WCCO-TV meteorologist Lauren Casey is headed to Philly to take a job at the TV station now headed by her former ’CCO GM.

In a Thursday e-mail to staffers, WCCO news director Mike Caputa announced Casey’s exit.

Casey is joining the Philadelphia CBS-owned station where Brien Kennedy is now GM.

Caputa wished Casey well as she goes to work in a market closer to her mother. Caputa said he was excited any time someone can move up within the company, even though Casey has been an important part of the weather team since 2011.

Casey’s last day is expected to be Sept. 9. Before leaving, Casey will take part in at least one more of WCCO’s popular “Goin’ to the Lake” excursions, as she heads out the door for one of those features Thursday.

A station insider tells me the death of Casey’s brother a few years ago has emotionally tugged on her heart to move closer to her mom, who lives near the Jersey Shore area.