I love it when local news affiliates leap at the chance to cover snowfall, but all they have to work with is a flurry.
“Diane, I’m standing here at 6pm on the side of Route 11 by a Cracker Barrel billboard, and there’s no question about it: when it is snowing, we have snow.”
“What can you tell us about the situation from where you are, Barbara?”
“Well, I’m here with the Action News 11 at 6 Team and we’re seeing a bit of accumulation. Not so much on the roadways, as you can see traffic is flowing behind me, but if you can zoom in here you’ll see that I’m able to get a handful of the snow. It’s a little one, but I can definitely classify this as ‘powder’.”
“Barb, how are local officials reacting to the weather conditions?”
“Well, Diane, local officials seem concerned that any instance of snowing will lead to snow, and this has their eyes on the roadway, which you can see behind me as we report live. Fortunately, as the storm seems to be passing north of us, we’ll not see more than this dusting we’re getting now, so officials are not concerned at this time.”
“Thanks, Barb. We’ll keep you updated on the situation on the roads as the weather situation develops into the nighttime into… well, stay tuned for Bob Cazenstakas for the weather later on in our broadcast. What do you have next for us, Frank?”
“Diane, viewers should stay tuned, we’ve got an important warning for consumers and parents about the possible health risks associated with allowing your child to stand up, a list of items that could give your child an incurable case of choking to death, as well as footage of a local dog whose hobbies include barking when Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is on TV and being adorable.”