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throughout the evening and update those snow totals for 11:00. >> for glenn and all of us here at nbc10, thanks for watching us. >> the news continues now with "nbc nightly news." on the broadcast tonight, states of emergency with a ferocious system on the move, the coldest temperatures north-to-south in years. tonight, relentless snow and ice and a new disaster on the tracks. targeting christians. mass executions and new threats tonight as a new front opens in the war with isis. also a sea of humity fighting back tonight. a powerful message as europe reels from new terror attacks. pain relief. with a procedure now skyrocketing in popularity among 40-somethings. and, live from new york an anniversary party for the ages. "nightly news" begins now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york this
is "nbc nightly news." reporting tonight, lester holt. good evening and welcome on this president's day. the misery of this exceptionally brutal winter is being felt across a much wider section of the country tonight including the south. while boston desperately looks for somewhere to put the remains of its fourth major snowstorm in two weeks, another storm is dumping snow and crippling travel across a huge area from kentucky to washington, d.c. with tennessee facing dangerous ice. right now 20 states are under winter weather warnings or advisories. on top of it all arctic cold extending well into the south with sub zero lows in some parts. once again our team is in place. miguel almaguer is along the icy waters on boston tonight, miguel. >> reporter: lester good evening. we're on a coast guard cutter tonight. a 65-foot battering ram used to clear ice from critical shipping lanes. the eight men that work on this vessel do so in frigid conditions. but tonight so much of this
region feels like an icebox. today when millions woke up across new england, the view wasn't pretty. a region buried in snow is now crippled in ice. >> it's unbearable right now. >> reporter: the windchill dipping double digits below zero across much of the northeast. the arctic blast setting record lows from maine to new york. in boston where it felt like negative 26. >> it's incredibly cold. you can barely see over the mountains of snow. >> reporter: insult to injury. nearly 100 inches of snow in just three weeks. residents digging out any way they can as fast as they can. >> dug a tunnel to get the snow blower out and worked our way out. >> reporter: mass transit is crippled. trains running on limited service. what isn't moving is frozen solid. >> as boston digs out, i ask everyone please still continue to remain patient and calm. >> reporter: wind-whipped waves battered the coast of massachusetts. ice and water everywhere. in plymouth rare thunder snow.
>> oh yes! yes! we got it -- >> reporter: the weather channel's jim cantore in the middle of it all. >> oh again! >> reporter: 150 miles offshore a life or death rescue for the coast guard. a father and son pluck today safety. this afternoon we were aboard the pendant, a coast guard ice breaker plowing through the boston harbor. >> this is unprecedented back here. this ice is so thick it's actually stopping the ship. >> reporter: thick ice and roofs to buckle. this one gave way at an apartment complex in new hampshire. in philly firefighters battled fire and ice dousing flames as they dodged icicles. on the roads black ice was deadly. at least six killed over the weekend. today, more spinouts and wipeouts. now with even more snow settling in even more snow is on the way. >> enough. no more. surrender the snow.
>> reporter: tomorrow, another blast. another frigid day. more snow means more ice on these waterways. believe it or not the guys that work this vessel say after they clear a shipping lane like this within an hour it freezes right back over. they call this one of the coldest places to be in all of massachusetts. and, lester tonight it certainly feels like it. lester. >> all right, miguel thank you. as we said the misery from all this extends well into the south where there are several states of emergency tonight as snow ice and freezing rain makes for some very treacherous conditions. nbc's gabe gutierrez has the latest on that end of the weather story tonight from louisville. >> reporter: punishing snow brutal wind and danger ice brought much of the south to a standstill today. the largest snowfall in recent memory hit kentucky. >> people are not used to the snow here. and they don't know how to drive in the snow. >> reporter: causing widespread crashes, vehicles swerving out of control and trucks overturning. police rescuing more than 150
stranded drivers. >> it's hitting the whole state, so it's all hands on deck. >> reporter: how does this snowstorm compare to other winters? >> accumulation in one event than we've had in ten years. >> reporter: this massive storm stremps across 20 states and knocked out power to tens of thousands of people. >> too cold. for the south. >> reporter: from virginia to arkansas a snowy, icy mess. blinding making travel treacherous. several governors have declared states of emergency. the national weather service warning the potential for a crippling ice storm is increasing as the storm moves east. >> everybody needs to take this weather event very seriously. >> reporter: the president's day holiday easing what could have been an even more dicey morning commute. throughout the country more than 1,800 flight cancellations. in nashville they prepared for snow, and they're battling thick ice. in chicago temperatures hovered in the single digits. >> you have to watch out for
ice. never look up when you walk. everything's looking down. >> reporter: and south of the windy city crews desperately search for a vehicle that may have crashed in the frigid river. back in louisville four-wheel drive is in high demand. >> on my way here i helped push six people up a hill that probably shouldn't have been out. >> reporter: as tonight much of the south is on ice. here in louisville the snow is beginning to taper off as the storm moves east but the bone-chilling temperatures will remain. it will be a long night for crews trying to treat roads here. when it gets to be this cold even all this salt can only go so far. lester. >> all right, gabe thanks. with 73 million americans now under some sort of winter weather advisory or warning, let's go back to boston where we find meteorologist dylan dreyer. dylan, is there any relief in sight here? >> reporter: unfortunately lester no. as soon as the snow and ice exit the arctic air is going to surge in.
we've had a lot of snow back through kentucky and back through nashville we saw the worst ice storm they have seen in 20 years. that's going to move into the carolinas overnight. to the north we're looking at all snow. it's a quick-mover and it should exit the coast by the time we go into late morning and early afternoon on tuesday. as for snow we could see as much as a foot of snow down near ridgemond, virginia. further north bigger storm washington, d.c. has seen this season. boston looking at another couple of inches. ice will be a major concern through raleigh. we could see as much as half an inch of ice crippling the roads and power lines. and after that it's all about the arctic cold. by thursday morning, lester in raleigh they'll bottom out at one degree. add that to the ice and that's going to make problems. >> dylan, thank you. let's pivot to a disaster unfolding in snow bound west virginia. a tanker derailed and caused a
massive explosion. nbc's tom costello has late details from washington. >> this happened 1:30 this afternoon when a csx train car went off the trax in fayette county near mt. carbon causing a massive explosion that destroyed a nearby home. we're told one person was injured, nobody killed. tonight, about 200 people have been evacuated. the biggest concern is that tanker car is leaking oil into the kanawa river. water treatment facilities downstream have shut their intake valves and residents are being told don't drink the water for now. meanwhile heavy snow tonight is slowing the response. but again, one injured, nobody dead. the concern is really water quality. lester. >> amazing sight. tom, thanks. turns overseas where isis turned its wave of terror to a new front, libya. releasing a chilling video of christians executed in a mass beheading. and now isis is threatening to go even further. we get more from our chief foreign affairs correspondent
andrea mitchell. >> reporter: 21 egyptian coptic christians being paraded along the tip of the waterfront before being beheaded by isis terrorists in libya even as the terror group threatened to kill more egyptians in libya. among thousands of egyptian migrants unable to find houses. egypt scrambled f-16s to retaliate. the first time it's taken military action against the terror group. back ohm in their impoverished village, calling isis bumpers, monster. and the horror galvanized protesters in cairo as italy, the last western power in tripoli evacuated its citizens. and pope francis mourned the latest victims. he said their only words were jesus, help me. they were killed simply for the fact they were christians. but in libya now gripped by civil war, isis is taking root. >> there's only one message that comes from them which is
convert to our ways do things our ways or we're going to kill you. >> reporter: the threat has been growing rapidly. three weeks ago isis attacked a tripoli hotel killing ten including an american contractor. last summer the u.s. evacuated the american embassy. taking over the ambassador's residence residence. 2012 benghazi attack killing four americans including ambassador chris stevens. a rapid dissent from the nato victory after the opposing moammar gadhafi in 2011. tonight, experts warn isis will continue to thrive in countries like libya and syria, torn by civil wars. and that air strikes alone will not root them out. lester. >> andrea mitchell thank you. in denmark tonight two men are under arrest suspected of aiding the gunmen in a pair of deadly terrorist shootings over the weekend. we're learning more about that man who carried out the worst terrorist violence in that country in decades. nbc's keir simmons has our
report tonight from copenhagen. >> reporter: thousands rallied in copenhagen tonight. coming together after a weekend of violence. the city's mayor was embraced by the mayor of paris, where attacks last month killed 17. the u.s. ambassador a boston native visited the cafe where supporters of free speech had gathered saturday. an audio recording captures the moment of the attack. [ gunfire ] more than 30 shots leaving one man dead. >> i could hear arabic and the shout. >> reporter: hours later the gunmen attacked a synagogue killing a security guard before being gunned down by police early sunday. >> denmark was hit by terrorism. >> reporter: the shooter is said to be this man, abdel el hussein, reportedly released from prison two weeks ago.
tonight, the jewish community here is defiant. >> we wanted to change our way of life and we will not give them that triumph. >> reporter: but anti-semitism in europe is on the rise. this weekend a jewish cemetery in france was desecrated. israel's prime minister netanyahu has pulled on european jews to immigrate to israel. european leaders oppose that. and in capen haguen grief and anger are tempered by tolerance. >> we have to not to be mad at every muslim because that's very important. >> reporter: and, lester those two alleged accomplices appeared in court today charged with helping the gunmen hide the weapon after the attacks. officials here will be investigating whether the gunmen had links to jihadi groups. and with reports of pledged allegiance to isis before the attack. lester. >> keir simmons in copenhagen. thanks. trial resumed for the man accused of killing american sniper chris kyle.
the jury has listened to witnesses describe the concession from the stand. today they heard it in his own words. here's jacob rascon in stephenville texas. >> reporter: for several minutes eddie ray routh doesn't move. the jury hears the nearly hour-long recording the media ordered not to broadcast to media. rambling about flying pigs and people feeding on his soul. but then he confesses he shot chris kyle first saying "i knew if i did not take out his soul he was coming to take mine next." routh describes the guns he used admits to stealing kyle's truck and trying to escape. at least three times the investigator asks routh as he unders did was wrong. right, routh answers. yes, sir, he says later. at one point routh interrupts the interview to ask about his parents saying "i'd like to see them at least hug my mom one last time you know."
and finally, routh apologizes saying "i'm just sorry for what i've done you know. and we can work this out." and "i guess i need to be doing more thinking in this town than hurting people." during cross-examination the defense establishes the -- who conducted the interview did not know routh had been diagnosed as psychotic, released from a medical center only eight days before the crime. routh has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. we expect to hear from medical health experts later in the week. lester. >> all right, jacob, thank you. still ahead here tonight, seeking pain relief. the procedure more and more americans are choosing to undergo many of them at a younger age than ever expected. also a night of a thousand stars, or at least it felt that way. we'll take you on a visit to where all the "snl" magic happens. tomorrow is possibility. and the power to unlock it resides in a box behold the biscuit. nutrients packed in a dense bundle of farm-grown grain and capped with pure deliciousness.
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spanned the generations and kept us laughing. >> live from new york it's saturday night! >> it was an unprecedented night. >> from comedians to actors to alec. >> giants from every corner of the entertainment world on stage and in the audience. >> larry davis. hey! how you doing? >> good evening. i'm jane curtain. >> i'm tina fey. >> and i'm amy poehler. >> dear rosanee. ♪ how'd you get so funky ♪ >> it created stars of unknowns. >> here's the one and only eddie murphy. >> so happy to be back here in
just a magical feeling. >> and made established performers want a piece of it. ♪ >> and for 40 years "saturday night live" is still bringing down the house. >> good night and have a pleasant tomorrow. >> good night. and have a pleasant tomorrow. ♪ >> "saturday night live" at 40 land shark and all. our congratulations to all our friends at "snl" on a television milestone. that's going to do it for us on a monday night. i'm lester holt. thanks for watching.
good morning i'm "first alert" meteorologist sheena parveen. we have a "first alert" for you. tonight into tuesday morning. part of the area we will see quite a bit of snow. heaviest snow will remain south of philadelphia and it will be impacting the morning ush, especially if you live in south jersey and delaware. that's where we expect the highest snowfall amounts. the snow is moving slowly into parts of delaware most of it around washington and points north and west and will pass through as we go overnight tonight before we see any clearing. in parts of dwirelaware, we have snow falling overnight tonight. here's a look at future weather. the snow moves in