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February 6, 2013

Weather Channel in Lake Placid

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“This is some great exposure, really, for everything there is to do in the region.”

THE RIGHT SITE

Abrams seemed to be having a good time, reveling in the Olympic village and environs. Crews had been there through much of the weekend.

“Stephanie got to slide on the luge track and hang out with Erin Hamlin (two-time women’s Luge Olympian). She likes to try new and extreme things,” Lundin said. “And luge is the fastest sport on ice.”

Asked by the weather anchors during the broadcast what she liked most about Lake Placid, Abrams said, “It is kind of like asking who your favorite kid is.”

She told Paul Varga at local radio station WSLP that the idea was to capture an extreme winter sports experience, and they came to Lake Placid to find it.

She admitted it was fun to do a feature story on occasion. 

Abrams often reports from the thick of hurricane strike zones and other significant weather events.

“I’ve seen it so much that I know how to respect Mother Nature,” she told radio listeners.

POSSIBLE SNOWSTORM

At minus 3 degrees, the bright morning was still extremely cold.

“Something like this is fun; you bundle up,” Abrams said. “… when you go through something like Katrina, you feel the urge to tell their (human) story ... getting the word out to try to help the people.”

She also took a spin around Mirror Lake on a dogsled from Thunder Mountain tours.

The Weather Channel broadcast live all morning Tuesday from the frosty Adirondacks as part of “Extreme Winter Week” coverage.

“Everyone cross your fingers for me,” Abrams said, hoping the live camera would catch a fast glimpse of lugers sliding on the track behind her at Mount Van Hoevenberg.

Amid live feed events, the Weather Channel came out with the first incoming report of possible heavy snowstorm in the forecast for northern New York and New England.

Email Kim Smith: kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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