Possibly Rabid Fox Bites Woman, Cat — Animal Protection Police officers responded Tuesday to two different scenes in Great Falls where a fox had gone on the attack. A 71-year-old woman suffered serious injuries after being bitten “multiple times” around 3 p.m. in the 600 block of Ad Hoc Road; about an hour later and about three miles away, a 54-year-old woman fought off a fox that had bitten her cat. The fox believed to have been involved in both incidents was euthanized and is being tested for rabies. [Fairfax County Police Department]
Metro Station Work to Affect Toll Road Traffic — Eastbound traffic on the Dulles Airport Access Highway will be diverted onto the Toll Road on Saturday night into Sunday morning. The detours will be to allow workers to set large precast concrete elements for the future Herndon and Reston Town Center Metro stations. [Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project]
Reston-Based Soccer Academy Gets Leader — Tom Torres has been named the head of the Washington Spirit’s U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy, which is scheduled to start play in Reston this fall. Torres has been a coach with the D.C. United’s academy for the past 10 years. [Black and Red United]
With Spring Showers Comes Flooding — With the start of spring less than two weeks away, county officials are reminding residents of tips to keep themselves and their homes safe from potential flooding. [Fairfax County]
Yes, it’s nearly mid April and it may snow a little this weekend. It will certainly be cold enough.
The Capital Weather Gang says “a lobe of the polar vortex will dive into the Northeast by Saturday and push temperatures 20 to 25 degrees below average. On Friday night, overnight lows will fall into the mid to upper 30s as a clipper low pressure system surges down from the Midwest. Snow showers and flurries are possible early Saturday morning.”
Saturday may also see winds from 40 to 55 mph, forecasters say.
CWG says the cold front will bring even colder temps, falling to the mid 20s in Fairfax County late Saturday. The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch from late Saturday night to Sunday morning. It is reminding Northern Virginia to protect tender plants from the cold.
“For many, these temperatures could rank among the coldest on record so late in the season,” reports the CWG.
If Dulles International Airport drops to 23 degrees or lower it will be one of the top-5 coldest mornings there so late in the season. Below 25 degreeswould rank in the top 10, says the CWG.
The coldest temperature on record this late in the month was 19 degrees on April 10, 1985.
The forecast is calling for a 40-degree temperature drop, as well as just maybe a few flakes of snow.
Between late afternoon Monday and Tuesday, we’ll go from temperatures near 80 to the 40s. Tuesday afternoon’s cold rain could even transition to mixed precipitation before ending at night. Many parts of the area see temperatures drop below freezing early Wednesday morning and some then struggle to escape the 40s Wednesday afternoon.
…Temperatures continue to fall through the 40s during Tuesday evening, into the 30s by around dark in some of our colder suburbs and closer to 10 or 11 p.m. inside the Beltway. This may allow rain — if it lingers long enough — to mix with and change to sleet and/or snow before ending (20-30 percent chance, highest western areas). As usual, the best chance of any wintry precipitation is in our colder suburbs to the northwest. Little or no accumulation is expected and it’s completely possible the rain shuts off before it’s cold enough for frozen precipitation.
To review: April 15. Wintry Mix.
Fun fact: The National Weather service says the latest measurable snow recorded in D.C. was April 28, 1998 (0.5 inch). At Dulles, the latest measurable snow was April 12, 1973, when an inch was recorded.
Reston remains under a winter weather advisory until 8 p.m. Tuesday. Snow began falling about 8 a.m. and has steadily continued throughout the day.
While the spring storm covered grassy areas, roads were generally clear.
About 1.4 inches had fallen at Dulles International Airport as of early afternoon. That gives Dulles 50.4″ of snow for the season. That’s third most on record (since 1963), passing the snowy winter of 2002-’03 on the list, according to the Capital Weather Gang.
Fairfax County Public Schools plan regular dismissals Tuesday afternoon.
From the National Weather Service:
… WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING…
* PRECIPITATION TYPE… SNOW.
* ACCUMULATIONS… 2 TO 4 INCHES.
* TIMING… SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY EVENING. THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED LATE THIS MORNING INTO THE MID AFTERNOON.
* TEMPERATURES… AROUND 30 THIS MORNING… RISING INTO THE LOWER TO MID 30S THIS AFTERNOON.
* WINDS… SOUTHEAST 5 TO 10 MPH… BECOMING NORTH 10 TO 15 MPH THIS EVENING.
* IMPACTS… ROADS WILL BE SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY IN SOME AREAS THIS MORNING. MOST SURFACES WILL BECOME WET AND SLUSHY THIS AFTERNOON WITH TEMPERATURES RISING ABOVE FREEZING.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES… AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
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