NEWS 8 Chief Meteorologist Eric Snitil grew up living and loving Great Lakes weather, on the shores of Lake Erie. He went on to forecast weather in Ohio, Alaska, and even Alabama, some of America’s most challenging climates. He’s happy to be home in the region he grew up in, and closer to family.
While in Alabama, many viewers credit Eric with saving lives with his coverage during severe weather, encouraging people to seek shelter immediately because of a tornado outbreak. Among the outpouring of gratitude and well wishes from viewers on social media, one woman wrote, “You saved my life in the Wetumpka tornado by saying, ‘Get to your safe spot now, Wetumpka!’ My house and car were lost that day. But I got to my safe spot in time.”
Eric is a graduate of both Kent State University and Mississippi State University, and has been honored with several major forecasting awards, including:
- Best Weathercaster: Associated Press
- Best Weathercaster: Alabama Broadcasters Association
- National Weather Association Seal of Approval
Eric, his wife Katie, and their husky Bolt are loving the Rochester area, and happy to be back in the Snow Belt, as snow is Eric’s favorite type of weather to forecast.