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:
— Viktoria Capek (@KATVViktoria) February 15, 2021
Matt Howerton a reporter at Dallas ABC station WFAA gave viewers a glimpse of driving conditions there.
It’s really coming down near @DFWAirport right now.
Visibility is awful.
— Matt Howerton (@HowertonNews) February 15, 2021
WFAA executive producer Ryan Wood gave Twitter a look at what the storm brought his neighborhood:
A quick “flaking news” update from Oak Cliff.
— Ryan Wood (@RyanWoodDFW) February 15, 2021
In New Orleans, WDSU anchor Christina Watkins showed a freeway blanketed in snow.
— Christina Watkins (@CWatkinsWDSU) February 15, 2021
Here’s the view from Houston ABC station KTRK:
From Southwest Freeway to I-45. All of Houston’s major highways are covered in snow and ice. Enjoy the snow from home today and tune in or live stream @abc13houston. We’ll keep you updated on the weather conditions! Stay safe and stay warm. https://t.co/KoQmv0BG3V pic.twitter.com/dETK0ebRbB
— Roxie Bustamante (@RoxieAbc13) February 15, 2021