News 12 Traffic & Weather is an all traffic & weather channel seen on all Cablevision operating systems on Ch. 61. The channel has a staff of approximately 40 (full time, part time & temp) traffic reporters & 10 (full time, part time & temp) meteorologists & is based in Woodbury, New York.
News 12 Traffic & Weather started out as "News 12 Weather" in the early 90s. It would air in the mornings on most Cablevision systems in place of Bravo/E! when they shared a channel on Cablevision Long Island cable systems. When Optimum TV launched in 1996, it got a full time position on systems in Cablevision areas. In 1998, it was rebranded as "MSG Metro Weather" as part of the MSG Metro Channels & when a traffic element was added to the channel, it became "Metro Traffic & Weather" in 1998. It was the first solely traffic & weather channel in the tri-state area & while local news networks & The Weather Channel offered weather news, the traffic component was the feature that made the network unique. In 2005, the channel joined the News 12 Networks & assumed it's current name. Ch. 61 is the only surviving channel of the original MSG Metro Channels.
The weather component of the channel features radar, temperatures, information on tides & pollen counts & a 7-day forecast, all voiced by off-camera meteorologists.
The traffic portion of the channel includes maps with arrow flows & live traffic cameras, with the information voiced by off-camera traffic reporters.
There are 5 different channels (New York City, New Jersey, Long Island, Hudson Valley & Connecticut) that compose News 12 Traffic & Weather, covering the Tri-State Region. The channel is live 24/7, although the traffic reporters are live, on average, every 15 minutes & meteorologists are live, on average, every 3 hours. The radar & traffic cameras are live in every report.
Newswheel of this channel like this:
Weather (last 2 minutes) > Billboard (last 10 seconds) > Traffic (last 2 minutes) > Billboard (last 10 seconds) > Ad-break (last 30 seconds)
And then, it moves back to first.
For all of the network's existence, the tag line, said after every traffic & weather updates, has been, "You're watching News 12 Traffic and Weather, know before you go".
News 12 T&W sponsored reports Edit
Weather (* is special reports) Edit
- Allergy Report
- Baseball Forecast*
- Beach and Boat Forecast
- Clouds & Radar
- Fall Foliage Report*
- High Tides
- Holiday Forecast*
- Marine Forecast*
- Next Four Days
- Right Now
- School Day Forecast*
- Seven Day Forecast
- Ski Report*
- Water Temperatures