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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 has earned numerous awards during his time in Richmond, including 11 Emmy nominations and 7 Emmy wins. His 7 Emmy wins include 5 “Best Weather Anchor” titles (2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015). His other two Emmys are for Best Weathercast in 2008 and Best Weather Special in 2011.

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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    3 Confirmed Tornadoes in the Northern Neck

    The National Weather Service survey team released their report this evening confirming that 3 EF-0 tornadoes touched down in the counties of Richmond and Lancaster last night. The first tornado occurred from 8:53 PM until 9:08 PM, tracking from southeast of Newland to Naylors Beach and then across Route 360.  Maximum winds were 70 to 80 mph, with a path width of 100 yards, and the tornado was on the ground for 6 miles. The second tornado occurred from 9:28 […]

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    Tornado and Severe thunderstorm watches in effect until 8 p.m.

    The recently upgraded CBS 6 Weather Authority App is ready for you to download and use.

  • WATCH: Warmer weather is coming soon

    Heat and humidity will be back for most of next week with highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s. A few scattered storms are possible Monday and Tuesday as another cold front moves into the region.


    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.

  • Monday weather update

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

    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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    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.