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Al Roker and Mayor de Blasio Face Off on New York School Closures

Today Show weatherman Al Roker got into an animated discussion Thursday via Twitter with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio about the city's decision to keep schools open amid a major snowstorm.

School closures were a hot button issue at de Blasio's press conference on the weather and he defended the school chancellor's decision.

But the mayor said that based on the National Weather Service predictions, they were expecting as little as three inches and administrators were convinced the kids could get to school.

De Blasio also responded to a question about Roker's criticism during the press conference.


“I respect Al Roker a lot, watched him on TV for many, many years, it’s a different thing to run a city than to give the weather on TV,” de Blasio said, saying he had just spoken with the National Weather Service.

“I respect all the meteorologists out there, but the one I respect the most is called the National Weather Service, and this did, and they just affirmed to us on the call before we came out to you, that this went faster and heavier than their projections last night.”

Roker, on assignment at the Olympic Games in Sochi, did not appreciate the criticism of the National Weather Service.

But at the end of the day, Roker admitted he's not running the city.

Roker's tweeting befuddled at least one of his Sochi colleagues who thought he was just texting his wife!