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by RestonNow.com — June 19, 2017 at 3:24 pm 1 Comment

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the area that will be in effect until 4 p.m.

According to the alert:

At 318 PM EDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Fairfax,
moving northeast at 40 mph.

HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.

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.

* Locations impacted include…
Arlington, Alexandria, Centreville, Rockville, Bethesda, Reston,
Bowie, Annandale, Olney, Springfield, College Park, Herndon,
Greenbelt, Fairfax, Langley Park, Beltsville, Vienna, Groveton,
Forestville and Falls Church.

The NWS says you should take precaution by getting indoors to protect yourself from wind and lightning. Trees around you may be downed from damaging winds, so if you are near large trees, move to an interior room on the lowest floor. Don’t drive underneath trees or in wooded areas until the threat has passed.

by Dave Emke — June 19, 2017 at 11:15 am 0

The National Weather Service says there is an increased risk of severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.

Threats relating to the severe storm outlook include damaging winds, large hail and flooding.

According to the Capital Weather Gang:

“Between 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., thunderstorms are likely — some of which may produce torrential rain and damaging wind gusts. Rainfall across the region should average 0.5-1.0 inches, but amounts are likely to vary with locally higher and lower amounts to be expected. Flash flooding cannot be ruled out in the hardest hit locations.”

by RestonNow.com — May 5, 2017 at 10:15 am 3 Comments

You’ve undoubtedly noticed, it’s a wet and rainy morning around Reston. Will the rain let up today?

According to the National Weather Service, there’s a chance, but not a big one.

Rain and the chance of thunderstorms is likely until at least 2 p.m. Friday, with the added likelihood of “gusty winds.” Temperatures will mostly remain in the 60s, with a possible high of 73 degrees.

Around mid-afternoon, there is a chance the rain will finally stop between 2 to 4 p.m. Then, the chance of showers tonight goes down to around a 30-percent likelihood. Temperatures tonight will hover in the 50s.

For the weekend, sporadic rain is highly likely. The chance of rain is 70 percent between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, with a mostly clear mid-day leading to a 30-percent chance of rain returning around 8 p.m. Temperatures will linger in the 50s with a high near 64.

Thankfully, it looks like Restonians may be able to enjoy a dry Sunday. There is only a 20-percent chance of showers around 8 a.m. However dry, though, it will likely be an overcast and windy day, with temperatures in the 50s and wind gusts of up to 24 miles per hour.

 

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by RestonNow.com — May 1, 2017 at 2:45 pm 1 Comment

Summer isn’t here to stay just yet, say the folks at Capital Weather Gang.

There’s a 40 to 60-percent chance of thunderstorms today, starting around 6 p.m.–and we’d agree that the chance is likely given the gray clouds hanging over the Reston area right now, and how the winds started picking up around lunchtime.

Though Reston saw temps in the high 80s to lower 90s this past weekend, with abundant sunshine, the forecast is trending cooler through the rest of the week and even into the weekend, making it feel more like March, say the Gang.

Tuesday and Wednesday are looking to be the week’s  sole bright spots, with temps approaching the low 80s. Winds are likely to be rather gusty though, hitting 25mph at some points throughout the day Tuesday.

Expect it to be significantly chillier Tuesday night, when the lows will barely be in the 50s, but the sun is expected to return Wednesday morning, amid clear skies and temperatures in the breezy 70s for the rest of the day. Lows in the 50s will return Wednesday night, the Gang predicts.

 

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by Dave Emke — April 7, 2017 at 7:00 am 0

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a small tornado touched down in Herndon during Thursday afternoon’s storm.

According to the Storm Prediction Center’s report, the tornado occurred in the area of Crestview Drive at 1:36 p.m.:

SIX TO 10 TREES DOWN IN VICINITY OF BUILDERS ROAD AND CRESTVIEW DRIVE … ALL FALLING TOWARDS THE NORTH. WOOD FENCING ALONG CRESTVIEW DR BLOWN TO THE WEST.

The tornado was classified as an EF-0, the lowest level on the scale, with a top wind speed between 60 and 70 mph. Preliminary damage survey results show it was on the ground for about three-quarters of a mile, with a maximum width of 25 yards.

A second EF-0 tornado in the area touched down in southeast Washington, D.C., about five minutes after the Herndon tornado. No one was reported injured in either location.

The storm toppled numerous trees in Reston and the surrounding area Thursday. The National Weather Service says it is investigating other locations in the area today.

Image via David Welch/Facebook of tree fallen at Dranesville Elementary School in Herndon

by RestonNow.com — April 6, 2017 at 1:15 pm 0

UPDATE: This alert has been canceled by the National Weather Service as of 1:50 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for an area including Reston, to be in effect until 2 p.m.

According to the alert, radar has indicated rotation within an incoming storm:

IMPACT…For those in the direct path of a tornado touchdown,
flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without
shelter. Damage to roofs, siding, and windows may occur.
Mobile homes may be damaged or destroyed. Tree damage is
likely.

* This dangerous storm will be near…
Linton Hall around 135 PM EDT.
South Riding around 145 PM EDT.
Centreville, Brambleton, Dulles International Airport, Chantilly
and Arcola around 150 PM EDT.
Broadlands around 155 PM EDT.
Reston, Herndon, Lansdowne, Lowes Island, Ashburn, Sterling, Great
Falls and Countryside around 200 PM EDT.

Other locations impacted by this tornadic thunderstorm include
Catharpin, Garrett Park, Derwood, Clarksburg, Woolsey, Washington
Grove, Belmont, Belleview, Bradley Farms and Kensington.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest
floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a
mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter
and protect yourself from flying debris.

A severe thunderstorm warning until 2 p.m. had previously been issued, as well as a severe thunderstorm watch until 5 p.m.

by Dave Emke — March 14, 2017 at 10:15 am 2 Comments

Reston Parkway (courtesy Karen Eldridge/Facebook)

It took until March 14 for the first and potentially only snowstorm of the season to hit the Reston area, and its results are underwhelming for many who have been patiently waiting.

Monday morning, we asked readers to predict how much snow would fall during this weather event. More than 43 percent of respondents to our unscientific poll said we would see 4-8 inches. Another 20 percent called for 8-12 inches, while about 5 percent wanted a foot or more.

The National Weather Service’s official snowfall readings for Fairfax County this morning report between 1 and 3.5 inches of snow, with the highest numbers in the Vienna area.

Snowfall totals March 14 - National Weather Service

At least one Facebook reader took issue with terminology that was being used to describe the storm.

“‘Significant snow has fallen’ — every picture is of ice and slush,” Brenda Leong wrote on our Facebook page. “I suppose an inch or so is significant compared to the nothing all winter — but it’s certainly not the 5 to 7 to 12+ we were led to expect.”

Not everyone is unhappy with the relatively small amount of snow, though, as Douglas Errett shared with us on Twitter.

Dominion Power reports just a handful of power outages, affecting 189 customers as of 10 a.m., in the county.

The National Weather Service says flurries are possible throughout the rest of the day, but conditions as a whole are on the rise.

VDOT encourages drivers to stay off the roads to allow plows to finish their work. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue reminds residents to use moderation when cleaning up heavy, wet snow — if they have any to clean up.

Photo of Reston Parkway courtesy Karen Eldridge on Facebook

by RestonNow.com — March 14, 2017 at 8:00 am 0

Measurable snow has fallen for the first time this year, and social media users are sharing wintry scenes from around the area.

Share your photos with us at [email protected] and we may use them later today.

by Dave Emke — March 14, 2017 at 7:00 am 1 Comment

Reston snow/@RenaeDitmer on Twitter

The Virginia Department of Transportation is telling residents that if they don’t have to go out today, don’t.

Snow, sleet and freezing rain has fallen in Reston and the surrounding area, and drivers are being advised to stay off the roads. VDOT warns that anyone who must travel should reduce speeds, use extreme caution and be alert to icy and inclement conditions. Road temperatures are expected to remain below freezing all day, with potential for continued refreeze.

To see current road conditions and snowplow activity, visit www.vdotplows.org.

Area closings, cancellations and other re-schedulings include:

  • Fairfax County Public Schools are closed.
  • Reston Association offices will open with a 2-hour delay. RA evening meetings have been called off.
  • All Reston Community Center programs are canceled today. The pool will open at 9 a.m.
  • The Lake House will be open at 9:30 a.m. for the School Day Off program.
  • All School Age Child Care (SACC) centers in the county are closed.
  • The Office of Personnel Management says federal employees are working on a 3-hour delay today. Employees have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.
  • Metrorail is operating on a Saturday schedule. Metrobus services are working under the Moderate Snow Plan.
  • Fairfax Connector bus service will operate on a Saturday schedule. Check www.fairfaxconnector.com for the current operating status.
  • There will be no county trash or recycling pickup today.
  • MVB Bank (1801 Old Reston Ave.) will open on a 3-hour delay.
  • The Capital Bikeshare system will remain open today; however, there will be no rebalancing of bikes.
  • For information about FASTRAN, call 703-222-9764, TTY 711 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs/fastran.htm.
  • Fairfax County government offices are open. However, employees have been granted unscheduled leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled.
  • Today’s Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting will start at 1 p.m.
  • View the county’s public meetings calendar for any potential cancellations of public meetings of Fairfax County government Boards, Authorities or Commissions.
  • The Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court have not yet made a decision on operating status.

If you have a closing or cancellation to add to our list, please email [email protected] Use the same address to send us any snow day photos or other information you would like us to share with the community.

Photo via @RenaeDitmer on Twitter

by Dave Emke — March 13, 2017 at 10:15 am 7 Comments

Snow plows/VDOT

After a snowless winter, it looks like Reston will finally be hit.

Forecasters are predicting several inches of snow for the area, with an outside chance of a foot or more, beginning tonight and continuing into Tuesday.

The National Weather Service has placed an area including Reston under a winter storm warning that is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Monday and last through 2 p.m. Tuesday. According to the alert, their official predictions include the following:

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…Snow…possibly mixed with sleet at times
Monday night.

* ACCUMULATIONS…Snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches.

* TIMING…Snow will overspread the area Monday evening and
persist through Tuesday morning.

* IMPACTS…The heavy snow will create difficult travel
conditions and may produce scattered power outages.

* WINDS…Northeast 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

* TEMPERATURES…In the lower 30s.

In preparation for the storm, the Virginia Department of Transportation began pre-treating roads Sunday. The department is encouraging drivers to adjust their schedules to be off roads before the evening rush hour Monday and overnight.

“This will help avoid being stuck on the roads when the storm begins, and to allow crews room to work more safely and efficiently,” VDOT said in a release.

In addition, VDOT asks that vehicles be parked in driveways, or that communities coordinate to all park on the same side of the road, to allow a larger path when plows begin to focus on neighborhood streets.

Such a significant snowfall would also have an impact on public transportation.

Metro will suspend its MetroAccess paratransit services at 4 p.m. today, and they will remain out of service through Tuesday. In addition, Metrobus service changes are possible and will be announced based on weather conditions and forecast.

Fairfax Connector is reminding users that service may be reduced, modified or suspended, on a route-by-route basis or systemwide. Riders are encouraged to monitor schedules online or call customer service (703-339-7200) for updates.

Photo via Virginia Department of Transportation on Twitter (@VaDOTNOVA)

by Dave Emke — March 1, 2017 at 1:05 pm 1 Comment

National Weather Service radar map

The National Weather Service in Sterling has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the area until 1:45 p.m.

From the bulletin:

* At 104 PM EST, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from Broadlands to near Haymarket to 9 miles east of
Orange, moving east at 50 mph.

HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.

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.

* Locations impacted include…
Arlington, Alexandria, Stafford, Centreville, Waldorf, Dale City,
Rockville, Bethesda, Reston, Bowie, Leesburg, Annandale, Clinton,
Springfield, College Park, Fredericksburg, South Riding, Fort
Washington, Herndon and Greenbelt.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Get indoors to protect yourself from wind and lightning. Trees around
you may be downed from damaging winds, so if you are near large
trees, move to an interior room on the lowest floor. Don’t drive
underneath trees or in wooded areas until the threat has passed.

Radar map via National Weather Service

by Dave Emke — February 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm 1 Comment

Summertime, are you here already?

The temperature pushed the high end of the 70s Thursday afternoon, the fourth day in February during which the mercury has broken into those figures.

At nearby Dulles International Airport, the thermometer hit 76 degrees at 2 p.m. — breaking the previous Feb. 23 record, set in 1985, by 3 degrees. It is the second-highest February temperature ever recorded at the airport, since records began in 1963.

Around Reston, residents could be seen enjoying the unseasonable warmth as they have been for the past several days — biking, running on trails, gathering around Lake Anne, working outdoors and altogether just soaking in a February unlike others in recent memory.

The forecast for the next few days shows high temperatures dropping to the 50s Sunday and Monday, only to go back up mid-week as February turns to March.

So, what do you think about this weather? Would you like to see it continue?

by RestonNow.com — February 9, 2017 at 12:35 pm 1 Comment

National Weather ServiceHigh winds that have been blowing hard through Reston today are expected to continue into the early evening.

The National Weather Service in Sterling has issued a wind advisory for the entire region that is scheduled to be in effect until 6 p.m.:

* WINDS…Northwest 20 to 25 mph with gusts around 45 mph.

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

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Wind Advisory means that winds of 45 to 55 mph are expected.
Winds this strong can make driving difficult…especially for
high profile vehicles.

When combined with today’s temperatures in the 30s, the winds are going to make bundling up important.

by RestonNow.com — January 26, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0

Weather for Thursday, Jan. 26/National Weather Service

The National Weather Service has once again placed an area including Fairfax County under a wind advisory. It is scheduled to be in effect until 7 p.m. Thursday.

From the NWS statement:

* WINDS…WEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 50 MPH.

* IMPACTS…STRONG WINDS MAY BLOW DOWN LIMBS…TREES…AND POWER
LINES. SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS OF 45 TO 55 MPH ARE EXPECTED.
WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY FOR
HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES.

The advisory was originally issued for areas west of the Metro area, but was later expanded.

Weather alert map via National Weather Service

by RestonNow.com — January 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm 0

Weather - Jan. 23, 2017

Update 3:30 p.m.: According to an alert from the National Weather Service, this wind advisory has been canceled.

It has been extremely windy all day in Reston and the surrounding area, and that isn’t expected to let up until later this evening.

From the National Weather Service:

…WIND ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING…

* TIMING…THROUGH EARLY EVENING.

* WINDS…EAST WINDS 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH.

* IMPACTS…STRONG WINDS MAY BLOW DOWN LIMBS…TREES…AND POWER
LINES. SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES ARE EXPECTED.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS OF 45 TO 55 MPH ARE EXPECTED.
WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY FOR
HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue reports that units were deployed to 21 reports of downed power lines between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday.

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