First Alert Weather Blog

  First Alert: COLD final week of January, snow possible

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

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

Mid-January historically coldest time of the year in Richmond

First Alert: Slim chance of snow for Central VA

VDOT pretreats roads ahead of potential wintry weather Friday

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

Two tornadoes strike Suffolk, Virginia on Christmas Eve

Continued Coverage

First Alert Weather Day: Strong storms likely on Christmas Eve

Snow chances dropping for Christmas 2020 in Central Virginia

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

What caused these gorgeous ice formations on cars?

VDOT warns drivers that roads may be slick overnight

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

  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.

  First Alert Weather Day: Tornado Watch for Northern Neck

  Cold blast likely in Virginia to start off December

  Showery start to Thanksgiving, turns dry and warm in the afternoon

Forecasters accurately predicted extremely active hurricane season in 2020

  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

Virginia Department of Health is asking residents to take additional precautions while participating in recreational water activities.

  James River in moderate flood stage through Saturday

The significant rainfall is forecast to push the James River into moderate flood stage with a crest of 19.1 feet by Friday afternoon. The river is currently at action stage with current levels close to 12 feet.

  Heavy flooding in Farmville leads to water rescue and damaged buildings

Road closures, property damage and a water rescue were all underway in Farmville after a large rainstorm caused massive flooding.

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

The City of Richmond’s Department of Public Utilities announced it will activate the Dock Street and Brander Street flood walls as a precaution due to Thursday’s heavy rainfall.

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

Heavy rain, storms possible Wednesday into Thursday.

Virginia Dept. of Wildlife Resources warns of deadly boating conditions

The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (DWR) is warning recreational boaters of deadly flood boating conditions this week and weekend as several flood warnings have been issued.

Eta expected to be hurricane and strike Florida Keys

A strengthening Tropical Storm Eta cut across Cuba on Sunday, and forecasters say it’s likely to be a hurricane before hitting the Florida Keys Sunday night or Monday.

  Freeze Warning across central VA

A Freeze Warning is in effect for areas west of Richmond tonight with cold temperatures on the way.

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

This year has brought a pandemic, major election and now a rare, blue moon on Halloween.

  Zeta remnants topple trees, temporarily knock out power to thousands

It may take a while to get back to normal for several families in central Virginia after remnants of Zeta toppled trees and left thousands without power.

  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

The Orionid Meteor Shower peaks the next several nights in the early morning sky.

Virginia says the acorns are all right

Good news: the acorns are totally normal.

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

Frost Advisories go into effect Sunday morning from 2 a.m. to 9 a.m. for areas west of Richmond.

  Virginia Winter Preview: Temperatures could trend above average

With roughly two months left of fall, the CPC’s latest outlook already has eyes on a warmer than average winter season

  First Alert: A cold front will bring rain Friday

A round of rain is expected on Friday across Central Virginia.

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

On this day in history: Oct. 15,1954, Hurricane Hazel blew into Virginia after making landfall in North Carolina as a Category 4 hurricane.

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.