First Alert Weather Blog

The stubborn weather pattern that just won’t quit

  Tidal flooding coast, flash flooding western VA, plus river flooding this week

Tropical Storm Arthur moves away from the coast

  Summer-like warmth arrives in Central Virginia late this week

First Alert Weather Day: Freeze Warnings expanded to include all of metro Richmond

How to protect your plants from a freeze

Continued Coverage

Prepare now for potentially active hurricane season

  First Alert Weather Day Sunday for a strong storm potential

  First Alert Weather Day for soaking rain Thursday

Photobombing Space X Satellites put on a show

  Dozens of homes, property damaged in late afternoon storms Friday

  First Alert: A few strong to severe storms possible Friday afternoon

Lyrid Meteor Shower: A free show in the skies while stuck at home

If you are looking for a free astronomy lesson for kids of all ages, The Lyrid meteor shower just might provide a show.

First Alert Weather Day Tuesday; marginal severe risk eastern Virginia

Marginal severe risk Tuesday for isolated storms eastern VA

  First Alert: Frost and freeze expected Thursday night

Protect your plants tonight with temperatures expected to drop as low as the low 30s and upper 20s in spots.

Snow still possible late Tuesday night west of RVA

Checking out a small snow chance of Wednesday morning.

  First Alert Weather Day: A second round of storms possible into the afternoon

  First Alert Weather Day: Rain likely, SEVERE THREAT DROPPING.

Why are you safe from lightning in a car?

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

There is no such thing as heat lightning

  First Alert Weather Day for an isolated strong storm potential Sunday

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

NBC12 will do a Facebook Live weather lesson every weekday at 1p.m. for the foreseeable future.

  Spring officially begins Thursday evening!

Spring officially arrives Thursday evening

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

Winter was a dud in Central Virginia this year, and spring will likely bring more active weather.

Pollen levels already medium to high in Central Virginia

Warm temperatures in recent days have undoubtedly contributed to high pollen levels early in March.

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

The tornado that struck Nashville was more dangerous because it struck at night when people may have been asleep.

  American Red Cross Virginia chapter ready to aid in tornado recovery

The organization is prepared to deploy volunteers who deal with setting up shelters, administering first aid, and even providing mental health care.

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

There is a very low chance for strong wind gusts with showers Wednesday evening.

School Delays for Feb. 26

A few schools will be on a two-hour delay for Wednesday, Feb. 26 due to foggy conditions.

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

People who live south of Richmond saw the most snow Thursday.

Blanket of snow covers areas south of Richmond

Snow fell across the southern and southeastern parts of Virginia on Thursday, covering portions of the region with a blanket of snow.

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

We're watching potential for snow Thursday evening into Thursday night.

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

Temperatures in Central Virginia have been much warmer than average so far this winter.

  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

Heavy rain is expected on Thursday with a low chance for storms too.

Earthquake registered in Louisa County, miles from record 2011 earthquake

A 2.7 magnitude earthquake struck Virginia early Monday morning.

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

Much colder temperatures are expected late this week, and that could set the stage for a little snow.

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

A few strong storms could move in late Saturday night and early Sunday morning across Central Virginia.

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

There is potential for a little snow on Tuesday, primarily to the north and west of Richmond.

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

If you're dreaming of a White Christmas this year in Virginia, you'll need to keep dreaming.

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.