First Alert Weather Blog

La Niña may develop by fall, could mean active and intense hurricane season ahead

The start of hurricane season is two months away, and it could be an active season in 2020.

NBC12, National Weather Service offer weather lessons to keep kids educated, entertained at home

  Spring officially begins Thursday evening!

Winter whimpers to a close, spring to bring warmer than average temperatures

Pollen levels already medium to high in Central Virginia

  Why the Nashville tornado was so dangerous, and how to prepare for unexpected severe weather

  American Red Cross Virginia chapter ready to aid in tornado recovery

Continued Coverage

  First Alert Weather Day: Low-end threat for strong wind gusts Wednesday evening; Dense morning fog

School Delays for Feb. 26

  'I love it’: Snow creates winter wonderland in Sussex County

Blanket of snow covers areas south of Richmond

  First Alert: Snow Targets Southern Virginia with significant amounts Thursday night

Henrico storm spotter compares weather this February to prior years - the difference is stunning

  Staying safe while cleaning up storm debris from your home

As a result of recent weather, many will be spending the weekend cleaning up.

NWS confirms tornado in Northern Virginia

The National Weather Service says it’s investigating the possibility that tornadoes touched down in areas of Virginia and Maryland outside of the nation’s capital.

Tree down over Powhite Parkway causes backups

There are no injuries and no cars were struck.

First Alert Weather Day Friday: Wind Advisory

First Alert; Wind Advisory Friday

  First Alert Weather Day: Flooding likely Thursday into Friday

Earthquake registered in Louisa County, miles from record 2011 earthquake

  First Alert: Much colder weather a sure thing, Chilly rain on Saturday

  First Alert Weather Day: Severe storm threat for Saturday night upgraded

  First Alert Weather Day: A little snow Tuesday, especially northwest of Richmond

  No White Christmas in Virginia this year, but great travel weather is expected

VDOT prepared for any potential snowfall

With the chance for some snow on Wednesday, the Virginia Department of Transportation said it is prepared for any accumulation.

  First Alert Weather Day: Snow likely Wednesday morning

Rain may change to a period of snow Wednesday morning, especially north and west of Richmond.

Last full moon of the decade to peak at 12:12 on 12/12

The 2010s are going out in style; cosmic style.

  Virginia’s winter outlook for 2019-2020 expected to be relatively mild

Winter Outlook

  Traveling for Thanksgiving? Here’s what to expect weather-wise

A look at how rain/snow could impact Thanksgiving Holiday travel

  Traveling for Thanksgiving? Get a personalized forecast

If you’re traveling this Thanksgiving, we’re on your side to help you plan.

  Meteor shower outburst possible Thursday evening

If the outburst happens as predicted, it would produce meteor rates of up to 400 meteors per hour

  Closings and Delays for Wednesday, Nov. 13

Closings and Delays across Central Virginia

  VDOT monitoring weather conditions, warns of refreezing

Crews will remain on standby into evening.

  First Alert Weather Days: Rain to snow Tuesday, potential record cold Wednesday

Wintry weather with even a potential rain/snow mix is in the forecast for Central Virginia late this week into next week.

VDOT is ready for winter weather

VDOT says staffing, equipment and materials are ready to go.

Forestry department: ‘Peak week’ for leaves along parkway

According to this week's foliage report , the highest mountain areas have lost many leaves, but areas below 3,000 feet are "stunning."

NWS confirms EF-1 tornado touched down in Mecklenburg Co. on Halloween

The National Weather Service confirmed a EF-1 tornado touched down Thursday evening on Halloween as storms moved across the region.

  Halloween Tornado Watch: First Alert Weather Day this evening

It will be a warm and potentially wet Halloween this year in Virginia.

  First Alert Weather Day: Strong storms possible Sunday

A few strong storms will be possible on Sunday, especially east of I-95.

First Alert: Rain likely for the end of the weekend

Tropical Depression 17 expected to form today

  First Alert Weather Day: Severe storms possible Tuesday afternoon

The tornado, hail and flooding threat are low, but a severe thunderstorm could produce damaging wind gusts.

  Va. localities lift burn bans after soaking rain

When it's in place, a burn ban makes it illegal to burn brush, grass, leaves, trash, debris or any other flammable material.

  Tropical Storm Nestor could bring soaking rain Sunday

The storm's track has it moving across southeast Virginia this weekend.

Large algae blooms spreading in the James River due to drought

Algae blooms are usually common in July and August, not fall.

  First Alert Weather Day: Soaking rain likely

A period of heavy rain and even a few embedded thunderstorms is likely on Wednesday.

  Virginia officials issue warning as wildfire season begins

Currently, 39 localities have initiated burn bans.

  Richmond monitoring James River levels, could implement water usage measures

If needed, an advisory will be issued for the city and surrounding counties to voluntarily reduce water consumption.

  Fall foliage ‘leaf-ing’ much to be desired

The conditions we've seen over the past couple months might not make for the best looking fall.

Richmond area reports zero unhealthy ozone air quality days

It's been a good year for air quality in Richmond

  Fall seasonal allergies in full swing despite record heat

Seasonal allergies are in full swing despite record heat.

  First Alert Weather Day: Mid-week record heat

Record heat midweek as we soar into the mid-90s.

Weather scientist dies in rough surf after forecast of risk

A federal scientist who oversaw weather prediction centers tracking ocean, hurricane and even space conditions has died in rough seas on North Carolina’s Outer Banks

Expert: Expect less colorful foliage in Virginia

Dry conditions have caused some trees to brown and drop leaves early.

  Tracking the Tropics

Three tropical systems are currently moving across the Atlantic Ocean.

  Swift Creek Reservoir water level low; officials say not to worry

As of now, there are no restrictions in place, but that could change if substantial rain isn’t in our future.

  Drought conditions worsen in Virginia

Rainfall this month has been hard to find with less than a half inch of rain officially recorded in Richmond

  Did you feel it? 2.5 magnitude earthquake shakes Henrico

A 2.5 magnitude earthquake rattled parts of Henrico County Sunday night.

  Tuesday marks 1 year since deadly Va. tornadoes

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

Humberto upgraded to hurricane strength

Humberto will move away from the U.S. but will pose a threat to Bermuda over the next few days.

  First Alert Weather Day: Strong afternoon storms possible

Most of Central and Southern Virginia is in a marginal risk for severe storms on Monday.

NOAA backs Trump, disavows NWS Birmingham on Dorian track

NOAA issued a statement Friday supporting Trump’s claim that Alabama would be hit “much harder than anticipated” by Hurricane Dorian, and pointed to evidence that didn’t support that claim.

  ‘It’s a catastrophe’: Chesterfield family worried about relatives in Bahamas

As organizations work to help those in need, those most affected say it’s the worse they’ve ever seen.

  Tracking Dorian: Southeast Virginia blasted with wind, rain, surge, but not much in Richmond

Dorian officially made landfall on the Outer Banks at 8:35 a.m. Friday.

  Richmond native pilots ‘storm-hunter’ planes into Hurricane Dorian

From August until late October is what Air Force pilot Maj. Alex Boykin calls “hunting season.” His quarry: monster storms.

  Evacuations issued in portions of Va. as Dorian approaches

Virginia Beach officials announced mandatory evacuations Thursday for the community of Sandbridge.

  HILARIOUS: S.C. kids spoof ‘Jeep Watch 2019’ while waiting out Dorian

One “cub reporter” in Hartsville was busy covering her own Jeep Watch … a Little Tikes Jeep Watch to be exact!

  Generators, water, extra beds: Hospitals prepared for storm victims

“We are able to take more patients. We’re licensed for 300 beds. We will have room for them.”

  7,000 power crews in place ahead of storm

Crews are getting ready for whatever Hurricane Dorian brings our way.

  Fallen live power line sparks on flooded Charleston street during Dorian

The sound of explosions when a live wire fell into flood water on a downtown Charleston street could be heard blocks away Thursday afternoon.

Tips on how to prepare as Hurricane Dorian approaches

First responders have some tips on how to keep safe as Hurricane Dorian makes its way up the coast.

  Marina along Virginia’s coast prepares for storm

Boat owners and the Deltaville Marina are going through a checklist of precautions to take ahead of Hurricane Dorian’s arrival.

  Richmond-area organizations prepare for Dorian relief effort

Local organizations, like Dominion Energy and the American Red Cross, are getting ready for Hurricane Dorian.

  Mandatory evacuations underway for Outer Banks

Dare County officials ordered visitors to evacuate starting at noon Tuesday. Residents are under a mandatory evacuation starting at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

  ‘These people are going to be traumatized’: Dorian leaves trail of destruction in Bahamas

Bahamas resident films as furniture floats around him.

Military takes precautions as Dorian threatens ships, planes

The U.S. Military is taking precautions as Hurricane Dorian threatens ships and planes based on Virginia's coast

Virginians warned of donating to fraudulent hurricane relief funds

Any organization you believe to be fraudulent can be reported to the Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs by calling (804) 786-1343.

WATCH: Family of Chesterfield woman in Bahamas shares video inside flooded home

Video from inside the family’s home in Abaco shows water several feet deep that came in through the washed out front door.

  Northam declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency for southeastern Virginia ahead of potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian.

  Central Va. Red Cross volunteers in Florida helping those in Dorian’s path

Millions of people are making their way to emergency shelters, mostly schools built to withstand hurricane-force winds. Those operations are largely manned by the Red Cross.

  Animals displaced by Hurricane Dorian arrive in Richmond

Richmond SPCA is asking for donations through its Facebook page to house the animals and treat their medical needs.

First ever all-female flight crew tracking Hurricane Dorian

As Hurricane Dorian comes closer to landfall, a special crew of Air Force Reserve members have been tasked with monitoring the storm and updating the public about its progress.

  Richmond-area businesses prepare for Hurricane Dorian

Says key to getting through hurricane season is to 'be prepared'.