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UPDATE: The Thrashers are Coming: Start Time now Approximately 7:30 p.m. ... LIVE! GameDay Chat Tonight

Frosty CHARLOTTE -- Nasty day up in the mid-Atlantic region with Washington D.C. basically shut down because of the snow.

Of course, I see Georgetown is playing host to Villanova, so maybe it's not all bad.

The Thrashers got snowed in last night and weren't able to get out of DC.The team piled into a bus and headed south on I-95 -- destination Richmond, Va.

From what I see here and in Lauderdale, all flights to that airport are canceled too. But charter flights can sometimes get around closures that commercial flights cannot -- or will not.

Last year, Steve X. and myself got caught in a D.C. blizzard and decided to drive to Atlanta. Driving through blinding snow, it took us almost six hours to get to Richmond -- a drive that shouldn't take more than 2 1/2. The roads were an absolute mess. Apparently, the Thrashers have their own snow plow leading the way.

Good for them.

Here is a photo of some of the white stuff the Thrashers have to deal with today.

UPDATE: As of 3:46 p.m., the Thrashers plane was being de-iced and they were cleared to take off, although word is they had not as of 4:05. Tonight's game will not start until 7:30 at the earliest. The Thrashers will board their bus in Atlanta and go straight from the airport to the arena and begin their pregame.

I don't think this needs to be said, but the Panthers have no excuses tonight. A loss to a team that has been cooped up in a hotel, charter bus and stuck on a runway all day -- only to go straight to the rink to play a game -- would be more than embarrassing.

-- Word is the Wizards-Hawks game scheduled to be played in DC has been called off. Tomorrow's NBC game between the Caps and Pens is also in doubt.

-- Since we have snow delays and apparently the in-house camera view on television tonight (and Molls on radio) let's plan on a LIVE! blog during tonight's game. Had a real good turnout earlier in the week (course that was a Monday night with zero TV and not Super Bowl Saturday) so lets see what happens.

Will kick 'er off sometime around 7.

Make sure you come by for a visit.