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(Ordonez Family/Facebook) An undated photo shows Frank Ordonez, who was killed in a shootout in Miramar Fla., on Dec. 5, 2019, in a UPS uniform. (MIRAMAR, Fla.) -- UPS workers around the country were asked to pause for a moment of silence on their routes Monday to honor fellow driver Frank Ordonez, who was taken hostage and killed last week in a police shootout.

Teamsters Local 769, Ordonez’s UPS union chapter, asked drivers to participate in the moment of silence in a tweet on Sunday, sharing an image of the slain 27-year-old in his uniform along with the time and date of the planned nationwide event.

"If in a safe place to do so, UPS drivers across the nation will have a moment of silence with four-way flashers on while parked," the union said. "#RIPFrank If you are able to safely participate in the planned moment of silence tomorrow at 5pm EST, do it for #FRANK."

UPS said the moment of silence was not a "coordinated company-wide effort," but said workers could "honor this moment" as long as it is safe to do so.

Ordonez was killed last Thursday after being held hostage at the scene of an attempted robbery at Regent Jewelers in Coral Gables, Florida. Police said two suspects opened fired while fleeing the store and carjacked Ordonez’s UPS truck before leading authorities on a high-speed chase.

Ordonez and Richard Cutshaw, another bystander, were both killed in the shootout along with suspects Lamar Alexander, 41, and Ronnie Jerome Hill, 41, according to the FBI.

“We are deeply saddened to learn a UPS service provider was a victim of this senseless act of violence," UPS said in a statement Thursday. "We extend our condolences to the family and friends of our employee and the other innocent victims involved in this incident."

Ordonez began working with the company in July 2016, first as a package handler and then as a driver.

He leaves behind two daughters, ages 3 and 5. Cutshaw leaves behind his 99-year-old mother and five brothers and sisters.

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recep-bg/iStock(WESTON, Fla.) -- A 12-year-old Florida girl was arrested for posting a "death list" on social media and threatening to attack students at her middle school, police said.

A student and her parent at Falcon Cove Middle School in Weston contacted the Broward County Sheriff's Office on Dec. 6 around 7 p.m. to report a threat posted on Snapchat, the sheriff's office said in a press release.

The threat "included a death list with student names" from the school, police said.

A second threat was also posted to Snapchat the same afternoon that allegedly said the "students were not safe and that they would be killed on Monday, Dec. 9," according to police.

Detectives with the Threat Management Unit and Real Time Crime Center were able to identify that the source of the threats belonged to a 12-year-old girl from Weston, who is also a student at the same middle school.

The girl allegedly confirmed she made the threats, which were determined to be false, police said. She was arrested on Saturday evening and taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

The 12-year-old suspect currently faces two counts of a written threat to kill and false reporting concerning a firearm.

Police have not said why she made the threats.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Over the weekend a storm system that moved into the West Coast brought more than 5 inches of rain to northern California around the Bay area. This heavy rain flooded streets and even produced a few mudslides in the state.

In the mountains, heavy snow of 12 to 17 inches fell from California to Montana making driving extremely difficult on the roads.

Now this storm system is in the Midwest and the Great Lakes, bringing with it heavy snow from the Dakotas to Minnesota and into Michigan. A treacherous Monday morning commute is expected in the Twin Cities.

Numerous snow alerts have been issued this morning from the Upper Midwest and into the Great Lakes.

Further south, heavy rain is moving through Indianapolis and Detroit.

Some of the heavy rain will move into the Northeast later this afternoon into the evening hours, just in time for evening rush hour. Snow will be ending in the Midwest by Monday afternoon.

By Tuesday, the cold front will move through the Midwest and the Northeast and, behind it, colder air will mix with precipitation changing it to snow from the Mid-South all the way into the Northeast.

By Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, the rain will change to snow for most major cities along I-95 and there could be several inches of accumulation.

The Wednesday morning rush could be messy from Washington, D.C. to New York City and Boston.

Snow could even fall Tuesday evening in the South from northern Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee and into West Virginia.

At the moment, it looks like the heaviest snow Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning will be from the southern Appalachians and into southeast New England where 3 to 6 inches of snow could fall in Boston.

New York City and Philadelphia could see 1 to 3 inches of snow with Washington, D.C. getting a possible dusting.

Behind this storm system, the coldest air of the season is expected for the Midwest and the Great Lakes with winds chills well below zero.

Actual temperatures will be below zero across the Upper Midwest. Some of this cold air will move into the Northeast Wednesday, but it is not expected to be as cold as the Midwest.

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Sjo/iStock(NEW YORK) -- If you have a thing for moon phases or numbers then mark your calendar for this upcoming celestial event.

On Dec. 12 (12/12) at 12:12 a.m. ET the Cold Moon will become a full moon, according to the Farmers' Almanac.

🌕Feeling superstitious?🤞Lucky? Here's why next week's full Moon may be significant for some... https://t.co/IwyDR1EZS9#thatsalotof12s#fullmoon

— The Farmers' Almanac (@FarmersAlmanac) December 6, 2019

"The midwinter full moon has a high trajectory across the sky, causing it to sit above the horizon for a longer period of time," Farmers' Almanac explained.

The final full moon of the lunar cycle this year, and of the decade, is also known as the "Long Night's Moon" -- a fitting title as winter solstice nears which brings longer, darker nights.

And to top off the numerical calendar fun, the next day is Friday the 13th.

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MikhailPankov/iStock(LARIMER COUNTY, Colo.) -- A 29-year-old woman died on Sunday afternoon after getting caught in an avalanche while backcountry skiing in Colorado, officials said.

The skier was completely buried by snow from the avalanche on Diamond Peak near Cameron Pass in northern Colorado's Larimer County.

The avalanche occurred at 11,400 feet and was described as "2 to 3 feet deep, very wide and running close to 500 feet vertically," according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

Other skiers dug her out and called for help. But the woman wasn't breathing, and she was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders, according to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.

It's the first fatality from an avalanche in the state this season.

The woman, whose name has not yet been released, was from the nearby city of Fort Collins. Her body was recovered from the mountainside, the sheriff's office said.

The cause and manner of her death will be determined by the Larimer County Coroner's Office.

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400tmax/iStock(CHICAGO) -- A female Chicago police officer, allegedly seen drinking with then-police superintendent Eddie Johnson before he was found asleep in his vehicle, has been accused of tampering with evidence linked to an ongoing investigation of the incident.

Cynthia Donald is under investigation for allegedly damaging her police-issued mobile phone and removing the SIM card, which stores the cellphone data. The device reportedly had been sought as potential evidence by the city's Office of Inspector General, which is investigating Johnson over the October drinking incident.

Authorities discovered the damage on Oct. 20, three days after Chicago police officers found Johnson asleep behind the wheel of his SUV. Donald was required to return the device after being transferred out of the then-superintendent's security detail.

The city's inspector general is now investigating why the phone was returned damaged, according to the police department. Sources with knowledge of the matter told ABC Chicago station WLS-TV Johnson was seen dropping Donald off at Chicago Police Headquarters around two hours before he was found asleep behind the wheel. The department declined to comment on local media reports that claimed the phone had been sought as evidence by the office of city Inspector General Joseph Ferguson.

"I can confirm media reports that we opened an investigation to determine why the phone was returned damaged," Chicago Police Department spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi told ABC News in a statement Sunday. "At this point, we are not making any additional statements as we are awaiting the final report from the Inspector General and cooperating fully with his review."

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired Johnson on Dec. 2, just weeks before he was scheduled to retire, due to what she called "ethical lapses." Johnson said he pulled over because he was feeling light-headed and later fell asleep, but Lightfoot accused him of intentionally misleading city officials and the public in the aftermath.

Lightfoot also said the inspector general's report, which hasn't been released publicly, showed Johnson exhibited "flawed decision-making."

"It has become clear that Mr. Johnson engaged in a series of ethical lapses that are intolerable," Lightfoot said in a statement last week. "Mr. Johnson was intentionally dishonest with me and communicated a narrative replete with false statements regarding material aspects of the incident that happened in the early morning hours of October 17."

"Had I known all the facts at the time," she added, "I would have relieved him of his duties as superintendent then and there."

An official briefed on the probe into Johnson's conduct told ABC News that during the traffic stop in question, the superintendent showed his police ID when asked to present identification. The officers apparently didn't recognize Johnson immediately. Once the superintendent showed ID, he and the officers exchanged some words, and Johnson said he was OK to drive away. The cops let him, raising questions about why Johnson wasn't given a field sobriety test.

Johnson acknowledged on Tuesday that he made a "poor decision and had a lapse of judgment" on that October night, but disputed the mayor's claims that he had intentionally mislead the city.

"I know in my heart that I have always tried to act in a way that is in the best interests of the great city," Johnson said in a statement, noting that he had no interest in fighting for his reputation. "Reputations are not built in a day and not damaged in a day either."

"I will simply rely on the reputation for integrity that I think I have earned during my long career," he added, "with the faith that we should all be judged by the entirety of our lives and not on what happened on our worst days."

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vmargineanu/iStock(SAN ANTONIO) -- A San Antonio man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and carving his name on her forehead with a knife.

Jackub Hildreth, 19, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after his girlfriend, 22-year-old Catalina Mireles, accused him of attacking her, according to police.

Mireles said the pair met on Facebook about four weeks ahead of the horrific attack, which left her with a broken jaw, a black eye and extreme swelling and bruising on her face.

She said the attack started on Thursday morning and lasted until the afternoon. The altercation started over an argument about their relationship.

The young woman said she thought Hildreth was going to kill her.

"He was going to put me in the closet until he figured out what he was going to do with my body," Mireles told ABC affiliate KSAT-TV in an on-camera interview on Saturday. "Don't trust everybody you think you might know."

Hildreth previously was wanted for burglary assault, court records show.

He was being held on $75,000 bond as of Sunday evening and is scheduled to appear in court next month.

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Bexar County Sheriff's Office(SAN ANTONIO) -- A Texas sheriff's deputy has been arrested for allegedly conducting illegal strip searches, authorities said.

Bexar County Sheriff's Patrol Deputy Floyd Berry, 49, had been recently placed on administrative duty after several victims "made outcries" to the department's internal affairs unit, which prompted an investigation, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. He allegedly conducted the unlawful strip searches on at least six women between Nov. 24 and Dec. 4, authorities said.

Berry has been charged for three counts of official oppression. He was arrested on Saturday around 11 p.m. when he reported for duty at the adult detention center, authorities said.

Following his arrest, Berry was placed on administrative leave and has been served with a proposed termination, according to the sheriff's office. He has been working with the sheriff's office since November 2001 and was transferred to patrol in December 2015.

The sheriff's office internal affairs unit and public integrity unit are conducting separate administrative and criminal investigations into the allegations against Berry.

Authorities are asking anyone who may have been victimized by Berry or have information regarding the investigation to call the sheriff's office.

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Fudio/iStock(NEW YORK) --  A police officer has been injured after biting into a sandwich that contained a razor blade in New York City in what police have since called an accident.

The incident occurred on Thursday, Dec. 5 at a Bon Appetit Special Food Store in Belle Harbor, Queens.

The officer, who works for the New York Police Department’s Strategic Response Group, was dressed in plain clothes when he entered the establishment and ordered the sandwich.

As he took a bite of his food he felt a sharp pain in his mouth only to discover that he had chomped down on a razor blade that was located in the sandwich, according to ABC News' New York City station WABC.

The officer was taken to hospital, treated and released.

New York Police Department Commissioner Dermot Shea initially tweeted that the NYPD would investigate the incident and that violence against New York City police officers would not be tolerated.

“The NYPD has ZERO tolerance for acts of violence against our police officers. A sandwich bought at a Queens deli on Thurs. contained a razor blade that cut the inside of a @NYPDCT cop’s mouth. He’ll be OK, but a full investigation into this abhorrent act is underway,” said his initial tweet addressing the razor blade incident.

But after an investigation, the NYPD deemed that the razor blade incident was, in fact, an accident.

 "After a thorough investigation by NYPD Detectives, it's been determined that the razor incident was indeed an accident," Shea said on Twitter. "Thankfully, our officer or another customer wasn't seriously injured. Appropriate agencies have been notified for follow up to ensure this never happens again."

Bon Appetit issued a statement apologizing to the officer and said that they are undertaking an internal investigation to ensure nothing like this ever happens again.

"First, we would like to extend our deepest apologies to the officer involved in this unfortunate incident,” the statement read. “We use a variety of tools to prepare our food, but none should ever be found in any food item meant for customer consumption … In over 10 years of management in this location, we have never had an incident like this and look forward to providing the highest quality service to all of our customers in the future."

Nobody has been charged in the incident.

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chelovek/iStock(PENSACOLA, Fla.) -- Just a few miles down the road from where three people were killed by a gunman at a Florida naval base, a community came together to heal.

About 50 people gathered Saturday for a vigil in honor of the victims at the Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, located about 3 miles from Naval Air Station Pensacola where the shooting broke out Friday morning.

The victims were identified Saturday night as Ensign Joshua Watson, 23; Airman Mohammed Haitham, 19; and Airman Apprentice Cameron Walters, 21.

The shooter, identified by authorities as Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, a Saudi national and member of the country's air force who was in the U.S. for flight training, was shot and killed at the scene by officers, according to the Escambia County Sheriff's Office.

"This was a terrible event. I think we're all questioning why," Pensacola Mayor Grover C. Robinson IV, told the audience. "We can't control some of these individuals who wish to do harm."

Yet, amid the tragedy, Robinson said he was reminded of the city's spirit.

"Everyone working together to work in support of a mission … that's what this community is," he said.

Chief Deputy Chip W. Simmons, of the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, also attended the vigil and described getting the call about the active shooter.

While officials often get reports of an active shooter, this was the first at the naval base, "at a facility that we take so much pride in."

He remembers the closer he got to the facility, "the more gunshots I heard over the police radio."

"It isn’t until everything’s settled down you realize what you’ve seen," Simmons said. "What you’re experiencing is the loss of life, hatred … but also you realize what you’re seeing is heroism.”

Simmons said officials are still working to determine exactly what unfolded and why, including whether or not the incident was terror-related.

According to two law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation, authorities are urgently focused on two likely possible motives: whether the shooter had religious or ideological reasons, or whether there was a problem that developed in the course of his training at Pensacola.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper echoed that the investigation is ongoing at the Reagan Defense Forum Saturday afternoon: "I can’t say it’s terrorism at this time." He said he will let the FBI do its work to determine the cause.

Eight people were transported to the hospital with injuries, police said. The conditions of those victims have not yet been officially released.

However, Simmons said the three police officers among the injured are "going to be fine." He said he didn't know the conditions of the others.

None of those injured have been identified.

Pastor Ted Traylor urged the community to support one another during this time. He also called on residents to be mindful when speaking about the tragedy.

"There’s gonna be conversations about what’s happened over here and I’m gonna ask you be mindful when you have those conversations," Traylor said. "It’s a small community here and the person standing to the left or right could be involved."

Just as there will be heightened security around the base, he said, "I pray that our community has a heightened sense of sensitivity.”

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carlballou/iStock(ASH FORD, Ark.) --  An elderly couple found in the snow-filled field of an Arkansas home likely died of hypothermia, according to authorities.

The man and woman, both in their 70s, were discovered off Crookton Road in Ash Fork, about 140 miles north of Phoenix, on Friday, officials from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

Homeowners Mike and Diane Haas noticed two bodies under the snow in their yard when they were leaving the house and called 911, they told ABC Phoenix affiliate KNXV.

“I said 'Sir, sir!' and of course they didn’t respond," Mike Haas said. "It came pretty obvious pretty quick, their skin color and other details that they were deceased."

The couple's car was found one mile away from the home, KNXV reported. They lived nearby and attempted to walk after their car got stuck in the snow. The area got about 10 inches, according to KNXV.

The Haas' front porch light was on, so they believe the couple was heading toward their house. They were 100 yards short, Mike Haas said.

They found the man lying on top of his wife, possibly in an attempt to keep her warm, according to the homeowners.

"It’s sadness,” he said. “You wish you could’ve helped. You could’ve saved a life perhaps. Maybe two lives."

Diane Haas believes that if the couple had stayed in their car, someone driving along the road would have rescued them.

A preliminary investigation found no evidence of foul play, authorities said. The time of the couple's deaths has not been established.

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Fayetteville Police Department(FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.) -- An Arkansas police officer has been shot and killed outside their police precinct.

Officers with the Fayetteville Police Department were inside the building when they heard gunshots outside at approximately 9:42 p.m. on Saturday, according to a statement from the Fayetteville Police Department.

When two responding officers went outside they located an armed suspect, later identified as London T. Phillips, directly behind the police department.

Phillips exchanged gunfire with officers and was shot during the encounter, police said.

The victim, Officer Stephen Carr, was later found shot inside his patrol vehicle that was parked in the police department parking lot, authorities said.

Emergency medical personnel responded to the scene and treated the officer and the suspect but both of them succumbed to their injuries. and were pronounced dead on scene.

An investigation showed Carr was "ambushed and executed" while sitting in his patrol vehicle, police said.

In a brief press conference Fayetteville Police Chief Mike Reynolds said there seems to have been no motive at all and it "appears the suspect came into the back parking lot and just executed my officer."

 Carr was assigned as a patrol officer and had been with the department since April 2017.

"He served our community with dedication and professionalism for the past 2 ½ years, he is a HERO," police said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Carr’s family during this tragic time."

The Washington County Sheriff's Office and the FBI will conduct an independent investigation into the incident, police said.

The officers who fatally shot the suspect were placed on paid administrative leave in compliance with department policy until the police chief can review the investigation.

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Google Maps(SAN DIEGO) -- A California man has been arrested after residents reported that he'd been rehearsing a mass shooting plot in videos posted online, police said Friday.

Steve Homoki, 30, was arrested and charged with possession of an assault weapon, possession of a high-capacity magazine and child endangerment, according to the San Diego Police Department.

Police arrested Homoki in San Diego on Thursday, nearly four days after receiving "a tip concerning very distressing YouTube videos threatening firearm violence linked to San Diego," according to a statement released on Friday.

The videos allegedly showed a man pointing assault weapons at several unassuming pedestrians from a hotel window in downtown San Diego. Officers with the San Diego Joint Terrorism Task Force launched an investigation and identified Homoki as the man in the videos.

 "An Investigation was initiated by the JTTF that day and over the course of the next 48 hours, Steven Homoki was identified as the person responsible for the videos," the department said in a statement. "A search warrant was obtained for his residence in Spring Valley, California."

Police arrested Homoki on Thursday and recovered several firearms from his home. He allegedly has at least 14 firearms registered in California, according to San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV, which obtained a copy of a warrant for his arrest.

According to the warrant, Homoki allegedly booked a hotel room at the Sofia Hotel, located across the street from the San Diego courthouse, and used the space to practice aiming the weapon from the hotel room's window.

The YouTube videos, posted Sept. 17 and 18, appeared to be recorded using a body-worn camera. They showed a man displaying two assault-style rifles on a couch, along with a female mannequin head, a Department of Homeland Security license plate, an envelope and ammunition scattered on the room's floor.

 The suspect was also seen loading and pointing the rifles at people walking outside, while repeating "jams, boom." He was also seen pulling the trigger while the firearm's chamber was empty, or "dry firing."

"One down, more to go," he said at one point, according to the court documents.

The San Diego Police Department credited community members for reporting the videos and thanked them for speaking up about "an immediate threat to San Diegans."

"This arrest is an example of a community member coming forward with information that posed an immediate threat to San Diegans," the department said in a statement. "The San Diego Police Department would like to thank the community for their shared efforts to keep everyone safe."

San Diego FBI Special Agent In Charge Scott Brunner called the arrest "an extraordinary accomplishment."

"The extraordinarily swift investigative efforts put forth by the dedicated Agents and Officers of the San Diego JTTF quickly identified, located and arrested Mr. Homoki, preventing further incident," Brunner said in a statement Friday. "Just three days ago Mr. Homoki was an unknown poster of disturbing videos and is now behind bars, his threats neutralized. This investigation is a truly extraordinary accomplishment."

Homoki was being held on $20,000 bail and is scheduled for arraignment on Monday afternoon. It's unclear if he has obtained an attorney.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  A storm in the western United States is bringing heavy rain, gusty winds and mountain snow from California to the Rocky Mountains this morning.

Heavy rain from the storm brought flash flooding to San Francisco on Saturday prompting road closures in parts of the city. North of the Bay Area, 5.75 inches of rain was reported in Hobergs, CA. Gusty winds also downed some trees in the area.

In the Sierra, snow has already accumulated up to 8 inches this morning. Snow totals through Monday could reach as much as 3 to 4 feet. This will cause significant travel delays in the mountain passes.

Heavy rain in northern California will continue to bring the threat for rock slides and landslides today. Additionally, there is a threat for avalanches in parts of the Sierra, especially near the Lake Tahoe Area. There is an avalanche warning in this area through the morning hours of Sunday.

This storm is about to move eastward today, and part of this overall system will emerge from the Rockies late tonight and rapidly change the weather for the central and eastern U.S. over the next few days. Winter Storm warnings remain posted for the Sierra today and winter weather advisories are in effect for parts of the Rockies and upper Midwest.

By tomorrow morning, a new low pressure system will quickly move into the upper Midwest and bring some snow to parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin. The morning commute in those regions could be treacherous with snow falling heavily at times.

Ahead of the low pressure, heavy rain is expected to develop. Especially in parts of the northeast U.S. where snowfall was heavy just 1 week ago, the combination of rapid snow melt and locally heavy rain could bring some localized flooding.

As the storm moves into Canada, the extended cold front will become quite powerful and stretch deep into the southern U.S.

The impacts of this cold front are both in precipitation and in temperature. First, ahead of the cold front, warm mild air will allow temperatures to rapidly rise into the 50s and 60s -- especially on Tuesday.

For parts of the east coast -- especially in the northeast -- that will be a nice welcome. However, the approaching cold front will bring rain, which could be heavy at times and bring 1 to 2 inches of rain, especially in the northeast U.S.

As the cold front passes, temperatures will plummet. It is looking more and more likely that there could be a 20 to 30 degree temperature difference within just a few hundred miles on Tuesday in parts of the southern and eastern U.S. as can be seen between New Orleans, 68 degrees, and Dallas 38 degrees, on Tuesday morning.

In New York it will be in the upper 50’s on Tuesday, but on Wednesday, temperatures will be the upper 20’s and low 30’s.

The global forecast models are now also indicating that a decent amount of precipitation will linger behind the cold front.

This should result in some notable weather drama, with parts of the southern and eastern U.S. going from mild rain to a mix of cold and snow. Even in the northeast U.S., it is now appearing that a burst of snow is likely on Wednesday morning.

 The result of this combination of events is locally 1 to 2 or more inches of rain in parts of the eastern U.S. and locally 6 inches of snow in parts of the upper Midwest through Tuesday.

On Tuesday night and into Wednesday, a quick burst of snow could bring a couple of inches to parts of the northeast which could cause problems for the Wednesday morning commute.

 Behind this front, the door will open in the Midwest for very cold air with temperatures crashing. Wind chills could go as low as -20 and -30 in parts of the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The good news is that this cold blast doesn’t look long-lived, and it seems to fall apart to some degrees as it heads to the eastern U.S. late next week.

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FBI(PENSACOLA, Fla.) -- Investigators are probing a report that the suspect in the Pensacola naval base shooting had watched mass-shooting videos in the presence of some friends in the days prior to the attack, two people briefed on the probe told ABC News.

Three people were killed during the shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday morning. The alleged shooter, identified by authorities as Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, a Saudi national and member of the country's air force who was in the U.S. for flight training, was shot and killed at the scene by officers, police said.

Agents are trying to confirm whether the investigative lead is accurate and have been going through the Alshamrani's devices to find evidence of those videos. The information about these videos came from interviews with classmates of Alshamrani, sources said.

Investigators are being led to believe that this was not some sort of gathering called specifically to watch the videos or that the friends who were present were part of any plot. Investigators have been told the friends got together with Alshamrani in an unplanned get-together and once they were together, Alshamrani apparently turned on the videos, the sources said.

Alshamrani is said to have wanted to "pump" himself up in the run-up to the planned shooting and the friends present were not aware that he was allegedly planning a lethal attack.

The preliminary assessment of investigators is that the shooter was not connected to a group of band of conspirators. Instead, it is believed he acted alone.

The FBI has declined to comment on this but has scheduled a press conference for 12 p.m. Sunday.

The victims killed in the shooting were identified Saturday night as Ensign Joshua Watson, 23; Airman Mohammed Haitham, 19; and Airman Apprentice Cameron Walters, 21.

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