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

  • Is Halloween forecast a trick or a treat?

    Posted on: 6:16 pm, October 30, 2013, by and , updated on: 06:51am, October 31, 2013

    There is a threat of storms for Friday.
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  • WEATHER: What Month is This?!

    Posted on: 5:42 pm, October 1, 2013, by

    We flipped the calendar today from September into October, a transition that is just one day, but typically signifies at...
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  • WEATHER: Gabrielle weakens(Updated)

    Posted on: 6:26 pm, September 4, 2013, by and , updated on: 05:50pm, September 5, 2013

    The seventh storm of the Atlantic has weakened to a tropical depression
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    Zach Tropics Sat
  • WEATHER: Storms expected Wednesday

    Posted on: 12:13 am, August 28, 2013, by and , updated on: 12:14am, August 28, 2013

    Hot and humid weather will be the rule Thursday and Friday
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  • Hurricane Irene: Two Years Ago Today

    Posted on: 6:55 pm, August 27, 2013, by

    Today marks the 2-year anniversary of one of the most destructive storms to affect central Virginia in recent memory.  The...
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  • LIVE UPDATES: Tracking Chantal

    Posted on: 7:21 am, July 10, 2013, by , , , , and , updated on: 11:48am, July 10, 2013

    Click here to track Tropical Storm Chantal.
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  • Severe thunderstorm watch in effect until 10 p.m.

    Posted on: 3:06 pm, June 26, 2013, by , updated on: 03:56pm, June 26, 2013

    A severe t-storm watch is in effect until 10 PM.  The watch covers most of the state of Virginia.  The...
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    Severe tstorm watch
  • WEATHER: Severe thunderstorm watch in effect

    Posted on: 3:49 pm, June 24, 2013, by , and

    Download WTVR mobile apps for weather updates on the go.
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  • WEATHER: Andrea is gone…here’s Zach’s recap

    Posted on: 10:49 pm, June 7, 2013, by , updated on: 05:30am, June 8, 2013

    The rainfall total at RIC reached 1.75" by 2 PM, breaking the old record for today's date of 1.68" set exactly 100 years ago.
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  • VIDEO: Zach Daniel updates us on Andrea’s path

    Posted on: 2:27 pm, June 7, 2013, by and

    CBS 6 chief meteorologist Zach Daniel provided this update on Tropical Storm Andrea about 2:15 p.m. Friday.
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  • TORNADO UPDATES: Zach Daniel in Oklahoma

    Posted on: 6:20 am, May 22, 2013, by and , updated on: 09:50pm, May 24, 2013

    CBS 6 meteorologist Zach Daniel reporting from Oklahoma.
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    Zach in Okla
  • WEATHER: Frosty Night Ahead

    Posted on: 5:05 pm, May 13, 2013, by

    A cold and dry air mass has settled into the region over the past couple of days and will result...
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    State Frost Freeze Adv2