For our Afternoon Links, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and news websites for a roundup of news and opinion from Alexandria, Virginia and around the area. Here are some news items that caught our eye.
In the News
It’s looking more and more like snow this weekend (see below) The most likely timing is between Saturday night and midday Sunday. (CWG)
Don Beyer urges Trump to strike immigration deal As President Trump weighs the extraordinary step of declaring a national emergency to unilaterally build a wall along the southern border, Rep. Don Beyer (D-8th District) is urging Trump to return to the negotiating table and put federal employees back to work. (ARL Now)
Education issues to take center stage in the upcoming General Assembly session Teachers deserve a pay raise, and Virginia desperately needs to hire more school counselors. These were two of the most prevalent concerns voiced by constituents to members of the Fairfax County legislative delegation, the largest in the Virginia General Assembly. (Alexandria Gazette)
Government shutdown fight hits urgent new stage The partial government shutdown becomes the second longest in history — its 18th day — with little signs of progress. (CNBC)
Will the government shutdown affect your next flight? f no deal is reached this week, TSA workers will miss their first paycheck Friday. (Dr. Gridlock)
- Shutdown protest planned for tonight outside White House
- Polio cases on the rise across the USA
- Taxi’s and ride sharing drivers suffering during shutdown
The weather models are apparently coming together about this weekend’s upcoming storm.
UPDATE on POSSIBLE WEEKEND SNOWSTORM
Afternoon models effectively ALL (yes, including the beloved EURO) seem to point to snow falling in the DMV region at, what is now, 96-108 hours out.
— DC MD VA Weather – DMV Weather (@dcmdvaweather) January 8, 2019
Just finished watching @AccuRayno ‘s live video on Twitter. At this point, he thinks 3-4″ in DC Metro is possible. Fits with my previous tweet of 3-4″. My final call will be Thursday PM.
— Russ Adams ☃️🥶❄️🌨️ (@patpend) January 8, 2019