I too have wondered about these 'reporters' going along in the car and yapping about the dangerous road conditions of ice and snow and etc. etc. Often times they look over towards the camera so they aren't even paying mind to the road or the frigging tree limb which is in the process of falling direct in front of them.
Same with the nutjobs out by the beach during the raging storm, even though it's been made clear that it is an arrestable offense to be there during the storm and that law enforcement persons will be taking you away.
The reports don't serve any purpose as far as I can tell. It's clear what the weather is and that it's dangerous. Tell us this and leave it at that.
Then again, it does take away from those charming (cough, cough, gag, gag) stories about the store with 400 different kinds of pepper or the clothing store which has some simply divine plastic hangers.
News ain't what it used to be on the television. It died with Walter Cronkite, John Chancellor and a few others.