First Alert Weather Blog

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

After an extended bout of cold temperatures, a long-awaited warm-up is on the way this week!

  First Alert Weather Day: Icy conditions remain Friday evening

  More sleet, less freezing rain fell on Thursday morning

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

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

  Crews race to restore power ahead of more icy weather

Schools announce Wednesday closures, delays

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

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Temporary charging stations to remain open in Richmond Tuesday

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

Dinwiddie County continues efforts to restore power, clean up damage

Red Cross helps communities stay safe during power outages

  Virginia State Trooper vehicle hit by falling tree

  Dominion Energy crews continue efforts to restore power after ice storm

  ‘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

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

PHOTOS: Winter weather brings snowfall to Central Virginia

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

Boulevard Bridge closed in Richmond due to weather

Shoppers stock up on groceries ahead of winter storm

  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.

  First Alert Weather Day: Tornado Watch for Northern Neck

Gusty winds, heavy rain, and a low risk for severe weather are expected Monday morning into the midday hours

  Cold blast likely in Virginia to start off December

A cold blast is expected in to kick off December.

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

Thanksgiving starts with showers, but dry and warm weather builds in for the afternoon.

Forecasters accurately predicted extremely active hurricane season in 2020

2020's hurricane season was one for the record books

  Leonid meteor shower peaks tonight

The Leonid meteor shower peaks tonight with a modest 15-20 meteors per hour.

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

Gusty winds are expected as a cold front passes 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.