Shanna Mendiola is an evening Weather Anchor on FOX31 Denver and Channel 2 News. You can also see her on occasion weekday mornings on Good Day Colorado, Daybreak and Colorado’s Everyday Show.

Not limited to bringing forecasts and monitoring Colorado’s ever changing weather from the studio, Shanna delivers weather reports from the field in snow storms and floods, and has chased tornadoes during severe weather season along the Eastern Plains.

Aside from the weather, Shanna’s passions include making a difference in her community. When Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November of 2013, she helped raise $20,000 for disaster relief along with the Filipino American Community of Colorado. In that same month, she won the “Dancing With The Anchors” competition, Denver’s version of “Dancing With The Stars” between local TV Anchors. She took home the mirror ball trophy not only by her winning performance, but also by raising over $7,000 for the Anchor Center for Blind Children, a non-profit organization that provides early intervention for vision impaired children in Colorado. Shanna also emcees the yearly Colorado Dragon Boat Festival and Dumb Friends League Telethon. She also regularly visits elementary school classrooms getting students excited about the weather.

Her start in television was in San Francisco at KGO/ABC7-TV. After a few years there, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to take an opportunity to be the Weekend Weather Anchor and Reporter at KTVZ in Bend, Oregon. After three years, she made the move to Colorado to become the weekend weather anchor for KDVR.

Shanna is a graduate of San Francisco State University and Mississippi State University where she got her Meteorology Certification. She is a National Board Member for the Asian American Journalist Association, and is a member of the National Weather Association, and the American Meteorological Society.

Along with a passion for science and technology, Shanna has an unmistaken love for food and enjoys the culture it showcases. She’s also an avid sports fan. A Bay Area girl at heart, she admits it’s hard not to be a Broncos fan in Bronco Country.

Recent Articles
  • When’s the best time to see Colorado fall foliage?

    DENVER — Fall arrives September 22 and with the change of seasons, comes the beautiful change of color all over Colorado. As we head into mid-September, the leaves of our state’s Aspen trees will turn from a lush green to vibrant reds, oranges, and golds. Peak viewing time is typically the third or fourth week of September through the middle of October. This is dependent on the calendar as the days get shorter and nights get longer. However, trees could peak […]

  • Temps remain warm for Denver, snow expected for mountains

    DENVER — Saturday was a picture perfect spring day across Colorado with highs in the upper 60s in Denver, and blue skies throughout the mountains. Sunday will be just as beautiful and even warmer in the metro area. LINK: Forecast However, the wind will be the main story along the Front Range, as the next system will bring another round of snow to the mountains Sunday afternoon. Due to high winds, southeast Colorado will be under a Red Flag Warning […]

  • Heavy snow hits mountains; Denver could get rain, light snow

    DENVER — A storm is bringing major snow to the Colorado mountains and a weather change in metro Denver, too. A cooldown for Thursday’s forecast is on the way as two surges of snow for the Mountains and rain/snow for the plains are moving in from the Pacific. Denver will see a chance of light rain late Thursday night with a possibility of hearing some thunder overnight. A few scattered rain/snow showers could linger before Thursday morning’s commute; otherwise it’ll […]

  • Snow reminder winter is not over, cold front brings cooler temps next week

    DENVER — Just when we thought spring was finally here, winter paid a quick visit to remind us that the snow is not over yet. March and April are two of the snowiest months in Denver, and the quick blast of  wet snow on Saturday was a not so subtle reminder. No more snow is expected overnight Saturday for the Denver metro area. Roads are mostly dry. However, Saturday evening’s lows will drop into the teens and 20s, so road conditions may be slick Sunday morning. […]

  • Bitter cold could turn roads icy after snowstorm

    DENVER — Temperatures were expected to drop into the teens Tuesday night into Wednesday morning and roads that were wet from afternoon snow could turn icy in metro Denver. Snow and strong wind arrived in city by midday Tuesday. Conditions were very cold and wet for anyone who had to go outside, a far cry from the 70s of just a couple of days ago. Wet slushy snow was expected for the evening commute, with 1 to 2 inches expected […]

  • Cold front moves in, brings snow to metro area

    DENVER — The wind let up some Saturday, though was still a bit breezy across the Front Range — but nothing compared to the past several days. Those winds warmed Saturday’s highs into the 50s. A cold front will move in from the north through the state Saturday evening, bringing snow to Northern Colorado and a chance of snow to the Denver Metro area. Northeast Colorado and the northern mountains will see a better chance of snow overnight with one to three inches possible. Winds will […]

  • Temps drop again Sunday, more snow in forecast

    DENVER — The weather can change so quickly in Colorado. After warmer temperatures in Denver Saturday, an Arctic air will return late Saturday evening, bringing daytime highs back down into the 20s for Sunday. Snow is also in the forecast for the Front Range, as early as Sunday morning straight through Monday morning’s commute. LINK: KDVR Pinpoint Weather Winter Storm Warnings are still in effect through Sunday afternoon in the mountains. An additional foot snow is possible by Sunday night. […]

  • Denver breaks heat record as sizzling September continues

    DENVER — Denver broke a heat record Friday afternoon as our sizzling September continues. The record high for Friday was 95 degrees set back in 1959. The official temperature recording at Denver International Airport showed 97 Friday afternoon. If it gets above 97 degrees today, it'll not only set a NEW record, but it will also be the HOTTEST Sept day in #Denver ever recorded #COwx — Shanna Mendiola (@ShannaNBCLA) September 6, 2013 For the weekend, highs will remain in […]

  • Storms, flooding likely across Front Range on Friday

    The Front Range will get a break from the heat on Friday, but heavy rains and possible flooding are expected to come along with it. Flash Flood Watches were set to take effect for the Front Range, the Foothills as well as the Larimer and El Paso County burn scars from noon to 8 p.m. (noon-8pm). The Black Forest Fire burn scar is under and an extended Flash Flood Watch, which will last from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday’s […]

  • Pinpoint Weather Storm Watch

    Tornado watch issued as severe storms move across plains

    DENVER –After a sunny day in the metro area, a Tornado Watch was issued for Cheyenne, Phillips, Yuma, Kit Carson, Sedgwick, Washington, and Logan Counties until 11 p.m. Saturday night. Storms on the eastern plains have the possibility of producing large hail, strong winds, heavy downpours, lightning, and even tornadoes. Track Colorado’s severe weather watches and warnings by clicking here. Temperatures on Sunday will be slightly cooler, with a better chance for showers and thunderstorms throughout the day. Monday will […]

  • Temperatures drop as arctic blast hits Colorado

    DENVER – An arctic blast of cold air moved into Colorado Saturday, forcing temperatures to take a dive into the low 20s.  The storm arrived late Saturday and brought with it gusty conditions, which dropped temperatures into the low 40s.  FOX31 Denver Meteorologist Shanna Mendiola said most of the moisture is spread throughout the mountains.  The Denver metro area only experienced a light dusting of snow, but the mountains experienced anywhere from eight to 16 inches total by the end of the storm system. […]

  • Snow tapers off Sunday, warmer weather this week

    DENVER — Conditions were slick across the state today, as snow accumulated throughout the mountains and temperatures fell into the 30s. Pinpoint Weather Forecaster Shanna Mendiola says to look for snow to continue into the evening and quiet down after midnight. The heaviest snowfall will be in the mountains (1-2 feet) and eastern plains (3-6 inches), with 1-3 inches in the Denver Metro area.  Winter storm warnings and weather advisories are in effect through Sunday morning. Click here to see the latest weather advisories near […]

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