Bill de Blasio, Al Roker to hash out spat on 'Today'
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Mayor Bill de Blasio and meteorologist Al Roker will hash out their differences over snowstorms and school closures Monday when the mayor makes a guest appearance on the "Today" show, NBC announced Sunday.
De Blasio will visit the "Today" set to help welcome the morning talk show home from winter Olympic coverage in Sochi, Russia, and cut the ribbon on its new plaza, NBC said.
"The mayor and Al Roker will also address their recent disagreement over New York City school closures due to winter storms," the network said in a statement.
Roker had criticized de Blasio via Twitter over the mayor's decision to keep schools open despite a heavy snowstorm on Feb. 13.
The weatherman said he predicted that morning that De Blasio would close schools due to the storm.
"Talk about a bad prediction. Long range DiBlasio [sic] forecast: 1 term," the media personality wrote in his most barbed tweet.
De Blasio Sunday made light of the feud, tweeting at Roker and the "Today" show, "Long-term forecast: sunny."
In subsequent tweets on Feb. 13, Roker had accused de Blasio of putting kids' safety at risk -- including that of Roker's daughter, who attends a public school -- and slammed the call to open schools in the morning but close them early as lacking common sense.
The mayor later that day at a news conference shot back at Roker, "It's a different thing to run a city than to give the weather on TV."
Roker on air Feb. 14 said his concern was for children's safety, but expressed regrets over his Twitter insults.
"I'm very passionate about the weather," he said.
"I made a prediction that there would be only one term of his administration. I apologize for that. That was a little below the line."
De Blasio representatives Sunday did not return requests for comment and details on his "Today" appearance.