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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 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 then won the 2011 Emmy Award for Best Weather Anchor, and the 2011 Emmy Award for a Weather Special. He most recently won the 2013 Emmy Award for Best Weather Anchor.

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. 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
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    Tracking potential for snow, sleet and freezing rain

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  • Zach Travel2

    Tracking the change from rain to snow

    Here's look at how the rain-to-mix-to-snow line will progress across the Commonwealth on Wednesday.

  • N Amer 500mbSun6a

    Tracking two chances for Wintry Weather

    An arctic air mass is still on schedule to invade the region this weekend.

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    Another Arctic Blast headed this way

    It's been chilly over the past couple of days, but the coldest air mass of the season will arrive this weekend.

  • SnowAgain

    The best window for snow today is…

    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.

  • Winter Weather Setup1

    Tracking the potential for snow next week

    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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    Is Halloween forecast a trick or a treat?

    There is a threat of storms for Friday.

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    WEATHER: What Month is This?!

    We flipped the calendar today from September into October, a transition that is just one day, but typically signifies at least a mental transition to cooler days.  The pattern across the U.S. will be anything but Fall-like however, with a deep west coast trough developing, and a strong upper-level ridge in the east.  The upper-level pattern today through this weekend will result in upper 80s and low 90s in the Commonwealth. The dip you see across the Central Plains this […]

  • Zach Tropics Sat

    WEATHER: Gabrielle weakens(Updated)

    The seventh storm of the Atlantic has weakened to a tropical depression

  • WEATHER: Storms expected Wednesday

    Hot and humid weather will be the rule Thursday and Friday


    Hurricane Irene: Two Years Ago Today

    Today marks the 2-year anniversary of one of the most destructive storms to affect central Virginia in recent memory.  The eye of Irene stayed just off the coast of Virginia as the storm was a category 1 hurricane, but wind gusts nearly reached hurricane strength in Richmond, measuring 71 mph in two different locations.  The winds would not have been as strong in central Virginia, had it not been for the tightened pressure gradient that resulted from an approaching cold […]


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