After a 17-hour trek across the country on Dec. 8, Jim Cantore, who covered Winter Storm Cleon from Dallas, reported on Winter Storm Dion from Andover, Ma. for The Weather Channel. The seasoned meteorologist explained on-air on Monday that his original plan was to head to Washington, D.C., but he was unable to fly into the area. Instead, he was re-routed to the Northeast.
The Weather Channel reported on Dion on Monday and stated:
Dion is very sloppy and messy. It doesn’t take a lot of precipitation to cause power outages. We’ll continue to see freezing conditions on roadways in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
On Dec. 9, Winter Storm Dion caused the cancellation of more than 1,300 flights, with the bulk flying in or out of Dallas, which was clobbered by Cleon. After reporting for several days from ice-encrusted Dallas, Cantore said of Andover, “We are doing just great.” He added that he was on the northern fringes of the winter weather. However, Jim advised local residents to shovel the snow and ice on the ground now because freezing temperatures and more snow are expected. “If you don’t get it up before Wednesday, it’s not going away for a long time,” he stated on Monday morning. Cantore also reported that 820 vehicles are currently on the road clearing the ice and snow.
Jim Cantore is like the “Mike Wallace” of weather. When he shows up, residents can expect the weather to get interesting, to say the least. It’s never good when Jim is in your backyard. Back in Feb. of 2012, Cantore covered Winter Storm Nemo in Boston and was right in the thick of things when the historic storm pounded New England with blizzard conditions and three feet of snow.
Jim's passion for field reporting during extreme weather events is well known among TWC viewers. Whether it's "thunder snow", an ice storm, tornado chasing, or a category 5 hurricane, there is no place this seasoned and experienced meteorologist would rather be than right in the "eye of the storm."
Cantore is giving regular updates about Winter Storm Dion and the after effects of Cleon on Twitter. Below are a few of his posts from Dec. 8 and 9:
Even though DFW just spent 73 hours below freezing (32F), it doesn’t come close to a record. Dec 1983 stands alone.
Already more than 700 flights CANCELED in and out of DFW today! That should bring us well over 5000 since last Thursday.
I can’t remember the last day I have seen so many interstates gridlocked from one storm. Midwest, northeast, mid-south, and southern plains.
Even though it’s far from ground zero, my 6 hour drive from Dallas will be topped w/a flight to Boston & a drive to Andover, MA via Detroit.
To see photos of Winter Storm Cleon that hit Dallas on Dec. 6, be sure to check out the slideshow above and to the left. To see Jim Cantore experience thundersnow, a rare weather phenomenon, be sure to watch the video above and to the left.
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