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. good afternoon. i'm andrea roane. most schools in the area are out of snow days after our latest winter storm. this may not be the only weather complication for the week. say it isn't so. let's get straight to first
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alert meteorologist howard bernstein as he tracks the next storm. howard? >> a little potential coming for friday morning. i see a little potential. still thinking it may miss us about i want to show you what's going on. we have one storm affecting big easy, mardi gras. not good for them. this area in the gulf of mexico we have to watch. this first batch of energy, that's going to slide east and stay south of us. that's not the concern. another area of low pressure will develop thursday morning over toward mississippi. it's going to move east into georgia and south carolina by thursday evening. we may get a flurry thursday with a day around 40. tomorrow looks final. friday morning, notice this pink area? that could be a mix of rain and snow and sleet. so we'll watch that potential as this does get close but also a good chance it slides east of us. for this afternoon, though, we're looking at sunshine increasing. 30s for the high. melting going o. more areas of refreeze. [ stand by for captions ]
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it's a an app that lets you sign up to say you need help or perhaps you'd rather to sign up as a volunteer to go and help your neighbor when they need it. >> people really do want to help their neighbors but don't know which one toes help. we're help -- ones to help. we're helping bridge the gap.
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by doing things for each other, shoveling each other out, they're building the relationships and bonds. >> the snow crew had more than a hundred requests for help across the washington area last night but volunteers had only been able to get to 30 or 40. you can learn more about snow crew at you can always access everything on our website through the wusa9 ipad app. when the weather outside gets frightful, track live radar. live traffic or even the latest closings or delays with just the swipe of your finger. if you needed another reminder about the harsh nature of this winter, the national oceanic atmospheric administration has one for you. take a look at this. the satellite photo of the great lakes from sunday. as you can see 90% of the lakes are covered with ice. that's one of the highest percentages ever recorded. i could tell you that a sure sign of spring is d.c. resuming street sweeping on monday. you'd probably rather hear
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bruce leshan tell us that the cherry blossoms are coming. bruce is live at the tidal basin with details of this morning's announcement. hi, bruce. lucky you. >> reporter: hey, yeah. i feel like i'm out on the cold great lakes myself but isn't this a much more pleasant thing to think about? hard to believe but we are now just weeks away from the most fantastic right of spring in the washington, d.c. area, the blossoming of the cherry trees. take a look at those blooms right now. they are still deep inside these hard shells here. these blossoms are in no danger at all from the current cold snap and all the snow. this is not the snowiest. this is not the coldest winter we have faced. the trees are doing just fine. in a couple of weeks, we'll start to see green buds out here on the ends of the branches. and that will herald the
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coming, maybe in a couple of weeks, of those spectacular cherry blossoms. at that point, that is when the forecast becomes important. in those last couple of weeks. and fits' really warm, the -- if it's really warm, the blossoms will come faster. if it's cold, it will take longer. the park service looking at that and trying to make that all important prediction of peak bloom. >> we're very confident that we will see that peak blooming period occur this year between the 8th and the 12th of april. so we think things are nicely lined up for that to be a very fitting finale for this year's cherry blossom festival. >> the finale is exactly right. the cherry blossom festival runs from march 20 until april 13. so peak bloom just at the end of the festival. you can expect this will be an
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absolute mob scene. here's a pleasant thought. they'll start to bloom even earlier than that maybe we'll see them in a couple of weeks. wouldn't that be fantastic? andrea, back to you. >> that would be terrific. the peak bloom coincides nicely with this year's cherry blossom parade. mike hydeck and i will be there and you can watch it april 12 right here on wusa9. the tidal basin and national mall didn't close per say, but national parks across the country did during that government shutdown last fall. now the secretary of the interior says the parks and areas around them lost $414 million in spending while the government was closed. in the last half-hour, the government printing office started releasing the president's budget for the next fiscal year. it it includes several tax proposals to help low and middle-class families. they are sorting to sift through the information and we'll have more details now tonight starting at 5:00 and at international pressure is
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mounting for russia to withdraw its troops from ukraine. but as chris boswell reports from the white house, a defiant vladimir putin is not backing down. >> reporter: russian soldiers fired warning shots and stood face to face with ukraine soldiers. they were demanding the russians vacate the area. the tense standoff occurred just before secretary of state john kerry arrived in kiev to show support for ukraine's government. >> the united states reaffirms our commit to ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. according to international law. we condemn the russian federation's act of aggression. >> reporter: russia is under pressure to pull thousands of troops from southern ukraine, a region with many ethnic russians and considerable strategic advantages for russia's military. in his first extended comments since russian troops seized crimea, president vladimir
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putin called the recent uprising an unconstitutional ciewp and said moscow -- coup and said moscow reserves the right to protect ukraine [ inaudible ] it will offer advisories to help with new elections. president obama has also been huddling with his staff about economic sanctions against russia that might convince putin to change course. world financial markets and russia's currency rebounded tuesday after a big drop. putin claims any sanctions will backfire. craig boswell for cbs news, the white house. homicide investigators were called to a silver spring neighborhood today after a man was found dead in the driveway. that man was found outside a house off norbeck road a. second manual was found injured inside. he is listed in critical condition. detectives are investigating possibility that it was a home invasion. the d.c. council is scheduled to vote today on a bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. council members have already approved the measure by a 11-1
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margin so today's final vote is really just a formality. time is running out for you to catch a special exhibit at a local gal -- local gallery you may have never heard of. we'll tell you where to find it coming up. >> we're heading to the big easy for
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these are live pictures from new orleans as the revelers are getting ready to brave the cold and rain for the start of the parade here in new orleans. the annual mardi gras celebration is just about to hit full stride. it's been through the neighborhoods. now it's making its way down canal street. temperatures aren't expected to get above the low 40s. this is zulu coming right before rex. the umbrellas are definitely needed. we had plenty of purple,
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green and gold on our cake in the newsroom this morning. what makes the official colors of mardi gras? in 1872 -- [indiscernible] -- visited carnival in louisiana and the king of carnival selected the colors in honor of the house colors. the purple recommends justice, green faith and gold represents power. they became the official colors of mardi gras in 1892. howard remembers it well. hi, howard. we've got rain and cold and we have snow still and more to come. >> you grew up there. i spent five years there. not the greatest weather day. we're just starting to do a little melting with sunshine. look at the midday temperatures, only the low to mid-20s. we should have highs in the low 50s this time of year. talking about a little more snow to come. we'll talk about that fri
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so i get invited to quite a few family gatherings.
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heck, i saved judith here a fortune with discounts like safe driver, multi-car, paperless. you make a mighty fine missus, m'lady. i'm not saying mark's thrifty. let's just say, i saved him $519, and it certainly didn't go toward that ring. am i right? [ laughs ] [ dance music playing ] so visit today. i call this one "the robox."
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i've been combing through the retailer websites to find you deep discounts. here are some of my tuesday favorites. we'll start with a girls night in. you pay $165 and get a room at topaz hotel, get a facial, massage. manicure, shopping, a belly dancing lesson and a night cap. gilt city has the deal for you.
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neighbor a st. paddy's beer festival is more your speed. living social has this deal. $30 to get into drink the district shamrock beer bash saturday, march 15. this is a $50 value including three hours of unlimited tastings of over 50 beers. or you can pay $17 for a wizards game on march 12. you're saving 62% off with this groupon. if you have an offer you've seen or you're a local merchant with a deal for our viewers, i'd love to hear from you on face facebook. i'm jessica doyle, wusa9. we want to welcome back an old friend now to wusa9, david balance dampically is an international -- baldacci is a best selling author and now a local author. his new novel is called "definature." whether i say old friend, the first time you came was 1996, '97, for the first book "absolute power." >> the years have gone by
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really, really quickly. they've piled up. >> i totaled up at least 28 adult books, three children books and now this adding on to that. when do you have time to write all of these books? >> i love it. that's the bottom line. when i finish a book, i don't want to take time off. i want to jump into the next one. if i'm not writing, i'm not comfortable. it's part of my life. >> jumping in seems like with two feet, one in one genre and the other in the other. this is fantasy, miss cal -- mystical. what is it about. >> a 14-year-old girl lives in a village and around the coming is -- quog. it's dangerous. nobody comes because there's nothing beyond there. until she finds out maybe there's something in there and beyond. she pieces together mysteries and goes on a quest. and i started this book about five years agoened-of- it took a long time -- ago. it took a long time to wrip.
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i sold it under a pseudonym because i wanted the publishers to buy it for the book, not the name. the way it was written, they thought i was a brit. they wanted me to come over to england and meet with me. i love fantasy growing up. i always wanted to write a fancy novel. my wife gave me a journal five years ago, blank stage. i started writing the story and five years later was done. it was really a labor of love. >> it's like you and j.k.rowling has switched places. she has gone from the fantasy of harry potter to more adult mysteries. you're doing this and people think you're a brit under a pseudonym. knowing the other books you've written and you've told us about the extensive research you've done to the point where people aren't sure whether you're a mole inside the c.i.a. or the white house, how is it different doing this book, the research or coming up with the idea? >> obviously a lot of it is imagination but a lot of it is grounded in religion. a lot is grounded in history, mythology.
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dy a lot of research for this book. every name has some sort of importance in classical literature or in fantasy or mythology and all the beasts i've come up with and the places. if you're a keen student in those areas, you'll pick up on that. the research was intense but a lot of fun. >> the book is out today, march 4. david, always good to have you here with us. he says there will be a sequel already in the works along with all of our other favorites. always good to have you here, david. >> thank you. let's go to howard and see if we have good news on the weather. >> we are starting the melting process. i know we're not going to do much today but even a little bit of sun we're getting now and a little more this afternoon will do something. if you scrape down as much as you can, the sun, a little rock salt will probably get you in good shape. it will get colder this afternoon. 30, 31, somewhere in that range is all we'll make. 29 by 5:00. this evening partly cloudy. mid-20s at 9:00. back into the teens to around back into the teens to around 20 for the lows.
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