US snow: NY Mayor de Blasio laughs off 'hoarfrost' jibe

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has turned to humour to deflect criticism that he overestimated the dangers of the US winter storm.

He gave his own dramatic reading of an article from satirical website The Onion.

The article includes the line "the furious hoarfrost bearing down upon us knows neither mercy nor reason, and all within the five boroughs will perish, cowering in their brittle dwellings".

"It's so brilliant I had to do a reading of it," said Mr de Blasio, to the delight of gathered journalists.

Video produced by Michael Hirst; apologies for the poor sound quality of this recording