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Weather presenter sparks a flurry of laughs with Facebook 'googly eyes' snow report

Weather presenter Justin Hinton and his many faces. Credit: WLOS/Facebook

When weather presenter Justin Hinton braved snowy conditions to deliver his report, little did he know his broadcast would be so entertaining.

Hinton had inadvertently activated a Facebook filter that popped a series of 'cartoon' face masks on his visage.

Even as he was earnestly detailing how the snow would affect local travel, viewers watching his live Facebook stream were treated to a whole range of comic turns.

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So, soon he was broadcasting with a medal round his neck, gold tinsel dripping down the screen, before viewers saw him dressed as a wolf, a wizard, a space pilot and with googly eyes.

At one point, he was seen wearing a large, dark hat and dark sunglasses and even presenting in the dark, his face lit up by a torch - all while he was totally unaware of the blooper.

Justin Hinton, a wizard of the weather. Credit: WLOS/Facebook

Hinton, who works for CNN affiliate WLOS, was reporting in North Carolina and only learned of the hilarity he sparked after his report concluded.

He posted later: "Right before going live on Facebook on the WLOS ABC 13 station account to talk about snow, I somehow activated a filter generator.

"The photog (sic) I was working with said something about the screen having weird faces. He didn’t elaborate, so I said it would probably go away.

"Needless to say, it did not go away."

Justin Hinton looks amazed at the amount of snow he's encountered. Credit: WLOS/Facebook

He went on: "I didn’t realise it until I stepped off camera and saw the comments where people were talking about the faces.

"My bosses, coworkers, friends, PIOs and more called/texted saying how funny it was, so here you go.

"If you can’t laugh at yourself, what’s the point of laughter?"

Viewers thought the broadcast was genius. One wrote: "I think it’s hilarious and should be done on purpose. It adds some humor to the news."

And another said: "You are my hero today! I needed a smile this morning. Thanks for being there and giving a great weather report, though it's not the weather report for where I live. More news reporters need to do this!"