Winter Weather Advisory for Friday Night and Saturday

Meteorologist Kevin Craig joined FOX 17 in 2001. He is one of only a few in the state that have earned the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society. Kevin started his broadcast career in 1993 at WCAR radio in Detroit as a board operator and part time news anchor. He continued in radio news as an anchor/reporter for the next three years in northwest Ohio until taking his first television job in Clarksburg, West Virginia. He was a TV news reporter/anchor for about a year when the opportunity came up to fill-in for the weather department. Kevin became the morning weather anchor and science reporter at WIFR-TV in Rockford, Illinois in 1996. He was hired as the morning weather anchor in Madison, Wisconsin in 1998 at WKOW-TV and a private forecasting firm called Weather Central. Kevin started taking classes at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and through Mississippi State University in their broadcast meteorology program. He received his meteorological certification in 2003 with highest honors and is just a few credits short of obtaining a master’s in Geosciences. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Radio/TV/Film Communications from Wayne State University in Detroit. Kevin functioned as the weekend meteorologist for FOX 17 for almost 15 years. He then moved in to the Midday/4PM/5PM shift in 2015. In March of 2018 he was promoted to the position of Chief Meteorologist! He has filled-in on all shifts, produces graphics, conducts school presentations, and has produced upbeat, fun, and informative personal feature reports in his signature series West Michigan Stories. The series ran for about four years from 2012 to 2016. His weather forecasts on FOX 17 are typically high energy, informative, and educational. Kevin says “if I can’t be excited about giving the forecast, how can I expect people to be excited about watching it?” He was the longest running weekend anchor on any West Michigan station in news, sports, or weather…and is the longest, most tenured TV anchor at FOX 17 having been with the station for more than 17 years. He has reported on everything from Superstorm Sandy, to 20-foot waves on Lake Michigan, tornadoes and severe storms, lightning strikes, blizzards, flooding, ice storms, drought, and a host of other news-related items. Originally from the Detroit area, he loves to spend time at the lake, on the beach, on the boat, and is self taught on both the guitar and piano.
Something you might not know about him? He was responsible for training Ginger Zee as an intern at FOX 17 before she was eventually hired as the main meteorologist for Good Morning America.

Recent Articles
  • An Arctic blast for West Michigan is on the horizon

    WEST MICHIGAN — Let’s face it, we’ve had  a fairly easy winter thus far with reasonably mild temperatures and relatively little snow. In fact, we are running a snow deficit in Grand Rapids of almost 27 inches! While most of this week will be on the dry and quiet side, an Arctic blast of air looks fairly certain as we arrive at next weekend. That means highs only in the teens and lows in the single digits. That said, it’s […]

  • Accumulating lake effect snow likely through Wednesday

      WEST MICHIGAN — Winter weather will return across much of the area with accumulating lake effect snow likely through Wednesday evening/night. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES have bee posted for all counties along/west of U.S. 131 including Kent, Barry, and Kalamazoo. A general 1″ to 3″ will fall with some isolated higher amounts south/west and north/west of Grand Rapids. Below is the map of the counties under the advisory through 7 P.M. Wednesday. Most locations east of U.S. 131 will likely […]

  • Christmas week storm to bring wind, rain, and warmth

    WEST MICHIGAN — Certainly not what you’d expect in the final week of December and during Christmas week when folks are waiting for snow, but temperatures will soar into the upper 40s to low 50s by the end of the week as a strong, potent storm system tracks into the Great Lakes. I would expect rain to develop on Thursday, along with wind, as temperatures move well above our normal highs in the low/mid 30s. Take a look at one […]

  • The Christmas Comet is coming our way!

    WEST MICHIGAN — We all know Santa Claus is coming to town next week, but for the next two weeks the Christmas Comet will be possible to see in the night sky (sky cover permitting). It’s formally known as Comet Wirtanen. It will fly closest to the earth than it has in the past 70 years…about seven million miles away to be exact. Here’s the good news, if you miss it this week due to cloudy skies, look for it […]

  • Winter storm cripples mid-Atlantic

    VIRGINIA — While the weather here in West Michigan may be on the dry and quiet side, the same cannot be said for the Southeast United States and Mid-Atlantic. A major winter storm is dumping as much as two feet of snow in the higher elevations of North Carolina and Virginia. There’s also rain and ice with this system in the region. These are states and areas that typically don’t see systems of this magnitude and simply find it next […]

  • We need sunshine…we’re overdue!

    WEST MICHIGAN — While this weekend may have been wet with a fair amount of rainfall around, at least temperatures were well into the 40s on Sunday. Don’t get use to it! We’re back below normal the remainder of this week. The month of November wrapped up with temperatures 5.5 degrees below the normal November temperature (that’s cold), and it was one of the top 10 coldest average temperatures for the month ever. Probably not a record most of us […]

  • Thick, heavy, wet, accumulating snow and wind dominates morning commute

    WEST MICHIGAN — If you’re just returning from a few days away for the Thanksgiving weekend…you may not have heard…a thick, heavy, wet, high-moisture content snow will unfold overnight into Monday morning. Winds will ramp up, temperatures will drop, and school delays/cancellations are likely along with scattered power outages. Not that it matters, but this is NOT lake effect snow. This snow is coming from a low pressure area/system that recently formed over the southern Rockies. Our forecast models have […]

  • Thanksgiving Day weather extremes

    WEST MICHIGAN — Thanksgiving Day this year is shaping up to be one of the coldest. We won’t break any records and it will be dry, so travel will be fine, but we’ll be brushed with some Arctic air. The core of the coldest air will actually slide into the Northeast United States and miss the Great Lakes. That said, look for morning low temperatures on Thanksgiving in the teens across most inland locations. The warmest Thanksgiving in Grand Rapids […]

  • More accumulating snow arrives Thursday for some

    WEST MICHIGAN — While we experienced plenty of sunshine on Wednesday, clouds will thicken and snow showers are likely on Thursday. A moisture-laden storm system over Kentucky and Tennessee will bring a swath of precipitation into the Ohio Valley and Northeast United States. This system has been tracking further north/west with each forecast model run. We expect to see snow develop along the Michigan Indiana stateline in the mid/late morning, and spread northward through the afternoon. We anticipate accumulating snow […]