Reston, VA

Fairfax County is under a Tornado Watch until 10 p.m. today (Thursday).

The National Weather Service issued the alert shortly after 3:30 p.m.

Forecasters say that residents in the Reston-area may see heavy thunderstorms this evening.

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A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Fairfax County. The National Weather Service issued the alert until 4 p.m. today.

A flash flood warning is also in effect until 6:30 p.m. today.

Here’s more from the alert:

HAZARD…Scattered damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph and isolated
hail up to quarter size.

SOURCE…Radar indicated.

IMPACT…Damaging winds will cause some trees and large branches to fall. This could injure those outdoors, as well as damage homes and vehicles. Roadways may become blocked by downed trees. Localized power outages are possible. Unsecured light objects may become projectiles.

Residents are encouraged to stay indoors and seek shelter.

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A heatwave continues throughout the region today (Wednesday). A flash flood watch is also in effect until 11 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.

Here’s more from the advisory:

* WHAT…Heat index values up to 109 expected.

* WHERE…The District of Columbia, central, northern and southern Maryland and central and northern Virginia.

* WHEN…From 11 AM this morning to 8 PM EDT this evening. 

* IMPACTS…Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational

Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.

Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1. CDC recommends that if you need to go to a cooling center, wear a cloth face covering. While you are there, wash your hands with soap, or use hand sanitizer, often. Face covers should not be used by children under the age of 2. They also should not be used by people having trouble breathing, or who are unconscious, injured, or can’t remove the mask themselves.

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A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Reston and Herndon until 4:15 pm today.

The National Weather Service urges residents to take shelter or stay in the lowest area of a building.

Here’s more from the alert:

IMPACT…Damaging winds will cause some trees and large branches to fall. This could injure those outdoors, as well as damage homes and vehicles. Roadways may become blocked by downed trees. Localized power outages are possible. Unsecured light objects may become projectiles.

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The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for areas in central Fairfax County, including Reston and Great Falls.

The warning is set to last until 7 p.m.

“Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated that moderate to heavy rain was falling over the area. The heavy rain will cause flooding,” according to NWS. “Up to 1 inch of rain has already fallen. Additional rainfall amounts of around an inch are possible.”

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A flash flood watch is in effect for most of the day today.

The National Weather Service issued an alert that runs from 10 a.m. through 10 p.m. this evening.

Heavy rainfall, with the potential for flooding, is expected, according to the NWS.

Here’s more from the county on the alert:

Widespread rainfall totals of 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches are expected with locally higher amounts of three inches or more possible.

This amount of rainfall will likely result in small stream and main stem river flooding. Moderate river flooding is also possible.

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

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As of 3:40 p.m. today, only Springvale Road is closed due to water in the roadway.

Earlier:

As storms and high winds continue to roll into the region, several local roads are closed.

Currently, the intersection at Hunter Mill Road and Hunter Station Road is closed due to water in the roadway.

Additionally, Hunter Station Road is also closed between Hunter Mill Roa and Lawyers Road due to flooding.

The Fairfax County Police Department stated that the closures were caused by last night’s wind and rain.

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This story will be updated.

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A Flood Watch is in effect for Fairfax County and surrounding areas through Friday morning.

The National Weather Service says flooding is possible based on current forecasts. Here’s more from the alert:

Periods of rainfall will continue to occur through early Friday. The heaviest rainfall potential will begin this afternoon and continue into this evening. Storm total rainfall amounts through Friday morning are expected to range between 1 and 2 inches with isolated amounts near 3 inches possible.

Flooding of poor drainage and low lying areas will be possible, and some smaller streams and rivers may exceed their banks.

Residents should continue to monitor the weather for later forecasts.

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The second snow 2020 may be on its way this weekend. A winter weather advisory is in effect for the area tomorrow (Saturday) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The National Weather Service says that snow, sleet, and freezing rain is possible. 

Here’s more from the alert:

* WHAT…Snow, sleet and freezing rain expected. Total snow and sleet accumulations of up to one inch and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch.

* WHERE…Portions of central Maryland, northern and northwest Virginia and eastern West Virginia.

* WHEN…From 7 AM to 7 PM EST Saturday. Precipitation will begin as snow before transitioning to sleet and freezing rain. Precipitation will change to rain late in the day.

* IMPACTS…Plan on slippery road conditions.

Residents should slow down and exercise caution while traveling.

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Expect Tuesday’s snow — which brought about 1.5 inches to Reston — to be up in the air today (Wednesday).

A Wind Advisory is in effect through 5 p.m. today in the area.   The National Weather Service expects west winds from 20 to 25 mph with gusts of up to 50 mph.

Here’s more from the alert:

* WHERE…Portions of The District of Columbia, central, north central and northern Maryland and northern and northwest Virginia.

* WHEN…From 11 AM this morning to 5 PM EST this afternoon.

* IMPACTS…Gusty winds could blow around. unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.

Residents should use caution while driving and secure outdoor objects as needed.

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The first snow of 2020 is blanketing Reston and Herndon with a light cover of snow.

Although no major traffic incidents have been reported, readers should expect a slow afternoon commute today.

Here’s more from social media:

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Photo 1 by  Twitter/MrErrett; 2, 3 and 4 by Brian Murphy

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Light snow is expected between noon to 7 p.m. today (Tuesday) in the area. Fairfax County Public Schools will close two hours early today.

In a winter weather advisory, the National Weather Service says to expect between one to three inches of snow in the area.

The alert covers northeastern and central Maryland, as well as the Baltimore Metropolitan area.  The heaviest snow could complicate the evening commute from 3-6 p.m.

Here’s more from the NWS:

* IMPACTS…Snow covered and slippery roads are expected especially northwest of Interstate 95 into the evening commute.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Snow rates could exceed one inch per hour with visibility around one-half mile at times.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Slow down and use caution while traveling. When venturing outside, watch your first few steps taken on steps, sidewalks, and driveways, which could be icy and slippery, increasing your risk of a fall and injury.

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A dense fog advisory is in effect until 4 p.m. today (Tuesday). 

Visibility will be down to one quarter of a mile in much of the area, according to the National Weather Service. 

Here’s more from the alert: 

* WHERE…The District of Columbia, portions of central, northern and southern Maryland, central, northern and northwest Virginia and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.

* WHEN…Until 4 PM EST this afternoon.

* IMPACTS…Hazardous driving conditions due to low visibility.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.

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A wintry mix complicated the morning commute as the workweek begins.

The National Weather Service warns that a period of snow and sleet is possible after 4 a.m. on Monday.

Here’s more from the alert:

There is a potential for hazardous commuting conditions for the Monday morning commute, primarily for the western suburbs of Baltimore and Washington. A period of snow and sleet is possible Monday morning, mainly after 4 AM. Up to an inch of snow is possible through Monday morning.

If this threat does materialize during the Monday morning rush-hour, many roads could quickly turn slippery. This could lead to hazardous traveling conditions, multiple accidents, and extensive delays.

If commuting Monday morning, be aware of the POSSIBILITY of significant travel disruptions. Plan ahead by allowing for extra travel time, and consider using public transportation and telework options.

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November is kicking off with a chilly start. A freeze warning has been issued for Fairfax County for tomorrow (Nov. 2).

Temperatures as low as 30 degrees are expected between 2 and 9 a.m.

Here’s more from the alert:

* IMPACTS…FROST AND FREEZE CONDITIONS WILL KILL CROPS, OTHER 

SENSITIVE VEGETATION AND POSSIBLY DAMAGE UNPROTECTED OUTDOOR  PLUMBING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TAKE STEPS NOW TO PROTECT TENDER PLANTS FROM THE COLD. TO PREVENT FREEZING AND POSSIBLE BURSTING OF OUTDOOR WATER PIPES THEY SHOULD BE WRAPPED, DRAINED, OR ALLOWED TO DRIP SLOWLY. THOSE THAT HAVE IN-GROUND SPRINKLER SYSTEMS SHOULD DRAIN THEM AND COVER ABOVE GROUND PIPES TO PROTECT THEM FROM FREEZING

NWS recommends that people prevent pipe bursts by wrapping, draining or slowly letting water drip from them. Above-ground pipes should also be covered.

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