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January 21, 2014

As Winter Storm Janus Approaches the East Coast, Stick With The Weather Company, Your Winter Weather Authority

Sam Champion Makes Network Debut As The Weather Channel Meteorologists Forecast Strong Storm for Northeast

The Weather Channel is tracking Winter Storm Janus which will seriously affect people in the big cities of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states. Janus will bring a short, but disruptive, burst of snow to the heavily populated and traveled I-95 corridor from Virginia to New England Tuesday through early Wednesday.

Janus is the tenth named storm of the 2013-14 winter storm season. This low pressure system will move northeast, intensifying significantly as it moves east of the Appalachians and eventually off the Atlantic coast today. With very strong high pressure and bitterly cold arctic air building in from the north, the stage will be set for this storm to blitz the Northeast Megalopolis with snow and blustery winds.

The Weather Company continues to fulfill its mission to help prepare and keep people safe during severe weather events, offering more comprehensive coverage than any other news and weather organization. Stick with Weather across all screens – TV, online, mobile and tablet – for up-to-the-minute updates on Janus’ developments. Coverage includes:

TV: Preempting all programming to cover Janus 24/7 today through Wednesday night, The Weather Channel will give viewers up-to-the-minute details on the storm’s path and possible effects. Network coverage includes:

  • Sam Champion makes his network debut on The Weather Channel today, Jan. 21 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. ET from the network’s Atlanta studios to cover Janus with meteorologists in the field Jim Cantore, Mike Seidel, Stephanie Abrams and Kait Parker.

  • The following on-camera meteorologists will be stationed throughout the Northeast (NOTE: These locations are fluid and may change depending on Janus’ path):

    • Washington D.C.: Jim Cantore, Kait Parker

    • Plymouth, MA: Mike Seidel

    • New York City: Stephanie Abrams

    • Oyster Bay, N.Y. (Long Island): Janel Klein

  • A special edition of “Wake Up With Al” tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 22, beginning at 5:00 a.m.ET; Host Al Roker will report from Boston and host Stephanie Abrams will cover from New York City.

ONLINE: Keep up with the latest news, videos and information on Janus online at www.weather.com andwww.wunderground.com. Visit Winter Storm Central available at weather.com/news/winter for news and tips on winter weather preparedness, winter safety, home protection and driving, and historical data on past storms.


  • Access the latest news, updates, videos and severe weather alerts on The Weather Channel apps across smartphone and tablet devices.

  • All mobile users will have access to severe coverage, Winter Storm Central and more via weather.com on mobile browsers.

  • Alerts: Sign up to receive free email or text message alerts for a local area from www.weather.com/alerts.


The Weather Channel is the first national organization in North America to proactively name winter storms. The naming system, announced in October 2012, brings a more systematic approach to naming winter storms, similar to the way tropical storms have been named for years. The guidelines for naming winter storms are based on a combination of objective and subjective factors including significant impact due to snow or ice within three days, significant disruption to road and air travel and life-threatening conditions from wind, snow, ice, and cold. The ultimate decision to use one of the 26 names on the list is made by a small team of meteorologists experienced in global forecasting, winter weather and weather communications.

For more information, visit weather.com/news/winter