His fascination with weather began in 1989 when the remnants of Hurricane Hugo blew through his hometown near Blacksburg. That experience, combined with many more since, has helped Jay understand the effects Virginia’s mountainous terrain can have on weather systems.
Jay graduated from Emory & Henry College near Abingdon in 1999, and was named his alma mater’s “Young Alumnus of the Year” in 2013. Following graduation, he started working in the television business at WCYB in Bristol, where he began taking on-line meteorology courses through Mississippi State University.
WHSV hired Jay in 2000 initially for weekend weather duties, however, a year later he was promoted to forecast the weekday morning and noon newscasts, a position he held until 2006. In the summer of that year, Jay was hired by the number one television station in the Roanoke/Lynchburg market, WDBJ, as weekend meteorologist. WDBJ provided Jay with a wealth of weather knowledge, and when the opportunity presented itself to return to WHSV in 2013 as our Director of Weather and primary morning and noon meteorologist, he jumped on it!
Jay is an Emmy award winning meteorologist whose weathercasts have the Seal of Approval of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. He was also dubbed WHSV’s “Employee of the Year” in 2005.
Jay and his wife Sarah have two wonderful children, Parker and McKenzie. They are the owners of a slightly overweight dachshund named Niles. The Webb’s live in Rockingham County.