What We're Following This Afternoon

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Slow snow: There’s now heavy snow falling in Tennessee, West Virginia, and parts of North Carolina and Virginia. In D.C., district denizens are still waiting for the snow to arrive. If you were trying to fly on the Eastern Seaboard Friday, you have our condolences. There’s much more detail from Adam and Marina here.

Oscars race controversy: In other news about the white stuff, debate over the paucity of black actors in this year’s slate of Academy Award nominees is still raging. Will Smith says he won’t attend the ceremonies, while English actors Charlotte Rampling and Michael Caine both criticized the backlash.

Two horrible boat accidents: At least 42 migrants are dead off Greece’s Aegean coast, after two incidents involving faulty wooden boats trying to reach Europe. Among the dead are 17 children.

Environmental racism charges in Michigan: As questions about the handling of tainted water in Flint continue, Governor Rick Snyder said Friday morning that race was not a factor in the state’s slow response. I have more detail on Snyder’s approach here.

News from the morning here.