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CNN SUNDAY MORNING

Snow Blankets Northeast, Midwest

Aired January 23, 2005 - 07:00   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


BETTY NGUYEN, CNN ANCHOR: Just a look at this, waking up to a white out. A blizzard wallops the east. Snow from the Carolinas all the way to Maine. It is not over yet for the northeast.
From the CNN Center here in Atlanta, this is CNN SUNDAY MORNING, January 23rd. Still winter, very much winter outside.

TONY HARRIS, CNN ANCHOR: That's for sure.

NGUYEN: Good morning, I'm Betty Nguyen.

HARRIS: Wake up, everybody. No sleep. And in bed, we've got a story of snow and more snow to tell you about. I'm Tony Harris. 7:00 a.m. here in the East and 4:00 in the West.

Thank you for being with us. You have got to stick around this hour because of all the amazing video this hour. We are going to show you pictures of a record blizzard. This is Philadelphia. You think it's bad there? Take a gander at a conditions on Cape Cod. If it looks blustery, it is. Winds out there are near hurricane strength. As you can imagine, the storm is causing huge travel headaches all over airports and become second homes for lots of stranded travelers. We'll check in with Travelocity's air traffic expert Rally Caparas for an update.

But don't think for a minute that a quarter two of snow can put the NFL's championship games on ice. Crews have been working through the night to ensure its game on at the NFC showdown in Philadelphia.

NGUYEN: And take a look at this. We warned you that it was coming. This is a look at New Haven this morning. Boy, look at all that snow on top of the building, on the streets, on the cars.

Indeed, blizzard conditions are freezing much of the Eastern United States. New Englanders are bracing for up to three feet of snow in some areas. New York City's Mayor says the weather is life threatening.

Now a record snowfall, 8.5 inches, fell on central park on Saturday.

HARRIS: In Philadelphia, travelers are stranded and stadium workers are clearing snow off the football fields for today's NFC championship game. It's not just snow causing trouble. High winds are reducing visibility and causing white out conditions. Travel along the east coast is what you might consider challenging. Boston's Logan Airport is shut down. Massachusetts is at the center of what meteorologists are calling the storm's pummel zone. And that's pretty descriptive. The pummel zone with conditions too dangerous for people to be outside at all.

ROB MARCIANO, METEOROLOGIST: Where'd you get that?

HARRIS: It's good...

MARCIANO: I haven't said that, but I like it.

HARRIS: You haven't said it?

MARCIANO: I'm going to use it.

HARRIS: On the pummel zone.

NGUYEN: Take it and run with it, Rob.

MARCIANO: You know, it is a dangerous storm with windchills well below 0. And obviously, snow drifts piling up. So it's not something that you want to head out. And it's not one of those things...

HARRIS: Yes.

MARCIANO: ...where you throw the kids out and you bundle them up.

HARRIS: Right.

(WEATHER REPORT)

MARCIANO: Chad Myers, meteorologist here during the week, doing some weekend duty for us. We sent him up to...

HARRIS: Is he in Philly?

MARCIANO: ...Philadelphia all bundled up. Chad, give us the latest. What's going on there?

CHAD MYERS, METEOROLOGIST: They have worked all night long to get this game on, Rob. Look at -- these guys behind me, they're still shoveling out the stadium. In fact, over my head, the front end loaders are digging out the stadium, taking the snow, throwing it over that wall. And then the big loader down here is putting it into a dumpster, literally a dumpster. And then they're taking it out and moving it away.

I have been looking at a lot of the observations here in Philadelphia. And most of the heavy snow now is in New Jersey, from Camden on up to Trenton and obviously up to New York, and even into Princeton and all those places.

But this is what I got off the weather service wire for Massachusetts. The guys here are serious. I have never seen this out of Massachusetts. "Travel is not recommended today. If you leave the safety of being indoors, you are putting your life at risk." That's off the weather wire for Massachusetts. That's at the end of their winter storm warning today. So that's how serious it is.

Here in Philadelphia, we have a blowing snow advisory. The roads are in great shape. Fans will be able to get here, if you didn't try to fly in because so many planes are canceled this morning.

Yes, the airport is open. And it shows only minimal delays, because that's because there are only about 20 percent of the planes even trying to get in here. And so few got in last night, there are a few trying to get out because they're obviously not at the jet way. They're not on the tarmac. They're not here. The place is almost a deserted zone out there, except for the people that are sleeping in the airport. And there are many there today, waiting for one or two planes to get out, so that they can get out as well.

The football game should be an on -- as well should be on time. The folks here are going to be cold. A lot of hand warmers, those things that you break open and kind of put your gloves -- a lot of those being sold this morning. Back to you guys in Atlanta.

MARCIANO: All right, Chad, thanks very much. Stay warm out there. Philadelphia definitely under some light stuff. Looks like it's starting to taper off. We'll check back with you later in the morning. Thanks very much, Chad.

Most of the action now moving east. Cape Cod, he mentioned what they were saying out of the Boston National Weather Service. This storm going to rival the '78 blizzard. A lot of folks talk about that.

NGUYEN: Wow.

MARCIANO: But that was a two, three day event.

HARRIS: Yes.

MARCIANO: This one's like a day, day and a half.

NGUYEN: More than one, yes.

MARCIANO: We had eight inches of snow come down in a 45 minute period. Thunder snow, thunder and lightning.

HARRIS: Right.

MARCIANO: I mean, this is -- it's a tremendous storm.

NGUYEN: Well, do you expect those warnings, those blizzard warnings, to be lifted maybe later today?

MARCIANO: Not 'til 5:00, 6:00 is the official expiration date.

NGUYEN: Much later today. OK.

MARCIANO: So it'll be ongoing. HARRIS: Blowing, drifting, nasty, nasty. Stay inside.

NGUYEN: Stay inside. Exactly.

HARRIS: Rob, thank you for that.

NGUYEN: Thanks, Rob.

HARRIS: You know, it's Sunday morning. And that means most of you won't have to deal with getting around in the snow today. So go ahead and put on another pot of coffee and think about this. Driving to work across New York City at 2:00 a.m. this morning.

CNN writer Shannon Travis is one of our team members who wakes up in the middle of the night every weekend to prepare the morning shows. He lives in Brooklyn and usually has an eight mile, that's it, an eight mile drive to the Time Warner Center in Manhattan.

This morning was a challenge, to say the least. Shannon joins us now to tell us about the overnight commute. And Shannon, are you there?

SHANNON TRAVIS, CNN WRITER: Yes, I'm there. Good morning, Tony.

HARRIS: All in one piece?

TRAVIS: All in one piece. I'll tell you, this morning I think I'm going to change my title from writer to refugee. I mean, I'm literally plotting my escape route out of here.

I've lived in New York for a long time.

HARRIS: Yes?

TRAVIS: And I've seen very few things that can turn urban jungle into like a scene out of Norman Rockwell. The commute was interesting in that there are many open streets, except they were mostly blocked off by snow. So the map that you just showed there isn't exactly the way that I came in.

HARRIS: Well, OK, so we've got the map up now. And talk us through how you would normally get to work?

TRAVIS: Well, normally leave my area and just over the Brooklyn Bridge and just come down -- kind of like go up to -- go up to FDR along the East River.

HARRIS: OK, good, OK.

TRAVIS: Go onto 42nd Street and just come on over.

HARRIS: Well, Shannon, I've got to tell you that makes sense to me as I'm looking at this map. We've got the big red line there that seems to suggest that you were going up through Queens, which didn't make any sense to me.

TRAVIS: Yes.

HARRIS: But you actually would go over the Brooklyn Bridge.

TRAVIS: Yes, exactly.

HARRIS: OK, OK.

TRAVIS: Alternate route also.

HARRIS: OK.

TRAVIS: That takes you right over the 59th Street Bridge.

HARRIS: There you go.

TRAVIS: Straight through that way, put you straight on the east side.

HARRIS: OK. So normally you go over the Brooklyn Bridge and head up the FDR.

TRAVIS: Exactly.

HARRIS: What did you do this morning?

TRAVIS: This morning, it just took a lot of ingenuity and a lot of perseverance basically. I mean, literally I just take some back -- try and steer away from the back streets and take the main streets up.

HARRIS: Yes.

TRAVIS: Even the main streets, the big thoroughfares, where virtually no cars in the streets, I mean the ones that were slipping and sliding. I did see some plows. So the plows are out, but they're just trying to beat back such a stubborn storm.

HARRIS: OK, so still bad there. Will the crews get an opportunity to clear this thing? I mean, we're thinking about tomorrow and the hellish commute that could face you and others.

TRAVIS: Well, it seems as if, again, on the main streets, the plows are out, i.e. Broadway, although I did see people walking their dogs in the middle of the street. I didn't see anybody skiing yet...

HARRIS: Right.

TRAVIS: But before. But on the smaller streets, definitely a mess. I mean, when I came here to the bureau, literally -- it had to be a 20 foot dumpster like I think Chad Myers just mentioned...

HARRIS: Right.

TRAVIS: ...a dumpster just literally filled with snow. And a mountain of snow. It must have measured about nine feet high. That was just literally pushed to the side.

So the smaller streets are definitely a mess.

HARRIS: All right, let's hope we can get some relief for you tomorrow. Thanks for coming in. You know, we need you on the show.

TRAVIS: Well, you know, it's either being here or hibernating at home.

HARRIS: That's right.

TRAVIS: We'll see what I chose.

HARRIS: OK, Shannon, appreciate it. Thank you.

TRAVIS: OK.

NGUYEN: I think he needs a raise for that. Well, are you like Shannon, one of the many folks trying to stay warm this morning? If so, let us know how you're doing. E-mail us your best snow pictures at wam@cnn.com. And later, we are picking up a little treat for you as well.

Well, we're actually -- no, there's no cooking involved at all.

HARRIS: Yes.

NGUYEN: But it will be delicious and healthy. We'll tell you about a hot or rather cold new food trend.

MARCIANO: And we continue to watch this storm, this blizzard that is shaping up to be a record setter. Not so much in Philly, where they're de-icing planes and the airport is closed, but up in Boston, Logan is shut down. And this could be the big one that everyone talks about to their grandchildren decades ongoing. We'll have a complete forecast coming up after the break.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

NGUYEN: Well, it is a winter weather smack down in Washington, D.C. And Gary Nuremberg is in the thick of it. Let's get the latest from him.

Good morning to you.

GARY NUREMBERG, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hello, Betty. In Washington, well, I knew that was going to happen. In Washington, the snow has been replaced by the wind, which is blowing the snow and causing white outs. More on that, coming up.

(COLD & FLU REPORT)

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

NGUYEN: Well, good morning. What a cold one it is for these folks. It is snowing sideways in New York, but not quite a Nor'easter to remember. The drifts are not as deep as had been feared, but Brooklyn still reportedly got more than a foot of snow. The Big Apple's mayor warned the storm could be life threatening, but many people went out on the snowy streets anyway for supplies or just for a little fun.

CNN's Alina Cho joins us now live from Central Park. You having fun out there this morning, Alina?

ALINA CHO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I don't know if I would characterize it as fun, Betty. It is certainly cold. And New Yorkers are waking up to a snowy and windy winter wonderland this morning, as cold as it is, we actually saw a couple of joggers out here going through Central Park. Unbelievable.

Now 13 inches have fallen on the park since yesterday. And when this is all over, the city could get as much as 18 inches. Now that means the snow plows are out in force. And joining us now with an update is John Dougherty. He's the commissioner of New York City Sanitation Department.

Mr. Dougherty, thank you for joining us, standing here in the cold. The city has more than 1900 pieces of equipment. How many of those trucks are out there right now?

JOHN DOUGHERTY, NYC SANITATION COMMISSIONER: We've got about 1900 out there on a 12 day. And I expect on the day shift today, I'll have probably 2000 out. So we're moving ahead. We've got all the primary streets now. We're into the second arena (UNINTELLIGIBLE.) And we're basically looking at, you know, how much snow we're going to get and how we're going to be for tomorrow morning's rush hour.

CHO: And you guys are doing a great job because I know coming into work this morning, no problems on the main roads.

DOUGHERTY: Right.

CHO: Right? And that's the way you like to see it.

So Monday is the goal. Monday morning rush is the goal, right?

DOUGHERTY: Monday morning, we want to have it opened up. Today, we're hiring emergency snow laborers to come in and help us shovel the bus stops and cross walks, so that when people head for the mass transit tomorrow morning, they'll be able to get there.

CHO: New York City is under a snow emergency. Now what does that mean?

DOUGHERTY: Well, the snow emergency streets is a network around the city. And basically, you can't go on those roadways unless you have chains or snow tires, so that we can keep the major network of roadways open during the snow storm.

CHO: OK, you have 2500 sanitation workers out there working long hours. You've canceled vacations, but it never seems to be enough in times like this. You're looking to the public for help. I find this very interesting. Tell me what you're doing. DOUGHERTY: Well, we're hiring emergency snow laborers. They come in and they will be given shovels. And they'll be going out, clearing crosswalks and bus stops, and fire hydrants to ensure that the streets are open and passable.

And should we need to get to a fire hydrant, the fire hydrant will be able to find it. And if they go to a bus stop, they'll be able to get on the bus from that bus stop. And if they go to a corner, they'll be able to get across that corner.

CHO: John Dougherty with New York City Sanitation Department, we thank you once again for standing in the freezing cold to talk to us this morning.

DOUGHERTY: Thank you.

CHO: Thank you very much.

So with the exception of a couple of cars and a couple of joggers, most people are staying inside this morning. It is unbelievable, Betty, how the city really gets quiet in times like this.

In fact, one resident said it is incredibly calm. And like the snowstorm, it is quite an event. Betty?

NGUYEN: Absolutely. And a lot of work ahead to get everything ready in time for a Monday morning rush hour. Thank you, Alina Cho in New York City.

HARRIS: Now you know, the calm is good. It gives folks an opportunity to get out there and get those roads cleared. And they're going to need some time. So calm right now, good, although the weather picture is anything but calm.

(WEATHER REPORT)

HARRIS: Yes, if you are traveling to the Northeast this morning, chances are your flight might be delayed, maybe even canceled. Don't miss the airport's update with Travelocity's Rally Caparas in about 15 minutes.

NGUYEN: Time right now to check out what's been going on in the rest of the world.

HARRIS: And for that, let's go to Anand Naidoo at the International Desk. Anand?

ANAND NAIDOO, CNN INTERNATIONAL NEWS ANCHOR: Good morning, Tony. And you're right, it's time to check out what's been happening in other parts of the world.

And first to Ukraine. There have been celebrations there today. Viktor Yushchenko, the reformist leader, takes the presidential oath of office in Kiev, which has been a long time coming and no easy path to victory for Yushchenko. Along the way, he had to deal with a fraudulent election and poisoning, which left him severely disfigured. And incidentally, among the guests at the inauguration today in Kiev is the outgoing United States Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Moving on to the Middle East, and could this be the breakthrough that everyone's been waiting for? Well, don't hold your breath. This is the Middle East, after all.

But on a more positive note, Israel Radio is reporting that Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has secured a 30 day cease-fire with Islamic Jihad and Hamas. No word from Abbas himself, except that the talks are ongoing.

Israel says it's willing to suspend the attacks if the cease-fire holds. That is probably a good time to remind ourselves that the Palestinian uprising known as the cease-fire, or rather known as the intifadah, is now four years old. It's been going on for four years. And there have been thousands of lives lost on both sides since that intifadah started.

Moving further east to Saudi Arabia now, the annual Muslim pilgrimage known as "the Hajj" is drawing to a close. Tens of thousands of pilgrims are performing one of the final rites, circling the cubic shrine in Mecca's grand mosque. The record 2.6 million Muslims are attending this year's Hajj ceremonies.

That's all from me for now. I'll be back later with an update on the tsunami recovery effort and how that's going in South Asia and Southeast Asia. Today marks four weeks, it's been a month since that tragedy struck. So we'll have an update next time around.

But right now, let's get back to Tony and Betty.

HARRIS: Thank you.

NGUYEN: All right, thank you, yes. The fisherman statue, this one right here, looking a little lonely and deserted in the streets of Goldsters (ph), Massachusetts. We will take you about 35 miles southwest to Ballston. That's just ahead on CNN SUNDAY MORNING.

HARRIS: And a raw diet, is it right for you? Super model Carol Alt. Good morning, Carol.

CAROL ALT, FORMER SUPER MODEL: Hi.

HARRIS: She reveals the benefits of going raw. That's next.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

NGUYEN: So just how bad is the east coast blizzard? Well, a picture tells 1,000 words. Think driving is tough? Try walking. This pedestrian out in the driving wind and snow in Hartford, Connecticut found out just how tough it could be.

And in Pennsylvania, the game must go on. Hundreds of workers are shoveling out to Philadelphia Eagles home field for today's NFC championship game against the Atlanta Falcons. The parking lot, Tony, opens to tailgaters and about 40 minutes. Now those are some diehard fans.

And if you want a first hand glimpse of winter's wrath without leaving the warmth of your own home, just log on to www.earthcam.com/metrocams. You can look at live webcam footage from cities across the Northeast and a bunch of other cities, too.

Meantime, we'll also take you into the heart of that blizzard right here on CNN SUNDAY MORNING. More weather news coming up, including a travel update -- Tony?

HARRIS: Betty, well talk about intriguing. You see the title of this book? "Eating in the Raw." You see Carol Alt's picture on it. You pay attention. Carol Alt is the embodiment of the beautiful life. Legendary super model, accomplished actress, she has it all. Well, if she doesn't, she has most of all.

But she wasn't happy with the quality of her health. So about 10 years ago, she began to do something about it. The transformation is detailed in her new book, "Eating in the Raw." And she says it can work for you, too.

Carol Alt joins us this morning from New York to explain the healthy virtues of uncooking. Carol, we should do two segments for you for getting in this morning. Was it a tough commute to get in? My goodness.

ALT: Well, I got up about 4:00 and...

HARRIS: Oh.

ALT: ...stood on the street for about an hour before a taxi finally pulled up.

HARRIS: No, no.

ALT: My car company canceled, but you know, I thought it was very important to be here. You guys gave me an opportunity to explain how wonderful raw has been for me. So I made every effort.

HARRIS: Well, we thank you for that. What is the easiest way to explain what raw eating is?

ALT: I would think that the easiest way to explain it is it's food that's been unadulterated, it's not been genetically altered, or sprayed, or processed, or cooked, the closer you eat to God.

HARRIS: Ah, eating in the raw.

ALT: In the raw.

HARRIS: Gotcha. Tell me it's more than sushi and salads, though? ALT: Oh, please. And you know, it is so much more. And I have even, since I've written the book, found so many more different places that make...

HARRIS: Really?

ALT: ...a million raw deserts and brownies. And so many make granolas for breakfast, that I actually put up carolalt.com to try to get an umbrella over these people, so that you'll be able to find these things.

I have them delivered right to your house.

HARRIS: Hey, you've made -- this is -- we shouldn't be cavalier about this. When you're talking about making this kind of a change, it is a huge deal. And it is more than what we sort of consider eating healthy, you know, based on the food pyramid.

It is sort of a lifestyle change, isn't it?

ALT: Well, you know, let me just say one thing here, Tony.

HARRIS: OK.

ALT: There is nobody more vain than a model. OK?

HARRIS: OK.

ALT: And nobody who depends on their body more than somebody who uses it every day and had to stay svelte. And I was not only battling the bulge, but my health problems had begun to mount up. And I found myself living a lifestyle of taking pills -- I mean, not drugs, but pharmaceuticals.

HARRIS: Well, but let's talk about this. You were talking about headaches and allergies, and...

ALT: Headaches, allergies. I lived with an Aphrin in every pocket. If I went to Morocco to do a movie, I'd have an Aphrin in every pocket because they didn't sell it there, just in case they got sinus problems, allergies, sleeplessness, Nyquil to fall asleep, coffee to wake up. I mean, it was -- and you know what, a lot of times because of stomach acid.

HARRIS: Yes.

ALT: And everybody kept saying oh, that's normal. You're under stress.

HARRIS: Right.

ALT: Getting older, blah, blah, blah. Baloney. It was not at all. And the moment I changed how I ate, the absolutely moment I changed, sinus problems stopped. Headaches stopped.

HARRIS: Yes, but... ALT: In eight years, and I've not taken an aspirin.

HARRIS: But Carol, you can't find enough of this food that you're talking about conveniently enough to make it a part of your diet.

ALT: Thank you for asking that. It's so easy. I mean, I could have eaten in every restaurant.

HARRIS: You can?

ALT: Oh, yes. I found stuff online. I mean, I'm not talking going down to the barn and killing a cow and gnawing on the way. I'm not talking about chomping on carrots either. I actually can't remember the last time I had a carrot.

HARRIS: OK.

ALT: Unless it was mixed up in, you know, something else I was eating.

HARRIS: Right.

ALT: But there are a number of raw restaurants out there now. There are many online places you can get crackers and cookies and cakes. You can get raw milk cheeses...

HARRIS: Really?

ALT: ..at Whole Foods. I mean, I shop at Whole Foods. They should pay me to say that, but I mean, I do, as well as Health Food Stores. I mean, anything you eat cooked, I can with minimum effort find it raw for you. And that's why I wrote the book. I just wanted people to know how easy it was.

HARRIS: Well, there it is. Let's show it again. Here's the book. It is "Carol Alt: Eating in the Raw." Carol, thanks for taking the time. We've got a lot of snow to get to. And I thank you so much for coming in and battling it this morning.

ALT: Hey, no problem, guys. Thanks for the time.

HARRIS: And we've got a recipe we want to share from Carol's book. Here it is.

NGUYEN: Great.

HARRIS: Simple recipe you can try for eating in the raw. This is spaghetti al pesto. It uses three pounds of yellow summer squash for the pesto sauce. You'll need pine nuts, olive oil, basil, parsley, garlic and sea salt. Cut the squash into long thing slices to make the noodles, put the pesto ingredients to a blender or food processor until it's a creamy sauce. Eating in the raw.

NGUYEN: Doesn't sound too bad there. Actually, I might have to try that one. Well, if you've got travel plans this morning, stay tuned to check out if your flight will leave on time or if it's even going to leave at all today. Travelocity's Rally Caparas joins us next on CNN SUNDAY MORNING.

NUREMBERG: And in Washington, it is now so windy that the winds have knocked over fences on the National Mall that were put here to protect the inaugural participants only two days ago. All the windy, snowy weather news coming up.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

HARRIS: The Northeast blizzard, that's what you're looking at. Live pictures coming to us from New York. There on your left, that's Washington, D.C. The White House on the right.

Welcome back, everyone to CNN SUNDAY MORNING. I'm Tony Harris.

NGUYEN: And I'm Betty Nguyen. Let's get right to it, shall we The blizzard and bone chilling temperatures are making conditions treacherous in the northeast this morning. Boston's Logan Airport is closed indefinitely, due to white out conditions. Conditions in Boston are so brutal, officials say it's too dangerous for anyone to go out.

The airport closure will no doubt cause a ripple effect all across the country. And CNN's Chris Huntington joins us from Boston to give us a first hand glimpse of exactly why blizzard warnings are in effect.

Hi, there, Chris.

CHRIS HUNTINGTON, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Betty, how are you? Well, the scene behind me, you can see pretty much tells the story. The real situation here that is causing great difficulty for the community here around Boston, of course, is the wind. Already 14 inches of snow have fallen here in Boston as best as they can measure, because it's blowing around so much in outlying areas, particularly south of here. Along some of the towns in Cape Code, more than two feed have already been reported.

The big concern coming up in the next couple of hours, the rising tide. It's a full moon tide. It'll peak here in Boston at about 10:00. Flood warnings will be in effect in the coastal regions of Massachusetts from about 8:00 through to 1:00 p.m. this afternoon.

As you no doubt have already reported, the governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney has declared a state of emergency. Now that right in and of itself right doesn't actually mean anything. It does mean, though, that several things are in place should emergency measures need to be taken, particularly the National Guard is available to help evacuate coastal regions. So far, though, no evacuations have been ordered.

We have spoken with emergency officials in and around the region. Nothing serious going on to report just yet. The Boston Fire Department telling us that they had managed to help a woman get from her house to the hospital to have a baby. That is, of course, welcome news.

The Coast Guard telling us that there are dozens of fishing vessels, commercial vessels still inbound. We will follow those situations as they develop.

Back to you, Betty.

NGUYEN: Just getting around this treacherous -- let alone trying to have a baby in these conditions. My goodness, all right, Chris. We'll be checking back in with you a little bit later throughout the show -- Tony?

HARRIS: Well, Betty, in the nation's capitol, the worst of the storm has passed, but high winds are expected today and drifting snow. Could be the next big problem. You got to tie down the hat is what you need to do.

Gary Nuremberg didn't do that earlier. He's in Washington, D.C. Got it on a little tighter there, Gary?

NUREMBERG: Got it back again, Tony. As you said, the snow has stopped here at about four or five inches. That's less than predicted. But again, as you said, it has been replaced by high winds.

We talked to people at Reagan National Airport this morning. They said winds were gusting at 36 miles an hour, causing white outs, which were going to delay some flights. That old advice is good. Check with your airlines.

A description of Washington's weather this weekend, sometimes simply put, in a short declarative sentence.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

NUREMBERG (voice-over): Snow plow drivers got a break because the snow fell on a weekend, cutting substantially the number of cars on D.C. roads. The weather didn't deter tourists who made the snow part of their plans.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We tried to do all our outside stuff yesterday. So we can do all the museums and inside today. So.

NUREMBERG: And they weren't alone. The National Air and Space Museum was busy with tourists who couldn't see national landmarks, like the Jefferson Memorial, unless they were standing nearly on top of them.

The new World War II Memorial drew picture takers to the unusual snowy vista. Kids from Florida made snow angels on the National Mall.

Your butt is now completely covered in snow. Was it worth it?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes. We can't do this in Florida. NUREMBERG: Ask if it's smart to leave Florida for this?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Just as smart as the people that come down to Florida during hurricane season.

NUREMBERG: Imagine running in this stuff. She did six miles in an hour.

How come you're not slipping down and hurting yourself?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There's no ice. It's good traction on the snow actually. It's very dry snow.

NUREMBERG: For this visitor from Costa Rica...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is my first time I see snow in my life because I -- well Costa Rica, we no have -- this is no...

NUREMBERG: In Washington Saturday, we did.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

NUREMBERG: That is something of an understatement. The short declarative sentence we were talking about, Tony, we're going to throw to snow plow driver, who said simply, "It's cold out here."

HARRIS: Give me more than that. We know it's cold, but you need something with a little all right, we'll take it's cold out here. Gary, we appreciate it. Thank you.

NUREMBERG: OK.

NGUYEN: Short declarative sentence. There is actually -- all right. Well, you can write off most air travel in the northeast today. Just write it off. Logan Airport had 10 inches of snow on the ground this morning. And needless to say, it is closed.

But what about business travel Monday morning? Rally Caparas of Travelocity joins us by phone with a preview of Monday morning's air commute.

Good morning to you.

RALLY CAPARAS, TRAVELOCITY.COM: Good morning, Betty. Well, as you just stated, Boston's Logan Airport is closed. And what that's going to mean for tomorrow morning with the thousands of flights that have been canceled is the major metro airports in the northeast. And they'll continue to cancel flights throughout the day for both New York City, Philadelphia, and yet Boston and Bradley. And that's another about 2,000 flights will be canceled today.

In the morning, all of the equipment that would have been at those airport locations to take you off to your business travel destinations will be out of place and disjointed. So tomorrow morning is going to be a catch-up day for Boston and New York City. Philadelphia will get started a little bit later this afternoon and evening. And Washington area will get caught up by this evening.

So you can expect very lengthy delays and significant amounts of cancellations into and out of Boston's Logan and New York City metro's to include Newark, LaGuardia and JFK.

Philadelphia we'll see some cancellations in the morning, but it won't be anything as severe as the ones in the northeast.

The big, big story, Betty, is that the Boston area and New England, those fans won't be able to watch the ball game that's taking place in Pittsburgh today with their AFC potential champion New England Patriots, because they're going to be without power, satellite reception. I feel sorry for you guys. I'll be pulling for you.

But the air travelers in the morning, it's going to be another nasty morning. Make sure you go online to check with your airlines before you head out to the airports. More than likely anything before noon Eastern standard time will be canceled if you're headed into or out of Boston and Hartford Airport, I'm sorry, Bradley Airport. New York City, you'll get caught up by the mid afternoon hours -- Betty?

NGUYEN: All right, what a mess it's going to be. I guess everyone needs to pack a little patience if they're stuck at the airport this weekend. Thank you. That's Rally Caparas with Travelocity.

If you are snowed in this morning, you can use your computer and cnn.com to track the forecast. We'll show you how.

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HARRIS: All right, we will of course keep you on top of the blizzard conditions across the East coast today, but if you need specific -- can we work this thing out?

VERONICA DE LA CRUZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I don't know, Tony. We're still trying to figure it out.

HARRIS: Oh, it's dancing. OK, this is -- you can go to cnn.com. It's a great resource. It then gives you all kinds of information.

DE LA CRUZ: It sure does.

HARRIS: On the blizzard and preparations. Veronica De La Cruz is with us is with us now to help us navigate all of this information. Good morning.

DE LA CRUZ: All right, good morning. Well, let's go ahead and take a gander. So on our main page right now, of course our top story is the weather. And the snow storm. And if you scroll down this way, actually let's go back this way...

HARRIS: OK.

DE LA CRUZ: ...to the full story. Gives you the full story right there.

HARRIS: Well, very good.

DE LA CRUZ: And let's see. Beauty of live television. This isn't quite working out the way that I want it to, Tony. But we do have a special report going on. And you can find that at cnn.com. And basically the report will give you everything from current weather conditions in Atlanta.

Also, lots of tips on, you know, safety in preparation.

HARRIS: For your home?

DE LA CRUZ: For your home, your car.

HARRIS: OK.

DE LA CRUZ: And also, let's see if we can get this up and running. Doesn't look like it, not right now.

HARRIS: No, all right.

DE LA CRUZ: It's not going to happen. But basically, besides all the resources and the current weather conditions, it also gives you a lot of interactive guides that you can take a look at. And we're looking at it right now or we were.

HARRIS: OK.

DE LA CRUZ: Have you ever wondered what forecasters are talking about when they're saying...

HARRIS: Well, I sit here and I try to pay as much attention to Rob as I can, but sometimes, you know, he's the meteorologist. So sometimes it's a little much for me. But yes, I do.

DE LA CRUZ: Exactly. Well, you know, right now, there is a blizzard warning in effect for the Northeast. And if you don't know what that is, you can actually log onto the Web site. There it is. Winter weather, like I was telling you. Preparation safety, facts and figures.

HARRIS: Oh, I see.

DE LA CRUZ: Right there in the corner. Fine weather around the world. Type in your zipcode, because not everybody lives in the northeast. That's going to tell you, you know, what it's looking like for you.

HARRIS: OK.

DE LA CRUZ: Up at the top, where it says "winter forecast..."

HARRIS: Yes.

DE LA CRUZ: ...we can actually take Rob's job away from him. HARRIS: How do we do that?

DE LA CRUZ: And we can...

HARRIS: Oh, how do we do that?

DE LA CRUZ: We can learn how to forecast all on our very own.

HARRIS: Not with mapping everything, now can we, really?

DE LA CRUZ: Well, it actually tells you how they forecast.

HARRIS: OK.

DE LA CRUZ: And if you're clever enough, I bet you could take a stab.

HARRIS: Oh. Very good. And we can figure out windchill speeds and winds and all that kind of information as well, right?

DE LA CRUZ: Exactly.

HARRIS: Very good.

DE LA CRUZ: But right there, Tony, current weather conditions in Atlanta, 20 degrees. And we can figure out the windchill on top of that.

HARRIS: OK.

DE LA CRUZ: And I don't think we're going to get to do it, but maybe the 9:00 hour we will.

HARRIS: You're back at 9:00. We'll go through this all again. And we'll work it all out.

DE LA CRUZ: We sure will.

HARRIS: Veronica, good to see you.

DE LA CRUZ: Good to see you guys.

NGUYEN: So for now, Rob's job is safe.

HARRIS: Safe.

NGUYEN: Just for now though, until 9:00 maybe trouble.

HARRIS: Secret is it will always be safe.

NGUYEN: Yes. That's the secret. All right, Midwesterners got the first taste of the blizzard now pummeling the East Coast. Now they're cleaning up and shoveling out. We will get a look at the aftermath up in Ohio.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK) NGUYEN: Well, good morning, Pittsburgh. You hear that music? A little kung fu fighting. Maybe not so much kung fu, but they will be battling it out there today. The New England Patriots are in town today to face the Steelers in the AFC playoffs. But will 16 degree temperatures make it an extra challenge? I kind of think it will. Rob Marciano will tell you what to expect in about 15 minutes.

Love that song. We've been keeping you updated on current blizzard conditions in the East, but the storm did a number on the Midwest first.

This was the scene yesterday in Marion, Ohio. For states along the Great Lakes, it was just like the latest in the series of snow storms since Christmas.

Milwaukee is among the countless places digging out today and dealing with frigid cold. Some communities have been so busy with snow removal this winter, they already use more than half of the road salt.

And the windy city is living up to its nickname. Winds were clocked at 60 miles per hour at the height of yesterday's storm. The lake effect dumped up to eight inches yesterday on top of the eight inches that had fallen the day before.

Temperatures throughout the region are in the low teens right about now -- Tony?

HARRIS: Thinking of flying somewhere on the East coast? Think again. The blizzard shut down a major travel hub just under five hours ago. Boston's Logan Airport is closed indefinitely. And as Susan Tran reports from our affiliate WFXT, the airport looks more like a ghost town.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Traveling anywhere in the north, excuse my English, sucks.

SUSAN TRAN, WFXT CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): But everyone had a place to go.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I just came in from Albany.

TRAN: The roads not a welcome sight for weary travelers, because you just couldn't see.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I've seen people just sliding off the road. It's just crazy.

TRAN: What might be an even wilder sight is Logan Airport, the often crowded terminals now desolate. The word cancel means a sentence of doomed plans.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They don't know about tomorrow afternoon. The morning, most of the morning ones are all canceled. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The consolation for being stranded is that we would get to see the games.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We were supposed to be in Kennedy and then they diverted us.

TRAN: The only thing moving seemingly well, the trains at South Station. While the board showed some late arrivals, many leaving Boston didn't have a problem. In fact, a whole group of people wheeled their bags in from Logan Airport to take the train to New York City.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: They said well you got two choices. You can stay here all night at the airport and we'll fly you back to LaGuardia tomorrow morning or you can take a cab to South Station, take a train to LaGuardia.

TRAN: Despite Mass Highway having all the salt and plows ready...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have the ability to put out 51000 pieces of equipment should we need to do so.

TRAN: This storm may be the only thing moving with any speed.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: This is (UNINTELLIGIBLE.)

(END VIDEOTAPE)

HARRIS: Again, that was Susan Tran from our Boston affiliate WFXT.

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HARRIS: Hey, Rob, we've got some pictures. We asked folks early this morning, about 6:30 this morning, to send in some e-mail pictures of snow in your neighborhood. And we've got a couple of pictures.

This is from M&M out in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. An old stomping ground for me. Here's a snow pic of the two dogs. You see the second dog? Is there a second dog there? OK, there's the one dog out there.

NGUYEN: There's a second dog. Maybe he's covered in snow.

HARRIS: They make a note here about a second dog. But there is one dog trying to get around, a little thing in about six inches of snow in Anne Arundel County. That's -- Annapolis is there and that's the seat, state government there.

NGUYEN: And look at this pretty picture. It was taken early thins morning about 6:30 a.m. eastern in Butler, Indiana. This is down town, as you can see. They tried to plow the snow off to the side, but I imagine that it continues to fall.

HARRIS: Slow and drifting right back on the road.

NGUYEN: Yes. They're going to be busy all day long there. We appreciate you sending those pictures in. Keep them coming, wam@cnn.com. We'll put them on the air.

HARRIS: And the next hour of CNN SUNDAY MORNING begins right now.

From the CNN Center on a cold, cold Sunday morning, January 23rd, there you see it, CNN SUNDAY MORNING , 8 a.m. on the east coast where is the word of the day in the northeast. And it is 5 a.m. out west.

Good morning everyone. I'm Tony Harris.

NGUYEN: And I'm Betty Nguyen. Thank you very much for being with us today. Our blizzard coverage does continue this hour but first, I want you to take a look at the historic Everglades Hotel in Miami.

I'm trying to get that picture up. It is about to disappear. The explosion scheduled for right about now. Nearly 200 pounds of explosives have been strategically placed throughout the structure. As we wait for this explosion, tell you a little bit about this building.

It was built during the roaring 20s for $3 million. It was once the premier luxury hotel in the city. That was then. In just a few minutes it will be no more. The site is destined to be occupied by condominiums. We're going to wait on that explosion and what could happen. We'll try to bring it to you live.

Tony.

HARRIS: OK. Still to come this hour it is tough to travel the northeast, but you can catch a ride with us into the heart of the blizzard, if you dare. The city of brotherly love, really? It could use a little (UNINTELLIGIBLE) this morning.

Philadelphia is snowed under on game day, but the game must go on. They're digging out the Lincoln Financial Field as football fans get ready to start digging in, tailgating, that must go on as well.

Also nice day for surf. We'll show you some truly tasty ways.

NGUYEN: Gnarly ways as they like to call it, Tony.

It just keeps on coming. The blizzard isn't letting up across the northeast, from Philly to New York to Boston people are bracing for even more snow this morning. Up to three feet could fall in some spots.

HARRIS: And more than a foot of snow blanketed New York City this morning and it's not over yet. CNN's Alina Cho is in Central Park where a few hearty souls have been out jogging and snow removal crews are out in place.

Well I can understand the snow removal crews, but joggers out this morning in all of this. Alina, good morning.

CHO: Hard to believe, Tony. I personally would be inside nestled next to a fire. But yes, there are joggers out today unbelievably. We'll get to that in a moment but first, a little bit about what's happening right now.

The good news it's less windy here, but the snow has picked up in the last hour or so. That light sort of fluffy flaky snow. And we just heard on the local radio that blizzard warnings have been extended from noon to 2 p.m. for New York City today.

The city has gotten 13 inches of snow so far. By the time this is all over we could get up to a foot and a half of snow here in the city. So, lots of snow certainly but the good news is that the winds are dying down a bit for now.

That means of course that it is slow going on the roads and lots of delays and cancellations at the airports. Here's the latest update. JFK has canceled 60 flights today, La Guardia and Newark have each canceled 200 flights today.

That's on top of the 700 that were collectively canceled yesterday at New York's three major airports. So of course, the best advice if you are planning to fly out of those airports today is to call ahead.

Now New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as you've been hearing, has been warning people to stay inside but a lot of people are not heeding that advice. More than a few people are out here jogging in Central Park this morning, walking their dogs.

We saw a man on skis this morning. But it is tough to get around, unless of course you are Diane Key (ph) and Stephanie Hefler (ph) who are joining us now live.

So, you guys have been running in Central Park together for 18 years. You have a new mode of transportation now. Tell us about it.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, it's great. We've actually already tried it out, our new snow shoes.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We tried them yesterday.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes. We got them yesterday, the last two pair. So it's actually...

CHO: Those are running snow shoes.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.

CHO: How are they working for you?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Great, much easier to get around. UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You can go off the roads. As long as the snow is a little bit packed on the path. It's been great.

CHO: You're shivering. Wouldn't you rather be inside?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Well, no, it's only because we're standing still after running. Yes, so we'll be fine, yes.

CHO: Now you guys are diehard runners. You've run how many marathons?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Thirty-one.

CHO: And you have?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Nine.

CHO: Only nine.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Only nine.

CHO: So to the people who say you are out of your mind, you're crazy, you should be inside...

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They don't know what they're missing. It's beautiful out here now.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, Central Park is beautiful.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: And if you keep moving, it's not that cold.

CHO: The wind is not so bad? OK, Diane Key, Stephanie Hefler...

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The best.

CHO: I'll take your word for it, I guess. I'm a little chilly, but that's all right. As you can see, starting to get a little busier here in Central Park though it is very chilly. Still very snowy and windy out here and we'll keep you posted on all of the developments in the coming hour.

Tony.

HARRIS: Oh, Alina, so warm here in Atlanta. I feel for you so much.

CHO: Don't do that to me, Tony. Don't do it.

HARRIS: Do your best to find a little warmth and comfort in this world today all right. Thank you. See you later.

NGUYEN: That is not right, just rubbing it in. All right, let's go to Philadelphia now. Hundreds of stadium workers shoveling snow from Lincoln Financial Field for today's NFC championship game between the Eagles and the Falcons.

CNN meteorologist Chad Myers is in Philly and Chad, I have to ask you, have you seen any tailgaters lining up just yet?

MYERS: That's the word actually lining up. They're not allowing them into the parking lots yet because obviously there are still very big machines moving around.

Getting hit by a front end loader wouldn't probably make your day and there's still a lot of snow on the field. I was just on the field. They're still shoveling the field. They're still trying to get the tarp off.

And what they did is they started from the upper decks and they started throwing the snow down and now they're down to almost ground level. A thousand men in there. They're paying them $7 an hour. There are all of these machines.

I talked to the guy who is renting these machines. I said is this going to cost a million bucks or what? He says I haven't added it up yet. Every machine has a dollar, every man has a dollar amount and we're just going to add it up when it's done.

We've got to get this done. This is -- it doesn't matter how much money. They think that this game, the NFC championship will bring $16 million to Philadelphia. Well, I think I know where a million is going at least.

Look at the snow now. Here we go. Probably -- I'm taking a guess here, but I'm thinking probably 10 inches maybe. There's eleven there, but I just kind of destroyed the snow there, about 10 1/2 there.

So yes, it's there and it's also very light. The lightness is going to be the problem. We are going to see -- look at this. We are going to see the wind pick up today and that wind is just going to blow this stuff around and it's going to blow it right into the fans faces. It's going to throw into the quarterbacks faces I'm afraid as well.

So this could be a very interesting football game today. Back to you guys.

HARRIS: Oh boy.

NGUYEN: I have a feeling Chad you're having a little too much fun out there.

HARRIS: (UNINTELLIGIBLE) attitude.

NGUYEN: Thank you. Stay warm.

MYERS: I don't have those ski walkers, whatever she has....

NGUYEN: You need a pair of those.

MYERS: ...those little snow shoes.

NGUYEN: We'll try to get some to you. Thanks again. HARRIS: All right. Well across the state things a bit milder for game day. You're looking at a live picture of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where the Steelers are hosting the New England Patriots tonight in the AMC (ph) title game.

Can you imagine that, tonight? Oh boy, about 200 workers have been clearing snow off the ramps and the seats and the big -- I guess you call it the tomato bottle, ketchup bottle, Heinz Field.

The Patriots made sure to avoid any weather problems they left Pittsburgh on Friday night.

NGUYEN: From football and chilly to fishing on sea, believe it or not. One coastal town in Massachusetts is fending off the snow and just waiting the storm out. Let's head to Glocester, Massachusetts where Mike Macklin of CNN affiliate of WHDH filed this report.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

MIKE MACKLIN, WHDH CORRESPONDENT: In the city whose life blood is the sea, the fisherman statute stands a lonely sentry in the face of the oncoming blizzard.

The fishing fleet is hunkered down in the harbor to ride out whatever comes this way. Snow plows navigate Glocester's desolate streets. Only a few hearty souls brave the wind driven snow for a walk along the shoreline.

A flashing blue light signals the obvious, as the watchman of the drawbridge over the Anisquam (ph) river shovels snow.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Keep the bridge clear in case the bridge has to get going and if someone has to get through, someone has to get through, you know. We're going to keep the snow off the bridge. If the bridge is too heavy, you know, you can't open the bridge.

MACKLIN: For youngsters it's a night to go tubing, for adults an evening to seek refuge in a warm cozy spot and wait for the worse to be over.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We hope in the next 24 hours.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Quiet and everybody stays safe and get through the storm.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

NGUYEN: And that was Mike Macklin of CNN affiliate, WHDH. And Tony remember that implosion that we were talking about a little bit earlier?

HARRIS: Yes, yes.

NGUYEN: Well it finally happened a couple of minutes late, but we want to bring that video to you of the implosion down in Miami.

HARRIS: Oh, we love to see these things.

NGUYEN: This is a landmark building built in 1926. Here it is. Let's watch...

HARRIS: There it goes.

NGUYEN: The implosion.

HARRIS: And you know, they're so controlled right now. Do we have that sound on that?

NGUYEN: Just comes down like clockwork.

Instead of this hotel, which was the Everglades Hotel, a 17-story building, instead they're going to see two tower condominiums go up. It's kind of part of Miami's second big real estate boom in that area. So you've got a landmark building going down, a new high-tech building going up.

HARRIS: And whiteout conditions there, Rob. Whiteout conditions in Miami.

(WEATHER REPORT)

NGUYEN: Implosion, Yes. Nothing to do with the weather there.

HARRIS: I feel so -- I feel so bad about what I did to Alina at the top of the newscast.

ROB MARCIANO, CNN METEOROLOGIST: She's all done. You've got to tease her a little bit.

NGUYEN: Yes. Have a little fun with it.

HARRIS: I needed that pass. Thank you, Rob.

All right. With the wild weather, are you one of the many folks trying to stay warm this morning? If so, let us know how you are doing. E-mail us your best snow pictures at WAM@CNN.com.

And meanwhile, get up to the minute weather reports by logging onto CNN.com/weather. You can enter your city or zip code for the latest conditions in your area, as well as find out what's happening in other parts of the country. Again, that's CNN.com/weather.

NGUYEN: Here's a look at the latest from Iraq now.

The speaker on a new audio message posted on at least two Islamic web sites claims to be Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The speaker says all Iraq candidates and voters in the country's upcoming elections are enemies of Islam. The Jordanian-born terrorist is considered the man behind insurgent attacks in Iraq. CNN cannot confirm, though, the authenticity of the message.

Fire sweeps the main hospital in the southern Iraq city of Nasiriya today. At least 13 people are dead and 80 injure. Plus, a U.S. soldier is reported dead after a firefight with insurgents yesterday in Mosul.

You want to be sure and stay tuned to CNN for "LATE EDITION WITH WOLF BLITZER." That is at noon eastern for more on the state of the Iraq elections. Today's guest is John Negroponte, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq.

HARRIS: Who cares if it's winter and the water is freezing? It's great weather for this surfer. We'll tell you where he thinks the best winter waves can be found.

NGUYEN: And at the bottom of the hour, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and his fab five. Meet five people chosen from thousands who are getting a little help with their new year's health resolutions.

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ANNOUNCER: You're watching CNN SUNDAY MORNING on CNN, the news channel trusted by more Americans.

NGUYEN: How are American military families dealing with separation caused by the war in Iraq? Well, we will hear one family's story in our 9 a.m. hour of CNN SUNDAY MORNING.

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HARRIS: And good morning, Chicago, the biggest storm of the year has moved past Illinois and into the northeast with a vengeance, leaving a blanket of white in its wake. We'll have your complete forecast in about a minute.

NGUYEN: Right now we want to update you on our top stories.

It looks like Boston is in the blizzard's bull's eye this morning: blinding snow, whipping winds, bone-chilling cold. It is so brutal officials say it's too dangerous for anyone to go out. Logan Airport is closed indefinitely at the moment.

Overseas, an audiotape reported to be the voice of terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was posted on two Islamic web site this morning. The speaker condemns democracy as, quote, "the big American lie," and calls the candidates in the upcoming election enemies of Islam.

Viktor Yushchenko is sworn in today as the new president of Ukraine. Yushchenko rose to power after supporters protested his loss in an election marred by fraud. The high court ordered a new vote, and he won.

HARRIS: He is a very busy man this morning. Let's check in again with Rob Marciano in the weather center -- Rob.

(WEATHER REPORT)

MARCIANO: If you're feeling the cold, think of Denver and where it's 63 degrees.

HARRIS: Come on, is it really? NGUYEN: It's warmer there than it is here.

MARCIANO: That's right.

NGUYEN: All right, thank you, Rob.

HARRIS: Busy, busy man, you. OK. You can check out the snowy cityscapes at EarthCam.com, if you'd like. If will give you a glimpse of the current situations across the northeast.

NGUYEN: Hitting the beach in blizzard conditions, huh? One man says it's surfs up. Find out where.

HARRIS: And in the bottom of the hour, "HOUSE CALL WITH DR. SANJAY GUPTA, the "New You Revolution." You'll meet five people struggling to trade in bad habits for good ones.

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NGUYEN: As we talk about this blizzard, and these blizzard warnings, you want the definition of cold, take a look at this shot from New Haven, Connecticut. This just says cold. This is -- you see the snow coming down. You can see the flags blowing in the wind and even the camera shaking in the wind because it is so blustery in that area.

Of course, we'll have much more on the weather a little bit later.

HARRIS: Forget winter football. During the snow blasts, some brave souls are actually going out for a surf. Can you believe that? For that story we head to Hull, Massachusetts, where they celebrate the snow by pretending it's summer.

Here's Cara Jones of CNN affiliate WFXT.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

CARA JONES, WFXT CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It's a town for beach walks, boardwalks and bare feet, but when summer turns to winter...

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (singing): The weather outside is frightful.

JONES: ... the people of Hull know how to handle it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Over the summertime, but only the locals realize that it's a winter town as well.

JONES: They keep the signs of summer up all year-round, and on this night stay in the bars and their homes, many of which are now boarded up after lessons from last year.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We had all three front windows blown out. The house was flooded. We had 13 inches of water downstairs.

JONES: Then there are folks like John Kellerher (ph)...

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'm coming out to surf.

JONES: ... who claim there is no time like a blizzard in winter to keep a summer sport alive.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You actually get warmer as you -- the longer you stay out because the water gets warm around your body.

JONES: So indeed, the people of Hull may have different ways of surviving this snow.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Being in your pajamas and enjoying the TV.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There's actually a little piece of it. There's a nice little swell.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Just shut down the windows, and we made sure that we were airtight.

JONES: Still, their philosophy on winter is similar to the snow surfers, that the way is to whether the blizzard blues is to act as if summer were already here.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

HARRIS: That was Cara Jones reporting. You've got to find that inner child.

NGUYEN: OK. You could act all you want, until you get frostbite.

HARRIS: OK. Yes.

NGUYEN: That's a whole other issue.

HARRIS: At that point, right.

NGUYEN: All right. You know, speaking of the snow, we've been asking you this morning our e-mail question, which is more -- not really a question, but a request. Send us your snow pictures. And we've received quite a few of them.

I want to show you this one from Tavern on the Green in New York City. That's a beautiful picture.

HARRIS: I thought we would see the restaurant. But OK, I guess that's Central Park there. We've got a couple of other shots from Central Park as well.

Take a look at this. Hello, hello, I'm in the snow.

NGUYEN: Someone's having fun out there.

HARRIS: But I'm not frozen.

OK. Let's see one more from Central Park.

NGUYEN: That's pretty.

HARRIS: That's nice. That's very nice.

Thank you very much for your pictures. That's probably the ice -- the ice rink there.

NGUYEN: And keep those pictures coming throughout the morning because we'll continue to put them on the air. Send them to WAM@CNN.com.

HARRIS: We have a busy morning. I'm Tony Harris.

NGUYEN: And I'm Betty Nguyen. Top stories and "HOUSE CALL," that's straight ahead. We'll see you again at the top of the hour.

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