Mild with Showers, CT School Shooting Investigation, Holiday Spending Up

A dry and mild morning, but this afternoon showers will arrive and stay mainly south and east of Cleveland. Overnight tonight the rain will shift east and drier air will settle in for Tuesday. Tuesday and Wednesday will remain dry before rain arrives Thursday out ahead of a more powerful cold front that will bring snow showers Thursday night into Friday.

TODAY: Mostly cloudy and mild with showers arriving this afternoon. Most of the rain will be south and east of Cleveland. High: 50 Wind: W at 5-10 mph

TONIGHT: Cloudy with rain, mainly south and east of Cleveland. Low: 39 Wind: N at 5-15 mph

TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy and cooler. High: 42

While thousands of heartbroken Newtown and Connecticut residents pack churches and crowd town greens to comfort each other and wonder how and why such a horrific even could unfold inside an elementary school, federal agents are planning on investigating possible leads in hopes to shed light on the life of school shooter Adam Lanza. On Sunday, Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance said investigators are still trying to piece together a possible motive for the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. "A motive, that will come as we finish our  investigation," he said. "We don't have a specific reason why this occurred, but we will." Later in the day, Vance confirmed that the suspect's mother, Nancy Lanza, 52, was found dead at her home on Yoganada Street and she died of multiple gunshot wounds.  Police said Adam Lanza, 20, then drove to Sandy Hook Elementary School a few miles away with her car.

Apparently, most people will wait until after the holidays to worry about what imminent tax hikes will do their bank accounts. On average, people still plan to spend more on Christmas presents than they did last year, and there is an increase of people who will spend at least $1,000. Gallup conducted a poll one week after President Obama's re-election that revealed consumers would spend an average of $770 on Christmas gifts, and overall spending would increase between 3.5 percent and 3.7 percent from this time last year. Gallup's projections showed a slight increase from the National Retail Federation's predicted average spending for individual buyers, released in October. The NRF showed that people would spend an average of about $750, including gifts, decorations, greeting cards and other related items.

Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager