Reston, VA

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.

Photo via NWS

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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.

Photo by Ruth Sievers

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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:

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.

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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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.

Photo by Marjorie Copson

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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.

Photo via Shaun Holloway/Unsplash

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A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for the area until around 9:45 p.m. today (Thursday).

The National Weather Service says damaging winds could cause damage to trees. A tornado watch also remains in effect until midnight.

Here’s more from the alert:

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.

In the event of a tornado, residents are encouraged to move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.

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A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for Reston and surrounding areas until 10 p.m. tonight.

The National Weather Service issued the watch earlier this afternoon.

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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Reston is under a severe thunderstorm warning until 6:15 p.m. today.

The watch, which was issued by the National Weather Service, covers most of the DC, Maryland and Virginia region.

Photo via vantagehill/Flickr

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Reston is under a several thunderstorm warning until 11:15 p.m. today (Monday).

The National Weather Service issued the alert, which says to expect wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour and quarter size hail.

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.

* Locations impacted include… Reston, Herndon, Fairfax, Vienna, Lowes Island, Mantua, Potomac, Oakton, Sterling, Chantilly, Tysons Corner, Wolf Trap, Great Falls, Merrifield, Countryside, Dunn Loring, Darnestown, Belleview,

Bradley Farms and Sterling Park.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.

Photo via NWS/Twitter

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A flood warning is in effect for Reston and parts of Northern Virginia until 6:45 p.m. today (Thursday).

The National Weather Service says that thunderstorms and heavy rain are likely to cause flooding. More than two inches of rain have already fallen in the region.

Earlier this afternoon, NWS also issued a severe thunderstorm warning, which stated that damaging winds are expected to cause damage to trees. Localized power outages are also likely.

Hail and wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour are expected.

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.

* Locations impacted include… Reston, South Riding, Herndon, Broadlands, Lowes Island, Brambleton, Dulles International Airport, Ashburn, Sterling, Chantilly, Great Falls, Countryside, Arcola, Belmont, Gleedsville and Sterling Park.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.

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Reston is under a thunderstorm watch until around 2:45 p.m. today (Wednesday).

The National Weather Service encourages residents to move to an interior room in the lowest floor of a building.

Here’s more from the alert:

At 157 PM EDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Great Falls, or over Lowes Island, moving northeast at 25 mph. HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail.

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.

Photo by Ed Schudel

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A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 8 p.m. in Reston and surrounding areas.

The National Weather Service expects showers and thunderstorms to produce areas of localized flooding.

Here’s more from the alert:

* SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING VERY HEAVY RAINFALL ARE EXPECTED ACROSS THE AREA THIS AFTERNOON AND INTO THE EVENING. THIS HEAVY RAIN MAY LEAD TO LOCALIZED TOTAL 

RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF UP TO 3 INCHES. MUCH OF THIS RAIN MAY FALL  IN SHORT PERIODS OF TIME IN ANY GIVEN LOCATION, RESULTING IN THE

RISK FOR FLASH FLOODING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

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Following a region-wide heatwave, a Flash Flood Watch has been issued for Reston and surrounding areas today (Monday).

The watch is in effect from the afternoon through late tonight, according to the National Weather Service.

Here’s more from the alert:

MULTIPLE ROUNDS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING HEAVY RAINFALL ARE LIKELY. AREAL AVERAGE RAINFALL OF 1 TO 1.5 INCHES IS EXPECTED, WITH ISOLATED TOTALS OF 4 INCHES POSSIBLE. MUCH OF THIS RAIN MAY FALL IN SHORT PERIODS OF TIME  IN ANY ONE GIVEN LOCATION, RESULTING IN THE RISK FOR FLASH  FLOODING MONDAY AFTERNOON INTO MONDAY NIGHT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

The NWS encourages residents to monitor future forecasts in the event of changes.

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