First Alert Weather Blog

First Alert: Potential for snow Saturday, heavy rain next week

Potential for snow, ice, and rain will threaten with several storm systems beginning this weekend.

  First Alert: Louisa schools delayed; ice possible north, west of Richmond

  Big time warm-up arrives for this week

  Closings and delays

First Alert Weather Days: Bitter cold for Thursday and Friday

Strong winds cause power outages across RVA

First Alert Weather Day: Heavy rain, gusty winds likely Thursday morning

Government shutdown slows repair of National Weather Service radar in Wakefield

First Alert Weather Day: Turning windy and bitterly cold Sunday

Continued Coverage

Total lunar eclipse visible Sunday night in Virginia

VDOT urging caution as roads may be icy

Sunday storm headlines: Light rain/freezing rain through the afternoon

Northam issues state of emergency as Virginians pack grocery stores

VDOT prepares for another round of snow

Snow prep round-up: Everything you need to know to get ready for wintry weather

  Ready for snow? Here’s how to keep your car safe

These tips, won't just save you time before you get on the road, but they could also keep you safer too.

Not just rain, 2018 notable for bitterly cold beginning

2018 a wild weather year started with extreme cold

  Soggy 2018 brings record-setting rain

Since January, we’ve had 190 days of measurable precipitation which has resulted in the record-setting 63.5 inches of rain this year.

First Alert Weather Day ends with heavy rain pushing 2018 to #2 in yearly precipitation

There is a marginal risk for flooding in Central Virginia.

  First Alert Weather Day: Heavy rain likely late Thursday through early Friday

Parts of Virginia eligible for disaster aid after Tropical Storm Michael

‘Christmas Comet’ may be visible in the week before Christmas in Virginia

First Alert Weather Day: More Rain Saturday

Closings and delays for Dec. 14

School officials put safety first when deciding on closures

  Winter wonderland: Snowy scenes of Richmond from above

A foot of snow in Richmond may be a pain for some drivers, but it sure it a gorgeous site.

Sunday storm the 2nd heaviest December snowfall on record

The storm also made it the sixth snowiest month of December on record (and we’re just nine days into the month)!

First Alert: Impressive winter storm moving away Monday

Snow winding down, but leaving its mark over Virginia

FIRST ALERT: Sunday snow keeps piling up

Heavy snow will continue into Sunday evening.

Governor declares state of emergency ahead of expected snow storm

A state of emergency allows the state to mobilize resources and equipment to assist in response.

Snow showers create a winter wonderland in Central Virginia

Parts of Virginia could see much more snow on Sunday and Monday as a strong storms moves along the East Coast.

  Digital Dialogue: Climate change impact on Virginia

A recent government report says that natural disasters “have already become more frequent, intense, widespread or of long duration" ... and it’s only going to get worse.

VDOT says it’s been ready for winter ‘all year long’

If a storm is on its way, VDOT will begin treating the roads 12-18 hours in advance with salt and sand, sometimes separately, sometimes together.

2018 nears top 3 for record precipitation in a year

After ANOTHER soaking rain Friday (1.88″) into Saturday (0.24″) the impressive precipitation total for 2018 in Richmond continues to climb. We’re now at 54.63″ which puts us into the top 10 years for precipitation. 1886 has been knocked off the list.

First Alert Weather Day: Rainy Saturday, some ice west early

Heavy rain is likely on Saturday with up to 1 inch of rain expected.

Saturday storm could impact holiday travel plans

Friday night through Saturday night will bring a significant storm with mainly rain from the Southeast to the Northeast.

Thanksgiving 2018 weather forecast: COLD

Our forecast high for Richmond now at 39°, which is 20° below average. But it’s not going to be a record. The record low MAX temp on 11/22 is 36°. But it’ll be close-- so that means it’ll be COLD!

Winter weather outlook: Will there be lots of snow?

There are a considerable number of factors that come into play in seasonal forecasts, and none can provide anything more than clues this far in advance.

Antares rocket launches from Virginia’s Eastern Shore

Early birds on Thursday morning will catch a show if they know where to look AND if the weather holds up. As of Monday evening, the forecast looks iffy at best with rain moving in Thursday morning.

First Alert Weather Day: Heavy rain with a cold NE wind.

Cold air will be locked in place and it’s even possible we get sleet pellets or even freezing rain in RVA Thursday morning. If it happens, it’ll be brief.

VCU researchers find baby sturgeon in the James River

This is a big step in the restoration of the once dominant fish in the tidal James. While adults have been spotted in the river, there have been no babies found until this year.

First Alert Weather Day: Heavy rain expected late Monday into Monday night.

Heavy rain is likely Monday night into Tuesday.

2 earthquakes shake Central Virginia Friday

Not one, but two earthquakes were recorded Friday morning in Louisa County.

Richmond Marathon forecast: Chilly and breezy

Saturday's Anthem Richmond Marathon weather forecast

The Next Big Thing: Chilly through most of November?

Remember how LONG summer lasted? September was one of the warmest (and wettest) on record and that warmth lasted into early October. Now it’s time for a chill-- one that may last a while.

First Alert Weather Day: Severe storms possible late Friday

FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: A cold front could bring strong thunderstorms and heavy downpours Friday afternoon into Friday evening.

First Nor’easter brings a drenching rain

Rainfall, while heavy at times, should be below flooding criteria due to the fast movement of the storm.

When will the fall colors arrive in Richmond?

In a typical year, The Blue Ridge gets an Oct. 15-25 peak and Richmond and points east get a peak from the 20th-31st. But this year has been far from normal. We had an abnormally warm September (3rd warmest on record) and that’s continued into early October (running 10+ degrees above average with

Frost advisory, freeze warning for Sunday night into Monday

Sunday night will likely be one of the coldest nights so far this fall.

Frost likely Thursday night into Friday morning

Frost is likely for Thursday night into Friday morning

Here’s how to shave a few bucks off your winter bills

Studies show most electric bills increase in the winter. Here's what you can do to keep yours affordable.

Tree falls on house, landing where toddler was moments before

A mother is sending a warning after a close call during Tropical Storm Michael.

Some localities get FEMA, tax relief from Florence’s impact

The city of Richmond is included in the list.

Virginia nonprofit helps feed victims of Hurricane Michael

Mercy Chefs was founded by Gary LeBlanc, a 35-year veteran of the hotel and restaurant business, after Hurricane Katrina in 2006.

Power restore to most Dominion Energy customers

Dominion Energy crews are closely monitoring the path of Michael and the potential for power outages as the storm makes its way north.

After Michael, impacted residents in Hopewell ‘don’t know where else to go’

Thousands in Hopewell were left without power by midday Friday. Others homes were ransacked by tropical storm force winds that knocked trees into homes and power lines.

Northam declares state of emergency for impacts from Michael

“I want to urge all Virginians to prepare for the serious possibility of flash floods, tropical storm force winds, tornadoes, and power outages," the governor said.

Michael brings multiple tornado, flash flood warnings

Richmond could see several inches of rain from the storm.

Numerous flight cancellations, delays at Richmond International Airport

Travel Advisory in effect at Richmond International Airport

WATCH: Jim Cantore nearly impaled live on The Weather Channel

Cantore, who is known for being up close and personal with dangerous storms, was in Panama City Beach, Florida reporting live when a 2X4 flies towards him.

Central Virginia businesses prepare to offer relief following Hurricane Michael’s landfall

Businesses in Central Virginia are watching Hurricane Michael to determine if resources from our area will need to head down South.

Chesterfield first responders: Teamwork saved lives during tornado outbreak

The storms turned deadly on Sept. 17 when the Old Dominion Floor Company’s Warehouse collapsed killing an employee.

September 2018: 3rd warmest on record and it won’t get cool any time soon

September 2018 was much warmer than average and that pattern keeps rolling into October.

  ‘Hurricane Cowboy’ from Henrico wrangles in horses, livestock stranded in high waters left from Florence

Patrick McKann, of Henrico, is leading an effort to rescue horses, cows and other farm animals left suffering in the flood-torn Carolinas.

Rain possible over the next few days

Cloudy and MUCH cooler today and tomorrow with areas of light rain likely.

‘Near-ideal conditions’ sparked 10 Virginia tornadoes

National Weather Service added two to the list on Friday.

Tornado count from Monday increases to ten

Monday's tornado count has increased to a total of 10, with 9 over metro Richmond

Thank you Central Virginia and Dominion for helping hurricane victims

Thanks to a matching donation from Dominion Energy, NBC12 viewers helped raise more than $100,000

Community helping fix washed out Amelia County road

Homeowners along a private road will have to come up with money for the repairs themselves if they are to have a route in and out of their neighborhood.

Multiple tornadoes confirmed in Virginia

One of those warnings gave NBC12 meteorologist Andrew Freiden “chills” while he was broadcasting on air.

President Trump visits Carolinas to survey Hurricane Florence damage

“To the families who have lost loved ones, America grieves with you, and our hearts break for you. God bless you,”

‘Preying on people’: Woman faces 2nd whirlwind with towing company following tornado

Her car was blocked by a flipped car and downed light so she left it there and went home. When she came back later that night to get her car, it was gone.

James River expected to reach moderate flood stage Wednesday

The National Weather Service said the river is expected to crest Wednesday at just above 15 feet, which is the threshold for moderate flood stage.

Richmond is on pace for its second rainiest year on record

Richmond is on pace for the 2nd rainiest year on record

NC’s wild horses not harmed by Hurricane Florence

The Rachel Carson Reserve and the Corolla Wild Horse Fundreported that its wild horses were safe and accounted for.

Xfinity to keep WiFi hotspots open through Friday

Hotspots will be open through Monday.

Businesses inspect damage, reflect on tornado

Several businesses experienced major damage as the EF2 packed 120 mph winds and ripped through an area near Hull Street Road.

Family members ID man killed in tornado

The moment the tornado tore the building’s roof off was captured on video. Debris swirled overhead as the twister moved through the area along Hull Street near between Genito and Courthouse roads.

Mayor Stoney urges residents to remain vigilant

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney toured storm damage on Tuesday morning a day after severe weather spawned tornadoes.

Hanover Co. barn destroyed, trees uprooted from confirmed tornado

The National Weather Service confirms a tornado went through part of Hanover County on Monday afternoon, leaving a barn flattened and trees down on several properties near Rockville.

Live updates: Tornado damage throughout Central Virginia

Tornadoes and severe storms ripped through parts of Central Virginia on Monday, leaving behind a trail of destruction.

Henrico neighborhood picks up the pieces after storms

Numerous trees and large sections of trees were still down on the ground on Glendale Drive

Church’s AC unit thrown off building during storms

West End Assembly of God is cleaning up on Tuesday from what witnesses believe was a tornado touching down on the roof.