• WEATHER ALERT Winter Weather Advisory

Here we go again...

February 24, 2010 12:37:48 PM PST
The rule of thumb is that every inch of rain translates, if it's cold enough, into about 10 inches of snow. So you don't have to be a grad of M.I.T. to figure out how much snow might fall if 2 to 4 inches of rain is in the forecast, and if it gets cold enough to change over to snow.

Yowza!

There are parts of the tri-state, and certainly parts of the northeast, where the storm approaching tomorrow is an all-snow event. And for an area already hit hard by a nasty winter, snow is the last thing they/we need.

Then there's New York City, which once again finds itself on the cusp of all this. We're not going to get hit super hard, but we will get some snow, says our meteorologist Lee Goldberg.

Lee's tracking things, which are changing every hour, and he'll have his AccuWeather forecast, tonight at 11. We'll also have a reporter or two covering how folks who've already gotten slammed are prepping for this latest bout of harsh winter.

And if you're as sick and tired of winter as most of us, we'd like to hear your thoughts. Not that it will do any good, of course; Mother Nature suffers from a kind of marital deafness when it comes to listening to the peeps affected by her. But CLICK HERE if you want to vote in our poll on whether you've grown weary of winter.

Also at 11, we're going to take a close look at a story that is certainly fodder for water cooler gatherings. With the introduction of 3-D TV, and with so many movies now screening in 3-D, some experts say watching in those special glasses can be harmful to your eyes.

Is there truth to the claim? And if so, how much harm can you do?

And have you been watching the Congressional hearings with the CEO of Toyota, Akio Toyoda? He told Congress today that he took "full responsibility" for the safety problems in his company's cars. So far, 39 deaths in the U.S. have been directly linked to Toyota defects.

But it's frustrating watching this hearing. It is difficult, it seemed, to get into a real, candid back-and-forth between the CEO and the Congressional representatives. Part of it is language: Toyoda had a translator, and so every sentence is repeated so each party can understand what the other is saying. That slows things down dramatically.

But the other frustration - and one that can be dealt with, since language barriers are defacto - is that Mr. Toyoda seemed to remain at all times on-script. Even when a Congressman asked a pointed question, the CEO would read from something prepared.

Nothing off-the-cuff, or, it seemed, from the heart.

I'm just sayin. We'll have highlights, at 11.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Scott Clark in Florida with the Yankees and Mets in spring training. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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