News 6 Traffic & Weather is an all-traffic & weather channel seen on all Cablevision operating systems on Ch. 60. 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 6 Traffic & Weather started out as "News 6 Weather" in the early 90s. It would air in the mornings on most Cablevision systems in place of man channels when they shared a channel on Cablevision's Long Island cable systems. When Optimum TV launched in 1996, it got a full-time position on systems in Cablevision areas. In 1998, it stayed as "News 6 Weather" & when a traffic element was added to the channel, it became "News 6 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.
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, the Hudson Valley & Connecticut) that compose News 6 Traffic & Weather, covering the Tri-State Region. The channel is LIVE 24/7/365, 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.
For most of the network's existence, the tag line said after every traffic & weather update has been, "Know Before You Go"