The season that never arrives with any subtlety has managed to remain true to its reputation. That was clear last night when the first pictures started coming in of the hulking 737 off the end of the runway, snow swirling around it, and an automobile vaguely visible near the nose of the aircraft. Tonight we'll look at the incident and the aggressive weather system that is a part of the story.
Here in New York, despite dire, run-for-your-lives warnings about heavy snow, there is barely a flake visible as I look out on 49th Street (as much a function of the ambient heat thrown off by the pavement as it is to the insta-snow removal around this building), as is often the case after anything less than a blizzard here. The suburbs are another matter. Our listening post north of the city reports "a winter wonderland".
Also in the broadcast tonight: our own version of the debate over tax cuts that is taking place on Capitol Hill; the tragedy of those who are still waiting for the promise of government (FEMA) aid in the storm zone; and Mike Taibbi will have our latest profile in our "Making a Difference" series. Tonight, you'll meet an extraordinary woman.
Also on the broadcast, I will have a special announcement concerning Monday's edition of NBC Nightly News.
For now, we hope you can join us for our Friday broadcast. Have a great weekend.