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Snow, wind hitting Northeast

BLIZZARDS can make travel difficult, dangerous or even deadly. The Northeast is bracing for heavy snow and high winds (Wikipedia/NOAA).

The northeastern United States could soon be hit by a storm bringing blizzard conditions to an area from Maine to Virginia.

According to USA Today, winter weather warnings have been issued to a region with about 75 million people. Accu-Weather is predicting as much as two to four inches of snow per hour in eastern New England, and winds of up to 90 miles an hour are feared.

The winds could blow snow to such a dangerous level to make air flight and other travel difficult, dangerous or even impossible, say officials. Power outages are possible and the wind chill factor could mean effective temperatures as low as 20 below zero.

National Weather Service’s blizzard warning runs from 10 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday.

Pentagon tells Russia: “Stand down

TENSIONS between the U.S. and Russia remain (Shutterstock).

Gen. Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff urged Russia to back off on the anticipated invasion of Ukraine. “We strongly encourage Russia to stand down and pursue a resolution through diplomacy,” he said, according to United Press International. “Armed force should always be the last resort. Success here is through dialogue.”

The U.S. and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization have rejected demands by Russian President Vladimir Putin of a promise to never allow Ukraine – or other Eastern European nations that were once part of the Soviet Union – to join NATO.

An estimated 100,000 Russian troops are gathered on Ukraine’s borders. In response, the U.S. is shipping military equipment and supplies to Ukraine and is threatening massive economic retaliation if Russia invades.

Also in the news …

  • A bridge in Pittsburgh collapsed Friday morning, requiring the rescue of people trapped in a bus that also fell. The mishap took place hours before President Joe Biden was scheduled to visit the city to tout his $1 trillion infrastructure package, which will have $1.6 billion for bridge maintenance in Pennsylvania. There were no deaths reported.

Sports: WFT = Commanders?

The long wait to find out what will be the permanent name of the Washington Football Team may be over. The Sporting News is reporting that Mark Monitor, registrar for the NFL, has registered a website domain to “Washington Commanders.”

The team was formerly known as the Redskins, but the American Indian imagery associated with it led to controversy. The Cleveland Indians baseball team is switching its name to Cleveland Guardians.

Weather: No nor’easter for us

Harsh weather conditions approaching blizzard status may be lashing the northeastern part of the United States, but mellow weather conditions continue in Southern California and the West Orange County area. The forecast for Saturday is for a daytime high of 72 (overnight low of 46) under cloudy skies. Sunday should see similar temperatures, but the sun should break through.

Business/Finance:  Stocks have strong Friday

WALL STREET was bullish on Friday (Shutterstock).

Wall Street ended a three-week losing streak Friday with strong performances across all three major stock indexes. The S&P 500 index rose by 105.34 points to close at 4,431.85. The Dow 30 Industrials increased by 564.69 points to 34,725.47 and Nasdaq rose by 417.79 points to 13,770.57.

Good earnings results from major tech companies like Apple helped the surge as well as encouraging reports about consumer spending.\

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