Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Snowfall tracker plus information about delays, closings, traffic and other helpful information.
Update Wednesday 3:58 p.m. Dominion Virginia Power update: Heavy, wet snow is falling in much of Dominion Power's service territory with particularly heavy snow falling in the far western suburbs of Richmond and Northern Virginia. The snow is accompanied by increasing winds. Dominion Virginia Power said its crews and trucks were prepared for the storm and are responding to power outages as quickly as it is safe to do so. Driving conditions remain hazardous in much of Dominion's service territory. Residents are reminded to stay away from downed power lines and avoid driving in hazardous conditions if at all possible. Winds will peak late Wednesday afternoon with gusts up to 45 mph possible across Dominion’s service territory. As of 1:30 p…
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 …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Sleet, freezing rain expected from 3 a.m. to 10 a.m.
UPDATE Monday: Fairfax County Public Schools is allowing employees to take unscheduled leave until 10 a.m. Monday. SACC centers will be open by 10 a.m. --- UPDATE Sunday 10:50 p.m.: The federal government is advising its employees to stay off roads Monday morning until 10 a.m. Federal offices will open to the public Monday at noon. Employees have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework, according to the Office of Personnel Management. Non-emergency employees will be granted excused absence up until offices open. For more information, visit the OPM Web site. UPDATE: The National Weather Service has expanded the Winter Weather Advisory. Originally Monday from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., the advisory now starts Monday at 3 a.m. --- …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
This week's stretch of sub-freezing weather could be coldest in 10 years, according to NBC4's metereologist.
If snow predictions hold for Northern Virginia Friday, even a half-inch of it combined with the low temperatures could "cause problems for the roads," NBC4 metereologist Doug Kammerer said Tuesday night on the evening's 11 p.m. newscast. The high on Friday is forecast to be 29 degrees with a 70 percent chance of snow, according to The Weather Channel. The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang agrees: "...even 1-3 inches of snow at these sub-freezing temperatures would cause potential driving problems." Northern Virginia could see snow flurries Wednesday night as a "clipper system" moves through into Thursday morning.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The storm watch begins Thursday morning.
Update 2:30 p.m. Thursday: The Winter Weather Advisory for the Washington area has been canceled. -- The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather storm watch for the Fairfax County area which will be in effect Thursday morning until late Thursday night. Heavy snow is expected during this time, accumulating to an estimated five inches. Snow may mix with rain earlier in the day and will become heavier throughout the afternoon. Snowfall is expected to end Thursday night. Temperatures will be in the lower 30s, and winds are expected to be northwest 5 to 10 mph and gusts up to 20 mph. Roads may become slick and covered in snow, especially during the evening rush hour. According to NWS, a winter storm watch means there is a potential…
Monday, November 26, 2012
El Niño didn't really form, making predictions difficult for meteorlogists.
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- Beth Lawton
Monday, November 26, 2012
This week’s forecast calls for a potential "wintry mix" north and west of the city, but the relatively early snowfall doesn't indicate anything for the winter weeks ahead, according to forecasters. Some meteorologists are calling for an “average” winter in terms of snowfall, but some say there could be higher-than-average amounts of the white stuff. “During an El Niño winter we can see some heavy snows and some cool temperatures here in the mid-Atlantic," ABC7 meteorologist Matt Stinneford told WTOP. "However, as we got further into fall, it became apparent that an El Niño was not going to develop." NOAA’s Mike Halpert told the Capital Weather Gang in October, “This is one of the most challenging outlooks we’ve produced in recent years …
Friday, January 20, 2012
Snow, sleet and freezing rain expected overnight.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the metropolitan Washington area, including Fairfax County, from 10 p.m. Friday until 1 p.m. Saturday. Snow and sleet are expected by 10 p.m., followed by snow, freezing rain and sleet. A low of about 28 is predicted. Snow and sleet may accumulate up to one inch. Saturday will see rain or freeing rain before 1 p.m., followed by rain through the afternoon. A high near 37 is predicted.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Tips from Fairfax County's Office of Emergency Management
The Jan. 26, 2011, winter storm left many in our region stuck in traffic and stranded in their vehicles for up to 12 hours. The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management advises drivers to prepare in advance for winter weather by compiling an emergency travel kit to keep in their vehicle. They recommend the following items: • Shovel • Water • Flashlight • Battery (or hand-crank) radio • Snack food • Matches • Extra clothing • First-aid kit • Blankets • Emergency flares • Booster cables The Office of Emergency Management also recommends residents check their car's brakes, tires, battery, ignition system, antifreeze, thermostat, de-icing washer fluid, lights and oil on a regular basis. Regular visits to businesses like Jiffy Lube can …
Thursday, October 13, 2011
First snowfall in early December. Blizzard Jan. 30 - 31. Are you ready?
Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang said he knows of no meteorologist, including himself, who "assign[s] any legitimacy to the Old Farmer's Almanac weather predictions." But even Samenow admits that sometimes the Almanac gets it right. The Farmers' Almanac said it was "on the money" in 2011 with several forecasts, including these: • "Accurately predicted a major snowstorm for the Northeastern and Great Lakes states for early February 2011. At that time, heavy snow did pound the Northeastern U.S., while a blizzard shut down Chicago." • "Predicted that the spring of 2011 would be exceptionally wet, and that parts of the U.S. would see a very active tornado season. This proved to be true when flooding overwhelmed the Mississippi River …