Local Journalists’ Social Media Updates Show Sweep of Winter Storm

By Kevin Eck 

A winter storm sweeping across the southern plains has brought record low temperatures, unexpected conditions and widespread power outages in areas not used to such extreme weather.

Social media snapshots from reporters and anchors at local stations affected by the storm from Arkansas to Louisiana are giving viewers a close-up view of what is happening.

Getting drivers back on the road seems to be the theme in Oklahoma City. KOCO reporter Evan Onstot and station photographer Dan Thompson switched between reporting about conditions in the area and helping those affected. Onstot told viewers in a live shot that the pair helped push at least five people out of the parking lot they were standing in. Station meteorologist Michael Armstrong helped a motorist dig his car out.


Onstot also gave a shout-out to to photojournalist Thompson.

Viktoria Capek at KATV in Little Rock, Ark., showed the drive through the state’s capital:

Matt Howerton a reporter at Dallas ABC station WFAA gave viewers a glimpse of driving conditions there.

WFAA executive producer Ryan Wood gave Twitter a look at what the storm brought his neighborhood:

In New Orleans, WDSU anchor Christina Watkins showed a freeway blanketed in snow.

Here’s the view from Houston ABC station KTRK: