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Yet another winter storm

January 11, 2011 1:04:20 PM PST
Two weather systems, coagulating, and forming a new, powerful snowstorm that is greater than the sum of its parts.

And so now we wait for yet another snow maker - the third in as many weeks.

Meteorologist Lee Goldberg - who returned from his family's vacation to track this storm for us - says the entire tri-state will be hit. The center stretch of Long Island will get blasted the hardest - 12 to 18 inches forecast there.

So many communities are now worried about mirroring the embarrassment of how New York City handled last month's blizzard, that they're more than prepped for the storm, which starts tonight and lasts until first light, at least.

Will snow emergencies be declared? Will salt trucks be out before the storm hits hard? Both would have mitigated the damage from last month's blizzard.

I was talking to a first responder official yesterday, and he said, based on the ill-thought-out clean-up in New York City last month, we can expect a couple of years of stellar post-snowstorm performances. No one wants to embarrass the Mayor, or New Yorkers, like they did last month.

Lee heads our coverage tonight. We're also out in the field, as communities prepare for the storm, and as parents scratch their head about what they'll do tomorrow if, as predicted, schools close. If that happens, expect lighter-than-usual commutes because a lot of peeps won't be going to work.

We'll also have the latest from Tucson. The massacre - combining political assassination and mass shooting for the first time in this country - touching so many raw nerves in this country: Heated political rhetoric, the easy availability of guns, how to deal with the mentally ill.

A couple of headlines. The suspected gunman, Jared Loughner, was apparently so obviously whacked that even a group of UFO true-believers thought he was beyond the mental fray.

Most troubling is that sales of guns are skyrocketing in Arizona and several other states. The weapon used - a Glockmeister 9 mm semi-automatic - costs about $500, and they've been "flying out the doors" of gun shops in Arizona. Double the volume, in some cases.

Meanwhile, the debate over guns has escalated, with those who believe guns should be outlawed hoisting their banner high. The response from those who like to tote weapons: Buy guns now!

And some good news: Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is now capable of breathing on her own, according to her doctors. She remains on a ventilator, however, to prevent infection. We'll have the latest on the shootings, at 11.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11. And a reminder: Eyewitness News This Morning begins half an hour earlier tomorrow morning - at 4 a.m. - to help you through your morning commute and any school closings.


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