Jim Cantore in Oxford to broadcast about Winter Storm Heather

Published 8:47 am Monday, January 15, 2024

Well-known Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore made his way to Oxford last night in the middle of Winter Storm Heather. Cantore is famous for broadcasting from the center of significant weather events such as hurricanes and blizzards. Oxford is not usually the epicenter of a weather event, so it is a rare occasion when Jim Cantore shows up here.

This morning, Cantore broadcast live from the Square about Winter Storm Heather for the Weather Channel.

“This is kind of a rare site as we don’t usually get snow in the South,” Cantore said. “I can tell you last night since we got in from Memphis, I have not seen a snow truck, or a plough or anything like that. Meanwhile when I was in Chicago, there were about seven of them lined up in a big conga line in a row to take care of business in a big hurry. That’s not the case here, plus it’s colder. ”

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While Cantore did not see the snow trucks last night on his drive from Memphis,  Lafayette County treated road surfaces on Sunday afternoon with a mixture of rocks and salt for bridges and overpasses. MDOT has treated highways.

In the broadcast, Cantore bent down to brush snow on the road and said “I think the sleet helped us, a lot because there is a little grit to this. You can kind of hear it. And that I think is going to help us out if you have to get out. If you don’t, obviously don’t travel.”

Cantore’s broadcast from Oxford can be seen here. https://weather.com/storms/winter/video/jim-cantore-in-mississippi-for-winter-storm-heather

Oxford was preparing for a snow event with between 4 to 6  inches of accumulation. What has fallen so far is a mixture of snow and sleet with accumulations of between 1 to 2 inches.