Wales breaking news plus traffic, weather and travel updates (Sunday, March 21)


Met Office forecast for Sunday

Often rather cloudy, but some sunshine breaking through at times. Here if the full forecast for Wales:

A rather cloudy day, with morning low cloud and hill fog thick enough for some light rain or drizzle in places. Cloud will thin and break throughout the day, bringing an occasional sunnier spell. Maybe the odd light afternoon shower. Maximum temperature 13 °C.

Tonight, remaining largely dry throughout, with areas of cloud but also some clear spells. Overnight, these may allow patchy frost and fog to form in places. Minimum temperature 0 °C.





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Lady Vols tip off NCAA tourney Sunday


Rennia Davis and Kellie Harper
Rennia Davis, and Tennessee Coach Kellie Harper. (Photo: Randy Sartin, USA TODAY Sports)

Lady Vols Coach Kellie Harper and senior Rennia Davis met with the media Saturday – one day before Tennessee and Middle Tennessee will square off in Texas to start the NCAA tourney – and covered the court from the equality issues that emerged this week to keys to securing a win on Sunday.

No. 3 seed Tennessee, 16-7, will meet No. 14 seed Middle Tennessee, 17-7, in the River Walk Region in a game set for tipoff at 2 p.m. Sunday (TV: ABC) at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. It will be the first time that first round games in NCAA women’s college basketball have aired on ABC since 1995 despite the fact Disney merged with ABC and the majority of its ESPN properties in 1996.

The winner of Sunday’s game will face the winner of No. 6 seed Michigan, 14-5, and No. 11 seed Florida Gulf Coast, 25-2, which play at 3 p.m. Eastern on Sunday at the University of Texas at San Antonio Convocation Center. The second round game is set for Tuesday with tip time, TV information and location to be determined.

Such is the nature of an NCAA tourney amid a pandemic when 64 teams are both scattered and isolated in hotels across the San Antonio area and assigned to various practice locations.

Tennessee is staying in San Antonio and took a bus about 90 minutes away to Austin for a practice session Friday after getting off a practice court set up in San Antonio at 9 p.m. Thursday. Tennessee Coach Kellie Harper shared with her team that night that breakfast pickup time was 6:15 a.m.


“The practice times have been a bit all over the map, in terms of what times they have been,” Tennessee Coach Kellie Harper said. “You might have an early one, and you have a practice, then a COVID test. With the COVID test, you’re allowing an hour-and-a-half to two hours from door to door to get that finished and finalized. So, that has taken up quite a bit of time.

“Once we were out of quarantine, we were able to move into a meeting space, where we can kind of watch film, the players can come do treatment and they can have study halls. Meals have been, basically for the most part, delivered, so they come in boxes and you’re having meals in your room by yourself.”

Despite all of it, the players and staff have adapted well.

“Logistically, things haven’t been the easiest, but we’ve handled it,” Harper said. “I hope that’s enabled them to focus on the task at hand and not worrying about things they literally have no control over. Let’s just go ahead and focus on why we’re here.”

The next time the Lady Vols step on the court in Austin will be about 30 minutes before Sunday afternoon’s tipoff. The last basketball game for Tennessee was on March 6 in the semifinals of the SEC tourney in Greenville, South Carolina.

“This game feels like it is a long time coming,” Harper said. “We’ve been off for a long time and have been down here in San Antonio for a few days now. So, we are excited to be getting closer to game day and game time, and our team is looking forward to it.

“We’ve got a tough opponent that knows how to win, and theyll be very disciplined and have a game plan that they’ll come out and execute. So, we have to be locked in. You don’t just walk out here and win. You have to walk out and be a really good basketball team to continue to dance.”

Sophomore Jordan Horston spotted caution signs in Saturday’s practice setup – which became a theme this season to watch out for the Lady Vols and, on the flip side, for the team to be careful and prepare for opponents.


The storyline to start the tourney – as outlined HERE and HERE – became the equality issues in weight training, food, swag and COVID-19 testing between the NCAA’s events for the women as compared to the men.

Sally Jenkins, the late Pat Summitt’s biographer and longtime sportswriter, wrote this column for the Washington Post that started out: I’m tired. Not from today or from yesterday but from 40 years of it. Forty years tired of writing the same damn story about the same NCAA shortchangers in suits who would begrudge women’s athletes so much as an equal amount of air in a tire if they thought it might come at a man’s expense. Sick and tired of the chiseling administrators with their million-dollar salaries and monstrous heaps of revenue who act like women’s basketball players should be thankful for a uniform that isn’t funded by a bake sale.

The NCAA held meetings – and a press conference that is available at the end of this article – and promised to rectify matters. Weight training areas popped up by Saturday morning.

“I think there is a lot there,” Harper said. “On the way down, we didn’t know what it would look like. We talked to the team about handling whatever it is. It’s not going to look normal, and we knew it wouldn’t look normal. It’s not been perfect. There have been some things, obviously, that we would like to change, but our players have really handled everything well. They have moved from event to event very well, they’ve been flexible, and for us, we’re handling things.

“It is disappointing when you see the pictures and you see the discrepancies between the two tournaments. I think it’s really disappointing. But when you’re around our team here, they’ve been grateful. They have been wonderful to deal with, and I think they are just excited to play basketball.”

Davis added, “The simplest way I could put it is just disappointed. Like Kellie said, the large disparities between the women’s and men’s setup. Obviously, there were a lot of complaints on social media, so some things have been getting changed and worked out now.

“We still have a game to play, and that’s important for us to know. We were disappointed, but we’ve got to focus on the game regardless.”

Jordan Walker
Jordan Walker vs. South Carolina (Photo: UT Athletics)

Middle Tennessee is led by Anastasia Hayes, who played at Tennessee for one season, and leads the Lady Raiders at 26.5 points per game. Middle Tennessee, the automatic qualifier after winning the C-USA tourney, also has her sister, Aislynn Hayes, who averages 14 points.

It will be the fourth time this season that Tennessee faces a former Lady Vol on the court. The previous three were Evina Westbrook (UConn), Jazmine Massengill (Kentucky) and Zaay Green (Texas A&M).

“Annie Hayes is a terrific and dynamic scorer for them,” Harper said. “She does a great job of getting herself to the basket and getting to the free throw line. Their system is set up for her to do that, because they’re putting four shooters behind the three-point line and are going to spread you out basically saying pick what you want to do. Do you want to help on to her and she’ll kick to threes or do you want to let her go one-on-one? That’s where they present a challenge to anybody that they’re playing. You’ve got to decide how you’re going to guard.”

Middle Tennessee has attempted 726 threes this season and connected on 30.6 percent as a team. Anastasia Hayes has taken 102 and her sister, Aislynn Hayes, 140. Deja Hayes, a transfer guard from Ole Miss, leads the team at 169 trey attempts, and Courtney Whitson, a forward, has lofted 148 from long range. A fifth starter, guard Alexis Whittington, has taken 123 threes.

“We’re not going to change anything,” Middle Tennessee Coach Rick Insell said. “We’ll be shooting the three, we’ll be feeding our posts inside and hoping that we can score and maybe get fouled.”

By comparison, the Lady Vols have attempted 340 threes and connected at 31.8 percent. The closest to triple digit attempts is 92 by forward Rae Burrell, who has connected on 41.3 percent with 38 makes.

“Limiting threes is the biggest thing I’ve seen on film,” Davis said. “To put it in perspective, one of our coaches said that they shoot six more (per game) than Arkansas, who we’ve played against, and they shoot a lot of threes. That’s going to be a big thing for us, guarding the three, making them put the ball on the floor, and also use our size on the offensive end.”

The Lady Vols can counter with a significant size advantage and a focus on scoring inside that involves the post and perimeter players.

Tamari Key
Lady Vol post Tamari Key (Photo: SEC)

“How our guards play really sets the tone for the game, because offensively the guards are going to determine the pace for the game,” Harper said. “Even if we’re getting a lot of post touches, a lot of times it’s going through our perimeter players to get them those post touches.”

Defensively, the Tennessee guards need to hold their own on one-on-one defense.

“If our guards can guard without a lot of help, it’s going to shut down driving lanes for them; therefore no driving lanes equals no penetrate and kick to shooters,” Harper said.

Offensively, Davis can connect from the arc, but the 6-2 forward also can use her size to score in the paint.

“I want to attack the basket, get to the free throw line and create easier opportunities for my teammates, especially in the post,” Davis said. “I know we have an advantage in size, so I just want to drive when the defense collapses and get some easy assists. I’m going to do whatever my team needs me to do and not settle for the three.”

The Lady Vols also have dominated the glass for the most part this season, especially on the offensive end. A missed shot by Tennessee can become another offensive opportunity.

“Well, the good thing is, we’re not going into this game saying, ‘Oh, let’s get the offensive boards, we haven’t done that this year, so let’s try that,’ ” Harper said. “We’re going in to do what we’ve done all year long, and I think that’s important.”


It’s that aspect of Tennessee’s game that concerns Insell.

“Their offensive rebounding is what bothers me,” Insell said during Middle Tennessee’s media presser on Thursday. “We’ve all got to go to the boards. We can’t be standing and watching. I don’t know that it does any good to box them out because they’re so tall and so strong, they can walk you right in under the net.

We’re going to have to get aggressive on the boards. When I lay down tonight, I’ll be thinking about this offensive rebounding, I can promise you that.”

When Harper was asked Saturday about Insell – who she played against when he coached at Shelbyville High School and played for on the AAU travel circuit in Tennessee – being concerned about offensive boards, she smiled.

“A hundred percent, I think I could’ve answered that question for him,” Harper said. “I would’ve known that’s what he would say, just because of size and stats to be honest with you. But they’ll be disciplined, they will box out, and we will have to be really good on the boards to be able to continue to outrebound our opponents.”

To get the overall outcome it wants, Harper said Tennessee must follow the scouting report on defense and value each possession on offense.

“We’ve got to understand their personnel,” Harper said. “And we’ve got to guard without fouling. Valuing the possession means taking care of the basketball, not turning it over, but it also means taking great shots, finding those great shots and working for those great shots.”

Davis, unlike her teammates, wasn’t stuck in COVID-19 testing late Friday afternoon, so she was able to watch the Vols’ NCAA tourney game in her hotel room and witnessed the loss to Oregon State. The senior forward mentioned she was still in the 90-day window, an indication that the time she missed in February was because of COVID-19.

“To me that just made it that much more real,” Davis said. “At any point in time, it could be over. It made it that much more real to see our boys lose, and I was super sad and disappointed and hurt for them.

“You have to be the better team that day. I think that’s what it’s important. That’s why I keep relaying to my teammates. As long as we’re the better team for that game, that’s what matters. It doesn’t have to be the prettiest win. It doesn’t have to be a blowout. As long as we’ve up by one when the clock goes off, that’s what matters.”

Coach Kellie Harper

Rennia Davis

NCAA Press Conference

 





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‘No unnecessary travel’ on Casper streets Sunday


(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo — Casper City officials have advised no unnecessary travel Sunday on city streets.

The Casper Police Department said on social media: “If you’re thinking about getting out today… please, just don’t. Vehicles are getting stuck all over the place.”

Snow removal crews have been on shifts covering twenty-four hours since Saturday in anticipation of the snowstorm, a city release said.

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“With the current snow and wind conditions, our crews are only able to keep the thoroughfares, known as arterials, plowed,” said Streets Manager Shad Rodgers. These include CY Avenue, Second Street, and 15th Street.

There are Wyoming Highways throughout Casper that are maintained
separately by Wyoming Department of Transportation snow removal crews. Two of those state-maintained roads, Casper Mountain Road and Wyoming Boulevard, are also closed.

More information on City of Casper snow removal and links to Wyoming
Department of Transportation snow removal is available on the city website.



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As Record Snow Continues, Travel Will Remain Treacherous Through Sunday Night – CBS Denver


DENVER (CBS4) – As of Sunday morning, Denver had officially measured 11.1 inches of snow and over 1 inch of liquid precipitation. It’s the wettest period in Denver since July 2019 and it was record snowfall for March 13 in the city.

A person crosses a snowy street on March 14, 2021 in Denver.

A person crosses a snowy street in Denver Sunday morning. (credit: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

Most of the Denver metro area will see another 4 to 8 inches of heavy, wet snow through Sunday evening. Most of that will fall through early afternoon on Sunday.

READ MORE: Colorado Snow Totals: Major Storm Has Already Dropped More Than A Foot In Some Areas

Download the new CBS Denver app to get all the latest news and weather impacting people here in Colorado.

A Winter Storm Warning is effect through 6 a.m. Monday for the entire of Front Range, most of the mountains, and parts of the Eastern Plains.

(source: CBS)

Locations in the foothills of northern Jefferson County, Boulder County, and Larimer County including Genesee, Black Hawk, Nederland, Estes Park, and Red Feather Lakes should see 10-15 inches of additional snow through Sunday night. The mountains east of Vail Pass are expecting another 6 to 12 inches of snow including for ski areas like Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Loveland, and Winter Park. Amounts should be somewhat less of Vail Pass with 3 to 7 inches of additional snow for Aspen/Snowmass, Crested Butte, Vail, and Beaver Creek.

READ MORE: Interstate 70 Safety Closure In Colorado Left Many Stuck In The Mountains

Meanwhile, Winter Weather Advisories continue for many other areas around the state with additional accumulation expected in all areas under an advisory.

(source: CBS)

The extra heavy snow in the mountains has contributed to raising the avalanche danger in Colorado. An Avalanche Warning continues through 6am Monday for most of the central mountains in the state. The danger is “high” which is level 4 of 5.

(source: CBS)

Farther north, a Blizzard Warning also continues through 6 a.m. Monday for up to 30 inches of snow combined with wind gusts up to 60 mph in southeast Wyoming, the panhandle of Nebraska, and even the Black Hills region in South Dakota. Travel is essentially shut down across this region.

(source: CBS)

Another storm will approaching Colorado on Tuesday with a chance for snow in the metro area starting in the afternoon. Accumulation is possible but it will be much less compared to this weekend.

MORE NEWS: More Than 2,000 Flights Canceled Out Of DIA This Weekend

RELATED: Colorado Is Known For Heavy March Snow, One Storm Ended Record Drought In 2003



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Driver in critical condition after Route 1 crash Sunday in West Windsor –


A 41-year-old resident of Burlington is in critical condition after crashing into another vehicle on Route 1 in West Windsor on Sunday evening.

Police were dispatched to Route 1 south just south of Carnegie Boulevard at 7:13 p.m. Sunday due to a serious motor vehicle crash involving two vehicles. The initial investigation by police revealed that the Burlington resident, who was driving a 2017 Lincoln MKZ, was traveling south on Route 1 in the left lane, and then changed lanes just south of Carnegie Center Boulevard. When he changed lanes to the right, he struck the back of a 2020 Acura SUV being driven by a Cranbury resident. The Acura spun in the roadway, police said. The Lincoln MKZ then went off of the roadway to the right, struck a tree and a utility pole guide wire, and destroyed a hotel sign before coming to rest about 30 feet from the roadway in the snow.

The driver of the Lincoln MKZ was entrapped in his vehicle and had to be rescued by Princeton Junction Volunteer Fire Company Station #44 members. After being freed from the Lincoln, the man, who had serious injuries, was transported to the Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. He remains in the Intensive Care Unit, police said. The other driver and a passenger complained about neck pain, but declined to be transported to a hospital, police said.

Route 1 south was limited to one lane of travel for about two hours. 

A crash investigation is ongoing. If you have information about the crash, contact Officer LaRocca at LaRocca@westwindsorpolice.com or Traffic Sgt. Bal at Bal@westwindsorpolice.com, or call (609) 799-1222, or call the West Windsor Police Department’s confidential tip line at (609) 799-0452.



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‘Dangerous’ mountain travel advised along I-80 through Sunday morning


I-80 Summit facing west at 3:00 pm Saturday (WYDOT)

CASPER, Wyo— Winter storm advisories will create  dangerous mountain travel in southeast Wyoming through at least 5:00 am Sunday morning, said the National Weather Service (NWS) in Cheyenne.

3 to 6 inches of additional snow accumulations in the Snowy and Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges are expected.

“Icy, snow packed roads and significantly reduced visibilities in falling and blowing snow,” are advised, especially along the Arlington/Elk Mountain portion of Interstate 80 corridor.

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The western portion of I-80 in Sweetwater county and US Highway 30 are also advised of reduced visibility due to blowing snow continuing into the evening.



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No. 17 Kentucky Travels to No. 2 South Carolina Sunday


LEXINGTON, Ky. – A whirlwind week for the No. 17 University of Kentucky women’s basketball team that has seen several postponements and travel issues due to the inclement weather across the southeast region of the nation, will hopefully find normalcy Sunday as the Wildcats travel to face No. 2 South Carolina for a 3 p.m. ET tip inside Colonial Life Arena.    
 
The game vs. South Carolina will be televised on ESPN with Ryan Ruocco and Rebecca Lobo on the call. The action can be seen through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones or tablets. Darren Headrick will have the call on the UK Sports Network on 630AM WLAP in Lexington. Live stats and free live audio will be available online at UKathletics.com.
 
Kentucky (15-5, 8-4 Southeastern Conference) started the weekend with a strong win Monday at Florida, scoring 88 points and hitting 53.7 percent from the field. The Wildcats then had to stay an extra night in Gainesville due to weather, before having their Thursday game with LSU postponed to Friday before it was eventually postponed again Thursday afternoon. The postponement has left Kentucky focusing squarely on the highly ranked Gamecocks as it enters the weekend.
 
In its last outing at Florida, Kentucky put together one of its best offensive performances of the year. UK scored 88 points in the game, which was its second-most points scored in an SEC game this season trailing only the 92 points UK scored in its double-overtime thriller at Mississippi State. The Wildcats shot 53.7 percent from the field in the game, which was its best shooting performance in an SEC game since Jan. 25, 2018 against Alabama. It was also UK’s best shooting performance in an SEC road game since Jan. 31, 2016 at Florida. The Wildcats had a 40-32 edge in paint points, which was the most paint points UK has scored in an SEC game this season. Kentucky is 6-0 this season when it shoots over 50 percent.
 
Rhyne Howard led the way for Kentucky, scoring 31 points with four 3s made, nine rebounds and two steals. The performance makes Howard the fourth player in school history to have at least six career 30-point games and the first player in school history to have three career 30-point games against SEC opponents. Howard now has 1,493 career points, which ranks her 11th all-time at UK, needing just nine more to reach the top 10 all-time in scoring. The native of Cleveland, Tennessee, is the only player in the SEC this season to lead her team in scoring, rebounding and assists as she averages 19.7 points per game with 7.2 rebounds per game and 64 assists. She also has hit a team-best 38 3-pointers and is second on the team with 67 steals.
 
Senior guard Chasity Patterson is averaging 13.1 points per game and is leading the team and the nation with 67 steals. Patterson also has 59 assists and has hit 28 3s. Sophomore forward Dre’una Edwards is averaging 10.6 points per game with 6.8 rebounds per game and a team-best 21 blocks.
 
South Carolina (17-3, 12-1 SEC) is coming off its first league loss of the season Thursday at top-25 ranked Tennessee. The Gamecocks led 37-25 at halftime but the Lady Vols scored 50 second-half points to come back and earn the 75-67 win. Sophomore center Aliyah Boston scored 17 points with 16 rebounds, adding a block in the game. Guards Zia Cooke and Destanni Henderson each had 15 points and three rebounds with Henderson adding six assists.  
 
As a team, South Carolina is averaging 79.3 points per game while limiting teams to 60.1 points per game. The Gamecocks are averaging 44.9 percent from the field and 33.0 percent from 3. South Carolina has a +16.1 rebounding margin and are averaging 7.3 blocks per game.
 
Sunday will be the 69th all-time meeting between Kentucky and South Carolina in women’s basketball. The Gamecocks have won 12 of the last 13 meetings in the series. UK has lost three straight games to the Gamecocks. The Wildcats last win against SC was a 65-57 win in Columbia on Feb. 21, 2019. The Gamecocks lead the series 19-11 in games played in Columbia.
 
For more information on the Kentucky women’s basketball team, visit UKathletics.com or follow @KentuckyWBB on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
 





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Women’s Basketball Travels to Towson for Weekend Series on Saturday, Sunday


TOWSON, Md. – The Drexel University women’s basketball team (9-6, 6-4 CAA) will travel to Towson, Md. to take on the Tigers (11-4, 6-2 CAA) in a weekend series Saturday, Feb. 20, and Sunday, Feb. 21. Both games will tip at 2 p.m from SECU Arena.
 
Drexel play-by-play announcer Ari Bluestein will have a free radio call. The game will also be streamed on FloHoops.
 
HISTORY
The Dragons have been a problem for the Tigers, having beaten them in 59 of the 80 total games. Drexel swept the Tigers in the 2019-20 season. In the second meeting, Washington hit a layup with 12.7 seconds left in the game to secure Drexel’s victory. Washington finished with 14 points; 12 points came in the second half. Nihill finished with eight points, six rebounds and five assists. 
 
The Dragons’ last lost to the Tigers came in the 2019 CAA Championship game.
 
LAST WEEKEND
The Dragons played top-seeded Delaware in a weekend series. On Friday, Nihill scored a career-high 32 points at Delaware. She scored 13 of the team’s 26 first-half points before erupting for 19 points in the second half. Nihill also had four assists and four rebounds.
 
In Sunday’s senior day game at the DAC, Washington had a team-high 23 points, and Nihill finished with 14. Nihill also dished out a season-high seven assists and had five rebounds and four assists.
 
LEADING SCORERS
In conference play, Nihill leads the Dragons, averaging 18.3 points per game, followed by Washington (11.2) and Leonard (9.2) through 10 contests.
 
LAST SEASON
Drexel claimed a share of the CAA regular-season crown and the No. 1 seed in the CAA Tournament with a 16-2 record a year ago and reached the 20-win plateau (23-7) for the fifth time in the past six seasons.
 
LOOKING AT THE OPPONENT
Towson has an 11-4 record in the 2020-21 season and a 6-2 mark in the CAA. The Tigers currently sit in second place in the conference with James Madison and Drexel right behind them. Last weekend, the Tigers traveled to Boston, Mass. to face Northeastern. The Tigers ended the weekend with a split which ended the Towson’s seven-game win streak. Towson averages 86.5 points per game while shooting .466 from the floor. #21 Kionna Jeter leads in scoring average with 25.0 points per game, followed by #4 Aleah Nelson (14.0) and #23 Shavonne Smith (13.5).
 



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Deputies respond to 100 weather-related crashes as of midday Sunday, sheriff warns residents to avoid travel


SAN ANTONIO – With icy road conditions and wintry weather in full effect in the San Antonio region, Sheriff Salazar is warning residents to stay home and avoid travel.

As of Sunday afternoon, Sheriff Salazar said in a briefing that the BCSO has been called to 100 crashes related to the icy conditions so far. Of those crashes, 10 had injuries, 48 did not have injuries, and the rest were miscellaneous.

“It’s just not safe out there right now. No easy way to say it,” Sheriff Salazar said.

Additional patrol deputies will be assisting in road closures through Sunday into Monday, due to the winter storm.

Many school districts, local businesses and more have already announced closures for Sunday and Monday. You can read more on area closings here.

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