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Friday Morning Notes

County remains among the richest — the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that Fairfax County ranks second as the richest county from 2013 to 2017, following Loudoun County. [U.S. Census Bureau]

It’s snow joke — With snow predictions looming, the Virginia Department of Transportation wants residents to stay safe by looking over its 2018-2019 “snow facts.” [VDOT]

Fine arts photography collection — The “La Lumiere DuBois VII” exhibit by Michael DuBois, who highlights his love of nature, opens today at the Reston Community Center Hunters Woods. The exhibit is open until  Jan. 6. [Reston Community Center]

“She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Edition” — Watch students from the Herndon High School perform a contemporary dramatic comedy tonight at 7 p.m. Parental guidance is recommended. [Herndon High School Theatre]

Photo by Susan Berger

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Wednesday Morning Notes

Opening night for “The Nutcracker” — The Conservatory Ballet begins performances tonight of the holiday classic at 7 p.m. at CenterStage. [Reston Community Center]

Deadline pushed for Silver Line project contractors — The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority extended the deadline yesterday for proposals to accommodate the vendors interested in operating the extension of the Metrorail Silver Line to March 18. [WMATA]

Reston-based technology developer is raking in the money —  OpenLegacy has raised $30 million in funding. Silverhorn Investment Advisors led the round. [OpenLegacy]

Snow possible this weekend — Get your snow boots out. Forecasters say a chance of wintery storms could hit Reston over the weekend. [Reston Patch]

Photo via Marjorie Copson

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Updated: Winter Weather Advisory for Fairfax County Extended

Local police and law enforcement officials are advising commuters to exercise caution as they head out today. A winter weather advisory, which was initially in effect until 1 p.m. today, has been extended to 4 p.m.

Two roads in Reston, Fox Mill Road at Folkstone Drive and Wiehle Avenue at Inlet Court, which were closed earlier this morning, are now open, according to the Fairfax County Police Department. FCPD is maintaining a list of all closures in the county online.

Here’s more from social media:

This story has been updated.

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Update: Fairfax County Schools Closed as Wintry Mix Descends

(Updated at 8:10 a.m.)

Fairfax County Public Schools and school facilities will be closed today (Thursday) as a winter weather advisory has been put into effect for Fairfax County. Schools were originally only set for a two hour delay.

From 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. today (Thursday), the National Weather Service is warning residents throughout the Washington, D.C. area to expect up to one inch of sleet and snow, with ice accumulations of up to a tenth of an inch.

NWS says the icy conditions could mean slippery roads and sidewalk conditions in some areas. Here’s more from the NWS alert:

Be very careful if you venture outside tomorrow. Watch your first few steps in particular as your step or path may be coated with ice.
A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery
roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

Fairfax County Government officials remind commuters and residents to take the following precautions as they head out today:

• Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter, checking that your lights, oil, antifreeze, brakes, tires and windshield wipers are in good shape.
• Ensure your headlights are on day or night during inclement weather.
• Leave a few minutes early when driving in inclement weather.
• Keep an eye out for black ice and be aware of potentially icy areas such as bridges.
• Create a safe stopping distance between your car and other vehicles.
• If it does snow, be sure to clear ice and snow from your car’s roof, hood and trunk – and especially from windows, mirrors and lights. Don’t try to drive before your car is defrosted!

Photo via National Weather Service

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Photos: Heavy Snow Continues Through the Late Afternoon

County officials are cautioning against driving today as the heaviest period of snow sweep through the area this afternoon.

About four inches have piled up in Reston, according to measurements from Reston Now readers. Snow is expected to continue into the evening, with light accumulation expected.

Mass transit is operating at reduced service levels. WMATA is running on a severe snow plan, which means major systemwide delays. Metroraill will operate on a modified schedule, with trains running every 12 to 15 minutes on all lines.

If you’re planning to shovel out before freezing temperatures hit, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Departments encourages individuals to “take it slow.”

“It is important to consider your physical limitations. Wear weather appropriate gear to keep you warm. Only shovel snow if you are physically able to do so. This snow is a wet and heavy type of snow,” the department cautioned.

Here’s more from social media:

Photos submitted by Michael Piper, Robbie Nolan, Betty Bley, Angelika Stadel and Douglass Errett

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Snow Ushers In Closures of Fairfax County Government, Schools

A light layer of snow in the morning, which greeted some with disappointment today, will likely become thicker, forecasters say.

A blend of snow, sleet and freezing drizzle is expected to transform into snow later today. A blanket of three to seven inches is possible, with a high near 33 and a low of 27. Snow is expected to taper off before 11 p.m. Tomorrow’s partly sunny conditions may melt some snow away.

Local county entities are taking no chances on the snow despite a slow start this morning. Fairfax County Public Schools and Fairfax County government offices are closed today.

Here’s a roundup of other snow-related closures:

  • Reston Community Center – closed
  • Reston Association – closed
  • Fairfax County Circuit Court – closed
  • Fairfax County Circuit Court
  • The Walker Nature Center – closed
  • Reston Regional Library – pending
  • Metro – operating on modified schedule
  • Fairfax Connector – operating on Saturday service schedules

This post will be updated.

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As Spring Begins, Winter Storm Warning In Effect for Reston

The D.C. area will be under a Winter Storm Warning from tonight through Wednesday night. 

Between four and eight inches of snow is expected in the region. Local snow accumulation may be lower.

Fairfax County Public Schools has canceled all afternoon and evening activities on school campuses. A decision on tomorrow’s possible closure is expected by 9 p.m. today.

Forecasters encouraged residents to be wary of difficult travel conditions and limited visibility. If travel is mandatory, drivers are encouraged to keep an extra flashlight, food and water in the vehicle incase of an emergency, according to the National Weather Service.

Photo by Twitter user @MrErrett

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Wintry Mix Expected to Hit Reston This Afternoon

Freezing rain is expected to hit Reston and surrounding areas beginning this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

NWS issued a winter weather advisory that will remain in effect from 3 to 9 p.m. today. Freezing rain or rain that will freeze upon contact with cold surfaces. Sidewalks, roads and bridges are expected to very slippery.

“Even if temperatures rise above freezing, the ground and other surfaces are still extremely cold due to  the recent Arctic blast. This increases the likelihood of a glaze of ice on surfaces,” according to the advisory.

All Reston Community Center programs have been cancelled. Fairfax County Public Schools closed today because of the possibility of freezing rain.

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Cold Weather Resources as ‘Bomb Cyclone’ Sweeps Through East Coast

As the historic bomb cyclone unleashes blizzard conditions from costal Virginia to New England sends reverberations to the Reston area.

A winter weather advisory for Fairfax County and other parts of the region has been extended to 1 p.m. today due to snow-covered, slippery roads and limited visibility, according to the National Weather Service.

As of around 7 a.m. this morning, Reston received half an inch of snow. All Reston Community Center events are cancelled.

Residents are advised to take several steps as frigid temperatures continue to follow the snow:

  • Avoid frozen pipes by eliminating drafts. Search for areas in the home where water supply lines are located in unheated areas and take measures to prevent the flow of cold air in these areas. Make sure the water line to outside faucets is turned off and the line is drained. Keep the thermostat at a reasonable temperature even if you are away from home to prevent water pipes from freezer. Never try to thaw a pipe with an open flame or torch due to the potential for electric shock.
  • Dress warmly to avoid frostbite and hypothermia. Avoid overexertion, dress warmly in loose-fitting, layered, lightweight clothing.
  • Check on vulnerable neighbors, particularly the elderly.

If you see anyone who is unsheltered and needs help, call the police department’s non-emergency number at 703-691-2131. The county has been housing between 200 and 220 people a night through its hypothermia program.

Through March 31, Cornerstones is offering housing for unsheltered homeless adults at the North County Human Services Building (1850 Cameron Glen Drive), which is near the Embry Rucker Community Shelter. The program operates every night regardless of inclement weather and on all holidays.

Just yesterday, local police found a 79-year-old woman who had been reporting missing when the temperature was just eight degrees. The woman is now recovering in a local hospital.

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Friday Morning Notes

Snow Possible During Evening Commute — Snow showers could lead to slippery conditions on roads and highways during this evening’s rush hour commute. [Capital Weather Gang, Twitter]

Discussing Development Around Herndon Metro — “Herndon has the opportunity to redevelop a series of aging office buildings on Herndon Parkway in conjunction with the opening of the nearby Metro station in 2020. The new transit-oriented area is designed to add more residential and commercial space, and to serve as a transition between residential areas and taller, denser buildings closer to the station entrance.” [Greater Greater Washington]

Events Around Reston This Weekend — A number of events, including some that are Christmas-themed, are planned in and around Reston this weekend. [Event Calendar]

Flickr pool photo by Vantagehill

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Winter Weather Advisory In Effect Through Saturday

The first snow of the season could come this weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from midnight tonight through 4 p.m. Saturday.

Between 2 to 4 inches of snow are expected, according to the advisory, which covers the I-95 Corridor from northeastern Maryland to near Fredericksburg, Virginia.

A winter weather advisory is issued when periods of snow that cold cause travel challenges are expected.

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Waiting for Snow in Reston? Experience a Taste at ‘The Snow Show’

Festive marionettes will perform in a winter wonderland of snow at Frying Pan Farm Park on Dec. 21. as part of the Puppets in a Winter Wonderland of Snow event.

The show is led by Bob Brown, a master puppeteer who has worked combined puppets and storytelling for more than 60 years.

Performances will take place at 10 a.m and 11:30 a.m. in the park’s visitor center, which is located on 2739 West Ox Road in Herndon.

Registration costs $5 per person for audience members. The park’s country store will be open for gift shopping.

For more information, call 703-437-9101. To register, visit the park’s website.

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First, Possibly Only Snowstorm of Winter Underwhelming for Many

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

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Twitter Users Document This Morning’s Snow Accumulation in Reston Area

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.

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