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By Lester Holt, NBC News anchor

Greetings today from Vancouver, Canada where the city and NBC are gearing up for Friday's opening of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

For the time being however, the U.S. mid-Atlantic States seem to be reaping all the winter medals -- at least for snow totals. One my colleagues sitting next to me here in Vancouver, who is normally based in Washington, has been on the phone with his family back home who are without power, and along with a lot of other folks, expect to be in the dark and cold for some time.

Our White House correspondent Savannah Guthrie, who co-hosted TODAY with me from New York this morning, just e-mailed to let me know she is still on the train trying to get back to D.C., but says they are "still powering through." This storm has brought the region to a virtual halt, affecting airports, highways and the power grid. We plan full coverage on tonight's Nightly News.

This will be our first Nightly News from our broadcast position along Vancouver's picturesque harbor. In contrast to the East Coast, it is unseasonably warm here, which is not necessarily a good thing for some of the Olympic events. Ron Mott will tell us a lot more about that and what they are trying to do about it.

I hope you will join us, live from Canada for NBC Nightly News.