New Yorkers Urged To Wrap Up Holiday Weekend Travel Before Sunday Evening Storm – CBS New York




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MoDOT urges caution in weekend travel | News


Accumulating snow was forecast late Friday night and beginning in the northwestern part of the state and moving southeast through Saturday. The Missouri Department of Transportation urges people to avoid travel if possible. If you must travel Saturday, use extra caution, anticipate slower travel times and consult the Traveler Information Map for road conditions.

“The forecast is calling for a wet, heavy snow accumulating on roads throughout the day Saturday,” said Natalie Roark, MoDOT state maintenance director. “The heavier the snow, the more difficult it is to clear. Motorists should be prepared for delays or — if possible — should stay off the roads during periods of heavy snowfall to give our crews a chance to work.”

All available crews will be out across the state working 12-hour shifts, but staffing is still short across the state due to turnover and sickness. “It may take crews longer to return roads to a mostly clear status after the storm ends Saturday,” Roark said.

Should you be involved in a minor crash or slide off the road, remain in your vehicle with the seat belt buckled. Equip your vehicle with a winter weather emergency kit before you travel in winter weather. Include any necessary medications, a phone charger, a blanket, bottled water, nonperishable foods and a flashlight. For more items to include in a winter weather emergency kit, visit modot.org/winter.

Check current Missouri road conditions on the Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org, or through MoDOT’s smartphone app, available for iPhone and Android phones.



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Vehicle restrictions anticipated, motorists urged to avoid unnecessary travel this weekend | News


HARRISBURG — Ahead of snowy conditions, cold temperatures and high winds expected across most of the state this weekend, PennDOT and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) are advising motorists to avoid unnecessary travel during the storm. Additionally, the agencies anticipate implementing various speed and vehicle restrictions throughout the storm.

Restrictions will be communicated via variable message boards, the 511PA traveler information website and smartphone apps. Motorists can also sign up for personalized alerts on the website.

Effective at 3 p.m. Sunday,  vehicle restrictions are planned for the following roadways at Tier 2 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan:

• All interstates south of Interstate 80, not including Interstate 80;

• PA Turnpike I-76 (Mainline) from the Ohio border to the New Jersey border, including all western extensions;

• PA Turnpike Northeast Extension (I-476) from I-276 to I-80;

• The entire length of U.S. 22; and

• The entire length of Route 33.

Effective at 7 p.m. Sunday, vehicle restrictions are planned for the following roadways at Tier 2 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan:

• All interstates north of I-80, including I-80; and

• PA Turnpike Northeast Extension (I-476) from I-80 to Clarks Summit.

Effective at 7 p.m. Sunday, vehicle restrictions are planned for the following roadways at Tier 3 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan:

• I-70 east of I-79; and

• I-99.

Effective at 11 p.m. Sunday, vehicle restrictions are planned for the following roadways at Tier 3 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan:

• I-81 north of I-84;

• I-84; and

• I-380.

Under Tier 2 restrictions, the following vehicles are not permitted on affected roadways:

• Tractors without trailers;

• Tractors towing unloaded or lightly loaded enclosed trailers, open trailers or tank trailers;

• Tractors towing loaded tandem trailers unless there are chains or another approved Alternate Traction Device on board;

• Enclosed cargo delivery trucks that meet the definition of a CMV;

• Passenger vehicles (cars, SUV’s, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers;

• Recreational vehicles/motorhomes;

• School buses, commercial buses and motor coaches; and motorcycles.

•  Buses, commercial buses and motor coaches; and motorcycles.

On roadways with Tier 3 restrictions in place, no commercial vehicles are permitted except loaded single trailers with chains or approved Alternate Traction Devices. Additionally, all school buses, commercial buses, motor coaches, motorcycles, RVs/motorhomes and passenger vehicles (cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, etc.) towing trailers are not permitted on affected roadways while restrictions are in place.

PennDOT urges motorists to avoid travel if possible. If travel is necessary, use caution, reduce speeds and be aware of changing weather conditions. PennDOT will pre-treat roadways where necessary ahead of the storm to help prevent ice from forming a bond with the pavement during the early stages of a storm. However, salt is not a silver bullet, and drivers may encounter icy spots on the roadway. With freezing temperatures, roads that look wet may actually be icy, and extra caution is needed when approaching bridges and highway ramps where ice can form without warning.

To help make decisions regarding winter travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts.



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MoDOT urges caution in weekend travel | Local News


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Accumulating snow is forecast for much of the state Friday evening beginning in the northwestern part of the state and moving southeast overnight continuing through Saturday.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) urges people to avoid travel if possible. If people must travel Friday night or Saturday, they should use extra caution, anticipate slower travel times and consult the Traveler Information Map for road conditions.

“The forecast is calling for a wet, heavy snow accumulating on roads throughout the day Saturday,” said Natalie Roark, MoDOT state maintenance director. “The heavier the snow, the more difficult it is to clear. Motorists should be prepared for delays or — if possible — should stay off the roads during periods of heavy snowfall to give our crews a chance to work.”

All available crews will be out across the state working 12-hour shifts, but staffing is still short across the state due to turnover and sickness. “It may take crews longer to return roads to a mostly clear status after the storm ends Saturday,” Roark said.

If you are involved in a minor crash or slides off the road, remain in your vehicle with the seat belt buckled. Equip your vehicle with a winter weather emergency kit before you travel in winter weather. Include any necessary medications, a phone charger, a blanket, bottled water, nonperishable foods and a flashlight. For more items to include in a winter weather emergency kit, visit modot.org/winter.

Motorists can check current Missouri road conditions on the Traveler Information Map at modot.org, or through MoDOT’s smartphone app, available for iPhone and Android phones.





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Southwest Airlines issues travel advisory ahead of Midwest winter weather this weekend


ST. LOUIS – There is a little snow in the forecast Friday night into Saturday for the St. Louis area. However, the system could bring snow across the Midwest and that has Southwest Airlines issuing a travel advisory ahead of the potential weather.

The airline says based on the forecast service for the following cities could be disrupted on Jan. 14- Jan. 15:

  • Des Moines, IA (DSM)
  • Kansas City, MO (MCI)
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (MSP)
  • Omaha, NE (OMA)
  • St. Louis, MO (STL)

Customers with reservations to/from/through these cities may rebook in the original class of service or travel standby (within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city-pairs and in accordance with our accommodation procedures) without paying any additional charge.

Customers who purchased their itinerary via Southwest.com or our mobile app are eligible to reschedule their travel plans online or from their mobile device.

Customers who did not purchase a ticket via Southwest.com can call 1-800-435-9792 to speak with a Customer Representative.

Customers in the U.S. scheduled to travel internationally must call 1-800-435-9792 to speak with a Customer Representative for assistance with rebooking.



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Women’s Basketball Set to Host Fairfield and Rider this Weekend


NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, NY – The Niagara women’s basketball team returns to the Gallagher Center for its first home games of 2022 against Fairfield and Rider. 

The Purple Eagles and Stags will tip-off Thursday at 2:00 p.m., while Niagara and the Broncs will play Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
 
Last Time Out: 
• Niagara defeated Battle of the Bridge rival Canisius in overtime on Sunday, Jan. 9, by the final score of 87-86.
• The Purple Eagles were led by Kyra Grimshaw, who registered career-highs in points with 23 and rebounding with nine. 
Olivia Mason earned her first double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Maddy Yelle and Ally Haar also reached double figures with 15 and 14 points, respectively. 
Sydney Faulcon recorded her second double-digit rebounding effort with 10 boards against the Golden Griffins. 
• Niagara finished the game with a field goal percentage of 42.1 percent, its second-best field goal percentage in a single game this season.
 
Niagara Notes
• Niagara leads the MAAC in offensive scoring, averaging 71.6 points per contest. 
Angel Parker is currently averaging a team-best 15.6 points per contest. 
• The Purple Eagles also lead the league in steals per game (13.4), turnover margin (4.4), forced turnovers (25.9), offensive rebounds (17.1), and assists (13.7) per game. 
• While leading the team in scoring, Parker also leads Niagara in assists (5.8) and steals (4.7) per game. Both are the best in the MAAC.
• Yelle leads the Purple and White and MAAC with a 55.3 percent mark from the field. The senior has made 47-of-85 shots this season. 
• Haar and Lore Porter lead the team with 13 3-pointers this season. In the season opener, Haar made a season-high six 3-pointers against Loyola (Md.).  
• Three-time MAAC Rookie of the Week, Aaliyah Parker, has grabbed a team-best 6.0 rebounds per game this season. The freshman has recorded two games with 10-plus boards, including a season-best 13 at Oakland on Nov. 12. 
• Faulcon recorded her first career double-double against Saint Peter’s on Dec. 17. The junior finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
• Mason is second on the team with 5.3 rebounds per game. The senior has five games with six or more boards, including a season-high 13 at Canisius last Sunday.
Kyra Grimshaw posted a career-best 23 points in NU’s win over Canisius. She finished the game 8-for-15 from the field and 3-for-4 from 3-point land. 
Brooklyn Jones played a season-high 28 minutes against the Golden Griffins, setting career-highs with eight points and five rebounds.  
• As a team, Niagara is shooting 36.9 percent from the floor, 24.9 percent from 3-point range, and 67.5 percent from the line. 
• The Purple Eagles grab 38.2 rebounds per contest, while its opponents snag 41.8 caroms a game. 
 
Series History vs. Fairfield
• Niagara and Fairfield have met 66 times coming into Thursday’s contest. The Stags lead the all-time series 41-25.
• Niagara’s last win in the series came on Jan. 20, 2019, at home. The Purple Eagles defeated the Stags 71-68 in overtime. 
• Fairfield has won the last four meetings between the two programs.
 
Series History vs. Rider
• Niagara and Rider will meet for the 54th time since 1987.
• The Purple Eagles have won 27 of the 53 meetings, including a win on Feb. 14, 2021, by the final score of 68-54.
• Niagara is 14-9 against Rider at the Gallagher Center.  
 
Up Next
• Niagara hits the road for three games in six days, beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at Rider. The Purple Eagles were initially scheduled to travel to Lawrenceville, N.J., on Dec. 30, but the game was postponed due to COVID protocols within the Rider program. 
• Niagara will also travel to Monmouth on Jan. 20 and Marist on Jan. 22.
 
Stay connected with Niagara Women’s Basketball on Twitter and Instagram. Follow Niagara Athletics all year long on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and purpleeagles.comand the Niagara Purple Eagles app.
 
 





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Weekend Itinerary: What to Do in McMinnville, Oregon




Most tourists bee-line to McMinnville for the dozens of wineries that dot the hillsides here and through Yamhill County. But there’s plenty to discover in the small city at the base of the hills, from food-forward restaurants and coffeeshops to historically preserved theaters and a hopping arcade.

Given its proximity to Portland (45 minutes, if you hit the traffic lights through Sherwood just right), exploring the Mac proper, beyond the grape, makes for a perfect weekend getaway. Here’s what you need to put on your itinerary.




Where to Stay

Before you get to any playing, and before you get to any eating, you need to be staying. On the outskirts of McMinnville’s historic downtown, A’ Tuscan Estate Bed and Breakfast offers rooms with an old-world, courtly charm, as though you’ve just woken up in a Jane Austen-esque fairytale—these accommodations have indeed bewitched us body and soul. (Check out their cottages, too.) 

For a more urban, modern feel, check out 3rd Street Flats and the Atticus Hotel, both downtown. At 3rd Street Flats, you’ll find 11 self-service and full-service flats with amenities including complimentary wine and chocolate or local teas and coffee. At the luxe Atticus, the emphasis is on local pride; work by area artists hangs on the walls, the book selections have been curated by locals,  and the connecting restaurant and lounge comes from Red Hills Kitchen, a longtime hangout for residents. (Pro tip: don’t forget to ask about the front desk about the secret drawing room.) 

If all else fails, there’s always McMenamins. Their four-story Hotel Oregon across from the historic Mack Theater features 42 rooms, a restaurant, live music venue, and rooftop bar.




Where to Play

No trip to McMinnville is complete without a stop at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, which features a vast collection of aircrafts and spacecrafts, a flight simulator, a café, and tons of exhibits. The museum is also home to the Spruce Goose, a massive flying boat constructed by Howard Hughes. (November 2, 2022 marks the Spruce Goose’s 75th anniversary.)

Stretch your legs by checking out the trails at Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey for a contemplative hike. (The monastery also allows visitors to rent our rooms at their retreat for the day.) Meanwhile, Joe Dancer Park offers a small trail system near the Yamhill River, plus a fun skatepark. Watch the planes take off at the Galen McBee Airport Park while you perch up on one of its many picnic tables about the forest trails. (Don’t forget to pay a visit to the mushroom house while you’re there.) Lastly, lace up for the Miller Woods Conservation Area. Throughout the 130 acres of forested grass land you’ll find an array of ecosystems, with more than four miles of trails. If you’re a cyclist, there are plenty of routes in the area to explore. Just make sure to pay a visit to Tommy’s Bike Shop if you need a tune-up. 

Break open that piggy bank, we’re heading to Joysticks, a quarters-only arcade. (Don’t worry they’ve got an ATM in the back.) From the retro classics to a wall of pinball machines, make your mark on the leaderboards while sipping on something from their rotating tap list.

Vinyl heads can find a hidden gem at Vortex, the best (well, only) independent record store in the county, and literary nerds can find another book to add to their ever-growing “To Read” list at Third Street Books.




Where to Eat/Drink 

 
 
Breakfast

Your day in McMinnville begins with a good breakfast. For a top-notch one, try Wildwood Café, a delightful country diner decked out with vintage signs on the walls and kitchen utensils hanging from the ceiling. Food’s pretty good, too. Try the Wildwood French toast, topped with their house-made granola. Red Fox Bakery & Café offers simple breakfast options and stellar pastries and breads. Don’t forget to snag a tin of macaroons.

Lunch

Up Highway 99W in the parking lot of the Grocery Outlet, Antojitos La Gordita food cart serves up deliciously inspired Mexican food: tortas, flautas, tamales, burritos, esquite, and more. Wash all that down with a large horchata. For tantalizing Thai food, Thai Country Restaurant is a local favorite. (Note: amid coronavirus, this restaurant is doing takeout only.) Open Tuesday through Saturday, Mac Market has been serving rotating small plates from house chef Kari Shaughnessy, coffee, cocktails, and community in its 10,000-square-foot renovated warehouse since 2019.

Dinner

Enjoy pizza, pool, and pinot noirs at the Oak, a two-story, full-service bar with seasonal cocktails and rotating beer on tap. After hustling some out-of-towners at the billiard table, swing over to HiFi Wine Bar for a post-game victory vino. There’s a lot to love here, but the space will especially resonate with music nerds for its vinyl selection, surround sound system, and live music. For Spanish-inspired cuisine, a trip to La Rambla is a must. 

Night Cap

Blue Moon is the kind of place where you end your night, the kind of dive bar where locals chat it up with heavy-handed bartenders while Tom Petty plays on the radio. (It’s cash only at this establishment, friend.) For the cocktail-minded, Conservatory Bar has strong PNW focus, with handcrafted cocktails built from locally sourced ingredients.



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UFV men’s basketball games this weekend postponed – Abbotsford News


The University of the Fraser Valley men’s basketball team’s 2022 debut will not occur this weekend and games scheduled against the UBC Okanagan Heat on Saturday (Jan. 8) and Sunday (Jan. 9) in Kelowna have been postponed.

Canada West made the announcement on Thursday (Jan. 6), stating that the games will not be occurring due to the host Heat not having the minimum number of players available to safely compete due to a combination of illness and travel complications.

Rescheduled dates have not yet been set.

However, the UFV women’s basketball team’s games against the Heat will go ahead as planned. The teams tip-off at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The Cascades women’s team record currently stands at 5-1 and the club ranks second in the CW’s West division. UBC-O is ranked third in the West with a record of 4-4.

The Cascades last played on Nov. 13 and posted a 72-31 win over the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack.

“We’ve been practicing for five weeks for these games, and I think we’re all just super happy at getting a chance to play,” stated Cascades guard Nikki Cabuco. “It’s just nice to be able to play the game that you love. To be able to play, and play together, is huge.”

For more information, visit gocascades.ca.

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Racers’ Weekend at EIU, SIUE Postponed


Women’s Basketball | 1/5/2022 11:38:00 AM

The Murray State women’s basketball games at Eastern Illinois and SIUE that were originally scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 6 and Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, have been postponed due to established health and safety protocols within the EIU and SIUE programs.

The Racers will now travel to Charleston to face Eastern Illinois Jan. 17, followed by a trip to Edwardsville to take on SIUE Jan. 24. Times for both dates will be announced as they become available.

Murray State’s next game will now be Jan. 13 when the Racers welcome the Tigers of Tennessee State to the CFSB Center for a 5 p.m. tip-off.



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Racers’ Weekend at EIU, SIUE Postponed


Women’s Basketball | 1/5/2022 11:38:00 AM

The Murray State women’s basketball games at Eastern Illinois and SIUE that were originally scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 6 and Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, have been postponed due to established health and safety protocols within the EIU and SIUE programs.

The Racers will now travel to Charleston to face Eastern Illinois Jan. 17, followed by a trip to Edwardsville to take on SIUE Jan. 24. Times for both dates will be announced as they become available.

Murray State’s next game will now be Jan. 13 when the Racers welcome the Tigers of Tennessee State to the CFSB Center for a 5 p.m. tip-off.



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