Winter storm, recreational marijuana, straw polls: Good Morning, Pennsylvania

What you need to know: Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022

Today’s weather

High: 48; Low: 34. Rain.

Photo of the day

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Wednesday morning at Gobbler’s Knob, indicating six more weeks of winter. (Photo by Mark Pynes, PennLive.com)Mark Pynes | mpynes@pennlive.com

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Wednesday morning at Gobbler’s Knob, indicating six more weeks of winter. (Photo by Mark Pynes, PennLive.com)

Top stories

Winter storm: A large portion of the United States is being smothered by a foot of snow, but central Pennsylvania will likely be spared. Here is what to expect from the weather today and Friday.

Weed in Pa.: Could recreational marijuana be coming to Pennsylvania? For the first time in state history, a legislative committee is holding a hearing on the issue.

Improving: Middletown firefighter Shawn Menear, who was injured in a fatal fire in Dauphin County, needs at least one more surgery during his hospitalization before he can begin outpatient recovery.

Politics

Straw polls: The last of the regional straw polls of Pennsylvania Republican state committee members produced wins for U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Bartos and gubernatorial candidate Dave White on their home turf.

Fetterman: John Fetterman’s Senate campaign is as unconventional as he is, says columnist John Baer, and that raises questions.

Congressional maps: The Pa. Supreme Court took control of the high-stakes selection of the state’s next congressional map, preempting a lower court ruling at the last minute in a move that will likely fuel continued partisan scrutiny from Republicans..

Sports

Penn State: The Nittany Lions added safety Tyrece Mills and offensive lineman Vega Ioane to bring its Class of 2022 to 25.

Commanders: The new name for the Washington Football Team comes 18 months after the once-storied franchise dropped its old moniker following decades of criticism.

In brief

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