First Alert Weather Blog

  Cold blast likely in Virginia to start off December

A cold blast is expected in to kick off December.

  Leonid meteor shower peaks tonight

  First Alert: Cold front likely brings squall line of gusty showers Sunday evening

VDH: Beware of health risks, dangerous roadways after heavy rain

  James River in moderate flood stage through Saturday

  Heavy flooding in Farmville leads to water rescue and damaged buildings

  Richmond closes two flood walls, officials warn to stay out of James River

Continued Coverage

First Alert Weather Day: Heavy rain, storms causing flooding/school delays & closures this AM

Virginia Dept. of Wildlife Resources warns of deadly boating conditions

Eta expected to be hurricane and strike Florida Keys

  Freeze Warning across central VA

Halloween’s blue moon is rare and perfect for the moment

  Zeta remnants topple trees, temporarily knock out power to thousands

  First Alert Weather Day: Final round of storms possible tonight

A second round of severe weather is possible tonight as Zeta pulls away.

Dog named ‘Cirrus’ at Richmond SPCA, 1 of 3 dogs named after clouds

A trio of dogs recently transferred to the Richmond SPCA were named after different types of clouds.

NBC12 hosts Mid-Atlantic ChaserCon on 2011 tornado outbreak in NC

One of the discussions is being hosted by NBC12′s Chief Meteorologist Jim Duncan.

First Alert: Temperatures will drop significantly this weekend

A cold front will swing through on Saturday evening & bring us a chilly Sunday

  Orionid meteor shower peaks early Wednesday morning

Virginia says the acorns are all right

  First Alert: Frost Advisory for areas west of I-95 Saturday night into Sunday morning

  Virginia Winter Preview: Temperatures could trend above average

  First Alert: A cold front will bring rain Friday

On This Day: Hurricane Hazel paves a path of destruction through Virginia

Fall foliage nearing peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains

The peak of fall color in Virginia's Blue Ridge is expected now until October 26.

  After a brief mid-week warmup, cooler weather arrives in Virginia this weekend

Temperatures will briefly turn warmer this week before much cooler weather arrives this upcoming weekend.

Louisiana governor announces 1 death from storm

Louisiana officials have announced a death from Hurricane Delta.

Delta downgraded to a Tropical Depression

Hurricane Delta is now a category 2 storm

Coast mom births baby en route to the hospital

Welcoming a baby into the world is an exciting occasion. But one Coast couple got a little more excitement than they bargained for when their baby boy decided he was coming sooner than expected.

Mars: Shining bright on its closest approach in years

Mars is shining bright in the night sky.

  Peak fall color expected in mid to late October in Central Virginia

The peak of fall color likely arrives in Richmond during the final two weeks of October.

Historically good summer for air quality in Virginia

Air quality was historically good this year in Virginia

  Two tornadoes confirmed in Virginia Tuesday night

An EF-0 tornado struck just before 11 p.m. Tuesday evening in Isle of Wight County and another struck Southampton County.

  First Alert Weather Day: Heavy rain, strong storms possible Tuesday Evening.

Tuesday is a First Alert Weather Day for the threat of flooding and possible severe storms.

  Virginia fall preview: Seasonable Autumn expected

Fall in Virginia can bring some of the most beautiful weather of the year.

  Lull in tropical storm/hurricane activity expected for next two weeks

A lull in tropical storm/hurricane activity is expected in the next 10 to 14 days.

  Virginia’s 2020 summer in review: Hot & dry first half, then wet & cooler second half

A hot and dry start to the summer gave way to flooding rainfall in August and cool weather the first few weeks of September.

Rare blue moon on Halloween in 2020

Halloween in 2020 will feature the first 100% full moon in the Eastern U.S. time zone on Halloween since 1944

Coastal flooding along N.C. Outer Banks closes roads

High tides and Hurricane Teddy are causing travel problems along North Carolina’s Outer Banks and threatens problems going up to Tidewater Virginia.

  Peak of Hurricane Season and our A-B-C’s just ran out

Busy tropical season rolls on

  First Alert Weather Days: Flash Flood Watch in effect through Friday evening

Heavy rain with potential for minor flooding is expected Thursday into Friday

  Two years ago today, deadly tornadoes ripped across Central Virginia

The storms killed one person as a building collapsed at Old Dominion Flooring in Chesterfield County.

  Sally strengthens into a hurricane

Tracking the Tropics

  There is only 1 more name left on the 2020 Tropical Storm/Hurricane List

We are a the typical midpoint of hurricane season, we’ve already almost run out of names. This year is rivaling 2005 which had 27 storms named (6 were named after greek letters) and 15 hurricanes.

  Fall-like weather arrives ahead of the official start of Autumn in Virginia

Cool temperatures with low humidity will make it feel like fall this week in Virginia.

  First Alert Weather Day: Flash flood threat on Thursday

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday for counties along and east of I-95.

28 deaths in Louisiana attributed to Hurricane Laura

Deaths reported in Louisiana due to Hurricane Laura.

La Niña likely by winter, potentially bad news for Virginia snow lovers

A La Niña weather pattern is likely to develop this fall into the winter.

Swarms of dragonflies likely picked up on radar in Central Virginia Friday afternoon

Dragonflies or birds were likely picked up on First Alert Doppler radar in Central Virginia on midday Friday.

  First Alert Weather Day: Heat, severe storm risk Thursday

Watching a severe threat today, in particular for our NORTHERN Counties. Threat is highest this evening!

How to predict a picture-perfect sunrise/sunset!

How to predict a picture-perfect sunrise/sunset! A checklist of the best conditions that are sure to get you the most likes on social media.

Shorebird found under a car in Halifax county likely came in with Hurricane Laura

A bird known to live in the salt marshes and coastal areas was found days after remnants of Hurricane Laura moved through the area.

  Tropical Storm Nana forms in the Caribbean

None of the systems in the Atlantic are expected to threaten the U.S. in the next 10 days.

Wild weather in August across Central Virginia

A look back at flooding and tornadoes that struck Central Virginia in August 2020.

First Alert Weather Day Saturday: Severe threat drops as Laura’s remnants pull away

The remnant of Hurricane Laura could bring rain, wind, and even a tornado threat to Virginia.

Laura made landfall overnight as a Category 4

Two potential tropical storms will keep us busy in the next week.

  Central Virginia American Red Cross volunteers waiting out storm

Eight volunteers from Central Virginia are ready to help after Hurricane Laura. They're stationed in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of Central Virginia until 11pm Tuesday

We're watching a low threat for a round of strong to severe storms each day through Wednesday.

  Volunteers to help clean up Pocahontas State Park after severe damage from storm

Rangers said the park received nearly 10 inches of rain in a matter of 12 hours leading to severe flooding.

  First Alert Weather Day: Monday evening severe storm risk

Strong to severe storms are possible Monday evening from 4 to 9pm.

  2nd Wettest August with more rain ahead

Closing in on a record

  Evacuation order lifted for Chesterfield residences near Falling Creek Dam

The evacuation order for Chesterfield residents downstream from Falling Creek Dam has been lifted.

  Photos and videos show heavy weekend flooding in Central Virginia

Rain in the Central Virginia area has caused a local state of emergency, flash flood warnings and multiple water rescues on Saturday.

  Chesterfield declares local state of emergency due to flooding

Chesterfield County declared a local state of emergency on Saturday due to deteriorating road conditions.

  Flash floods submerge main entrance road at Clover Leaf Lake Apartments

Jackeline Marquez calls Saturday’s flash-flooding along the entrance road to the Clover Leaf Lake Townhomes in Chesterfield an unfortunate case of Déjà vu outside of her unit tan that has her anxiety about as high as the floodwater.

Routes to avoid: Flooding, downed trees close Central Virginia roads

Heavy rain in Central Virginia has closed several road in the region.

Saturday Flash Flooding in Chesterfield County

Flash flooding in Chestefield county

Driver rescued from car’s roof on flooded Midlothian road

Chesterfield’s Water Rescue Team rescued a driver Saturday morning from a vehicle stuck in water.

First Alert: Tropical Storm Kyle forms in the Atlantic

As of this afternoon, Tropical Storm Josephine has formed in the Atlantic

  First Alert Weather Day: Scattered downpours likely again Thursday

Flash flooding is possible Wednesday afternoon with slow moving showers and thunderstorms crossing Central Virginia.

  Storms cause flash flooding across Central Virginia

Storms caused flash flooding across the Central Virginia region on Wednesday afternoon.

Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight and tomorrow

This year's display of Perseid meteors will be better to watch than last year's, when a full moon obscured many meteors.

Worst of 2020 hurricane season likely still to come

Hurricane season in 2020 is expected to be extremely active.

FIRST ALERT: Magnitude 5.1 earthquake reported in Sparta, NC

At 8:07 AM a Magnitude 5.1 earthquake occurred just along the VA/NC border in Sparta, NC. Th

  First Alert: Chickahominy River now in Moderate Flood Stage

Rain from Tropical Storm Isaias on Tuesday and more heavy rain the following Thursday has sent the Chickahominy River over the edge. The river is now 10+ feet above its normal level.

Top 10 wettest August already!

Through Aug. 6, RVA has officially registered 9.48 inches of rainfall, over 5 inches of that associated with Tropical Storm Isaias.

  Heavy rainfall causes flooding across Central Virginia

Heavy rainfall on Thursday evening has once again caused flooded roadways across Central Virginia.

NWS service confirms 2 more tornadoes in Virginia, bringing total to 6

The National Weather Service has confirmed five tornadoes in Virginia on Tuesday.

  Family rescued from car trapped in flooded street in Richmond

Storms moving through the Richmond area on Wednesday evening caused flash flooding across the city.

  Isaias leaves destruction in Northern Neck through possible tornadoes

Tropical Storm Isaias left destruction in its wake traveling through the Northern Neck, severely damaging a vineyard and dozens of homes and trees in the area.

First Alert Weather Day: Isaias leaves behind damage as it races away

Tropical Storm Isaias expected to bring flooding rain and wind damage to Central and Eastern Virginia on Tuesday

  Northern Neck prepares for impacts from Tropical Storm Isaias

Towns in the Northern Neck are preparing for the impacts Tropical Storm Isaias may bring to the area.