First Alert Weather Blog

  First Alert Weather Days: High heat through Sunday

The Heat Index is expected to approach 110 degrees this weekend.

  Dominion Energy ready for increased energy use during heat wave

  First Alert Weather Day: Severe storms possible; heat advisory for parts of Va.

Animal Control issues warning about pets in hot cars

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Barry makes landfall as a hurricane, weakens back to tropical storm

  First Alert Weather Day: Heavy storms possible Thursday

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  First Alert Weather Day: Pockets of heavy rain could cause flooding Sunday evening

Lightning strike during July Fourth cookout kills 1, sends 2 to hospital

  Strongest earthquake in 20 years rattles Southern California

  Hit or miss storms could threaten Independence Day plans

  First Alert Weather Day: Heat index to soar above 100 on Wednesday

  Dust devil interrupts baseball tournament in Henrico

  First Alert Weather Day: Severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m.

The main concerns with any storms that do develop will be strong gusty winds and hail.

Man struck by lightning along trail in Virginia

The man who was struck called 911 to report it happening.

Report: Major hurricane could cost Virginia $40 billion

Experts say that southeastern Virginia could suffer $40 billion in losses if it's struck by a major hurricane

  First Alert Weather Day: Afternoon, evening downpours possible

Monday is a First Alert Weather Day for the potential for heavy rainfall that could again cause localized minor flooding.

  Woman identified in deadly I-295 crash

  Storm threat ends for Wednesday evening

  First Alert Weather Day: Strong storms possible Sunday PM

  First Alert Weather Day: Severe storms end after causing flooding, tree damage

  First Alert Weather Day: Temperatures soar into the 90s again

  See kids or animals in a hot car? Here’s how to react

  First Alert Weather Day: Record-setting heat possible Sunday

First Alert Weather Day for Record heat possible Sunday

  Parts of Virginia under a severe thunderstorm watch

We're tracking a chance for strong to severe storms on Thursday afternoon and evening.

Va. community continues to learn lessons from Hurricane Camille

The powerful storm killed more than 120 people in Nelson County 50 years ago this summer.

  4 easy steps to see radar more clearly on the NBC12 Weather App

The latest update to the NBC 12 Weather app is a huge upgrade and something I’ve been waiting for for years!Here are the steps to take to activate maps that will make it much easier to see where storms are on radar.

Tropical development possible in the Atlantic over next several days

An area of low pressure in the Atlantic is expected to form into a system several miles south of Bermuda in the next several days.

  ‘Bermuda High’ to increase temps this weekend

Get ready for hot temperatures starting this weekend into next week.

  First Alert Weather Day: Few strong storms possible Friday

Few strong storms possible late afternoon and evening Friday

  National Weather Service confirms two tornadoes in Virginia this past weekend

The National Weather Service will survey the damage to determine if two tornadoes touched down in Virginia on Saturday as storms moved through the area.

  Scattered showers and strong storms Sunday

Sunday is a First Alert Weather Day for scattered strong storms during the afternoon and evening.

Hurricane hunters make a rare visit to southwest Virginia

Flying aboard a USAF Reserve WC-130J Hurricane Hunter aircraft along with the NOAA Lockheed WP-3D Orion aircraft, the pilot, crew and team of meteorologists are hoping to raise awareness of the impacts from tropical cyclones threats.

Experts forecast below average hurricane season

Last year, Florence and Michael combined to kill more than 100 Americans and cost nearly $50 billion in damage.

  First Alert: Few strong storms likely Sunday

Storm chances increase this weekend

FIRST ALERT: Chance of tropical development near the Bahamas lowers

There is a slight chance of tropical development over the next few days.

  Severe weather threat moves out of Central Virginia

The severe weather threat for the Richmond area has ended.

  ‘It sounded like a bomb went off’: Charles City Co. residents describe EF-2 tornado

It looks like a long journey to recovery for some Charles City County residents.

NWS confirms at least 16 tornadoes touched down in Virginia on Good Friday

The National Weather Service has confirmed several tornadoes that touched down in Virginia during Friday’s severe weather.

More damage discovered after Friday’s EF-3 tornado in Franklin County

Public safety officials are learning more about the path Friday’s EF3 tornado took when it touched down in Franklin County.

Franklin County, Va. tornado rated an EF3

The tornado that touched down in Franklin County Friday morning has been rated an EF3 by the National Weather Service in Blacksburg.

  Damage reported as storms move through Virginia

A horse was killed after a tree fell into a pasture in Brunswick County, the sheriff’s office confirmed.

  First Alert Weather Day: Tornado, Severe Thunderstorm Warnings issued throughout area

Damaging wind gusts, heavy rain and a threat for isolated tornadoes are the biggest concerns.

Schools, businesses heed warnings, close early

School buses arrived at Bellwood Elementary at 12:45 p.m. Friday, three hours early and just before a round of heavy rain.

  WATCH: Tower crashes into AL home while storms move through southeast

A west Alabama homeowner captures the terrifying moment of seeing her home destroyed by a falling tower.

Safety precautions to take during tornadoes

With strong to severe weather impacting the state of Virginia, Richmond city officials are reminding residents to take precautions in case of Tornado Warnings.

Possible tornado touches down near Smith Mountain Lake

Severe storms caused property damage and travel delays in multiple areas of Franklin County on Friday.

  Closings and delays

Here’s a look at the current closings and delays in Central Virginia.

  Richmond residents brace for another round of possible storms

Many people who are still cleaning up from Monday morning's storm are bracing themselves for the possibility of more damage Friday.

  Doctors: Allergy season expected to get worse

Dr. William Hark feels this allergy season is worse than in years past thanks to the huge amount of rainfall Virginia saw in 2018 and the solid cold temperatures throughout the winter leading up to blooming time.

  How you should prepare your trees before the next big storm

It was a devastating storm that rolled through Virginia overnight Sunday, bringing heavy winds and soaking rains that caused trees to topple all across central Virginia.

  Chances of a frost or freeze dwindling in Central Virginia

Looking for the last frost of the spring season

Virginia family visits site of leveled home one year after tornado

The wind is strong whistles through the trees, just like it was on April 15, 2018.

  Deadly storms topple trees, knock out power to tens of thousands

The storms sparked severe thunderstorm warnings and even tornado warnings in parts of Central Virginia overnight.

  VIDEO: Baby raccoons rescued after tree falls during severe storm

The storms knocked out power to tens of thousands of residents in Central Virginia.

After overnight storms, National Weather Service needs your storm reports

Rough storms had us on the air nonstop overnight for a couple of hours Sunday night/Monday and the radar clearly showed funnel clouds.

  Tornado threat over in Central Virginia

Severe storms hit Central Virginia early Monday morning.

  Powerful storm system cuts power, disrupts travel in central US

The storm’s impacts are likely to be similar to last month’s storm, which dropped heavy snow and led to massive flooding in the Midwest that caused billions of dollars in damage.

  Photographer captures ‘pollmageddon’ over eastern NC before downpour

In the hours before thunderstorms rolled across the state Monday afternoon, NC photographer Jeremy Gilchrist captured photos of what he’s calling “pollmageddon.”

First Alert Weather Day: Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued

First Alert Weather Day Monday for scattered showers and a few strong storms possible Monday evening.

  Big warmup ahead in Central Virginia

Warmer than average temperatures for late March and early April are expected in Central Virginia.

  Suffering from allergies? Richmond ranks 10 worst cities for allergy season

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American released a report showing that Richmond ranks top ten for the most challenging city for allergy sufferers.

  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.

  Virginia to conduct annual statewide tornado drill

The drill will start at approximately 9:45 a.m. Tuesday with a test tornado warning sent by the National Weather Service to National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios.

  First Alert Weather Day: Severe storms possible

First Alert Weather Day Friday for a few storms during the late afternoon and evening.

Richmond No. 10 worst city for allergies

Maybe it’s a byproduct of last year’s historic rainfall?

Virginia encourages residents to learn about flood risk

Gov. Ralph Northam has issued a proclamation designating this week as the first Virginia Flood Awareness Week to encourage residents to take precautions to protect their families and their property.

First Alert: Much warmer week ahead

A big warm-up is on the way for the next 7 days beginning on Sunday. High temperatures will reach near 70 degrees for Sunday afternoon and should stay near or above average for the 7 days after that.

  WSFA meteorologists get national attention for tornado coverage

The Washington Post said WSFA's coverage "probably proved lifesaving for many Alabama residents."

  Cold start to March, snow possible in Virginia

A colder than average start to March is likely, and the cold could also bring a chance for snow.

  James River level highest in almost 10 years

The James River will reach its highest level in almost 10 years on Monday evening.

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

Rain persists into Sunday morning, with gusty winds and warm temperatures for the afternoon and evening.

  Police respond to 800+ crashes, disabled vehicles throughout Virginia

Of the crashes throughout Virginia on Wednesday, Richmond police responded to an incident on Semmes Avenue involving two vehicles and a fire hydrant.

  First Alert: Wintry mix changes to rain for Wednesday afternoon

Periodic rain chances are likely through much of next week.

  VDOT pre-treats roads ahead of potential winter weather

Snow is expected early Wednesday, mainly north and west of Richmond.

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

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect Monday morning for areas north and 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

National Weather Service radar is out of service and it'll take longer to fix due to the government shutdown.