WATCH: Jon Stewart Mocks Cable TV Freakout Over the Snowpocalypse That Wasn’t

After all the frantic news reports, water-purchasing runs and transportation closures, winter storm Juno breezed over New York City, leaving only six inches of snow in its wake. Disappointing though this may have been for schoolkids and people hoping to beg another day off work, no one was more bummed than cable TV reporters who had to stop their breathless reports about the “imminent ice-death of the Eastern Seaboard.”

In last night’s opening segment, Jon Stewart poked fun at anchors who clung to the “impending apocalypse” narrative until the last minute. Special attention was reserved for the Weather Channel’s ludicrous reports, one of which asserted that the weight of heavy snow on top of your apartment building could cause the roof to collapse, crushing you in your sleep. In the video, an animated simulation shows cars flying off rooftops and avalanches of snow tumbling down. Stewart’s response: “When did the Weather Channel get Michael Bay to direct its videos? ‘Sure, I’m best known for my filmic essays on the dangers of fighting space robots, but my real passion is seasonal precipitation safety.’”

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