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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 Meteorological 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 then won the 2013 Emmy Award for Best Weather Anchor and followed it up with the 2014 Emmy Award for Best Weather Anchor. In all, Zach has 9 Emmy nominations and 6 wins in the past 7 years.

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 and the American Cancer Society. Zach works as a forensic meteorologist and has served as an expert witness generating forensic weather reports for numerous cases involving weather in the Mid-Atlantic. 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
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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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    Download Storm Pins and join the CBS 6 Storm Team

    There is no faster way to get your weather photos and video on television, and to be an integral part of weather coverage with the CBS 6 Storm Team.

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    Our next big weather change will be a dramatic swing

    We'll have one setback before we get to the warmer weather

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    WEATHER: Midwinter Cold Arrives Tuesday

    The coldest air so far this season will move into Virginia tonight through Tuesday, sending Virginians scrambling for their heaviest winter clothing. The reason for the cold is the southeastward push of a very deep upper-level trough shown in the image below, allowing arctic air to overspread areas that generally don’t see this measure of cold until later in the season. The trough is centered by low pressure over the Great Lakes right where the “507” circle lies. That number, […]

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    Here’s the latest trick-or-treat Halloween forecast

    Highs Friday will reach the low to mid 60s in most areas, with upper 50s in the higher elevations and right along the Bay.

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    LIVE UPDATES: Tracking storms through Virginia

    The window for heaviest rain and severe weather in Richmond will be from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Wednesday. Click for live updates from the CBS 6 Storm Team.

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    WEATHER: Tracking Much-Needed Rain

    Today will be yet another dry day in the books in RVA,  pushing the 2014 rainfall deficit to over 7″.  We’ll get a little help from mother nature tomorrow, as low pressure off the Southeast coast moves northward into the Mid-Atlantic.  Here’s a snapshot of the current setup, with high pressure to our northwest, responsible for the cool day today, and the low to our south: Rain will be most likely across eastern Virginia, with lower probabilities and amounts the […]

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    Record heat for the first day back-to-school.

    Tuesday was the hottest September day in 60 years!

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    Eyes to the sky: Perseid meteor shower underway

    You could see bright meteors streaking across the sky through early August.


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