Josh Forrest, almost 9, sleds down a hill at Patterson Park during Wednesday's unexpected snow.
Josh Forrest, almost 9, sleds down a hill at Patterson Park during Wednesday's unexpected snow. (Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun)

WEATHER: Windy, with gusts up to 50 mph and wind chills in the 20s.

TRAFFIC: Check our traffic updates for this morning's issues.



More wintry weather in forecast amid bout of slush: Winter waited until the busy holiday season to arrive, and it isn't letting up yet. After a second bout of icy precipitation Wednesday, more snow, sleet or freezing rain is possible over the weekend.

Sexual abuse claims mount against voice of Elmo: Puppeteer Kevin Clash has rejected accusations that he had an inappropriate relationship with any of four men who've come forward since last month, including the three who have filed lawsuits. But the allegations created a tabloid storm that prompted him to resign as the voice behind Sesame Street's Elmo.
U.S. sends $1 million for Eastern Shore victims of Sandy: The federal government has sent more than $1 million in aid to the Eastern Shore to help victims of Hurricane Sandy and continues to process requests, emergency management officials said Wednesday.

Baltimore's port readies for dockworkers' strike: Retail giants, shipping companies and federal agencies are racing the clock to make plans as an East Coast and Gulf dock strike this weekend appears imminent. A strike would stop all container traffic at the port of Baltimore.

Ex-U.S. President George H.W. Bush in intensive care: Former President George H.W. Bush, who led a coalition that ejected Iraqi forces from Kuwait in 1991, is in intensive care at a Houston hospital in "guarded condition," family spokesman Jim McGrath said Wednesday.


RAVENS: For his first trip to the Pro Bowl, Jacoby Jones will have plenty of company. Six Ravens were selected for the game, which will be played Jan. 27 in Honolulu.

Ravens activate Ray Lewis: Ray Lewis will not play in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals but the Ravens kept alive his hope of returning for the playoffs.


Schaefer's aquarium mermaid tells her tale, three decades later: Debbie Walker had won a string of beauty pageants, but she'd never seen anything like the morning she was hired as William Donald Schaefer's "mermaid." Images from the bizarre spectacle gave her a brief and unexpected moment of international fame she says she'll always remember.