ABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, EMILY SHAPIRO and MELISSA GRIFFIN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A nor’easter is closing in on the Northeast U.S., where it’s set to drop 1 to 2 feet of snow and possibly bring near-blizzard conditions.“This could be the biggest storm in several years,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned.The latest:By Wednesday evening, heavy snow will be ongoing in northern New Jersey, New York City, Pennsylvania and some of southern New England.Winds could reach 50 mph in some areas, especially along the coast.Overnight, snowfall rates could reach 1 to 2 inches per hour with near blizzard conditions possible in New York, New Jersey and New England.The heaviest snow — 1 to 2 feet — will be from central Pennsylvania through New York’s Hudson Valley and Catskills, and into southern New England.The forecast:DC, PhiladelphiaSnowfall is underway in Washington, D.C., but it’s expected to quickly change to a wintry mix and rain. The rain and sleet ends Wednesday night, leaving about 1 to 2 inches of snow behind.Snow is also falling in Philadelphia, but by the evening it’ll mix with sleet and rain. The city could see a total accumulation of 4 to 8 inches, while suburbs to the west and north of the city could see 1 foot or more.New JerseyIn New Jersey, where over 1 foot is possible in some areas, Gov. Phil Murphy has declared a state of emergency beginning at 2 p.m.New YorkIn New York City, snow begins around 4 p.m. The area could see 6 to 14 inches of snow.New York City has issued a travel advisory, urging residents to stay off the roads as much as possible.Indoor dining is already banned in New York City and outdoor dining will be suspended Wednesday afternoon, when the sanitation department’s “snow alert” goes into effect.Restaurants, which are required to remove or secure outdoor furniture and remove their electric heaters, will be permitted to reopen when the “snow alert” ends.New York City’s snow will end around noon Thursday.BostonBoston’s snow is expected to begin around 10 or 11 p.m. on Wednesday, continuing with heavy snow overnight and reaching a total accumulation of 6 to 12 inches.Boston Public Schools will be closed Thursday as the snow is expected to continue through the day.Behind the storm, the coldest air of the season will hit the Northeast. Wind chills — what it feels like — will fall to the teens and single digits Thursday night into Friday morning.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
“This spruce-fir stand is used by numerous rare high elevation species including ted Crossbill, Northern Saw-whet owl, and pygmy salamander,” Marquette Crockett, SAHC’s Roan Stewardship Director told the Citizen-Times. “It is also inhabited by federally endangered species including the Carolina northern flying squirrel and the spruce-fir moss spider. We hope that our protection of this property and restoration work will help to create a safe haven for these climate-sensitive species.” Timothy Staples, 32, a 9-year veteran of the San Bernardino sheriff’s volunteer search and rescue team, died Saturday while searching for a hiker that went missing on December 8. Staples was found dead on Mount Baldy after becoming separated from his search and rescue partner. A helicopter located Staples in “an area of ice and snow” where he was pronounced dead. Anglers are asked to submit their suggestions for fish attractor locations around Lake Norman to Troy Thompson or Casey Grieshaber with the Wildlife Resources Commission. Staples was one of 126 people looking for missing hiker Sreenivas “Sree” Mokkapati of Irving, California. Mokkapati disappeared on December 8 after becoming separated from his group while climbing Mount Baldy. Mokkapati has not been located and the search for him has been suspended. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking anglers to provide input on the locations of 100 fish attractors it will purchase with a grant received from the Catawba-Wateree Habitat Enhancement Program. The $37,670 grant will be used to improve fish habitat on five Catawba watershed reservoirs, including Lake Norman. A portion of the funds will be used to purchase 100 Mossback fish attractors, which will be distributed at 20 different locations around the reservoir. Southern Appalachians Highlands Conservancy purchases land near Roan Mountain NC anglers asked to weigh in on fish attractor locations California search and rescue volunteer dies while looking for missing hiker on Mount Baldy The Southern Appalachians Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) recently purchased 51 acres in the Highlands of Roan Mountain. As reported by the Citizen-Times, the land is located on a prominent ridge near the Appalachian Trail. The purchase will protect the vulnerable spruce-fir forest ecosystem, home to birds and other wildlife that are increasingly dependent upon the forest due to climate change.
With the Wisconsin Badger volleyball team off to a quick 2-0 start to the Big Ten season, they face a tough road trip ahead.The Big Ten contains five teams in the top nine of the NCAA volleyball rankings. First from that five, as well as on the road trip, will be the Minnesota Gophers.The Gophers (8-2) have yet to drop a single set at home this season. Traveling to the Maturi Pavilion in Minneapolis will be the first challenge for the Badgers (9-1). Minnesota recently hosted No. 9 Penn State and defended the home territory, winning without dropping a set. So far, their only losses come from ranked opponents, No. 2 Stanford and No. 14 Oregon.Volleyball: Badgers win joust at Field House versus RutgersUniversity of Wisconsin volleyball steamrolled the Rutgers Scarlet Knights Saturday afternoon. The Badgers improved to 9–1 on the season and Read…Other challenges that the Gophers will throw at Wisconsin include sophomore outside hitter, Stephanie Samedy. Samedy leads the Gophers in kills this season, with the next best hitter still over 30 kills behind her. Standing at 6’2″, Samedy led the team with 14 kills when they upset then No. 4 Penn State.Redshirt junior Taylor Morgan will be another large presence on the court. Although standing only six feet tall, Morgan leads the Gophers in blocks. She will try to match up against the Big Ten’s leading blocker in the Badgers’ Dana Rettke.From the Badgers’ perspective, the team is looking at Minnesota and only Minnesota. Although Wisconsin takes on No. 16 Purdue and No. 8 Illinois directly after the Gophers, setter Sydney Hilley says the focus is, “always the next one. We don’t look past the next one.”Wisconsin will also have to continue to adjust to the change in the starting lineup with Grace Loberg still out indefinitely with a foot/ankle injury. Danielle Hart got the start in her place against Rutgers and put up impressive numbers, tying for the team-high in kills with 11. She will look to build on that game to help propel the Badgers past Minnesota.Wrestling: A conversation with Chris Bono in his first offseason as head coachSometimes you don’t have to sit down long with someone to tell what they are all about. For the University Read…Going into a strenuous road trip, coach Kelly Sheffield also commented on his approach to the upcoming Minnesota game.“We try to get a little bit better every day,” Sheffield said. “There isn’t big stuff. What are the little things we can get better at? Probably every element of the game.”Sheffield’s Badgers want to prepare themselves for anything and everything that could be thrown their way. Hart said, “anytime [they] go out there, it’s about working out those tweaks.”With an upcoming battle against one of the best offenses in the Big Ten and a defense similar to their own, the Badgers know that taking down Minnesota will not be an easy task. Both teams are looking to start the Big Ten season off 3-0 and carry momentum with them into the rest of the season. The match will be at 8 p.m. on Wednesday and will be featured on the Big Ten Network from the Maturi Pavilion in Minneapolis.