Mar 13, 2014 5:57 PM by Nick Jossendal

Valerie Abati joins First Alert 5 Weather team

COLORADO SPRINGS - Southern Colorado's leader in weather coverage, News 5, welcomes meteorologist Valerie Abati to the First Alert Weather team. Beginning Monday, March 17th, Valerie will take over weather duties during News 5 at noon on weekdays and will team with Mike Daniels during News 5 at 5pm and 6pm.

Valerie joins News 5 from Monterey, California where she forecasted weather at KSBW and was program director at the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation where her husband was studying. Prior to that, she spent eight years in Cincinnati where she worked at WXIX and WLWT. In addition to her considerable talents as a meteorologist, Valerie is also an experienced reporter, anchor, and producer. 

"Valerie's expertise adds another layer of protection for our viewers who've come to rely on KOAA for the most experienced weather team in southern Colorado," said Kelly Duffy, News 5 News Director.

When her husband's military position had them headed to Fort Carson, Valerie was thrilled with the prospect of making the move here. "Not only am I excited to take advantage of all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer, but I'm looking forward to being in an active weather region that will constantly keep me on my toes forecasting," Valerie said.

Valerie and her husband are looking forward to settling in here and introducing their one-year-old son to Colorado.




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