December 18th, 2009
06:15 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Monster Snow Storm

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

It could be a brutal weekend from Virginia to all points north. A storm may dump close to two feet of snow in some places, along with blizzard conditions. Virginia's governor has declared a state of emergency, where it's already snowing in the western part of the state. He and officials in other locations, all along the east coast, are urging people to stay home. Of course, that's not what retailers want on this last weekend before Christmas.

Tonight on 360°, we'll check in with CNN Meteorologist Chad Myers, who calls this a "monster storm". Depending on where the storm tracks, residents may see no snowfall or 20 inches, Meyers said, pointing out there could be only a 50 or 60-mile difference between the two parameters.

We also have the raw politics of Pres. Obama's climate change deal with China, South Africa and Brazil. Mr. Obama announced the "meaningful and unprecedented" agreement when leaving the U.N. conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

"We agreed to list our national actions and commitments, to provide information on the implementation of these actions through national communications with international consultations and analysis under clearly defined guidelines. We agreed to set a mitigation target to limit warming to no more than 2 degrees celsius, and importantly to take action to meet this objective consistent with science. Taken together these actions will help us to lead our responsibilities to leave our children and grandchildren a safer planet, " Pres. Obama said.

Also tonight, we'll tell you the story of Shadow the dog. Shadow was deeply loved and lost, shot to death when he strayed into a yard. His owners have filed a civil suit against the Vermont man who pulled the trigger, claiming emotional distress and loss of companionship. They say they should get more than just the money that covered what they paid to adopt him, the veterinary bill linked to the shooting and the cost of his cremation. They say Shadow was more than property, he was family.

The lawyer for the man who shot Shadow told the Associated Press his client "has always regretted that it happened." His client pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty. He was given a year of probation and ordered to pay $4,000 restitution to Shadow's owners and perform 100 hours of community service.

The case is now in the hands of Vermont's highest court. We'll talk about the possible legal precedent it could set with our legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and Lisa Bloom.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET on CNN. See you then!

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. A. Smith, Oregon

    So much for the 'there's no climate change' occuring!

    December 19, 2009 at 9:15 pm |
  2. Mary MacElveen

    All I can say as a Stop and Shop cashier is that we got HAMMERED on Friday with customers preparing for the impending snow storm as well as holiday planning. It was a controlled chaos and busy, busy, busy.

    Mary MacElveen

    December 19, 2009 at 12:03 am |
  3. Carrie

    we have 6-7 inches so far in eastern KY... and it's not slowing down! 🙂

    December 18, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  4. Maureen

    Hi, Liz - Yes, Gary Tuchaman will have more on James Arthur Ray tonight. It's coming up in just a few minutes. Thanks for watching.

    December 18, 2009 at 10:28 pm |
  5. Annie Kate

    Its cold here in Alabama too – really chilly and we expect a bit of snow tomorrow morning. Let me tell you – 2 snowflakes in this city will shut it down. Its ridiculous but that's what happens when you only see snow every 10 years or so.

    I am disappointed that Copenhagen didn't produce more in agreements with all the countries to combat climate change on all sorts of levels. The scientists have said in the past few months that we will certainly get more than a 2 degree average rise and our sea levels will rise more than we first anticipated – its in the best interests of all the world to come up with a concerted effort to curtail any further rise in the temperature.

    Thanks Maureen and have a great weekend!

    December 18, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  6. liz

    Will you be running the James Arthur Ray story tonight which was originally set to run earlier this week?

    December 18, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  7. Isabel Siaba (Brazil)

    Hello Maureen!! Happy Friday!!

    Sad end of the negotiation with which the world dreamed!

    The COP-15 meeting ended in a pathetic and embarrassing. The leaders are gone, let the negotiators negotiate a text that began to be challenged before being released.

    Ok, the deal is far from all levels of our ambition, but I disagree completely with the jargon: "This agreement is better than no agreement."

    Thanks, Maureen.

    See you...Isabel Siaba

    December 18, 2009 at 9:39 pm |
  8. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    So far things are starting to look normal this is'nt the first time New York's been snow bound if the snow gets above 20 foot then ill believe in climate change .

    December 18, 2009 at 9:24 pm |