by Lester Holt, NBC News Anchor
It is pouring rain for a second straight day outside our Manhattan studios, and amid the usual chorus of grumbling, I have heard more than a few people remark, "at least it's not snow!" We certainly don't have to look far to see how close we came to shoveling today instead of wading. The Ohio Valley in particular is suffering under heavy snow that has accompanied two storm systems that have been felt from Arkansas to the Great Lakes. Since mid week there have been numerous deaths, power outages, and airport disruptions. NBC's Rehema Ellis will wrap it all up for us on Nightly News tonight.
Who would have thought two months into the primary season we'd be anxiously anticipating the outcome of the Wyoming Democratic Caucuses? Twelve delegates are at stake, but as we all have come to understand in this race, twelve delegates is a lot. We'll tell you how things went there today.
Next time you pass a truck on the interstate, take a glance in the rear view mirror and check out who's behind the wheel of that big-rig. Chances are it won't be whom you expect. Don Teague has a fascinating story on the shortage of big-rig drivers, and how it is changing the image of truckers.
Finally, if you caught the end of the TODAY show this morning, you saw my colleagues surprise me with birthday cupcakes. My NIGHTLY NEWS co-workers, not to be outdone, surprised me with both chocolate and carrot layer cakes during our afternoon rundown meeting. And something tells me there is yet another cake waiting for me when I get home this evening. I tell you this so you can look for the new and larger (and slightly sugar shocked) Lester Holt on tomorrow night's broadcast. Seriously, it's been a great day and I appreciate all the well wishes. If March 8th also happens to be your birthday, I hope you too are having a great one!
As always, thanks for checking out the blog. I hope you can join us for the Saturday edition of NBC Nightly News.