Monday, March 25, 2013
Public school students are on spring break, but other programs and offices are affected by this rare, late-March snowstorm.
Fairfax County Public Schools students are on spring break—it just doesn't look very springlike this morning. Fairfax County government offices are opening on time this morning. FCPS programs and activities that do operate during spring break are operating on a two-hour delay. School Age Child Care (SACC) centers opened at 7:15 a.m. Adult and community education classes are starting on time Monday. Many main roads are mostly just wet now, but side roads are slushy or snowy; please use caution while driving. The snow is expected to mix with rain later on Monday before switching back to snow showers in the afternoon and evening. Precipitation should end late Monday night. More information is always available through Fairfax County's …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Forecasters say area could see "nothing to 2 inches of snow for west of I-95; nothing to 1 inch east of I-95."
The calendar officially says spring but Northern Virginia could be in for a few snow flakes Sunday night, according to area forecasters. Here's a roundup of what some local weather forecasters are saying about our potential for snow Sunday evening into Monday morning: Capital Weather Gang: "In the pre-dawn hours, there’s a 40-50% chance a heavier band of snow comes through capable of whitening the grass from D.C./I-95 to the east, and putting down an inch or so of snow west of D.C./I-95 mainly on grass but with some slick spots possible." National Weather Service: "Low pressure will impact the area tonight...bringing the likelihood for a wintry mix of precipitation. Accumulating snow is expected north and west of the Interstate 95 …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Forecast Monday calls for snow before noon, then rain, snow and sleet likely.
It's still officially winter and Mother Nature might deliver a reminder on Monday, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Expect a rocky start to the week with a possible wintry mix of snow, sleet or rain Monday that could make for longer commutes. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Fairfax County that started Sunday at midnight and continues Monday until 2 p.m. Here's what the National Weather Service says to expect: Monday: Snow before noon, then rain, snow, and sleet likely. High near 40. East wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow and sleet accumulation of about an inch possible. The Capital Weather Gang says: "An early- to mid-morning wintry mix (60 percent …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
What did you buy in preparation for the Virginia winter storm?
Things were calm at the Shoppers Food Warehouse in Lorton Tuesday afternoon. Snow shovels were available, and full pallets of bottled water, ice melt and toilet paper awaited the evening rush. "We got backfilled trucks coming in tonight to be prepared for the snow," said a Shoppers manager to Patch. "We reacted last week to the storm. Overall, Shoppers is well versed in weather conditions like this." Are you following us on Facebook and Twitter? It takes less than a minute... Lorton and Northern Virginia are expected to get up to 5 inches (worst case scenario - 12 inches) of snow Wednesday. The Giant Food Store on Ox Road in Lorton was also well stocked. "We're ready," said the Giant manager. "I've been through three major storms in …
Crew and trucks are ready to respond to calls throughout the storm heading toward the Northern Virginia area.
Dominion Virginia Power is expecting power outages considering the nature of the incoming storm. They've prepared their trucks and crews to service problem areas, said Le-Ha Anderson, manager for media and community relations, in a recent email to Patch. The Winter Storm Watch from the National Weather Service predicts "more than 5 inches possible with the potential for more than a foot somewhere within the watch area." Wet, heavy snow can weigh down tree limbs which can possibly make contact with power lines and cause power outages, Anderson explained. Dominion customers are encouraged to contact Dominion immediately at 1-866-DOM-HELP if they witness trees on power lines or leaning toward power lines. Anderson said it's best to stay away …
Patch spoke to the National Weather Service forecast office Tuesday at noon for the latest information on the coming winter storm.
A winter storm is headed for Northern Virginia and to find out the latest timeline, Patch spoke Tuesday with meteorologist Calvin Meadows, who is with the Baltimore-Washington forecast office for the National Weather Service. Here's a timeline of what to expect, according to Meadows: A "rain-snow" line will determine which areas see more snow than others, Meadows said. "We're expecting the rain-snow line to kind of waiver back and forth over that area [Fairfax County]," said Meadows, "primarily west of I-95 and east of the Blue Ridge." "Right now, the latest information indicates that west of 95, the best-case scenario, is 5 inches of snow in Fairfax County. The worst-case is 12 inches of snow." When will the snow fall? "As far as when we…
Follow the winter storm through the Weather Channel widget.
To use the Weather Channel widget, hover over the lower part of the map to bring up an icon that allows you to click 'past' or 'future' to see the path of the storm in 15-minute increments. Along the left side you can scroll in or out for a wider view of the map and hover over the top right of the map for a key and to toggle between a road and satellite view. See also: Lorton Under Winter Storm Watch NWS Issues Winter Storm Watch For Fairfax County Starting Tuesday
Monday, March 4, 2013
Week will start out sunny, 45 degrees.
A sunny start to the week could turn quite wintry by midweek in Northern Virginia, according to the National Weather Service. The Capital Weather Gang predicts a 70 percent chance of 1 inch of snow Tuesday night into Wednesday night, a 45 percent chance of 5 inches or more and a 10 percent chance of 10 inches or more. A Capital Weather Gang reader suggested the name "Snowquester" for the possible midweek winter storm, in honor of the financial sequester that has hit the federal government. The week starts out sunny though, with Monday expecting to see a high of 45 degrees and clear skies, according to NWS. Tuesday starts off with a 30 percent chance of rain, with a high of 45 degrees. Chances for precipitation increase throughout the day …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Temperatures will warm up into 40s by Wednesday.
The big chill in Northern Virginia continues through Tuesday night with highs in the 30s on Monday and Tuesday. Expect cloudy skies during the days and a possiblity for snow flurries Monday and Tuesday nights, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will feel much colder Monday. Wind gusts up to 25 mph will continue through Monday afternoon. As a result of the wind, the National Weather Service has issued a Small Craft Advisory until 3 p.m. Monday that includes the Potomac River. This means that wind speeds of 18 to 33 knots are expected to produce hazardous wave conditions for small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid boating in these conditions. Here are the daily …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Got a camera? Well, use it!
Northern Virginia woke up to a blanket of snow Thursday morning, and the Washington D.C. metro area is supposed to get up to 3 inches of snow over the next 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service. Got a camera? Add your photos to this gallery! And for history's sake, we encourage you to be as detailed as you can with the captions: Thanks for your submissions, and stay warm out there! Like to read your news online? Check us out on Facebook and Twitter!