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Zach Daniel is the Emmy Award winning Chief Meteorologist for WTVR. His weathercasts can be seen weeknights on CBS 6 at 5, 5:30, 6, 7 and 11. Zach grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and has had a keen interest in weather since his early childhood. He's no stranger to severe and unusual weather, having spent six years working in Oklahoma City, widely regarded as the most intense weather market in the nation. He loves the challenge of forecasting the weather in Virginia and creating a weathercast that's accurate, compelling, and useful for his viewers each and every day.

Zach graduated from The University of Georgia with a B.S. degree in Geography, and earned his B.S. degree in Meteorology from The University of Oklahoma. He is a member of the National Weather Association and the American Meteorology Society, and has been awarded the AMS Seal of Approval.

Zach earned an AP Award for Best Weathercast in the State of Virginia in 2007, and took home the 2008 Emmy Award for Best Weathercast. He followed his 2008 Emmy Award with the 2009 Emmy Award for Best Weather Anchor. He was honored with two more AP Awards for 2010, in the categories of Best Weathercast, and Outstanding Effort By An Individual Weathercaster. Zach then won the 2011 Emmy Award for Best Weather Anchor, and the 2011 Emmy Award for a Weather Special. He most recently won the 2013 Emmy Award for Best Weather Anchor.

Zach and his wife, daughter, two sons, and yellow lab live in Richmond's West End. When he's not working he loves running, playing golf, skiing, traveling, spending time with his family, and serving as a board member for the March of Dimes. Zach works as a forensic meteorologist and has served as an expert witness in numerous cases involving weather. To contact Zach regarding a court case, email him at He loves hearing from viewers and invites you to drop him a line at

Recent Articles

    Record heat, then a big break

    RICHMOND, Va. — Tuesday will be our first 90-degree day in Richmond in 2015, and we’ll do it in grand fashion, by tying the standing record for May 12th of 92 set in 1956. Our first 90-degree day is well-above average for this time of year, but is very much on par with the average first 90-degree day we see each year.  Our average first day to hit the mark is May 13th, and we’ll do it just one day […]

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    How Ana will impact Virginia and the Carolinas

    RICHMOND, Va.  — Subtropical Storm Ana intensified Friday evening and is a visually impressive subtropical storm about 150 miles SE of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The storm will likely move very slowly northwestward this weekend, making landfall near the South Carolina/North Carolina state line.  Ana could make the transition to a true tropical system before making landfall, but the impacts will still be the same, with heavy surf, life-threatening riptides, flooding rains, and strong winds. Below is a snapshot of […]

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    LIVE UPDATES: Severe thunderstorm watch in Richmond, tornado watch to the north until 10 p.m.

    Be sure to download the all-new WTVR CBS 6 Storm Team app on your iPhone and iPad or Android device.

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    Central Virginia under ‘enhanced risk’ for severe weather Monday afternoon and evening

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    When will the snow arrive? Hour-by-hour look at Thursday’s winter storm in Virginia

    We expect one to three inches of snow accumulation in the Richmond Metro, with the highest totals in northern and west-central Virginia.

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    LIVE UPDATES: Snow expected to exit by 8 a.m.

    Follow these live updates for up-to-the-minute news coverage of the event.

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    Brief wintry mix possible early Tuesday

    A storm system will bring colder air and mostly rain to central Virginia this evening into early Tuesday.  The atmospheric column will become cold enough for a mix of rain and sleet by 5 AM in the Richmond metro area, with a mix of rain, sleet, and snow after 7 AM.  The series of screenshots below show the progression of the changeover in an hour-by-hour fashion. Surface temperatures will be a little above freezing, so any accumulation will be light, […]

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    Update on Weekend Winter Storm

    The nor'easter expected this weekend is still on schedule, and aside from a few short-term departures, the solutions from the various models are still pretty consistent regarding the overall impact on Virginia.

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    Tracking our chances for some snow this weekend in Richmond

    Download the WTVR apps to track approaching winter weather.

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    How long RVA deep freeze will last

    Arctic air will continue to move into Virginia tonight starting a two-day stretch of the coldest weather we've seen this winter.

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    WEATHER: Light Snow for Northern VA Early Tuesday

    One-third of meteorological winter has passed, and we still haven’t recorded a measurable snowfall in central Virginia.  That statistic likely won’t change tomorrow, but we might at least see a few flurries, with a light accumulation not too far north of us.  A clipper system located over the Northern Plains will quickly move southeast overnight, increasing lift across the region early Tuesday. The strongest lift in Virginia will be across the far northern counties, where an accumulation of an inch […]

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