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Bitter Weather, Frigid Wind Chills Set in – Next Up, the Snow

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The second storm of the week could bring up up to 3 inches of snow to New York City and spots along the I-95 corridor on Thursday, Storm Team 4 says. And places well north and west of the city could see nearly half a foot.

Temperatures plunged overnight, and comparatively bitter, blustery conditions are expected through the day Wednesday, which is only expected to see a high near 40 degrees. Temps drop into the 30s on Thursday, though the wind chill will make you want to keep your hands in your pockets most of the day.

Overall, Thursday will feel more like January for most of the day as the coldest air of the season moves in, Storm Team 4 says.

Clouds will gradually start to float back into the area after midnight leading into Thursday, and will continue to fill in as the next storm system approaches. Much of the morning will stay cold, cloudy and dry before a wintry mix of precipitation arrives Thursday afternoon.
Given marginal temperatures near or just slightly above freezing, precipitation associated with this system could initially start off as snow, but will transition over to a wintry mix before completely changing over to rain Thursday night once milder air pushes in, Storm Team 4 says.

In general, the city and areas along the I-95 corridor could see a slushy 1 to 3 inches of snow accumulate by the evening commute, while areas south and east (and along the immediate coastline) will see mostly just rain out of this system. Colder places well to the north and west will see more snow before rain mixes in, with accumulations ranging anywhere between 3 to 5 inches (and possibly more across the higher elevations).

Storm Team 4 emphasizes the totals are likely to change as the storm gets closer. Keep checking with Storm Team 4 for the latest updates.
Regardless, hazardous traveling conditions Thursday evening will make for a rather slow and slushy commute home for many. By Friday morning, most of the area will see plain rain, with only the distant suburbs north and west seeing icy conditions. Highs bump back into the mid-40s on Friday and are expected to stay in that range through the weekend, Storm Team 4 says.

Source: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Heavy-Rain-Is-Coming—-and-Then-the-Cold-500265102.html

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9-year-old genius to graduate university

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(CNN) – A child prodigy from Belgium is on course to gain a bachelor’s degree at the tender age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) — a tough course even for students of an average graduate age.

Described by staff as “simply extraordinary,” Laurent is on course to finish his degree in December.

He then plans to embark on a PhD program in electrical engineering while also studying for a medicine degree, his father told CNN.

His parents, Lydia and Alexander Simons, said they thought Laurent’s grandparents were exaggerating when they said he had a gift, but his teachers soon concurred.

“They noticed something very special about Laurent,” said Lydia.

Laurent was given test after test as teachers tried to work out the extent of his talents. “They told us he is like a sponge,” said Alexander.

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their child prodigy is capable of learning so quickly.

But Lydia has her own theory.

“I ate a lot of fish during the pregnancy,” she joked.

The TUE has allowed Laurent to complete his course faster than other students.

“That is not unusual,” said Sjoerd Hulshof, education director of the TUE bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, in a statement.

“Special students that have good reasons for doing so can arrange an adjusted schedule. In much the same way we help students who participate in top sport.”

Hulshof said Laurent is “simply extraordinary” and praised the youngster.

“Laurent is the fastest student we have ever had here,” he said. “Not only is he hyper intelligent but also a very sympathetic boy.”

Laurent told CNN his favorite subject is electrical engineering and he’s also “going to study a bit of medicine.”

His progress has not gone unnoticed and he is already being sought out by prestigious universities around the world, although Laurent’s family wouldn’t be drawn on naming which of them he is considering for his PhD.

“The absorption of information is no problem for Laurent,” said his father.

“I think the focus will be on research and applying the knowledge to discover new things.”

While Laurent is evidently able to learn faster than most, his parents are being careful to let him enjoy himself too.

“We don’t want him to get too serious. He does whatever he likes,” said Alexander. “We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents.”

Laurent said he enjoys playing with his dog Sammy and playing on his phone, like many young people.

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already worked out what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

In the meantime, Laurent has to finish his bachelor’s degree and choose which academic institution will play host to the next stage in his remarkable journey.

Before that, he plans on taking a vacation to Japan for an undoubtedly well-deserved break.

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Gang members slam BMW into rival and his 8-year-old son in Harlem

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Two gangbangers aimed their BMW like a missile at a father and his 8-year-old son on a Harlem sidewalk in a horrifying incident captured by video distributed by police Thursday.

The BMW — driven by a man police believe is a member of the Gorilla Stone Bloods Gang — was zeroed in on the father, a rival gang member, said cops.

Around 3:45 p.m. Nov. 6, the boy and his father were walking on W. 112th St. by Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. when the BMW jumped the sidewalk and slammed into them both, said cops.

Father and son were both knocked through a gate.

The BMW driver then backed up — and its driver and passenger, also believed to be a gang member, jumped out of the car and ran toward the father and the son.

One of the attackers slashed the father, identified by sources as 32-year-old Brian McIntosh, who’s served prison time for robbery and bail jumping.

McIntosh and his son went to Harlem Hospital. Miraculously, the boy escaped serious harm.

McIntosh was so adamant about refusing to help police catch his attackers that the young boy’s mother had to file a police report alleging he was the victim of a crime, police sources said.

Cops released video of the attack, and ask anyone with information about the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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