Zach Daniel

Chief Meteorologist

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 most recently won the 2011 Emmy Award for Best Weather Anchor, and the 2011 Emmy Award for a Weather Special.

Zach and his wife, daughter, two sons, and two yellow labs live in Richmond's West End. When he's not working he loves 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

  • Saturday system starts as a wintry mix west, with soaking rain on the way to central Virginia

    Posted on: 8:24 am, December 11, 2013, by , and , updated on: 08:39am, December 14, 2013

    Saturday storm will produce a wintry mix for western Virginia and could affect the Richmond metro area
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  • LIVE UPDATES: Where is the snow falling in Central Virginia?

    Posted on: 5:59 am, December 10, 2013, by , and , updated on: 12:24pm, December 10, 2013

    Download the WTVR CBS 6 mobile apps for weather updates.
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  • Sunday morning winter storm update

    Posted on: 1:32 pm, December 6, 2013, by , , , and , updated on: 06:34am, December 8, 2013

    Get more weather updates on the CBS 6 Storm Team on Facebook page and by following CBS 6 Storm Team on Twitter.
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  • What’s the weather for the Dominion Christmas Parade?

    Posted on: 6:51 am, December 6, 2013, by , and , updated on: 11:29pm, December 6, 2013

    Download the WTVR CBS 6 mobile apps for updates on the winter storm
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  • Wintry mess has its sights set on Virginia

    Posted on: 7:24 pm, December 5, 2013, by , updated on: 07:51pm, December 5, 2013

    Chief Meteorologist Zach Daniel says our in-house computer model just released data through Sunday afternoon, and it shows what most of the medium range models have been suggesting all week.
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  • Tracking potential for snow, sleet and freezing rain

    Posted on: 8:32 am, December 3, 2013, by , and , updated on: 07:43am, December 5, 2013

    Click here to visit the weather page for more information.
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  • Weather changing from rain to afternoon snow

    Posted on: 6:46 am, November 27, 2013, by , and , updated on: 12:59pm, November 27, 2013

    What kind of weather can you expect on Thanksgiving and Black Friday? Click here to visit the weather page.
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  • Tracking the change from rain to snow

    Posted on: 6:26 pm, November 26, 2013, by , updated on: 07:05pm, November 26, 2013

    Here's look at how the rain-to-mix-to-snow line will progress across the Commonwealth on Wednesday.
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  • Tracking two chances for Wintry Weather

    Posted on: 6:26 pm, November 21, 2013, by , updated on: 06:40pm, November 21, 2013

    An arctic air mass is still on schedule to invade the region this weekend.
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  • Another Arctic Blast headed this way

    Posted on: 5:29 pm, November 20, 2013, by , updated on: 08:42pm, November 20, 2013

    It's been chilly over the past couple of days, but the coldest air mass of the season will arrive this weekend.
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  • The best window for snow today is…

    Posted on: 12:32 am, November 12, 2013, by , and , updated on: 08:00am, November 12, 2013

    Scattered snow showers will become likely behind the front, with the best six-hour window for snow between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
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  • Tracking the potential for snow next week

    Posted on: 10:39 pm, November 7, 2013, by , updated on: 07:38am, November 8, 2013

    Bottom line: There's enough of a signal to get excited if you're a snow lover, but also plenty of time for this thing to fizzle out if you're not a fan of winter.
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