraded from a 7.1 to a 6.8. still powerful. at it's actually an -- it's actually an aftershock. the second one to hit papua new guinea in two days. a magnitude 6.7 rocked the same area thursday. papua new guinea is on the island of new briton north of australia. now, so far, no reports of casualties or major damages. we can tell you also that a tsunami alert was issued but that has been lifted. >> thank you. coming up on 17 after the hour.
rescuers still searching for survivors under earthquake rubble in nepal. rescue teams now using heavy machinery to search through the debris. the death toll stands at almost 6,000 people. the country's army chief says the death toll may reach more than 15,000. 8 million people are affected by the earthquake that struck that region almost a week ago. and today we're hearing from some of the family members of the fairfax urban search and rescue team that's in nepal right now. they made their first successful recovery yesterday. they worked for six hours to fro a teenage boy from a collapsed building. >> so nice to see him over there helping and being able to tell everyone that my dad is over there helping and a part of such a great group and i'm so proud of him. i can't wait for him to come home. >> the boy is recovering today after being buried under that rubble for five days. a d.c. man is facing charges today, accused of raping a nun in prince george's county. juan randolph was arrested
yesterday morning, he faces more than a dozen charges after police say he sexually assaulted a nun at her home on wednesday. police say he's admitting to the rape. randolph is also facing peeping tom charges in baltimore and voyeurism charges in the district. 6:18 now. more chilling testimony at the movie theater massacre in colorado. we heard from the first officers at the scene at the theater in aurora colorado. they described the first moment they saw gunman james holmes. we are hearing more horrifying stories from the victims. caleb medley was shot in the head during this massacre. his wife said it was difficult listening to the families of other victims who weren't as lucky. >> when you're around the other families who are here because their son or daughter or boyfriend or mother or child is dead makes you think like wow, like we have it really, really good. like some days it's hard, but we
have it good. >> holmes pled not guilty by reason of insanity. he hasn't shown any emotion during the trial. a secret service agent is recovering from a crash. he crashed at wisconsin avenue and van ness in tenially town. emergency crews took that person to the hospital. no one else was hurt. secret service officials say it was not motorcade related. new this morning a poll shows most people support using drones. the associated press gfk poll found 60% of americans favored using drones to target and kill terrorists. the survey also found nearly three-quarters of americans say it's acceptable for the u.s. to kill an american citizen if that person is part of a terrorist organization. both democrats and republicans are widely in favor of drone use. this morning, new jersey governor chris christie is in virginia. he's headlining a breakfast for local tech leaders in mclean. he's mulling a presidential bid
and virginia is a key battleground state. christie is tied for third among republican candidates in a recent poll of registered voters in virginia. and christie's visit to virginia comes just as one of his former allies heads to federal court today over the so called bridge gate scandal. david wildstein may take a plea deal here. he ordered lane closures in 2013 and that led to the massive traffic jam and a political uproar. wildstein says he was following orders from christie's administration which he says wanted revenge on a local mayor. christie commission an internal review which cleared him of wrongdoing. sources tell nbc news several more former christie associates charged soon. the barack obama presidential library will call chicago home. nbc news confirmed the university of chicago will develop the library with the president's foundation. sources told the a.p. and nbc news an official announcement will come later. the president considered schools
in his home state of hawaii and new york as well, but the school where professor obama once taught law won. it's friday and the weekend is almost here. the weather will be nice so you have a lot to look forward to. no better way to start the weekend than with free doughnuts and coffee. we are teaming up with the guys behind the goodies food truck. it will be parked outside the rosalyn metro station from 7:00 to 9:00 this morning. stop by grab some coffee get a doughnut while supplies last. it's the best stuff -- it's not the best you can eat, but good stuff at this time of the morning. >> really worth starting your weekend off on a high note like that. >> doughnuts will do it. time for weather and traffic on the 1s. it looks like we're starting to see a peek of sunshine right at the horizon. >> that is right. we have a crack of the clouds on the eastern horizon. but it is otherwise all cloudy. it's a good morning for a hot cup of coffee as it's rather cool. we've had some cool showers coming through. the general trend is they're
continuing to move south of washington right now. the patch of light green a few sprinkles in prince george's county right from route 50 to the wilson bridge. then southern prince george's and the pavement is bet through woodbridge and -- is wet through woodbridge and quantico and elsewhere we're drying out, the pavement is dry. looking at the chopper 4 seeing dry pavement around. low 50s to mid 50s in the metro area. hour by hour we'll stay cloudy through 8:00. a small chance of a shower mainly south and east by noontime near 60 degrees. sun breaks out in the afternoon. ought to make it into the mid 60s. with we'll be hovering in the mid 60s through much of the late afternoon hours. by dawn saturday, a beautiful day tomorrow. partly sunny, low 70s. a small chance of an isolated sprinkle mainly midday. then on sunday partly cloudy.
50s and warmer into the upper 70s. summer-like temperatures arrive on monday and into tuesday with highs low 80s. up near 80, wednesday and thursday and might get thunderstorms on wednesday and thursday. a look at the new model just coming in with the hour by hour rain timing for the rest of the day. now melissa, what's happening? >> seeing some backups build. d.c. 295 northbound at the 11th bridge, some lanes are being blocked so you have to stay right to get around it. and 270 at the spur, no major problem there. here's driving the first 4 traffic tracker outer loop of the beltway down into virginia. that section of the beltway looking dry. top of the beltway, colesville road outer loop looking slow there. maryland 95 at 198, you're fine. overall prince george's county looking good. branch avenue a little slow
northbound. as tom was saying, they're starting to see the precipitation. at gordon boulevard remember we have the crash off to the left side of the roadway. back in a couple of moments. >> thanks. 6:24. first lady obama will celebrate college-bound students. she will be at the signing day as part of a reach higher initiative. this is video from the last time the first lady was at wayne state university. today, mrs. obama will speak at the university about the importance of students starting and completing higher education. back here in washington mayor muriel bowser will celebrate hometown kids heading to college in the fall. bowser will host the district's first ever reach higher college signing day. the mayor along with secretary of education will celebrate students' college picks at 9:00 a.m. it was one year ago we launched the changing minds campaign too get people to talk about mental health. it's an issue that impacts everybody. no matter where you live where you're from or how old you are.
now since we started this project we have heard from so many of you offering to share your own stories so you can have an impact. one of the people is laurie chuslo from vienna, virginia. she said losing her son nathaniel is something she'll never get over. he took his own life after a long battle with depression and addiction. >> i know it didn't have a good outcome. but yours can. but i'll share my story in hopes that maybe it may penetrate your ears or your heart and you will ask for help or reach out to a friend. because death is so so permanent. >> just a few weeks after her son's death she says she saw a changing mind story on news4. it was a report on a stage production featuring 12 people who all had mental illness. the show is called "this is my brave." laurie says she immediately
bought tickets and now nearly one year later she'll be performing in that show later this month. we'll continue our changing minds effort throughout the day today. you can hear more from laurie along with a lot of other people from the d.c. community who have been affected by mental illness. we'll have more on news4 at 4:00 5:00 and 6:00 tonight. sometimes you see the parents going do up the slide with the child in their lap as a measure to protect the child but it's a common mistake that can lead to serious consequences. doctors advise parents to never go down a slide with the child on their lap. a study in the journal of pediatric orthopedics found nearly 14% of all tibia fractures in toddlers happened when going down the slide on a parent's lap. apparently because of the weight of the parents and the kid on the lap, it pushes the child forward sometimes and then the child's legs can get trapped or they land improperly and that can injure the child. >> even if they're little kids -- a low slide they can make it down by themselves.
well breaking news in northwest washington. police on the site of an overnight homicide. molette green will have more on what happened. also ahead protecting communities from fiery derailments. the steps being taken to better safeguard trains hauling flammable liquids. cloudy skies here in northwest virginia and some will need the umbrella when you leave for work.
flashing lights and crime tape that's the scene in d.c.'s columbia heights neighborhoods after an overnight shooting leaves a person dead. but first, the rain and the chances you could see showers where you live in the day ahead. so far most of that rain is staying to the south of us. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein is here with today's rain chances with your hour by hour forecast. tom? >> yeah, the new model just came in showing this general trend for most of the rain for the rest of the day to stay to our south. that's where we're getting it right now. a little patch of green, we're still getting a few sprinkles in prince george's county along the beltway from route 50 down to
the wilson bridge and then south of there into charles county. west across the potomac into southern prince william county stafford and parts of spotsylvania southern fauquier and rappahannock getting a few sprinkles. the new model is showing the showers are tracking to the south through the morning by noontime, a little break in the cloud cover. then during the afternoon, a lingering line of showers moving into the mountains and shenandoah valley by this -- evening but by then most of it is out of here. coming up how is the commuter forecast? >> we're talking about d.c. 295 northbound about a two mile backup. so it will be extra slow for you extra early here this morning. i'm sorry to tell you. of course especially on this friday. just remember it's friday right? live look at things you can see outer loop top of the beltway a tad slow. getting a bit of yellow there. no big deal.
then the outer loop right here as you're passing 50 a tad slower as well. don't see any incidents there. a little bit of volume. 95 in virginia southbound at gordon boulevard still have that crash off to the left side of the roadway. not really slowing things down northbound our southbound. chopper 4 over 270, all the folks headed southbound not having any problems there. back at 6:41. weather and traffic always on the 1s. some travel times for you. 6:32 is your time right now. breaking news out of northwest washington. police are investigating a murder in columbia heights. let's get right to news4's molette green. molette? >> reporter: eun, good morning. we're in the 1300 block of harvard street not far from 14th street. this is the columbia heights community. i spoke to a man who says he is close to the victim's family. told me that the man police found shot here just after 1:00 a.m. just 21 years old. lives in this neighborhood.
and he told me doctors tried to save him. let's hear what he had to say. >> working on him -- you know? [ inaudible ]. >> reporter: back out here live, we have seen some other relatives, the victim's mother and possibly grandmother out here coming out to see what happened or what may have led up to this. we don't have a whole lot of information because this investigation is still continuing. i want to step out of the way and show you the crime scene tape around the area where it happened. police just put up more crime scene tape as this investigation is really just beginning. no suspect information at this time. we're live this morning in northwest d.c. i'm molette green. back to you. >> thank you. we now know who police are looking for in a brutal attack
at the eastern market metro station last week. it turns out it's not the first time. the video is hard to watch here. elijah smith of silver spring is believed to be responsible for last friday's random attack on the 69-year-old man. news4 has learn that smith is still on probation for a similar brutal incident in may of 2014. the victim in that case was also very seriously hurt. >> unfortunately he's not new to the system. he's currently on probation now with another incident from last year. we definitely believe this criminal needs to come off the street. >> if smith is convicted he faces tougher penalties this time. that's because of tougher penalties for enhanced penalties if the victim is over 65. there's concerns about how the capitol police are taking care of the weapon. a gun has been found in open areas of the capitol over the last few months. one of the guns was found by a 7
or 8-year-old boy in the suite of house speaker john boehner. a janitor found a gun while he was cleaning and a member of the senate leader mitch mcconnell's security detail left a gun in the bathroom. that officer was suddened for six days. a new d.c. abortion law will go into effect tomorrow. the law bars discrimination against workers who have abortion. the house voted to strike down the law but the senate is not likely to take any further action. president obama has also threatened to veto. this morning, we're going to learn about new rules for tank cars carrying crude oil on trains. anthony fox will announce a new generation of safer rail tank cars for transporting flammable liquids in north america. many have said this move is overdue. older tank cars may have played a role in explosions and fires resulting from derailments in the past.
it was a terrifying moment for some people in baltimore. you remember this video from a year ago when a street just collapsed, taking out the road there. everything right down into the ditch there. "the baltimore sun" is reporting that repairs are almost done on the road. the city has constructed a new wall. and crews still need to pave the street. that's expected to be finished this month. some montgomery county residents are gearing up for the next round in the battle with costco over a gas station. this fight has gone on for years now. costco wants to build a 16-pump station near the mall and neighbors are fighting that because of health concerns. last month the county board of appeals blocked the plan. gazette.net now reporting that costco now is asking a judge to step in. the president of the civic association opposed to the gas station calls costco's latest move astonishing.
it is now 6:37. lawmakers and hill staffers, is all that bickering getting to you perhaps? do you need a break? it is friday after all. you're invited to yoga on the hill. at starts at 7:45 a.m. take note, we just learned the location has changed. instead of the east lawn of the capitol, the yoga will be at the cannon house caucus room. probably because of the rain. hosted by the new congressional yoga association. this is first time we're doing yoga on the hill. well, a new push this morning to better equip police officers, the steps the federal government is ready to take to help departments pay for police body cameras. black smoke rising over an airport is never a scene you want to see, but you don't need to worry if you see that tomorrow. the focus of a drill playing out at
a live look at dulles airport this morning. if you see smoke billowing tomorrow from dulles, don't worry it's just a drill. the airport is holding an emergency preparedness exercise and that exercise is designed to help the airport respond to a large-scale plane crash. that drill will run from 8:30 to noon. you won't be delayed or affected in any way if you're using dulles tomorrow. >> with -- you may see some scheduling changes if you use the metro. there will be some delays on the red, green and orange lines. the silver line and blue line will operate under a normal weekend schedule. you can head to the nbc washington app for the full list of changes.
all right. it's friday. we made it. yes, it looks like the rain is moving out. >> live picture for you out there. waiting for the clouds to break up a little bit more. >> that was a live view of the capitol this morning, the cloud cover is beginning to lift a bit. to the south, light rain here. the patches of green here, they're beginning to break up as they track off to the south and the east of the moat -- metro area. green lights weatherwise as we'll have the pavement drying out during the afternoon. temperatures in the mid 50s for the morning commute afternoon. a little sunshine breaking out, in the mid 60s. looking at a warmer weekend and a summer-like pattern next week. that's next weather and traffic on the 1s at 6:51. melissa has some backups building. >> look at chopper 4 over the outer loop of the beltway. it hurts my eyes yikes, slow here this morning. also this problem 295 northbound
at the 11th street bridge, a two-mile backup, looks like it's growing as i look at the bottom of the screen. going 11 miles an hour. 66 into town 95 into town looking typical for this time of the morning. to 70 southbound 19 minutes. and listen to our friends on wtop when you hop in your car. more than just cars, how tesla wants to change the way you keep the lights on in your home.
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right now new developments out of baltimore involving the death of freddie gray. what we're learning about his trip to the police station as more protests are planned in the community. first weather and traffic. >> cloudy and cool now. storm team 4 radar showing showers moving from the northeast to the southwest. passing just south of the metro area now. these will continue to track off to the southwest and pull away. we'll gradually be drying through the morning. melissa? >> have a big problem here in d.c. 295 northbound at the 11th street bridge, now a four mile backup. only 11 miles per hour right now. then the outer look of the beltway, typically show as chopper 4 gives us a scene from the sky. now to the developing story in baltimore, protesters took to the streets demanding justice for freddie gray. all demonstrations were peaceful last night. one man was handcuffed for not
obeying the curfew. one man was found dead inside a tractor-trailer as well and the police department's investigation into freddie gray's death is in the hands of the state's attorney. he died two weeks ago after being critically hurt while in police custody. the police investigation focused on gray's transportation to the police station. it was during that time that gray's spine became severed. "the washington post" says investigators believe gray suffered serious head wounds inside a police van but they don't know how. one wound seemed to happen when he hit his head on an exposed bolt. the police vanolice station. the man inside that transport van at the same time as freddie gray told nbc baltimore that he heard banging. donta allen said he only heard the banging for four seconds and never saw gray. the officer who first made
contact with freddie gray has a history of mental illness. the associated press said in 2012, lieutenant brian rice suffered a mental health episode that caused him to be hospitalized. his official and personal guns were coconfiscated. he chased freddie gray after gray made eye contact with him on april 12th. the protests that began in baltimore are spreading to other cities. hundreds marched in philadelphia showing solidarity with baltimore. last night's protests started peacefully, but ended in a shoving match between police and demonstrators. protests attempted to march on i-95. protesters rather. we checked with our sister station in philadelphia. one person was arrested. the violence and destruction we saw this week in response to gray's death has set off a federal investigation. the bureau of alcohol, tobacco and firearms is looking for people who set the fires and is
offering a $10,000 reward for information. at least 19 buildings burned during the violence. i'm kristin wright at the live desk. right now, the department of justice is announcing a $20 million pilot program to help local police departments buy and implement body cameras. an issue we have been talking a lot about. we are now learning how the program will work. agencies will have to apply for competitive grants to purchase the cameras. the new program also includes funding for training, technical assistance and studying best practices. the justice department said they expect to give out about 50 awards. one-third of the grants to smaller departments. local agencies by way will be responsible for the long term costs associated with the cameras. >> thank you, kristin wright. the district is moving forward with fitting faufrss -- officers with body cameras. the police chief and the mayor don't want to make the footage public. chief kathy lanier explained the process to blur the videos would take too long and it would expose personal information.
d.c. lawmakers said that isn't true. the d.c. council will hold a hearing on whether to restrict who can see the body camera footage. today a judge will sentence a man for setting fire to a local movie theater. manuel joiner bell pleaded guilty back in may at the magic johnson theater in largo. he still faces charges in maryland and virginia as well. joiner bell confessed to setting off bottle bombs at five theaters in 2014. he could spend up to 21 years behind bars. if you've got a parking ticket near nats park recently you might be off the hook. many of those who received tickets on emancipation day may not have to pay them. d-dot warned they should pay for every nationals home game but now admits that almost 30 meters were not working correctly. it seems that a glitch didn't let people pay on weekends and holidays despite d-dot's warning. putting a tesla in your home no longer requires you to buy an electric car. the automaker's ready to change
how you power your house. cnbc's kate rodgers is live with that store for your money. good morning. >> good morning. well tesla unveiled a new product line called tesla energy. ceo elon musk announced a home battery that can capture and store solar energy during the day to be then used after the sun goes down. the battery is available to ship this summer for about $3,000 and it was even used last night to power the press event. back over to you. >> thank you, kate. 6:51. saw some rain a little lightning early this morning but things are calming down a bit, tom? >> yeah the sky is brightening now. the sun will try to break through later on. a live look shows the brightness on the eastern horizon now. it will take a while to see some sun. we're getting some rain on the storm team 4 radar, areas south of washington now. where we're getting some light rain. the pockets of yellow in the lower part of the eastern shore
maybe some lightning there. elsewhere we are drying out across northern virginia in maryland as well. just a few lingering sprinkles. these areas in light green and along 95 between woodbridge and quantico. this is tracking to the south and west between fredericksburg and woodbridge it will be damp over the next hour or so. but the overall trend is it's drying out except here from chincoteague down to the virginia tide water and the northern neck. it will be weather there with passing showers. it's rather cool in the low to mid 50s. most of virginia and maryland and in the district as well as around the bay. there's a live view from our storm team 4 tower camera. the low gray clouds racing over from the east. there's the washington monument. we'll stay cloudy a chance of a shower between now and through around 8:00 or 9:00. cloudy around noontime. then mid afternoon ought to make it into the mid 60s with a partly sunny sky.
sunshine breaking out. look at the apple blossoms, this photo was taken yesterday near winchester. beautiful weather for the weekend. the apple festival is this weekend. near 70 on saturday. a chance of sprinkles. sunday warmer upper 70s and more sun than saturday. beautiful weekend for outdoor activities except the pollen count will jump back up. and the temperatures back up too. summer-like, low 80s, monday, tuesday, wednesday, could get storms wednesday afternoon. and we have a new accident on the beltway. >> new crash on the beltway. chopper 4 got over this one. we're showing the accident off to the right side but this truck kind of blocking that one lane there. causing a little bit of a slow down. this is the outer loop at colesville. 66 unit will you -- until you hit chantilly a little slow. southbound just fine. overall prince george's county your typical volume on branch avenue pennsylvania avenue indian head highway nothing major right now.
look at 95 b.w. parkway, 29 looking pretty good. not often that we see the green there. 270 at montrose, some light volume here. and then remember 295 northbound at the is 11th street bridge a four-mile backup. >> all right. a traffic alert this morning. you are going to start seeing some new road closures around the third street tunnel in d.c. news4's megan mcgrath has more on when the closures will start. megan? >> reporter: yeah it will be over the weekend. the third street tunnel project has been on going for a while and we have seen traffic tie-ups and congestion already. well, now we're getting another lane closure. if you look behind me here you can see beyond this dump truck the ramp which is actually a two-lane ramp at this point. it's going down to one lane over the weekend. it is northbound 395 to mass avenue. saturday at 12:01 it will be one lane for 17 to 19 months.
that is going to cause some traffic tie-ups in the area. so keep that in mind. back to you in the studio. >> i'm kristin wright at the live desk. we have learned from the archdiocese that father leonard hurley passed away on monday. you know the name because of father hurley boulevard. he started the catholic church in a two-bedroom house and building the church off germantown drive. no word on funeral arrangements. he was 84. back to you. >> thank you. you may want to speed up your morning commute, you don't want to miss out on some free doughnuts and coffee. we're teaming one the good guys behind goodies food truck. the food truck will be parked outside of the rosalyn metro station from 7:00 to 9:00 today. grab some doughnuts and coffee. it's 6:55. the redskins will use the fifth
pick used overall yesterday to draft offensive lineman brandon -- >> scherff. >> scherff. >> some breaking news this morning out of columbia heights in d.c. police are on the scene of a murder in the 1300 block of harvard street northwest. we'll bring you more details on the washington app as we learn them. and freddie gray's head was seriously hurt inside the transport van. he died a week after his arrest from a severed spine. the department of justice announced this morning a $20 million pilot program to help local police departments buy and implement the use of body cameras. and if you live south of washington, grab an umbrella before you head out the door. we'll have some rain over the next few hours but elsewhere drying out. the temperatures climbing into the mid 60s by mid afternoon. nice day coming up by this afternoon. drying out. melissa? crashes at colesville, off to the right side. but slowing things down a bit.
and then 295 northbound at the 11th street bridge, an accident there. >> thank you, melissa. that's the broadcast this morning. we appreciate you waking up with us. >> the "today" show is next. back in 25 minutes with weather traffic, any breaking news. until then have a great weekend. >> make it a great friday, everybody.
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