First Alert Weather Blog

  After 40 years covering Richmond’s weather, Jim Duncan is signing off

  First Alert Weather Day: Low end severe storm risk on Wednesday

All clear: Severe storm risk fizzles on Sunday evening

Cherry blossoms near full bloom in Washington, D.C.

Tornado hits Isle of Wight County; no injuries reported

  Severe Weather: Lightning Safety Tips

Continued Coverage

  First Alert Weather Day: Severe weather watches issued for southern Va.

  Severe Weather Awareness Week: Dangers of flooding

  Severe thunderstorms can bring damaging winds, destructive hail

The Greek alphabet will no longer be used to name tropical storms, hurricanes

  Tornado Preparedness: Web links to bookmark!

Virginia to hold statewide tornado drill on March 16

Richmond urges citizens to learn about flood risks during Virginia Flood Awareness Week

Richmond’s Department of Public Utilities is encouraging citizens to learn about flood risks and get flood insurance in recognition of Virginia Flood Awareness Week.

  Severe Weather: The Difference Between a Watch and a Warning

Severe Weather Awareness week kicks off with learning the difference between a watch and a warning

Oh, baby! New right whale calf spotted off the coast of North Carolina

The endangered right whale calf is the 17th documented calf of the 2020-2021 calving season

  Fire Weather Warning across Central VA Thursday

The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch Thursday.

Weather ‘advisory’ terminology to disappear no earlier than 2024

  Extended dry stretch expected across Central Virginia

Critically endangered North Atlantic right whale named ‘Cottontail’ found dead off S.C. coast

NOAA considers earlier official start date for Atlantic hurricane season

  Signs of spring ahead in Virginia: mid-week warmup expected!

  First Alert Weather Day: Icy conditions remain Friday evening

  AAA ready for more calls during wintry weather

With hundreds of accidents reported by Virginia State Police on highways in Virginia, AAA is reminding people to stay home.

  More sleet, less freezing rain fell on Thursday morning

This blog answers the question: why did we see sleet instead of freezing rain for a time on Thursday?

Third-party app causes concern over power usage despite ongoing outage

Leaders with Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) say a third-party app developed to help customers manage their accounts is showing meter usage despite thousands of customers still without power.

  ‘Hardest natural disaster ever faced’: Blackstone cleaning up, preparing for another round of icy weather

Mass power outages are a risk of Thursday’s upcoming ice storm even as thousands of people in Central Virginia still do not have their lights back on.

  Crews race to restore power ahead of more icy weather

Even before Saturday’s storm, Southside Electric Cooperative had called in extra help, adding contractors and other co-op crews from out of the area.

Schools announce Wednesday closures, delays

With ice, snow and ongoing power outages in Central Virginia, schools are announcing closures for Wednesday, Feb. 17.

  Electric companies continue to restore power | Here’s how to report an outage

More than 120,000 Dominion Energy customers remain without power in Central Virginia as of 2 p.m. Sunday, and hundreds of thousands are without power statewide.

Temporary charging stations to remain open in Richmond Tuesday

The Broad Rock and Westover Hills locations will remain open through 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.

  ‘I’m super excited and so grateful’: Power crews work nonstop to turn the lights back on

Electric crews are finding success with restoring power to tens of thousands of people as the weather “warms” up across Central Virginia.

Dinwiddie County continues efforts to restore power, clean up damage

The work continues in Dinwiddie County as thousands of residents are left in the dark because of the ice storm this weekend.

Red Cross helps communities stay safe during power outages

As thousands remain without power in Central Virginia, the Red Cross has continued to respond to house fires and trees into homes, displacing people.

  Virginia State Trooper vehicle hit by falling tree

Virginia State Troopers are warning travelers of dangerous road conditions with a photo of a fallen tree on a cop car.

  Dominion Energy crews continue efforts to restore power after ice storm

Dominion Energy is continuing their efforts to restore power after thousands of customers were left in the dark due to an ice storm that struck Central Virginia.

  ‘There’s not a definitive ending’: Some homeowners left without power 24+ hours later

Chesterfield County was one of the hardest hit areas in metro-Richmond from the ice storm as some neighborhoods remain without power more than 24 hours later.

Chesterfield opening libraries as warming, power locations

Chesterfield County is opening two county libraries as warming and power locations amid power outages and severe weather in the area.

How to report downed trees in Central Virginia

If you need to report a downed tree or power line in central Virginia, there are several options.

  First Alert Weather Day: Over 280k customers without power as ice storm moves through Central Va.

In a series of three First Alert Weather Days, Saturday is our latest addition.

PHOTOS: Central Virginians enjoy ice, snow amid storm

Amid snowfall and the largest ice storm in decades, many Central Virginians spent their Saturday playing in the winter mix.

  VDOT: Avoid travel if possible as crews work to clear roads

Snow and freezing rain started coming down on Thursday across Central Virginia, making the roads slick in many places.

PHOTOS: Winter weather brings snowfall to Central Virginia

Winter weather has come back to Central Virginia!

  First Alert Weather Days: Snow likely overnight, could mix with sleet

We'll need to watch for ice and freezing rain potential with the next storm on Thursday into Friday.

Boulevard Bridge closed in Richmond due to weather

Winter weather is expected to impact Central Virginia overnight Thursday into Friday.

Shoppers stock up on groceries ahead of winter storm

With the winter weather approaching Central Virginia, people went to the stores to grab some last-minute items before the road conditions worsen overnight.

  Dominion Energy crews prepare for winter weather

Central Virginia could begin feeling the effects of winter weather come Thursday evening.

  VDOT: Slushy roads may be gone, but there’s potential for re-freeze overnight

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is warning drivers about the potential for icy roads come the Monday morning commute.

First Alert Weather Day: Icy road conditions possible Monday morning

For our second Sunday in a row, snow fell in Central VA.

PHOTOS: Second Sunday snowfall in Central Virginia

The predictions were mixed, but the conditions were right for snow to fall in Central Virginia for a second Sunday in a row.

  ‘Use EXTRA caution’: VDOT warns drivers of snowy roads, reduced visibility

The Virginia Department of Transportation is advising drivers to avoid the roadways on Sunday as snow continues to fall in Central Virginia.

  Dominion Energy prepares for potential power outages ahead of winter storm

Dominion Energy is preparing for potential power outages this weekend as winter weather is expected to hit the commonwealth.

  First Alert: Frigid blast delayed until late next week

The coldest air of winter so far is expected early next week.

Sunday’s snow was biggest since 2018 in Richmond

The Richmond snow drought from the last couple years is not completely erased, but Sunday marked the largest snowfall in RVA in more than two years.

Closings and delays for Monday, Feb. 1

Here is a look at all the school closings and delays for Monday, Feb. 1 due to winter weather.

  First Alert Weather Day: Winter storm pulls away from Virginia

Snow is likely on Sunday and will likely changeover to rain in the afternoon.

  PHOTOS: Snowy Sunday in Central Virginia

While you were sleeping, Sunday began as a winter wonderland.

  Central Va. sees biggest snowfall in 2 years, leaving roads slushy, slippery for Monday commute

It’s been over two years since Central Virginia saw more than a couple of inches of snow in one shot.

VDOT crews continue treating roads, ask drivers to avoid travel if possible

The Virginia Department of Transportation is already pre-treating roads ahead of any snow and preparing to work around the clock on Sunday.

Many churches, some businesses close due to snow | Full list here

Many churches throughout Central Virginia are canceling service due to snowy conditions this Sunday morning.

  First Alert Weather Day: Snow could cause slick roads tonight into Thursday AM

Wednesday night and early Thursday brings snow for Central VA

VDOT prepares for snow, slick road conditions overnight

The Virginia Department of Transportation is preparing to make sure roads stay safe with the chance of wintry weather overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning.

  First Alert: COLD final week of January, snow possible

We're closely watching a rain to snow scenario coming up on Thursday.

  Endangered right whales spotted off the coast of Virginia Beach

Critically endangered right whales were spotted off Virginia Beach on Wednesday.

Looking back at 2020: rainy & warm

2020 was a record setting year in more ways than one.

  Where’s the snow? Snow drought continues for Central Virginia

The last two years have had snow lovers asking: where's the snow?

Mid-January historically coldest time of the year in Richmond

Mid January is typically the coldest time of the year in Richmond.

First Alert: Slim chance of snow for Central VA

Snow chance Friday evening and overnight

VDOT pretreats roads ahead of potential wintry weather Friday

The Virginia Department of Transportation Richmond District has been working to pretreat roads ahead of potential wintry weather on Friday.

  First Alert: Rain likely across Central Virginia to ring in 2021

Rain is likely to close out 2020 and ring in 2021.

Two tornadoes strike Suffolk, Virginia on Christmas Eve

Two EF-1 tornadoes damaged several homes in Suffolk, Virginia on Christmas Eve.

First Alert Weather Day: Strong storms likely on Christmas Eve

Thursday afternoon-evening could bring severe storms and downpours to parts of our area

Snow chances dropping for Christmas 2020 in Central Virginia

Bad news for snow lovers: the chance for a White Christmas in 2020 is decreasing.

Jupiter and Saturn will create ‘Christmas Star’ effect during Winter Solstice

Some people are calling it a “Christmas Star.” On Dec. 21, Jupiter and Saturn will appear as close to each other as they have in 800 years.

What caused these gorgeous ice formations on cars?

Gorgeous crystals formed on cars

VDOT warns drivers that roads may be slick overnight

The Virginia Department of Transportation in Richmond is warning drivers that there could be slick conditions on Wednesday evening into Thursday morning.

First Alert Weather Day: Icy mix likely west of RVA today

Areas west of Richmond likely see a blast of wintry weather on Wednesday.

  VDOT prepares roadways ahead of expected winter weather

A wintry mix of ice and snow is expected north and west of Richmond Wednesday with mostly rain expected in the Richmond area.

Best meteor shower of 2020 expected tonight, but clouds will interfere in Virginia

The Geminid meteor shower promises to bring more than 100 meteors per hour

  First Alert Weather Day: Snow is falling for Monday morning commute

Snow is likely falling for many on your Monday commute!

  Five tips to get your car ready for winter

There's a few simple things you can do to get your car ready for winter's worst.