Maddie Kirker is the Meteorologist for News 3 at Noon and 4pm. She joined the First Warning Weather Team April 2019.

Prior to working at News 3, Maddie spent three years as the Weekend Morning Meteorologist at FOX21 News in Colorado Springs. Before covering blizzards and wildfires in southern Colorado, Maddie spent three years tracking tropical storms as the Morning Meteorologist at ABC15 in Myrtle Beach, SC. Maddie started her career back in 2011 at WCBI in Columbus, MS where she gained experience tracking severe storms and tornadoes for two years as the Weekend Meteorologist.

Maddie graduated in 2011 from Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Meteorology. While in college she was on the Mississippi State Championship forecasting team and won an undergrad award as one of the best student forecasters in the country.

When Maddie is not working she enjoys traveling, hiking and training with her Golden Retriever, Chester. Chester works as a Therapy Dog with the internationally recognized Go Team Therapy, Crisis and Airport Dogs Inc. and visits schools, hospitals and nursing homes. In addition to being a therapy dog, Chester takes part in Agility.

If you want to talk weather or anything dog related, send Maddie a tweet, Facebook comment or email her at maddie.kirker@wtkr.com!


Recent Articles
  • Maddie Kirker’s First Warning Forecast: Tracking showers early Saturday, return of sunshine and warmth

    Meteorologist Maddie Kirker’s First Warning Forecast Here comes the rain… Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms will roll in tonight and continue through early Saturday. Severe weather is not expected but a storm or two could produce gusty winds. Temperatures will start in the low 50s but rise to the upper 50s overnight. The weekend will start soggy but most of the weekend will be nice. Expect widespread rain Saturday morning with showers tapering off by midday. Clouds will clear […]

  • Maddie’s First Warning Forecast: More rain Tuesday, turning colder by the end of the week

    Meteorologist Maddie Kirker’s First Warning Forecast A soggy start to the work week… Rain and storms will continue off and on overnight. Some storms could be severe across northeastern NC tonight, with damaging wind gusts of 60 mph possible. Lows will be in the low 50s. Mostly cloudy skies with on and off showers will continue for Tuesday. Highs will return to the mid 60s. A bit more sunshine will mix in on Wednesday with a lower rain chance. A […]

  • Maddie’s First Warning Forecast: Record-breaking warmth and severe storms possible this weekend

    Meteorologist Maddie Kirkers’s First Warning Forecast A much warmer weekend… A mild night expected tonight with mostly cloudy skies and slim rain chances. Lows will only be in the mid 50s. We will warm to the 70s this weekend! Highs will reach the low to mid 70s on Saturday, about 25 degrees above normal and close to record numbers. We will see a mix of clouds again tomorrow. An isolated shower is possible during the afternoon, but most areas will […]

  • Maddie’s First Warning Forecast: Above normal and in the 70s, then rain

    Meteorologist Maddie Kirker’s First Warning Forecast Big warm up for the weekend… After a completely sunny day, clouds will build in tonight with lows in the mid 30s. Friday will feature a mix of sun and clouds with afternoon temperatures about 20 degrees warmer than Thursday and in the mid 60s. Friday night will be quiet and comfortable with mostly cloudy skies and lows in the mid 50s. We will warm to the low 70s on Saturday, about 25 degrees […]

  • Tuesday’s First Warning Forecast: AM Fog, beautiful end to the decade

    Meteorologist Maddie Kirker’s First Warning Forecast AM Fog, then a beautiful end to the decade… ***Dense Fog Advisory until 6AM for the James River from Jamestown to the James River Bridge and James River from James River Bridge to Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. Many locations will see visibility of less than 1 mile. Watch out for dense fog this morning! Many locations will see visibility less than 1 mile. Once the fog lifts around mid-morning, we’ll see sunshine with only a […]

  • Maddie’s First Warning Forecast: Sunshine and cooler Tuesday, New Year’s Eve forecast

    Meteorologist Maddie Kirker’s First Warning Forecast Sunshine and cooler air moves in as we end 2019… Clouds will decrease for the majority of the area tonight and temperatures will plummet from the 70s to the 40s. Expect mostly sunny skies on Tuesday with highs in the upper 50s. Skies will remain clear with temperatures dropping to the 30s as we ring in the new year. Sunshine will continue for New Year’s Day with highs in the low 50s. Temperatures will […]

  • Maddie’s First Warning Forecast: Rain on the way, along with the return of cooler air

    Meteorologist Maddie Kirker’s First Warning Forecast Very warm end to the decade…   Tonight, fog will be possible under mostly cloudy skies. Lows will be (mild) and in the mid 40s.   Sunday will be warmer with more clouds. Highs will reach the mid 60s. A stray shower during the day will be possible but it’s looking more and more likely that the daylight hours Sunday will be dry. As for Sunday night, showers will move in along a cold […]

  • Maddie’s First Warning Forecast: Seasonably warm Saturday, rain arrives late Sunday

    Meteorologist Maddie Kirker’s First Warning Forecast The warm air sticks around for the weekend…. Highs will return to the low 60s on Saturday but climb to the mid 60s on Sunday. After a foggy start, we will see a mix of clouds again Saturday with low rain chances. A cold front will bring rain on Sunday, mainly for the second half of the day. Showers will continue Sunday night to Monday morning. As we get ready to start 2020, we […]

  • Maddie’s First Warning Forecast: Big warm up ahead, then showers return

    Meteorologist Maddie Kirker’s First Warning Forecast Highs near 70 ahead, some 20 degrees above normal… Clouds will increase overnight and fog will once again be likely. Lows will be in the lower 40s. After a foggy start, we will warm to the low 60s on Friday. Once the fog burns off, expect a mix of clouds through the day but rain chances will be slim. The warm up continues for the weekend. Highs will return to the low 60s on […]

  • Monday’s First Warning Forecast: Areas of light rain/mist today, mainly in North Carolina

    Meteorologist Maddie Kirker’s  First Warning Forecast An area of low pressure centered over the Deep South will track east today. The messy widespread rain will miss our area but there’ll still be a slight chance of rain through this afternoon along and south of the VA/NC border. High temperatures will trend above normal today with highs in the mid 50s. Overnight lows will be in the mid 40s. Christmas Eve is looking dry and mild. Expect mostly sunny skies with highs in […]

  • Maddie’s First Warning Forecast: Chilly and dry Saturday, rain chances returning late Sunday

    Meteorologist Maddie Kirker’s First Warning Forecast It’ll be another cold night with lows in the low 30s. Winds will be light out of the north between 5 and 10 mph. Clouds will build in on Saturday, but rain chances will remain slim. Expect partly to mostly cloudy skies with highs in the mid to upper 40s. Highs will warm to the low 50s on Sunday, near normal for this time of year. We will see partly cloudy skies with a […]

  • Thursday’s First Warning Forecast: Cold end to the week, but warming returns over the weekend

    Maddie Kirker’s First Warning Forecast Very cold and well below normal before a much needed warm up… The passage of a dry cold front late last night has left the entire area shockingly colder this morning. Temperatures are in the 20s and 30s and wind chills are in the teens. Even with wall-to-wall sunshine this afternoon, highs will only be able to reach the upper 30s. And with a north breeze during the afternoon, wind chills will stay at or […]

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