First Alert Weather Blog

  Heavy snow blankets parts of Virginia

Actual high temperatures were about 10 degrees colder than forecasted, prompting a Winter Storm Warning in parts of Virginia.

Richmond No. 10 worst city for allergies

Virginia encourages residents to learn about flood risk

First Alert: Much warmer week ahead

  WSFA meteorologists get national attention for tornado coverage

  Cold start to March, snow possible in Virginia

  James River level highest in almost 10 years

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  First Alert: Rain, gusty winds, and a warm-up expected for Sunday

  Police respond to 800+ crashes, disabled vehicles throughout Virginia

  First Alert: Wintry mix changes to rain for Wednesday afternoon

  Closings and delays

  VDOT pre-treats roads ahead of potential winter weather

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

  Big time warm-up arrives for this week

The much advertised arctic blast gave Virginia a glancing blow, and now Virginia will be ABOVE average next week.

  First Alert Weather Days: Bitter cold for Thursday and Friday

It will turn sharply colder with low temperatures Thursday morning near 10 degrees and high temperatures stuck in the mid to upper 20s Thursday afternoon.

  Strong winds cause power outages across RVA

A Stratford Hills homeowner said around 12:30 p.m. he heard a tree in the 4300 block of Shirley Road snap and fall on a power line, knocking out power for several hours Wednesday.

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

Heavy rain is likely on Thursday with around 1 inch of rain expected for central Virginia.

Government shutdown slows repair of National Weather Service radar in Wakefield

  First Alert Weather Day: Turning windy and bitterly cold Sunday

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

Up to 6 inches of snow is possible starting late Saturday and through the day on Sunday.

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

We’ve put all our prep stories into one place to get you ready for the wintry weather that is expected overnight and through the afternoon.

  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

Heavy rain is expected to develop Thursday afternoon and continue Thursday night into Friday.

Parts of Virginia eligible for disaster aid after Tropical Storm Michael

The storm dumped heavy rain and prompted numerous tornado warnings as it traveled north through Virginia in October.

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

The so-called 'Christmas comet' will potentially be visible after midnight on Sunday night into Monday morning when clouds begin to diminish in Virginia.

  First Alert Weather Day: More Rain Saturday

First Alert Weather Day for heavy rain Friday evening and Saturday

  Closings and delays for Dec. 14

Full list of closings from a winter storm impacting Central Virginia.

  School officials put safety first when deciding on closures

Several school officials say they spent the day riding around the area and getting a close up look at road conditions.

  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,”