Meteorologist Michelle Rotella joined the Newswatch 16 team in September, 2011. She comes to us from WOKV in Jacksonville, FL, where she was formerly the afternoon news producer.

Michelle was born in Gaithersburg, MD and grew up in Frederick, MD. Her love and passion for weather started when she was a child watching the Weather Channel with her mother. After graduating from high school at the age of 16, Michelle decided to attend Frederick Community College. She obtained her A.A. degree in Arts and Sciences at the age of 18 and made her way to Tallahassee, FL and attended Florida State University where she pursued her dream career in meteorology. While attending school, she participated in the student-run weather show that was broadcasted live Monday through Friday throughout Tallahassee and Panama City, FL. After her three years at FSU, Michelle graduated with her B.S. in Meteorology and a minor in math in May of 2009.

While living in Tallahassee, Michelle interned at both the ABC and CBS stations, WTXL and WCTV. In December, 2009 she joined the weather team at WeatherBug in Germantown, MD. She forecasted the weather for the entire nation and produced weather graphics and web content. Michelle made her next big move back to Florida in October, 2010 where she then joined WOKV Newstalk Radio. She became the afternoon news producer and anchored live newscasts during the week nights. In September, 2011, she was given the opportunity to be the weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter for WNEP in Moosic, PA.

Michelle is thrilled to be back in the northeast and working in NEPA. Her passion for the weather can be seen through her forecasts and hopes to be informative and entertaining for her viewers.

During her down time Michelle likes to watch movies, play video games, entertain her friends and go storm chasing when the opportunity strikes. She is also excited to return to the slopes and try skiing and snow boarding again.

Recent Articles
  • Forest City Travels in a Wintry Mix

    FOREST CITY –The roads were a slushy mess in Susquehanna County, but that didn’t stop people from going about their daily routines. Newswatch 16 traveled to Forest City to see how people were handling the wintry mix. Snow covered the grass, but it was sleet and freezing rain that covered the roads, making for tricky travel. “I’d rather the snow, you know that way you’re not getting in as many accidents, with the ice, you know that way you’re not […]

  • Keeping the Heat On

    WILKES-BARRE — As temperatures continue to drop, you may be turning your heat up. But after last year’s mild winter, your heating system might not be up to the task, and could use some maintenance. These below freezing temperatures aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, so you may want to make sure your heating system can handle it. It`s something that you don’t normally think about, checking your heating system.  Some people don`t realize it until it’s too late and the […]

  • Volunteering to Help Homeless Shelters Hit by Sandy

    FACTORYVILLE — Many people spent their Martin Luther King Junior day doing some volunteer work that will benefit homeless shelters affected by hurricane Sandy. Students of Keystone College and people from the community came together on Martin Luther King Jr. day for one purpose. “We are making sleeping bags for the homeless. They will be distributed to shelters that were affected by the Sandy hurricane victims,” said Lucas Taylor, Assistant Director of Student Activities. The students in Lackawanna County assembled […]

  • Tunkhannock Bridge Work means Driving Delays

    TUNKHANNOCK — Drivers in Wyoming County may need to set aside some extra time if they plan to cross the Susquehanna river at Tunkhannock. A PennDot construction project kicked off Monday that’s expected to last until May. Construction on the bridge that carries Route 29 over the Susquehanna river in Tunkhannock is now underway. Three out of four lanes were closed off as new lines were painted to reroute traffic.  All so crews can begin working on the bridge. Some […]

  • Two Dead after Crash in Bradford County

    NORTH TOWANDA TOWNSHIP — The crash that happened Tuesday morning in Bradford County involved a total of three people: a man and girl in a Saturn, and another man in a Subaru. When Newswatch 16 arrived at the crash scene before noon, an SUV was hanging off the bridge on Route 220 in North Towanda Township. State Police and rescue crews blocked off the road as they worked to clean up the crash on the bridge over Route 6. Two […]

  • Bringing Back the Bakery Tradition

    A bakery in Luzerne County that does most of its business online has opened its doors for the upcoming holidays. Buttonwood Bakery in Luzerne County opened its doors for business this past Sunday for the holidays. During the year, the bakery does most of its business online, but during the holiday season, customers get a special treat when the business in Hanover Township opens its doors to the public. “Well we learned online that this place was open a few […]

  • An Unexpected Change in our Weather

    Some people woke up Tuesday morning to see a bit of winter in their yards. It was just Monday when the grass was green, the sun was shining, it was 65 and felt like spring. Some kids were even off from school and enjoying fun in the sun. 24 hours later, the ground at Moosic Lakes in Lackawanna County was covered in snow, along with the trees and roads. It was the same story in other higher elevations. Like in […]

  • An Early Thanksgiving Thank You to our Veterans

    MCADOO — Monday, was the day much of the nation marked Veterans Day. In Schuylkill County, some area vets were served a hot meal by students from McAdoo Catholic School. It was the kids way of saying thanks. Veterans gathered at the McAdoo Catholic Elementary School in Schuylkill County to be honored for their service, but also to receive an early Thanksgiving meal. Students from the school served the vets, turkey, mashed potatoes and all the great Thanksgiving fixings, as […]

  • Feed a Friend Canned Sculpture Contest

    Three schools in Susquehanna County used some creativity and generosity to help WNEP-TV’s Feed a Friend program. It was canned sculpting fun for a good cause at three schools districts in Susquehanna County. “We decided to take a new twist on food collection drives for the school districts, and we did a battle of the schools, involving three schools: Blue Ridge, Mountain View and Montrose. What these schools are doing is they created can sculptures and all the food that’s […]

  • Dickson City Donations for the Jersey Shore

    DICKSON CITY — Donations for hurricane Sandy victims are filling the bleachers at the Dickson City Civic Center. What started as a trunk full of donated clothing and supplies for hurricane sandy victims, turned out to be enough to fill a tractor-trailer. Trash bags full of clothing, diapers, cleaning supplies and much more are being stacked on the bleachers at the Dickson City Civic Center and shipped off to the New Jersey shore this weekend. Organizer Nicole Shotto says she […]

  • Tractor Trailer Crash Snarls Traffic on Interstate 80

    STROUDSBURG– A tractor-trailer wreck made a mess of traffic all Tuesday afternoon along interstate 80 near Stroudsburg. Shortly after 11:00 a.m. Tuesday morning state police say a tractor-trailer carrying cardboard lost control coming around a bend on Interstate 80. After flipping onto the concrete median it slid what officials are saying was at least a mile, smashing into at least one other tractor-trailer and another vehicle in Stroudsburg. Troopers say traffic was backed up in both directions for hours, all […]

  • The Weather Channel To Name Winter Storms

    MOOSIC — The Weather Channel announced Tuesday, that it will start naming winter storms for this upcoming season. We all know hurricanes have names like Katrina and Andrew, but now those nor’easter could have names too. The National Weather Service, a government agency, has been naming hurricanes for years. Now, The Weather Channel, a commercial business based in Atlanta, Georgia, has decided that big winter storms need names too. Starting this winter, all storms dubbed “noteworthy” by The Weather Channel […]