First Alert Weather Blog

‘Christmas Comet’ may be visible on Sunday night 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

  School officials put safety first when deciding on closures

Winter wonderland: Snowy scenes of Richmond from above

Sunday storm the 2nd heaviest December snowfall on record

First Alert: Impressive winter storm moving away Monday

FIRST ALERT: Sunday snow keeps piling up

Governor declares state of emergency ahead of expected snow storm

Continued Coverage

  Snow showers create a winter wonderland in Central Virginia

Digital Dialogue: Climate change impact on Virginia

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

2018 nears top 3 for record precipitation in a year

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

Saturday storm could impact holiday travel plans

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

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

2 earthquakes shake Central Virginia Friday

Richmond Marathon forecast: Chilly and breezy

The Next Big Thing: Chilly through most of November?

First Alert Weather Day: Severe storms possible late Friday

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.

Storms rolling out, drier weather ahead

A cold front will bring afternoon shower and maybe thunderstorms.

Power restored to most residents after tornadoes

At one point, more than 16,000 were without power Monday night, according to Dominion.

Trees, power lines litter Chesterfield roads following tornadoes

Our crews spent the evening with Jim Roe. His house sits about a quarter of a mile off the Beach Road.

Students shelter in place for hours during tornado warnings

School systems all across the area had students sheltering in place Monday afternoon as tornado warnings went out across the Metro Richmond area.

VIDEOS: Tornadoes rip through Central Virginia

NBC12 viewers have sent numerous videos and photos as tornadoes ripped through Central Virginia on Monday afternoon.

Schools closing early, cancelling activities due to heavy rain, storms

Heavy rain is forcing some schools in Virginia to alter their schedules on Monday.

Drivers asked to avoid traveling through North Carolina

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), road conditions throughout the state are hazardous and rapidly changing.

Virginia National Guard sends help to North Carolina for recovery efforts

Around 40 soldiers and 20 light medium tactical vehicles were sent Saturday to North Carolina

Pollution fears: Swollen rivers swamp ash dumps, hog farms

Flooded rivers in North Carolina have begun to swamp coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms, raising pollution concerns as swollen waterways approach their crests

Stormy Monday, thanks to Florence

Sunshine returns Wednesday through the end of the week.

Tracking Florence: Remnants of storm could bring heavy rainfall throughout area

Bands of scattered, but sometimes heavy showers will be possible in Central Virginia Sunday and Monday, with lesser chances Tuesday, followed by sunny, but very warm weather Wednesday through Friday.

Wild horses on Outer Banks weather Florence

A herd of wild horses that roams a northern portion of North Carolina's Outer Banks has survived Florence just fine.

Virginia bracing for heavy rain, flooding in southwest area

The state so far has been spared from severe hurricane impacts, but the southwest portion of the state is expecting up to 12 inches of rain.

Red Cross volunteers ready to assist once storm passes

With each day, Tropical Storm Florence hovers over the Carolina - hundreds of volunteers in Richmond are excited and ready to answer calls for help, despite the slow-moving storm.

Florence still packing a punch

lorence has weakened to a tropical storm, but will continue to produce major impacts through the weekend in terms of flooding rainfall over the Carolinas.

Sense of normalcy returns to Virginia Beach

The governor says the state is shifting its focus to possible inland flooding in Southwest Virginia.

Florence now a tropical storm, leaves several dead, ‘catastrophic’ flood warnings in effect

Florence, now downgraded to a tropical storm, claimed fives lives in North Carolina as it pounds the region with destructive winds, life-threatening storm surge, dangerous surf, torrential rainfall, flooding and the potential for tornadoes.

Family who fled storm plans to return home sooner than expected

With only scattered showers hitting Richmond and Gov. Ralph Northam’s mandatory evacuation rescinded, a family in Richmond to ride out the storm is planning to return sooner than expected.

Northern Neck relieved after minor impacts from Florence

Communities along the Northern Neck are breathing a sigh of relief after fearing severe flooding and power outages from Hurricane Florence’s original path.

Hotels in Richmond see influx of people escaping Florence

Hotels in the Richmond region are seeing an increasing number of guests escaping the wrath of Hurricane Florence.

Bear statues relocated by Florence in New Bern, NC

The “Bear Town Bears” are part the city’s identity, which is known as “Bear City” because legend has it the city was named for the animals.