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By Lester Holt, NBC News anchor

A lot of holiday travel plans have been ruined by the big storm. We're hearing stories of people whose flights were canceled yesterday, who now can't get a seat on another flight until next weekend! The video we're seeing of stranded passengers who will have to wait days to get out really brings home just how dramatically the airlines have shrunk over the last 18 months, in both the number of flights offered and the size of the planes they're flying on many routes.

Intellectually we all understand a storm of this magnitude is going to ground flights and inconvenience passengers, yet one has to wonder if the current airline business model hasn't -- at least in this instance -- created its own perfect storm? Once again tonight our correspondents, along with our colleagues from our sister network, The Weather Channel, will be reporting the latest on the massive storm and its aftermath.

I hope you'll join us for the Sunday edition of NBC Nightly News.