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convention coming to philadelphia this summer, one of the world's biggest companies is helping local businesses get noticed. it's just about 5:30 and 44 degrees outside. a warm morning. good morning, welcome to "nbc 10 news today." i'm tracy davidson. >> i'm vai sikahema. you'll notice the first alert weather bug at the bottom of the screen here. that's a sign of potentially dangerous weather heading our way. let's go to meteorologist bill henley with the first alert forecast. >> heavy rain and melting snow could combine for a flood threat later today. low-lying areas, areas of poor drainage will be susceptible to the heavy rainfall. thanks to the very warm temperatures, whatever snow is on the ground this afternoon will be melting quickly. especially with gusty winds kicking in. already seeing the rain move through pennsylvania. in fact, the first rain is moving into our area. right now in delaware, new jersey, the steadiest rainfall is in pennsylvania. chester county. heavier downpours quickly moving
through and the rain is moving in, philadelphia in the next few minutes will start seeing the first few rain drops. look at the temperature as we go into the afternoon, 61 degrees and winds at ç21 miles an hour with higher gusts. those winds will likely push the temperatures past the record of 62 degrees this afternoon. i'll go through the forecast neighborhood by neighborhood when i'm back in ten minutes. jessica boyington is watching the roads for the first rain drops of the morning. >> look, to the rain drops, bill. we're on the 42 freeway around the atlantic city expressway. no problems in either direction. getting to the atlantic city expressway is no big deal from the 42 freeway. even with the active road work and construction, northbound, these are the northbound lanes in here. that's what's headed to philadelphia right now. over the bridges in philadelphia we're doing okay. if you're heading out the door on the schuylkill expressway, right around the vine street expressway, look at these drive times. not an increase at all.
11-minute trip, 12 at the most. i mentioned earlier breaths, we do have some scheduled openings. we are in the process of an opening for the tacony palmyra. that was scheduled for 5:10. no backups right now. betsy ross is your alternate, the burlington bristol is scheduled for a 5:50 opening this morning. we'll get you prepared for the rain and potential flooding today. make sure you have the nbc 10 app on your smartphone before you head out the door. you can track the storm with radar, find flooding along your commute. you can customize it to see exactly when the heavy rain will move into your neighborhood. it's a free download. check it out. after a day of revealing testimony in the bill cosby sexual assault case, the comedian and his legal team will be back in a montgomery county courtroom today. they're trying to get the criminal charges dropped. matt delucia is live outside the courthouse in norristown. this is a critical day for cosby and his legal team. tell us more.
it was a long day yesterday. former district attorney bruce castor was on the witness stand for several hours being peppered with questions from both sides. at issue was his word not to prosecute bill cosby. take a look at video hee here. this was cosby walking out of court yesterday afternoon, waving to supporters, several gathered outside, cheering for him to stay strong. inside the courtroom, that's where we learn more about this agreement or deal regarding a decade-old allegation that cosby drugged and assaulted a woman. bruce castor testified he thought he could not get a conviction because the accuser's credibility was tainted on a number of issues. so he set up a situation, he says, where cosby offered statements in a civil case that he would never be prosecuted criminally for it. so castor says there was an agreement but here's the thing. the judge asked him at one point during his testimony why not make that agreement in writing? why would you not do that? castor responded he did not think it was necessary.
and legal analysts say that there is potential for an appeal if this case moves forward. we enter day two of this hearing, the judge is expected to make a decision today. it could end up with charges against cosby being dismissed but we could also see an appeal here. this could last for several more weeks, months, possibly even years to come. we'll have to see what happens in court today. a lot of eyes focused on this. live in norristown, matt we're following developments in a civil case in california against bill cosby. yesterday, the judge ordered the comedian to attend a second deposition in the lawsuit filed by judy huth. she claims cosby sexually assaulted her at the playboy mansion in the '70s when she was 15 years old. cosby denies the allegations. she's represented by attorney gloria allred. you can find full coverage on
nbc10.com. the son of a local congressman plans to appeal his five-year sentence on fraud and tax evasion charges. a judge sentenced chaka fattah jr. yesterday. prosecutors say he lied to banks to get business loans in order to support an extravagant lifestyle. fattah jr. is the son of congressman chaka fattah. he was at the hearing and says this is nothing more than a smear campaign against his family. >> i am a person of great faith. our family is stronger than any of the forces that are against us. >> congressman fattah is accused in an unrelated case of misusing federal grant money. his trial is scheduled to begin may 2nd. congressman fattah is married to nbc 10 news anchor renee chenault-fattah. renee is on leave from the station. authorities accused a california man as poof posing a priest. police arrested irwin mana.
investigators say he travelled from church to church officiating ceremonies and taking donations from parishioners. police say he kept that money for himself. "the los angeles times" reports that mana sold more than two dozen boeing dgus trips at a co $500 to $1,000 apiece. now your first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> it is 5:36. a first alert has been issued for the potential for heavy rainfall during the day today. i'm tracking some heavy rain in the area. record warmth will accompany that rainfall. an a flood threat, that's for this afternoon into this evening, heavy rain and the warmth will lead to a lot of melting snow later today. 38 degrees right now in allentown, northeast philadelphia is 43 and 47 degrees in atlantic city. that's a view from cape may this morning. the marina is dry. but we could see heavy downpours at the shore as well. we're seeing the steady rainfall quickly move into the area.
look at these showers moving to chester and delaware county and into southern berks county. reading seeing very light rainfall and there's more of this to come. this first batch will move through. we'll see a few sprinkles and in fact get a dry period before the heavier rain moves in during the afternoon hours. 8:00 this morning, just a few scattedered showers by later in the morning. steady rain is back in reading and allentown. we're watching that line of heavy rainfall for this afternoon. the evening commute is most likely to see heavy downpours for philadelphia and that could lead to flooding. at 7:00, rain in delaware and south jersey. it's not going to last long. it will be moving offshore quickly. the temperatures will be moving up çquickly, too. 53 for the pocono mountains. rain in allentown and reading into the 60s for norristown, trenton and mt. holly. at the shore, the steadier rainfall, especially late this afternoon and this evening, vineland, dover, rehoboth,
record high temperature of 65 in philadelphia. a lot of snow will be melting with the heavy rain in westchester and wilmington. that could lead to flooding. look at the weekend forecast with the seven day when i'm back in ten minutes. >> thank you, bill. 20 minutes before 6 clng a.m. time to get a check on traffic for those commuting in south jersey. >> jessica boyington has cameras from all over. right now she's watching cherry hill. >> that's right, cherry hill, new jersey, around route 70 and kings highway. no problems in the intersection. you can see a lot of cars coming through the intersection. everything is still dry. no rain falling at this point. all cars moving along with no backups. heading out the door on route 309 around the pa turnpike, no problems there. also all lanes are open and everything is moving along nicely. we're still a little bit before the point where we start to see any added volume in the morning. here's the blue route. we're all still in the green, northbound, southbound from the schuylkill to 95, that's a 15-minute trip. we still are in the 60s for your average speeds on the north and southbound sides.
i'll check in with area bridges one more time when i come back in the next ten minutes. >> drivers are enjoying the lowest gas prices in seven years and analysts say we haven't seen the bottom yet. aaa says the national average is below 1.80 right now. experts predict prices could drop another 5 cents but come march, they think prices will start to climb again. here's how local prices look. you'll pay 1.99 in the philadelphia five-county area. 1.49 for drivers in south jersey. >> worth going over the bridge. >> yes, right. >> 5:39. still pushing forward, pennsylvania governor tom wolf is trying to free up millions of dollars for education. we'll tell you how much he's now asking for. plus, running with the big boys. national signing day for colleges across the country. we'll explain what it means for young athletes.
we have issued a first alert this morning for weather and traffic in our area because of a flood threat. let's take a live look at the nbc 10 first alert radar. we're expecting heavy rain later today during the drive time. that could have a big impact on your plans. the atlantic city boat show opens today at the ac convince
center featuring hundreds of new boats and marine gear. you can also attend a variety of boating and fishing seminars. the show runs through sunday. also happening today, local businesses are getting a big boost from one of the world's biggest companies. it's all part of the upcoming democratic national convention right here in philadelphia. nbc 10's drew smith is live for us in the digital operations center. drew, google is now offering its expertise to business owners in our area and telling us the connection with the dnc. >> the dnc committee and google want to help small businesses get on the digital map head of the big convention in philadelphia. the thought is to increase their online presence before that convention comes into the city. according to the committee's data, more than half of pennsylvania small businesses have no individual websites. google has committed to helping those small businesses get online. when stores become more searchable, more people are likely to shop there. today's workshop will teach owners to get on the maps and search apps that google provides for smartphones.
you'll also be able to build a free website. >> after the convention concludes, businesses in pennsylvania should be able to grow and you really need to have an online presence nowadays in 2016 in order to do that, in o[der to grow your business. that's something we're excited about. >> today's workshop begins at 9:00 this morning and goes until noon at the kimmel center for the performing arts. a spokesman says it's near capacity but they'll have more workshops in the coming weeks that all leads up to july's convention here in philly. drew smith, nbc 10 news. 5:44. we have new information about the helicopter crash that killed 12 marines in hawaii last month. officials now say they've found trace elements of dna from the vicks. two helicopters crashed during a training exercise. one of the marines is from cumberland county, another from chester couldn't tip. now to decision 2016.
governor chris christie is in new hampshire holding three town halls. not everyone in christie's home state of new jersey thinks he should continue after his poor showing in iowa. >> at this point i'd say it's good to pack it in. >> he needs to drop out and start paying more attention to what goes on in jersey. >> governor christie came in tenth place in the iowa republican caucus. pennsylvania still does not have a budget but the governor is pushing for hundreds of millions in additional funds for public schools. governor tom wolf wants another $200 million for education next year an he made the announcement during a visit to green almostry school in reading yesterday. at decisional money is on top of the $377 million increase to basic education, included in the 2015-2016 budget compromise that has yet to be approved. the state is 45th in the nation for public education funding. >> i'm not saying we should be number one in the country in terms of the percentage of funding that comes from the state for education but we
shouldn't be near the bottom. >> wolf plans to deliver his budget proposal for 2016, 2017 next tuesday. >> a new education report card shows public schools are being neglected. take a look at new jersey. it got a "c" and pennsylvania and delaware got "ds." the grades were given by the network for public education. they evaluate testing, teaching, finances and overall chances for success. no state in the country scored higher than a "c" in their report card. the grupp says better education policies are needed to help prepare students for college. there's a new plan to help solve the flint, michigan's water crisis. the mayor wants all the pipes in the city to be replaced. the mayor's plan will first target the homes of high-risk residents like children and pregnant women. >> i am morally obligated to do every bit of the power and
authority my office has to make flint's water safe. >> today michigan's governor plans a proposed $30 million in state funding to help pay the water bills for flint residents. they say they should not have to pay for water they can't drink. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> 13 minutes before 6:00. tracking rain. some of it heavy for this afternoon. the clouds are over theç city. here's a live view from the nbc 10 studios. look at the temperatures, way above normal. today we'll warm into the 60s but it's going to come with rain. we're watching south philadelphia. 95 for the first rain drops that are quickly moving into the area. we'll see fast moving showers to start with. and with these showers is coming heavier downpours, moving through westchester. that rain is coming down at a rate of more than an inch and a third an hour. the good news here is no flooding is expected with this first line of showers as it's
moving quickly. it's moving to the northeast at 50 miles an hour. then we'll get a break from that steadier, heavier rainfall with scattered showers. it's this afternoon that the larger part of this rainfall storm is going to be moving in with the potential for heavy rain. this morning, into the noontime hour, light rain for philadelphia, delaware and south jersey. by that time could see a quarter inch and the ground in reading. it intensifies at 4:00 this afternoon. it will be picking up in philadelphia, too. by 7:00 this evening, most of the rainfall will be moving offshore. by 11:00 it will be done. we could see anywhere from half an inch in millville to more than an inch an a third in the pottstown area. that could lead to flooding later today. that and the melting snow that will happen thanks to very windy and warm conditions. heavy rainfall and temperatures in the 60s, records this afternoon. winds gusting to 30 mileses an hour. a lot of that snow will be melting. flood threat will be minimal tomorrow. we could see elevated rivers.
some roadways could be flooded to begin with. but otherwise dry with gusty winds, 51 degrees on thursday. in fact, not much of a warmup thanks to those winds. chillier on friday, 46 the high temperature after morning temperatures in the 30s. then over the weekend, even though the mornings would be cold, decent warmups for saturday and sunday. by send afternoon, 52 degrees. turning partly sunny and cooler on monday. we're watching tuesday. could see fresh snow in the pocono mountains and a mix of rain and snow in philadelphia as the coastal system starts to take shape. we have to get through the flood threat for this afternoon and tonight. >> again to recap, the flood threat comes from unusually warm temperatures, plus the rain and it will melt all the snow banks that we saw that katy was standing on earlier. >> some areas that are still covered by snow, it will provide
poor drainage. >> all that rain is also -- might cause problems for the afternoon drive. >> let's check the morning drive. >> so far the morning drive is doing just fine. we're on 95 around woodhaven road. you can see no problems there. we're starting to see that increase on the southbound side. if you're heading to center city, southbound from woodhaven road to the vine street expressway, it's a 13-minute trip. really haven't budged there. average speeds in the 60s. we have about 20 to 25 minutes or so before we start to see that volume increase. if you're out in bucks county, there's an accident on county line road and beach woodç driv. we're on stand by for an opening of the burlington bristol. the tacony palmyra is back to normal. no frproblems or the betsy ross the walt or the ben. >> 44 degrees in most of the delaware valley.
olympic athlete from essex county, new jersey will be breaking bar years when she competes in the summer games. we'll tell you how she'll be making history by just playing in rio. plus this -- ♪ >> the lineup at the roots picnic is finally out. find out who will be headlining the festival this year. this nbc 10 first alert winter weather update is brought to you by buckmans, your cold weather experts.
good morning, everyone. jessica boyington with your first alert traffic. we are watching route 55 out in millville, new jersey around route 49. you can see no problems in the area. roadways are dry and not a lot of traffic traveling through. what we do have, some scheduled openings for area bridges. we'll take a look at the burlington bristol. that is scheduled for an opening at 5:50. we're in the process of that right now. no problems right now for the betsy ross, the tacony palmyra. i'll be back with more updates.
remember this, how could you forget it? this is what it looked like in norristown, moim couldnntgomery after the blizzard of 2016. the norristown council met with neighbors to talk about the storm cleanup and way it took so long. council members says the borough was just not ready to handle so much snow. >> all the small townships around here, they get taken care of but norristown -- norristown seems to be neglected. we need answers. >> the council promised to improve its emergency management plan and invest in new equipment to handle future storms. a special commission released new recommendations yesterday for the proposed universal pre-k program in philadelphia. the commission recommends giving priority to children with especially needs and low-income
families. the commission also suggests the pre-k program should operate on an eight-hour day throughout the year. the commission also evaluated three proposed funding models, some that involved local funds and others that involved a combination of state and local funding. happening today, the future is now for some of the nation's top high school athletes. this is the day they'll decide where they'll go to college. it comes with excite mement and excitement. archbishop wood quarterback anthony russo is going to temple. he turned down other suitors like lsu, big national power in order to become an owl. >> why would you choose temple over lsu? i believe temple will be known with alabama and lsu. we'll be up there with the best teams in the country.
>> that guy looks look a student athlete right there. he committed to rutgers but after that school changed coa coaches russo listened to other offers. in addition to lsu,ç penn stat uconn and others were interested in russo. lady gaga will be presenting an award at this year's oscars. also speaking of the academy awards, marlee matlin will give hearing impaired viewers a sign language interpretation of gaga's performance. this morning we know the lineup for this year's roots picnic in philadelphia and tracy is loving it. this is a look at last year's show. yesterday the roots announced usher, future and leon bridges will headline the 2016 edition. the concert will take place at festival pier at penn's landing on june 4th. tickets will good on sale on friday. for the full lineup, check out the nbc 10 app. we are expecting record high
temperatures today and it comes with the threat of flooding. >> but will it take -- next we'll take you live to explain who the snow piles from the blizzard of 2016 could make the heavy dangerous today. we're also live in montgomery county where bill cosby will be back in court for his sexual assault charges. hear from yesterday's testimony and what we can expect today.
this is nbc 10 news first alert weather. we have issued a first alert weather day. it's dry right now as you're getting up. rain is on the way and there could be a lot of it. and that rain paired with record high temperatures and lingering piles of snow have triggered a flood threat. and bombshell testimony in the cosby case. the former montgomery county district attorney testified bill cosby can't be prosecuted. >> it's 6:00