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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
  • TwoTrack

    TROPICS: Tropical Depression Two Has Formed

    Tropical Depression Two formed this afternoon in the central Atlantic with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.  The initial position of the depression as well as the coordinates as of 5 PM Monday are shown below: The depression is moving through an area where sea-surface temperatures are adequate for development, with SSTs ranging from 81 to 83 degrees along the track of the system (shown below). The biggest problem for T.D. Two is that it will be moving into a […]

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    Tropical Storm Arthur will likely become hurricane

    Arthur will impact the Outer Banks early Friday, with the best six-hour window for wind and storm surge coming between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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    First 90-degree Day of 2014 in RVA

    The pleasant weather from earlier in the week is nothing more than a memory now that Mother Nature, as she so often does in Virginia, has flipped a switch and hurled us headlong into summer.  More scientifically speaking, deep layer southwesterly flow has drawn a summer-like air mass into the Mid-Atlantic, resulting in Richmond’s first 90-degree day of the year.  The high today reached 91, coming up one degree shy of tying the record of 92 set in 1936.  The […]

  • Radio Hill

    Strong storms roll through Central Va.

    Strong thunderstorms rolled through Central Virginia Friday afternoon prompting tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings.


    WEATHER: Severe Weather Possible Friday

    FRIDAY AM UPDATE: We are tracking our threat for strong to severe thunderstorms Friday afternoon and evening. The most likely window in central Virginia for rain and storms will be between 2PM and 10PM. This threat comes from a small, but potent, storm system with a history of producing severe weather (damaging winds and hail) in the Midwest yesterday. The warm front linked to the low pressure center will lift north into central Virginia, with a cold front coming at […]

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    Big weather changes headed our way

    A powerful storm system is bringing swift changes to our weather in the Commonwealth Tuesday into Wednesday.

  • Snowfall Forecast

    Rain/Snow Mix Arrives Tuesday

    Much of central and western Virginia is now under a Winter Weather Advisory and a portion of western Virginia is in a Winter Storm Warning. CLICK HERE for full weather alert information. An upper-level trough swinging toward us from Tennessee generated a surface low pressure off the Georgia coast overnight. The upper-level energy is already dropping light to moderate snow over southwest Virginia Tuesday morning, and will send snow into the rest of central Virginia through the morning hours. I […]

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    Update on Snow Potential Next Week

    Our wild ride continues over the next 7 days with a nice stretch of warm and dry weather heading into the weekend, followed by yet another chance for snow next Tuesday.  Medium range models have been showing the potential for a nor’easter next Tuesday and Wednesday for the east coast for several days now, with the main impact for Virginia coming on Tuesday.  Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.  The snapshot below shows an impressive low bombing off […]

  • Winter Storm

    LIVE UPDATES: Storm brings wintry mix, snow to RVA

    Stay with and CBS 6 News for the most complete winter weather coverage. Click for up-to-the-minute reports from the CBS 6 Newsroom.

  • Zach 3 day RPM2

    More wintry weather headed this way

    It should come as no surprise to anyone that after we reach the low 70s on Saturday, we’ll be staring down another bout with wintry weather the very next day. This scenario will be a function of split flow, much like our last system, where colder air seeps into the area from the north, and lift and moisture arrives from an impulse imbedded within the southern stream.  Sunday will start dry, with increasing clouds and precip across the area from […]

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    Light wintry mix possible early Friday

    A wintry mix will move through Virginia Thursday night into early Friday.

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    Light snow continues Monday afternoon, cold night ahead

    It will be very cold overnight, with a new record possible in Richmond.


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