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show you >> now, your live super doppler 4 hd weather forecast. john: i am keeping you updated on the weather -- the winter storm. the precipitation looks like it will be fairly light. that could change. chris: the thing to remember here, the road temperatures are 28. normally, when we get a winter storm, it is above freezing.
roads. could make for some slick spots. john: copies of energy coming across north carolina. most of the snow in the northern foothills, greensboro, winston-salem, hickory. you may have seen a couple flurries. but that's it. all the precipitation is caught -- falling through dry air in place. different story for the northern mountains. chris: the evaporation is moistening up the atmosphere. very dry. john: it will take a while for the precipitation to reach the ground outside the mountains. in the mountains, we will see it is snowing pretty good in boone. chris: watauga, avery, yancey county, mitchell county, seeing pretty good snow. john: burnsville at baker's bill, another 1-3 inches this evening. this is the future plus map.
mountains. we get a bit of a low here, so if you have plans across. this evening, you are in good shape. patches of freezing rain in the upstate. chris: it will not be a widespread rain. it will be patchy. we are well below freezing first thing in the morning. look what happens later in the day. john: 30 degrees at noon in greenville, 32 in anderson and clemson, and toccoa. that is where we will see freezing rain and drizzle. the rain comes in as we start to finally warm-up. it will be from southwest-northeast across. . it will be a slow process. 32 at 3:00 in the afternoon. chris: the concern is the area in here. it will have cold air pull up or get trapped right there. this area could stay cold while the mountains warm-up. if the cold air is stubborn and never moves, that is what could
john: the warm air goes up and over the cold dome. 34 in greenville, 39 in asheville. here is the impact meter. chris: sleet and freezing rain first thing in the morning between 10:00 at 5:00, when the freezing rain continues. we expected to change over at 5:00. lots of rain after that. john: if it doesn't, it could be an ice storm. we may even hear a couple claps of thunder. we will go from frozen precipitation to a possible thunder shower, which is amazing. that is how fast the actor -- the after -- the atmosphere gets unstable. southern upstate through elbert county and northeastern georgia, maybe a trace of freezing rain mixed with rain, but low impact. chris: in the i-85 corridor, a minimum -- a medium impact. a 10th of an inch of ice could
and greenville. the high impact is against the mountains. we will see if it shifts down further. john: we will go through the temperatures quickly. 22 in asheville, 15 with snow in boone, 30 in greenville and spartanburg, most areas below freezing. the arctic high as in new england. 11 in boston. negative nine degrees this morning, that is the coldest temperature they have had in decades in boston. there windchill is 36 below. chris: the cold air driving down will keep us from seeing regular rainfall at first. here is the storm. john: freezing rain, there is a low. heavy rain through alabama. it moves across the area by 7:00 a.m. on tuesday, we start to clear out after that. sunshine by tuesday afternoon. chris: what are falls will melt
looks fantastic. temperatures warming into the 30's, for tomorrow. then, 50's and 60's by the end the week. mid-to-upper 60's as far as all liquid precipitation. sports is next. mike: we want to talk about more weather. take a look at the pictures that you sent us with the surprise snowfall on friday. gemstonerocker caught this cardinal sitting in the snow friday morning in the upstate. pretty scenic there. while the snow didn't cause any major problems, it surprised people on the roads. take a look. roads covered in some spots. this is mays bridge road in green -- in greer. remember, if you capture pictures or video of breaking news or weather, upload them to the u-local section of wyff4.com,
right here on-air are on our website. >> now, wyff news 4 sports. >> ooohhh! yes, indeed! let's go home! let's go home! ricardo: aaron gordon and zach lavine wowed the nba world last night in the slam dunk contest. the two going dunk for dunk, in a duel that brought back memories of mj and dominique wilkins from the 80's. lavine emerged as the victor, for the second year in a row. the all star game will tip later tonight. that happens at 8:00. the great american race runs next sunday. on this valentine's day, we find out who will start out in front at the 58th running of the daytona 500, and a 20-year-old getting all the love on this day. chase elliott, in the 24 this season. jeff gordon in the fox broadcast booth calling the qualifying today, and gordon would watch his successor put the 24 in the pole position for next sunday's race. elliott turning the fastest lap in the second round, 45.845 seconds. elliott becomes the youngest driver to be the daytona 500
matt kenseth will start in the front row with elliott, as kenseth turns a lap of 45.910 seconds. but elliott, taking his first sprint cup pole of his young career. >> i certainly want to make the most of this one. this is very, very special. a cool way to start our 2016 season, with hms and the 24 car. just honored and blessed to be with this group of guys. alan and this entire team did such a great job on this car this offseason. we sure would like to have it to race on sunday. it's awfully fast. hopefully, we can get through those duels, and be smart. ricardo: clemson landing another verbal commitment for its class of 2016 today. amari rodgers, a receiver from knoxville, announced his commitment to the tigers on periscope this afternoon. rodgers, considered a four-star prospect by recruiting services. moving to the hardwood, the tigers getting back in the win column saturday, taking down georgia tech to improve to 8 and 5 in the acc. clemson, right now projected to
and the tigers began a stretch of five of six games against the bottom four in the league. clemson needs to pick up these victories to have a shot at getting into the dance. >> it's a big-time win. we lost the last two. we obviously need a win moving forward. it does a lot for our confidence. we needed a big win today, and lucky to get it done. >> just happy to win a game with our defense. you got to win a lot of different ways to be a good team, and today was, defensively, a victory for our defense. ricardo: clemson returns to action wednesday, hosting boston college. a tough day for south carolina saturday, as the gamecocks were overmatched by 22nd ranked kentucky. the wildcats knocking usc out of first place in the s.e.c., following an 89-62 victory, the worst home loss for the gamecocks since 2012, when uk won at colonial life arena by 34 points. >> kentucky has been the dominant team in this league for so long, and came in here and
of black eyes on us. i told the guys, same way we felt good on wednesday night, we still had to come in here and prepare the last couple of days. when you get knocked on the head and get a black eye, you don't run and hide, or buy big sunglasses. you kind of walk around and continue to be proud of who you are. ricardo: south carolina will try to rebound tuesday night at missouri. in the southern conference, both wofford and furman remain near the top of the league standings. the paladins scored a 85-74 victory over mercer on senior day at timmons arena. senior stephen croone, dropping 31 points in the win. furman ups its win streak to 3, as it improves to 11 and 4 in the socon. meanwhile, wofford moved its win streak to four. a half-game back of furman following a 99-89 win against the citadel. collins had 23 points. the terriers back on the court monday night at greensboro.
, carolina and pitt, roy williams back on the bench, after having that bout of vergtigo that caused him to leave the game on tuesday night. a big lead for unc. johnson to jackson for the late-in. jackson with 14. johnson with a big came cut -- a big game, 19. tar heels win, 85-64. north carolina will be facing their rival duke. always a fantastic matchup. mike: i don't think anyone is looking forward to what may come overnight. john: i am ready for spring. if you cut around monday, look pretty nice. but we have to deal with tomorrow and tonight. few patches of flurries and light snow except for them up amounts of north carolina. dry. after midnight, patches of freezing rain possible. it will get heavier as we go
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justice antonin scalia is reshaping the 2016 race for the white house. only three supreme court justices have died in office in more than 60 years, and only one has been confirmed during an election year since 1940. some gop presidential hopefuls are questioning president obama's established executive authority to nominate a replacement during this election season. however, the president has already said it will happen but in due time. kelly o'donnell is at the white house tonight and starts us off. >> reporter: today the silent display of respect across washington. but no pause before the clash of politics. >> there is no way the senate should confirm anyone that barack obama tries to appoint in his last year in office to a lifetime appointment. >> reporter: an instant power struggle justice scalia. >> let me just make one point -- barack the united states until january 20th, 2017.
everybody -- >> reporter: president obama made clear he will nominate a new justice and expects the senate to consider his choice fairly. >> these are responsibilities that i take seriously, as should everyone. they're bigger than any one party. they are about our democracy. >> reporter: if the president gets to seat his third just, that change would make -- third justice, that change would make the court more liberal. compounding the shock of scalia's sudden passing is the timing. a campaign year. >> we ought to make the 2016 election a referendum on the supreme court. >> reporter: republican candidate ted cruz had been a law clerk for chief justice rehnquist. now as a senator, he intends to block any obama nominee. >> we're advising that a lame duck president in an election year is not going to be able to tip the balance of the supreme court. >> reporter: democrats are already calling out cruz. >> ted cruz holds the constitution when he walks through the halls of congress. let him show me the clause that says the president's only president for three
fewer senate votes, democrats may have to take their fight for an obama court pick to the campaign trail, as well. >> i just don't think it looks good that for very overtly political reasons that the republicans would deny this president the right to exercise his constitutional responsibility which is to appoint members to the supreme court. >> reporter: for some gop candidates and republican senators, their opposition goes beyond the idea of simply voting down anyone the president might choose. they say there should be no confirmation process, no vetting, no hearing, no vote at all. thomas? >> kelly o'donnell at the white house. thank you. and the death of just scalia also raises questions about how the court might decide a number of key cases this term from abortion rights to affirmative action. we get more on scalia's death and its impact from our justice correspondent, pete williams. >> reporter: as in the rest of the nation, justice scalia's death is being mourned in texas where he died saturday at this guest
fellow bird hunters of an apparent heart attack. >> he had obviously passed away with no difficulty at all, middle of the night. it was -- that was our first message for the family. >> reporter: a catholic priest from a nearby church was summoned to administer last rites. justice scalia's colleagues on the court praised a towering intellect. ruth bader ginsburg said, "we were best buddies," adding, "he had a rare talent to make even a sober judge laugh." clarence thomas said, "it is hard to imagine court without my friend. i will miss him baund all measure." the court often divided 5-4 along ideological lines on big cases, justice scalia's death leaves eight justices and the possibility of tie votes 4-4. >> if there's a tie, there's no outcome at the supreme court. the lower court ruling stands. it's as if the supreme court never heard the case. >> reporter: a tie vote would leave rulings intact that block president obama's plan to let five million
stay here. a tie would mean the restrictions on abortion would remain, possibly inspiring similar laws. a tie would be a boost to the financial strength of unions representing teachers and other public employees. if a democratic president appointed a successor to the conservative scalia, that would tilt the court the other way to justices. >> if president obama were able to put another justice on the court, he would cement the court for the next generation or so. >> reporter: among potential nominees mentioned in legal circles, sri sri srinivasan, indian american, patricia millet on the d.c. court of appeals, and paul wattford from california. the justices will be back on the bench for n a week and will face the prospect of finishing without a full court for the first time in more than 50 years.
reporting for us at the supreme court. thank you. the death of scalia and emerging battle over choosing and confirming the next justice, the republican presidential candidates were questioned about a number of other key and divisive issues in their debate last night in south carolina. as gabe gutierrez reports, it was their most combative debate so far. >> justice antonin scalia -- >> reporter: after a moment of silence for justice scalia came the most contentious gop debate so far. >> they lied. >> just been telling lies -- >> why do you supply. >> liar, liar, liar. >> reporter: the words "liar" or some variation were used at least 22 times. 13 by front-runner donald trump. and yet -- >> didn't call anybody a liar -- >> you called ted cruz a liar. >> reporter: slammed by jeb bush over foreign policy and how to fight isis in syria. >> it is lewdudicrous to suggest that russia could be a partner in this. >> jeb is so wrong. >> while donald trump was building a reality tv show, my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us safe.
center came down during your brother's reign. remember that. [ boos ] rubio trying to rebound from his last debate came to bush's defense today blaming 9/11 on bill clinton's decision tonnot to take out bin laden. >> it allowed isis to prosper and by 2001 have the ability to strike america. >> reporter: they immigration. at one point cruz took wish something rubio had said in a spanish language interview. >> i don't know how he knows what i said on univision because he doesn't speak spanish. second of all -- [ speaking spanish ] >> reporter: cruz also pounced on trump for what he called the billionaire's past liberal positions. >> you are the single biggest liar. you probably are worse than jeb bush. are you the single biggest liar. >> donald has this weird pattern. when you point to his own record, he screams, liar, liar, liar. >> reporter: striking a different tone, john kasich.
this is just crazy. this is just nuts, okay. [ applause ] >> geez, oh man. >> i think we're fixing to lose the election to hillary clinton if we don't stop this. [ applause ] >> reporter: tonight, there seems to be no stopping trump. >> i think it was probably my best performance. >> reporter: in a state where politics is a contact sport. the gop primary here is just six days away. tomorrow, hoping to capitalize on his family's popularity in south carolina, jeb bush will be joined on the campaign trail by his brother, george w. bush, and the former first lady tomorrow. >> gabe gutierrez reporting from south carolina. thank you. for your retirement,
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temperatures above freezing in new york. boston, 3. boston should -- boston, 35. then tuesday, temperatures will soar to the mid 50s, about 15 degrees above average for the northeast. pittsburgh should even hit 41 degrees. with this next storm system moving in, while it will start as snow, it will turn over to rain. here we go, 5:00 in the morning on monday. lighter snow showers back through west virginia. we will see a brief period of heavier snow across virginia and washington, d.c. quick one to three inches possible in washington monday morning. then we'll see it turn over to rain as we go into monday night. new york city will also see some light accumulations, about one to two inches. then we'll see things turn over to rain through the afternoon and evening on tuesday here in new york city. thomas? >> thank you very much. when we come back in a moment, a tribute to those who made a perilous journey. how a symbol of their adversity became art. it's the little things in life that make me smile. spending the day with my niece. i don't use super poligrip for hold, because my dentures fit well.
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earthquake that killed almost 200 people. the plight of migrants and refugees crossing into europe is dramatically illustrated in a new exhibit. some 14,000 orange life jackets worn by the migrants have been wrapped around the pillars of the concert hall in berlin where a raft is also on display. it's the work of a chinese dissident artist. more than 3,700 migrants died last year trying to cross the mediterranean to europe. and on this valentine's day, we have a love story to talk it. it's one for the ages. he's 104. she's his younger wife, just 100. john and ann better of fairfield, connecticut, are said to be the longest
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