Let it STOP!

January 26, 2011 1:28:56 PM PST
The winter that just won't end.

That's the sentiment of many people - and we're only slightly past the one-third mark in terms of winter's length.

We had 37.1 inches of snow in Central Park for the season - that's more than four times the average of nine inches. And with the snow that's forecast for today, tonight and overnight - another 10 inches or so? - the snow gap will grow even more.

So why so much snow this year? Is it global warming? Global cooling? The Jets losing? All of the above? None?

While the debate rages, so too does the snow. The seventh storm of this season will once again turn the country's most diverse region all-white.

Meteorologist Lee Goldberg heads our coverage tonight at 11. And we'll have reporters out in the elements bringing you how people are reacting, any news emerging from the storm, school closings for tomorrow, and how your morning commute will fare.

Mayor Bloomberg - calling a weather emergency today for New York City. His mantra: "Don't drive, don't drive, don't move your car if you can possibly avoid it. Take mass transit."

Speaking of the Mayor, he was at the launching this morning of our 13th annual Operation 7 Save A Life campaign. Civilian fire deaths in New York are at an all-time low - 62 last year - and fire safety education is a big reason why. Since 1999, WABC TV and its partners have distributed more than 615,000 Kidde smoke detectors to people who otherwise couldn't afford them. If we saved one life - then it's worth it.

We have a live chat on fire safety starting at 5:00 on 7online.com. Click here to participate.

Our half-hour special airs this Saturday, at 7 p.m. and I hope you can watch or record it.

We're also getting reaction to the Obama Administration's decision to get rid of the - some say comical - color-coded terror warning system. The rainbow of fear is supposed to end by the end of April.

And from the chutzpah files, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration has filed papers telling the Federal Transit Administration to, in legal parlance, buzz off if it's looking for repayment of $271 million in funds the state was given.

The money was for a new tunnel under the Hudson to connect New Jersey with Manhattan - a project that with cost overruns had ballooned to nearly $9 billion. So Christie bailed out, even though the feds insisted the state would have repay the $271 million. Now New Jersey is saying "no." We'll see.

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.


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