On the Radar: weather, NFL, Teena Marie, Ivory Coast
December 28th, 2010
09:29 AM ET

On the Radar: weather, NFL, Teena Marie, Ivory Coast

Weather and travel: Thousands of holiday travelers remain stranded as airports, rail lines and road departments try to recover from a blizzard that struck the U.S. East Coast on Sunday and Monday.

By Monday night, at least 4,155 flights had been canceled, up to 32 inches of snow piled up in some areas, and wind gusts blew as strong as 80 mph.

"This storm was one of the most challenging storms we've had in a decade or two," Thomas Bosco, general manager of New York's LaGuardia Airport, said Monday.

CNN meteorologist Jacqui Jeras said the onslaught of snow is expected to take a break.

"The good news is, the snow is done falling, for the most part, but we're still feeling the impact from the storm," Jeras said Tuesday morning. "The strong winds will be prevalent today."

Tuesday Night Football: The storm forced the NFL to postpone Sunday's game between the Eagles and Minnesota Vikings in Philadelphia until Tuesday night.

The contest will be the first NFL game played on a Tuesday since 1946.

And it's not just another game. If Philadelphia wins, it gets to skip the first round of the playoffs.

Teena Marie autopsy: The music industry awaits autopsy results for R&B singer and songwriter Teena Marie, who apparently died in her sleep Monday at age 56.

Marie's publicist, Lynn Jeter, said Marie was taken to a hospital last month after suffering a seizure.

Marie sang under various record labels, including Motown, Epic, Stax Records and Cash Money Classics, since bursting on the scene as a 19-year-old, according to her website. Her last studio album, "Congo Square," featured several collaborations.

Ivory Coast summit: The presidents of three West African nations, along with envoys for the United Nations and the African Union, are meeting with Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and his challenger, Alassane Ouattara, to try to resolve that country's political crisis.

Presidents Yayi Boni of Benin, Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone and Pedro Pires of Cape Verde were meeting with Young-Jin Choi, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's special envoy and a representative of the African Union.

The three heads of state represent the 15-member Economic Community of West African States, which held an emergency meeting Friday in Nigeria and delivered an ultimatum to Gbagbo to step down or face possible military force.

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  1. veselin5199


    December 28, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. jsheridan

    I wonder how many people trapped at the airports are there because of their own stupidity? Did you call ahead? Did you believe that you would be able to fly, despite the heavily falling snow and high winds? Though many are stranded through (almost) no fault of their own, there are still people stranded who are stranded simply because they were stupid.

    December 28, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • parabola

      Great point and good for you for having the balls to tell it like it is. Wow, gee, its winter on the east coast...wonder if it'll snow. What a bunch of retards. Not a newsworthy piece,,,"

      December 30, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sharon Carroll

    In my opinion postponing the game was probably the smartest thing anyone has done since this storm front was announced! WHAT? Folks won't be satisfied until 100,000 people are stranded at a football stadium? Like jsheridan posted above......PEOPLE ARE SIMPLY STUPID! We all knew this front was coming yet most people did NOT change their plans. Now they are stranded and want to blame everybody else other than themselves. Excuses like, "well they should not have sold us a ticket". Maybe true, but how long are people going to continue to allow other people to do the "thinking" for them? People are selling drugs on the corner too, does that mean you buy them? And to Don Lemons comment about people bought their ticket to the game so they evidentially wanted to go. Don, of course they wanted to go, but I would think that most brought or had their tickets in advance so I don't understand your comment. THEY WERE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT TO POSTPONE THIS GAME DUE TO A BLIZZARD! It's just a football game BOYS....let's not loose perspective on this, like people have done about Michael Vic!

    December 28, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Big Joe

    But Sharon, they're cold, tired, and hungry. Why do you have two first names? It's like saying Jennifer Sally.

    December 28, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |