WKYC meteorologist Hollie Strano returning to the air after Thanksgiving OVI arrest

WKYC TV personality and meteorologist Hollie Strano announced on Facebook that she is returning to TV on Saturday after being off the air since her arrest in Cuyahoga Falls in November.
WKYC TV personality and meteorologist Hollie Strano announced on Facebook that she is returning to TV on Saturday after being off the air since her arrest in Cuyahoga Falls in November.

WKYC TV personality and meteorologist Hollie Strano says she is making her return after being off the air since her arrest in Cuyahoga Falls in November.

In a social media post Wednesday, Strano, who has been off the air since her arrest for driving while intoxicated on Thanksgiving, said she will return to the NBC affiliate this weekend.

"Looking forward to seeing you Saturday morning," she said.

WKYC Channel 3's morning "GO" newscasts, which she hosted prior to her hiatus, begin at 5 a.m. on Saturday.

Hollie Strano's road to recovery

Strano said in a Facebook post last month that she's spent countless hours sitting in her grandpa's old chair "thinking, crying, reflecting" about what led to that fateful night.

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"As I’ve taken time over these past 60 days of different points of how I got there that night… I have learned the phrase, begin again," she wrote in the post.

Strano said she regrets the decision that led to her subsequent guilty plea to OVI, a first-degree misdemeanor, for the crash on Akron-Peninsula Road.

"As tragic as it was and as cliché as it may sound, I believe that had to happen to me to put me on this healing journey of sobriety and introspection," she wrote on social media. "Sometimes we have to make mistakes that are so big that we can’t go back."

Why is Hollie Strano off the air?

Cuyahoga Falls police say they were alerted to a possible intoxicated driver around 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 and found Strano driving a 2023 Cadillac XT5 SUV erratically. The officer said he began following her as she reached 70 mph in a 35 mph zone heading toward the Akron border.

dashcam video released by the department shows the vehicle going over the center line before gradually veering the opposite direction until it drove off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole.

Police said Strano had a blood alcohol level of 0.244%, more than three times the legal limit of 0.08%.

Cuyahoga Falls Mayor's Court Magistrate Alan Medvick in late November ordered Strano to pay a fine of $375 and attend a six-day driver intervention program. Her license was also suspended for a year, but she is eligible to apply for work-related driving privileges.

Who is Hollie Strano?

Strano has been with WKYC for more than 20 years.

She was a meteorologist and host on the WKYC Channel 3 News "GO" morning show from 4:30-7 a.m. on weekdays and the host of "It's About You" at noon on weekdays.

According to WKYC, she was born and raised in Lyndhurst and graduated from John Carroll University with a degree in communications. She also earned a degree in meteorology from Mississippi State University.

In the past, Strano has been candid with viewers about her struggles with anxiety.

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: WKYC meteorologist Hollie Strano returning to the air Saturday