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a real problem. governor christie should be here and declaring a state of emergency. we know he's not going to win so you know, he should be here. and cold shoulders. ten days to the first presidential contest and it is getting brutal out there. >> we are saying the washington establishment abandoning marco rubio. >> ted is getting very very nervous. he should get nervous. >> they are rushing to support donald trump. >> i have become establishment. give me a break. >> they said he's someone we can make a deal with. >> you know what? there's a point at which let's get to be a little establishment. >> i'm not interested in ideas that sound good on paper. >> secretary clinton is saying is that bernie sanders is unelectable. >> we are not just picking a president. we are also choosing a commander in chief. >> she just cannot defeat a republican candidate in a general election. >> senator sanders doesn't talk
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very much about foreign policy but when he does, it raises concerns. >> i know we are a week out of election and the clinton people will try to spin these things. good day. i'm andrea mitchell in washington. the scene behind me is a live picture of the white house. you'll be able to see it in a moment. right now you are watching the bluemobile. right behind me, the white house. as you watch that, you can see when the first flakes hit the nation's capital. at this hour, federal government is shutting down in anticipation of a big storm about to hit here. officials are warning the storm could be deadly. about two feet of wet and very heavy snow expected to fall for some 36 hours. heavy winds along with it mean thousands of residents will likely lose power. washington is far from alone. a state of emergency has been
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declared in five states. pennsylvania, north carolina, virginia, maryland and tennessee along with washington, d.c. and 21 counties in georgia. more than 85 million people across 20 states on the east coast will be impacted. our intrepid team is out there. gabe gutierrez in charlotte, north carolina, already seeing the impact of this storm. dylan drier on interstate 81 near harrisonburg, virginia. slowly make her way to washington. luke russert in freedom plaza here in washington, where snow is expected to fall at any moment. gabe, first to you. >> reporter: hi, andrea. good afternoon. we have seen it all throughout the morning starting with snow. we have had freezing rain. now the wind is starting to pick up. the morning commute was very treacherous here. north carolina officials responded to several wrecks. as we take a look here, some drone video that was shot this morning. you can see just some of the snow that had fallen, the snowy
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rooftops and officials here in charlotte expect anywhere from about a third of an inch of ice to half an inch of ice. that can be extremely dangerous. two years ago there was an ice storm here that paralyzed this city. now, schools here are closed, bus routes were canceled this morning and as you mentioned, the airport in charlotte is basically shut down. american airlines canceled all flights into and out of charlotte, a major american hub. that can have a ripple effect across the country. according to the misery map on flight aware, there have already been thousands of cancellations today and into tomorrow. here in charlotte, what was canceled also today was this pep rally that was scheduled for the carolina panthers. that was supposed to happen later on today, thousands of people were expected at that, but officials canceled it. the panthers are set to play the huge nfc championship game on sunday. many arizona fans are supposed to be coming in for that game as
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well. they are running across travel delays as well. but the team tweeted out a photo of its stadium earlier today, saying we will be ready. right now, more immediately, we are expecting more power outages throughout the day as some of this ice weighs down trees and cuts -- could fall on some power lines. officials are urging people if they don't have to be out in this, to stay home. andrea, this major winter storm heading towards the northeast is expected to dump so much snow on washington, but right here, charlotte is already feeling the effects in the form of ice. andrea? >> gabe gutierrez, thanks so much. virginia state police are responding, there have been 68 crashes and 174 disabled vehicles already. washington, d.c. government closed, atlanta, kentucky, all closed, state offices, maryland has declared snow emergencies for all counties beginning at noon. there have been five weather-related deaths in virginia and north carolina,
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tennessee and arkansas. right now, dylan drier is driving up i-81 from roanoke, virginia. you have seen it already all morning. i was watching you on the "today" show. you have been at it. tell me where you are now as we track you heading towards d.c. >> reporter: andrea, we are on i-81 right now. we are going under a few overpasses so if you lose us in a second, that's why. we will come right -- okay. so we are on i-81 in western virginia. it's been a slow go. we have been on the road since about 8:00 this morning. it's noon right now and we still have about two more hours to go before we make it to d.c. we are driving into some better conditions, though. the temperature right now is about 23 degrees so it's a very light, fluffy snow and you can see outside that it blows around a lot. it does reduce visibility but we certainly don't see it stick to the roads like we saw when we left roanoke earlier this morning. but the difference between the
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snow texture by the time it hits the major cities of washington, d.c., baltimore, philadelphia, up into new york, there's going to be a little bit warmer air involved so it's going to be a heavy, wet snow that sticks to the trees and power lines and that's why we are expecting so many power outages with this system, because winds are also going to gust up near 60 miles per hour. so imagine all that weight on the trees and power lines and then the wind gusts on top of it. so even though it's a light fluffy snow where we are right now, as temperatures get closer to about 29 to 30 degrees, the snow's going to change texture and that will be a big issue. want to point out that we are headed right towards d.c. we should be there within the next few hours. if you are not finished with all your preps, finish them now because you certainly don't want to be out driving in this once this does start to hit and the snow even intensifies overnight. want to point out also the fact that we are in the bluemobile. this is a very heavy truck, fitted with a satellite. that's why we lose connection every once in awhile when we go
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under those overpasses. so we are certainly being safe and where we are right now, the road conditions are actually okay. we have seen several vehicles out trying to plow the streets and trying to pretreat as much as they can. the snow's pretty light right now but what we drove out of in roanoke was very, very heavy and that's what's going to hit the d.c. area, especially late this evening and into tonight. >> please be careful. see you later here. meanwhile, the government did shut down noon, empty d.c. streets. luke russert is at freedom plaza. are they preparing better than they did the night before last? >> reporter: oh, certainly they hope so, because we know that wednesday night was a disaster. one inch of snow brought just a traffic snarl that even delayed president obama's motorcade and caused thousands of motorists to be delayed hours getting home. they are tying to get out ahead of this on friday today. what have they done? they shut down schools, shut done government. the federal government is
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closing early. metro, the commuter rail here, will be shut down by 11:00 p.m. tonight. what you are starting to see in downtown d.c., walk with me a little bit, a few street closures right now. i presume that's for the march for life which is surprisingly still going forward today despite the weather conditions. however, you are starting to see the few people who actually came to washington, they are starting to try and make their way out of the city right now. all that being said, this is probably about a little less than usual traffic for this time of day here on the freedom plaza in downtown. are you starti you are starting to see them trying to leave. the mayor said she would like everybody off the streets from 3:00 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. really through sunday morning, shelter in place because this is going to be the largest storm to hit d.c. if the things the meteorologists have been looking at pan out since the 1920s. all that being said, the big worry here is power. you know very well a lot of houses in d.c., lot of apartment
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buildings built around trees, older trees, lot of parks here. the big worry is, is that the power will go out, the streets will not have been plowed and those repair crews can't get there. that's what their big worry is right now. that's what they atrying to prevent against. lot of people getting out, go home, take the weekend off. no sense being out here because it will get ugly real quick. one last thing, the capitals supposed to play at 5:00 p.m. tonight, that is still on. officials saying earlier they don't want that game to happen. they prefer it to be canceled as well as the wizards game tomorrow night. we will see what the nhl and nba decide. right now, that caps game on. if you are going to that one, be prepared to sleep at verizon center. that could get really ugly, really fast. >> luke russert, thanks very much. the roads here of course were completely gridlocked by just a half inch or one inch of snow the other night. there was ice. but once you cross the bridge into virginia it was a completely different story. that is where we find in virginia the governor joining me now by phone. governor, i have to tell you, i
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was trying to get to the airport the other night and the only roads that were passable were on your side. >> well, we moved very quickly. i had my first meeting wednesday afternoon of my emergency operations team. we dispatched 500 trucks to northern virginia on wednesday afternoon. the key to this is getting out early to get the rock salt down, to get the brine down, so we moved quick. right now in virginia, we have 13,000 pieces of equipment out. i have 9500 personnel, state employees and contract folks on the roads today. we already have significant snow in bristol, in roanoke, and it is now moving up, as you know, the i-81 corridor. we are looking at one to three feet potentially but as i say, we are out. last night at 5:00, told the state government we would be shut down today. the schools are closed. we are prepared for this. we have the equipment. stay off the roads and listen, we have got 560,000 pounds of salt, two million gallons of
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liquid salt, we have the equipment, we have the personnel, we know what we're doing. we are on top of it. you can really help us, everybody, by staying off the road and as you know, next week, it's going to be in the 40s so if we can get out there this weekend, clean these roads up, we are back to commerce as usual here in the commonwealth of virginia. >> governor, that said, what about power outages? there are reports already that there are some power failures. >> we have about right now 1300 folks out state-wide. some of it storm related, some not. this is the normal course of business. 60 teams have come into virginia from around the country, dominion power. we have stood up our emergency operations center. i was the first governor to declare a state of emergency. we actually did that as you know thursday morning at 8:00. you do that number one to get rid of the weight restrictions on roads so i can redeploy and reposition equipment, hampton road won't get nearly the snow that northern virginia will, so we have moved plows, we have
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moved equipment out of the hampton roads region. in addition, i called up 500 national guardsmen and women. i just had a request for 200 more. i just authorized that. as we speak, i now have 44 active missions with my national guard to support the state police and emergency management. we have got everybody out there. they are working. we feel confident, we are on top of the situation. we take pride in preparing and we take pride in our snow removal. we want to be the leader in the country and we will prove it once again this weekend. >> as an experienced politician, let me ask you about what another political leader, another everyogovernor is doing because new jersey governor chris christie is spending the weekend in new hampshire where he is running in the primary 18 days from now and says there's no need for him to go back to new jersey which is expected to be hit with storm surges and potential real damage along that shoreline. what do you think of that? >> you know, everybody has their own style of leadership. mine is very hands-on.
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i'm actually speaking to you, i'm in the governor's emergency command center in the patrick henry building, the governor's office. in addition, we have fully stood up our operations center in midlothian where we have several hundred folks over there with the state police, the guard. i need to stay on top of this. i need to monitor it, i need to be here, and i tell you, i was supposed to be away this weekend. i canceled all my travel to be here. i need to be here. people elected me to get things done, to be a problem solver and protect them. i can't do that honestly but sitting where i am right now, i have about 30 people sitting around the room looking at me now, representing all different parts of our law enforcement and v-dot who are instructing me, we are making decisions. i can't do that in another city or state on the telephone. i need to be here. >> thank you very much, terry mcauliffe, the governor calling from the situation room, the war room down there in richmond. d.c.'s mayor is now warning residents here to stay inside for what is predicted to be the
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storm of the century. >> we see this as a major storm. it has life and death implications and all the residents of the district of columbia should treat it that way. we have to act as if we have an emergency and that's what's coming our way. >> i'm joined by christopher geldart, director of d.c.'s homeland security and emergency management agency. thank you very much for taking time to talk to us. >> good afternoon. >> what is the state of preparations now? what are you expecting and when will the storm hit? >> you know, we are looking at the storm really coming into here between 1:00 and 3:00 this afternoon. that's when we should start to see the effects of the snow. you know, we were being predicted for anywhere from 24 to 30 inches of snow. heavy wet snow, high winds, 50 mile an hour winds at times so we are really making sure the residents understand how dangerous and how serious this storm is. >> and the fact is that if people stay and shelter in
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place, then your trucks can get out and try to clear the snow and also let the electric companies repair teams through where there are power outages. >> yeah. you know, our biggest concern and this is what we spoke to this morning and the mayor spoke to, we need to make sure residents understand to stay off the streets, stay inside right now. during this emergency, we are going to have things that happen where our emergency crews need to get out there whether it be for downed trees or power lines or collapsed roofs. we are going to need to make sure that our fire department, our emergency medical services and our police department can get to those areas and those residents that need them. so we are going to be dedicating most of our removal and plows and all of that to ensuring that our major arterials and those side streets that we can get to stay passable for our emergency services. that's our biggest concern as we go through this. cleaning up the snow, sunday when it clears, saturday night late into sunday, that's when we will be going to town working on
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getting the snow out of here, cleaning it up. but the reality of this is, this is going to be a long event. we are going to have snow with us through next week. we are going to be working on that for as long as it takes to get the roads clear. >> got to ask you what happened the other night. clearly, virginia knew enough to send those trucks north to northern virginia and get that rock salt out, and those of us who were stuck in that gridlock for hours and hours were all asking how come d.c. didn't do any road preparation? >> sure. actually, we did get out and some of our areas on that, as you know, i understand that governor mcauliffe just talked about how they did in virginia. that's good, you know. we had backups going out of the city on 66, on 50 going into maryland, new york avenue, all of our major arterials that go outside the city were backed up, and you know, the bottom line is the snowstorm that was supposed to be a half an inch of snow
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over two hours went to 1.8 inches of snow over four hours, and our dpw crews were there but we didn't get out to all the roads that we needed to in the time that we needed to. but you're talking about two different instances right now. you're talking about a rush hour snow that came, that left nothing but about an inch and an eighth of snow, to a storm that's going to bring almost three feet of snow. that's two totally different ways to approach things. we have been focused on this storm all week long and doing the preparations we need to do. >> lots of luck to you. let's stay in touch. we will continue communicating all the warnings to the public and everybody be safe out there. thank you very much for being with us. >> thank you. coming up, how to caucus. the bernie sanders campaign hosting an instructional video for first-time iowa voters as many of them young people, they will have a pop quiz. we will continue to bring you everything you need to know about the blizzard.
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the sanders campaign strategy, get out the vote. they know that caucusing is not easy so to motivate young people, mostly first-time voters, they posted this how-to video. >> that was your cue. >> oh, sorry. it's these numbers. this is a really tight race. you want to know about caucusing? >> who gets to caucus? >> voters who show up. if you're going to be 18 by election day and you're an iowan you can caucus. canned ga candidate green. the red us haven't picked a candidate. by z7:00 you won't get in.
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everyone joins a group with their candidate's support. >> pink people come here. greens over here. >> bernie will fight for a living wage. >> green has lots of experience. >> bernie will combat climate change. >> green is more experience. >> the final count for the caucus is greens 21. bernie 29. >> that's it. that's how you caucus. >> caucus for bernie. >> it's going to be [ bleep ] awesome. >> for their target audience, chuck todd, "meet the press," our nbc political director. it goes on and it's very specific but it is complicated. that's the point. >> it's funny with iowa. it's something the trump folks fear in this respect, in that the democratic side is more
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complicated to caucus than the republican side. many of the trump supporters have never caucused before and when they hear the caucus complicating thing, they think of this democratic way of doing it. but it is interesting, it is more of a commitment on the democratic side versus the republican side. you do this realignment. >> you have to be viable. >> within your caucus, at least 15% of people that show up in this precinct ready for your candidate. this is going to be martin o'malley's problem, more than likely. he could poll 5% overall and have zero in the actual caucuses, he will never hit the 15% threshold. little more complicated. that was a cute way of doing it. >> the o'malley people can be courted by the others. >> as you know, there is also an undeclared. you don't have to -- if you are truly undecided or you can't pick between clinton and sanders and you want to go to the convention as undecided, there is a category on the democratic side called undeclared and in
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1976, people say jimmy carter won the iowa caucuses. that's not true. undeclared won the iowa caucuses. the jimmy carter technically was second. >> the iowa caucus wasn't even known -- >> that's right. he put it on the map in many ways. >> the people i spoke to yesterday out there, there were a lot of undecideds. young, middle aged, old. they go to several bernie sanders events, they go to hillary clinton events repeatedly. they don't feel satiated until they have been to three or four of each. this is a remarkable process. that's what's happening on the democratic side. >> fairly normal way for a political party in an open seat presidency to act. they have disagreements mostly on policy. and it's getting contentious and then there's the republicans. >> this is an iowa poll that a lot of us are very suspicious of because of the sample, because it's weighted with too many men and because it presumes that a whole lot of new people are going to show up which is not something you can safely assume.
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what clinton was doing yesterday was not only attacking bernie sanders very sharply, but with echoes of the way she went after barack obama. let's watch that. >> you are not going to wave a magic wand and have the special interests disappear. >> i wish that we could elect a democratic president who could wave a magic wand. >> i'm not interested in ideas that sound good on paper but will never make it in the real world. >> now, what the campaign would say is they're not campaigning against bernie sanders the way they campaigned against barack obama because their campaign against barack obama was he's a freshman senator, not experienced, an upstart, he's naive she said about iran and some of the other dictators he would negotiate with. about bernie sanders, they are saying he's been in congress 27 years. the house and the senate. >> none of his ideas have ever panned out. >> right. of course, what he would say is how about my idea about voting against the iraq war, madam
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secretary? >> i think her argument here is tough to win in iowa but probably is a good argument in the long run. >> if you get to the long run. >> as the other states come in, as you get more casual active voters who are going to allow electability, who are going to start weighing these other factors. i think we forget that we condition, i say we, we in the political media and the political class, we have conditioned i think new hampshire and iowa voters on both sides of the aisle to dream. you know, on the right, it's the conservative that they want, their heart on the left. i think this is what makes it more complicated for hillary clinton in that it is a very good closing ad, it is a great general election closing spot, but does it tug at the heartstrings, does it really want to say oh, yes, let's go, let's charge the caucuses, where bernie is tapping into all heart. >> simon and garfunkel and
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"america" and all those beautiful visuals. and on the republican side, of course, is a whole other thing. you don't have that hope and change thing which is what you are seeing in that ad from bernie sanders. >> he's tugging at heart. she's playing to the head. again, i think as this stretches out, i think she can win the head argument on this in the long run. but i think it isn't as easy of an argument to win with iowans. >> chuck todd, as always, big weekend coming up. >> we got hillary clinton and bernie on the show. and then some. we will probably get a republican or two. >> can't do better than that. >> all remote so we can handle the incoming. >> incoming from the storm. even with an historic blizzard hitting d.c. if it's sunday, it's "meet the press." watch this sunday morning on nbc and "mtp daily" 5:00 tonight on msnbc. coming up, is washington ready? we will find out next on "andrea mitchell reports." across america, people...
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we have a forecast that i don't think we've had in 90 years, and we know that people can be hurt in storms like this, so my staff knows that they are going out to gather all the resources that are necessary and we will spend what it takes to keep the district of columbia safe. i never like to close down the government, the schools or see the city not be able to function as we expect it, but none of us has control over mother nature and we have to act as if we have an emergency and that's what's coming our way. >> and joining me now by phone is washington, d.c. chief of police, after we just heard from mayor bowser. chief, what are you now expecting as to this forecast? it sounds like it is going to be
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the biggest storm that any of us have seen. >> yeah, from my understanding of the latest forecasts, the last time we had a forecast like this was 1922. so it's been changing over the last 24 hours and it looks like the storm is, if anything, picked up on intensity and going to hit us hard and pretty quick. so we have been preparing for it. the good thing about storms is you get a little planning time to get ahead of it, so we are ready to go out and right now, most of the people have left work and are heading out of the city, heading home. we're ready to go out and do what we got to do. >> do you have the manpower, the number of people you need to take care of this, to help people, to take care of public safety? do you need the national guard? >> no, you know, emergency service workers and all those people that come in, work through storms like this, are pretty amazing people. they make it to work, they stay, we do offer accommodations in
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terms of kocots and things like that and we have blocs of rooms we can put personnel in if we need to but they are pretty resilient. they make sure they get here and stay until the job's done. >> chief, what do we do about the homeless people of which there are many in d.c.? is there any effort on the part of the government to try to help them and get them sheltered? >> oh, absolutely. that's an ongoing basis, particularly in the wintertime when it's tolcold. i look at the numbers every two or three hours in the past couple days in our warming centers and shelters. i know the warming centers as of 5:00 this morning had over 370 people occupying warming centers. our officers along with other service workers will be out trying to assist homeless folks with getting into shelters or warming centers or out of this weather throughout the storm. >> chief of police cathy lanier,
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good luck to you. thanks to all the men and women on your force. we will get through this together as we do, as a city. thank you. >> yes, ma'am. thank you. coming up next, al roker with what's going on in your neck of the woods. i have always wanted to say that. "beth" by kiss ♪ beth, i hear you calling.♪. ♪ but i can't come home right now... ♪
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what could be a record-breaking blizzard of 2016 is now storming up the east coast. nbc's al roker has been tracking the storm all week and has the latest forecast from new york. my friend, al roker, thank you so much. you are a busy man. thanks for making time for us. >> we do have a busy day. next 48 hours, really. the interesting thing about this system is that we have got two sides of it. down to the south, we have actually got severe weather. we have severe thunderstorm watch in effect until 5:00 from daytona beach just to the north of miami.
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however, what we are now watching of course the cold side to this storm and one of the things we are worried about, of course, icing. you can see the area of purple and pink, that is freezing rain and sleet, and so we're watching that right now make its way through charlotte and raleigh. a real disaster along i-95. now let's move up i-95 and come to washington, d.c. look at this. you can see just how close the storm is and the snow is, coming to the nation's capital. once it starts, it is not stopping. here's what we're looking for as far as accumulations are concerned. right now, as we see it, we are looking at in the western sections of the area, nashville will see four to eight inches. lexington, eight to 14 inches of snow. but then as we move east, the pink, that's where the trouble sfots are. let's go to washington, baltimore airport, you can see anywhere from 18 to 26 inches of snow, could be upwards of three feet in some of the mountainous areas. wind gusts to 50 miles per hour.
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the snow will begin within the next couple of hours and once it gets going, snowfall rates, two to four inches per hour. then you get into eastern pennsylvania, much of parts of new jersey, you are going to be looking at anywhere from 12 to 18 inches of snow. the snow will start tonight, after the evening rush hour. wind gusts will start as we get into the overnight hours about 40 miles per hour. so we will continue to track that. now you get up into new york city and long island, where there are blizzard warnings in effect. snow starts around 4:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, gusts start during the day to 55 miles per hour, six to 12 inches of snow. we may bump that up a little bit but right now, we are watching that. as you get into new england, hartford, two to four, providence, three to five and then it drops off sharply. our friends in boston, you get a break. zero to two inches, maybe. we'll see what happens there. what we are worried about is ice. the ice accumulation, the area in deepest pink is about
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three-quarters of an inch to maybe an inch but as you widen out, you can see upwards of a tenth of an inch to a quarter of an inch which can cause big problems, pull down power lines and trees and so as far as power outages are concerned, from new england all the way to memphis, we have the potential for power outages. we are starting to see those click upwards. but the likelihood of power outages stretch from washington, d.c. and the delmarva peninsula down to charlotte so we are watching that as well, and we have got the winds to deal with. as this system moves up the coast, it starts to strengthen. we are talking about wind gusts of 40 to 50 miles per hour sustained winds could be upwards of 60 miles per hour in some spots by late saturday night. and we, besides having the winds, we have coastal flood warnings and coastal flood watches and advisories because we are going to have an astronomical high tide at the same time.
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from 7:42 until about 7:31 in the morning, along the new jersey shoreline, new england shoreline and delmarva peninsula could be looking at high tides that cause big problems and again saturday evening, the same situation. so there's a lot going on here. a lot of moving parts. in fact, starting tomorrow at 6:00 a.m., we are going to be on live with roker-thon 2.1, streaming live on nbcnews.com bringing you everything you need to know about this storm. >> so you got it all. high winds, heavy ice, power outages -- >> snow. blizzard conditions. >> storm surges along the coast, snow. i'll be at home watching you, i hope. thank you very much. >> if you have your power. >> good point. thank you, al roker, for the whole story. barbara bush makes a tv ad for her son jeb. mum's the word. how bad will it get here in washington, d.c.? right now it looks like the calm before the storm.
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jeb has been a very good father, a wonderful son, hard worker. his heart is big. when push comes to shove, people are going to realize jeb has real solutions rather than talking about how popular they are or how great they are. he's doing it because he sees a huge need and it's not being filled by anybody. >> the mom ad. joining me now for our daily fix, chris cillizza, msnbc contributor, founder of the "the washington post" fix blog in person. much better. great to see you, chris. well, how effective is that? she's enormously popular. >> i would say in election cycle unlike this one, very effective. it's, your mom is often your best advocate, especially when your mom is barbara bush, who is
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revered still within many parts of the republican party, the establishment, but also beyond the establishment. you know, i think it's very effective if you are ready to hear a message like that, that he's not all about talking, obviously she mentions without mentioning donald trump's name, talking about donald trump. so the problem is i think the electorate is angry and doesn't believe that people promising solutions actually have solutions. so i wonder, it's a nice encapsulation of jeb's message, a message that has not caught on with voters. >> on the democratic side, there are two differing visions and two very different advertising approaches. let's watch. ♪
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>> world a president has to grapple with, sometimes you can't even imagine. that's the job and she's prepared for it like no other. a tireless secretary of state, standing up against the abuse of women and girls, negotiating a cease-fire in gaza, leading the diplomacy that keeps us out of war. the presidency is the toughest job in the world and she's the one leader who has what it takes to get every part of the job done. >> i'm hillary clinton and i approved this message. >> hope and change, experience. >> if you needed an illustration of the head versus heart dynamic in the democratic party right now, those 60 seconds will do it for you. remarkable with the simon and garfunkel with "america" in the background, this sort of sense, this optimistic we can be better message. the hillary ad is much rndarkern
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these difficult times we need someone who has been tested. in a primary typically that sort of optimistic message wins out, but donald trump, who is offering a very dystopian view of what we are currently is winning the republican primary. i honestly don't know. it's a hard argument to make for hillary clinton, though. continuity and status quo in a time in which disruption is the key word. it's not an easy sell for her. >> and as they go into this final ten days, there's one outlying poll, the cnn poll which both sides acknowledge is probably not -- >> the turnout is 300,000 people, hillary will probably win the caucuses. normally it's around 125,000, 150,000. >> one of the things he did today was put up an instructional video, caucusing on the democratic side is hard. >> very. >> you have to move and change and re-align yourself if you
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want to, and it's a very clever way if people will pay attention for four minutes. >> absolutely. remember, for bernie sanders to win iowa, he doesn't need just the people who caucused in '84 and '88 and '92. he needs to grow it in the same way that barack obama did, and barack obama did a very similar thing in the runup to the iowa caucuses in 2008 which is this is how you do this process so that when you go in there, you are able to sort of go from a position of experience and strength. i think it's very smart on his part because the only way he wins is to grow the universe of people. that's what he needs to do. >> and the distribution. he has to be in rural areas as well as on the edge:college cam. >> you're right. got to get people to watch a four minute video which is no small task. >> chris cillizza, great to see you. good luck in the storm. >> see you about two weeks from now. right now, live pictures from nashville.
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this may be what is headed to us in washington. one meteorologist predicted back in november that a major snowstorm would slam washington this winter and he will join me right now. i'm mary ellen, and i quit smoking with chantix. i have smoked for thirty years and by taking chantix, i was able to quit in three months. and that was amazing. along with support, chantix (varenicline) is proven to help people quit smoking. it absolutely reduced my urge to smoke. some people had changes in behavior,
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when the jersey governor chris christie may have been watching or listening because he now changed his mind. he will leave new hampshire, he just tweeted out i'm sorry, new hampshire, but i got to go home, we got snow coming. so chris christie's on his way back to new jersey. it must be really serious. nbc is still waiting for the snow to start here in washington but nbc washington chief meteorologist doug cameron has been tracking the blizzard. doug, you called it all the way back weeks and weeks ago. >> yeah. you mentioned november. this is a storm, we do seasonal forecasting here. this is a storm that was part of
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the analog. '92, '93 a strong el nino year and we saw a storm of 19 inches in the d.c. area. putting a lot of things together, i figured this would be a year we wouldn't see all the events we saw would be very very strong. would i have gone on the record and predicted a top five snowstorm? probably not. but that's exactly what we have coming. >> and with maximum accumulation of? >> i honestly think some areas could get not just two feet but some, i would not be surprised to see over 30 inches in some spots. there will be a bull's eye, it will be very close to the d.c. area. i'm thinking maybe fairfax county, maybe just outside the beltway. this is a storm that will shut down the city most likely for a couple of days, maybe a week. we had 2010, we had one of the biggest storms of all time. i believe we have video from that. that storm brought over 16 inches in the d.c. metro area but brought 32 inches just back
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to the west. you see the pictures. absolutely amazing snowfall totals. but that was also a friday/saturday event. that's what this will be. friday/saturday, then the schools didn't get back, some of them, until next thursday, almost a week for these kids to be out of school. i think that will happen again. >> we have some football coming up. they say the panthers and cardinals say they are going to play but the airport in charlotte is closed down, north carolina's a mess. how will that be possible by sunday? >> that will be -- sunday is not going to be an issue down there but of course, they have to get there, they have ice, they are snow. >> i don't think the cards are in yet. they have planes, they have ways to clear runways but i don't think the fans could get there. >> i don't know if they ever canceled an nfl game due to weather. i think they will do anything they can to get there if they have to walk the team there. i would then bet on the panthers because they are already there ready to go. >> indeed. you have been ready to go since november. i follow you all the time so i know how great you are. thank you. thank you for your time. i know you have hard work ahead.
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>> it will be a long couple of days here. i think this is a 24 to 36 hour event that will last a lot longer. that does it for us for this edition of "andrea mitchell reports." stay safe out there. remember, follow us online, on facebook and on twitter. my colleague thomas roberts is up next with the very latest on the winter storm. s have a sunse. and an early morning mode. and a partly sunny mode. and an outside... to clear inside mode. transitions® signature™ adaptive lenses... ...are more responsive than ever. so why settle for a lens with just one mode? experience life well lit®. ...upgrade your lenses to transitions® signature™. receiving a transitions® lenses certificate of authenticity is your only guarantee that you're getting the worlds number one recommended photochromic lens. ask for it. and register your lens online today. and sometimes i struggle to sleep at night,blind. and stay awake during the day. this is called non-24.
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and going to hit us hard and pretty quick, so we have been planning for it and the good thing about storms is you get a little bit of planning time to get ahead of it. >> take a look at this. a live peek at the flight aware misery map. 3,000 flights already canceled today alone. many in places where the flakes haven't even started to fall yet. >> pretty much come to a halt. >> the person i was staying with told me you might better think about getting out before the storm hits or you'll be staying for awhile. that would have been a big problem because i'm a school teacher. i need to get back. >> my husband gets to do all the work and i get to come home to a shoveled driveway. >> our correspondents are in the path of the storm across the eastern seaboard. we also have a full forecast tracking this storm, plus what the states of emergency mean for the different states that returned it. first, i want to start with nbc's luke russert in washington, d.c. luke, i know capitol hill has already closed down, they are taking monday off as a

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