Snow days mean busy days in a local TV newsroom. Wednesday was fairly mild compared to some of the others we’ve had this season. Only one school closed, when sometimes we handle over 100, in addition to major traffic headaches.
Some of us like KREM 2’s KREMJen and I stay indoors to handle phones, some videos and the website.
Morning reporter Tove Tupper, on the other hand, hits the pavement. She set up in Coeur d’Alene this morning. I briefly looked up from my work to see clumps of snow falling onto her head. Tove and our photographers stay outside for hours to make sure you have the most updated traffic and weather information. Ever wonder how they stay warm out there?
Here’s a little winter weather advice from Tove herself:
Part of my job includes being outside during the coldest part of the day. I spent my first Spokane winter freezing. I wore layers, but my shoes weren't the best. My toes were always cold! Let’s face it: once your feet are cold, your entire body is cold. This year, I am prepared. I still wear a TON of layers (some days as many as five). But my secret weapon against the elements is my pair of Sorel boots. I bought them in November and haven't taken them off! I wear them every single day to work. They keep my toes warm and dry no matter how cold and wet it gets. I also wear two pairs of socks-- one silk and one wool. I also stay warm in between my stories by sitting in the news car with the heat on high.
And once Tove returns from her liveshots, she usually needs a little something more to get back to room temperature. KREMJen, Tove and I take a coffee run almost everyday after the show. Our most popular picks: cake pops, chai tea and peppermint mocha.
Reporter Katie Utehs and photographers Jordan Treece and Jeff Bollinger woke up early to hit the roads today too. If you saw Jeff today, you noticed he was driving around the South Hill and giving a live shot during the newscast at the same time. He used a new backpack technology that allows us to go live from anywhere. Take a look above at the video player to see some footage Jeff caught outside this morning.