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by RestonNow.com May 15, 2018 at 12:00 pm 9 Comments

A number of roads remain closed after Monday night’s thunderstorm swept through the area.

According to the Fairfax County Police Department, the following roads are impacted:

  • 9200 block Weant Drive – Tree down
  • Maria Avenue/River Bend Road – Tree and wires down
  • Minburn Street/Golden Arrow Street – Wire in the roadway
  • Robindale Drive/Mill Valley Court – Tree down
  • 680 River Bend Road – Trees and wires down

A flash flood watch remains in effect for Fairfax County from 3 p.m. today through Wednesday at 1 a.m.

A couple of rounds of thunderstorms are expected through push through northern Virginia and parts of northern Maryland in the evening.

Here’s more from the weather alert:

A  front will sag across the region this afternoon into this
evening. A couple rounds of thunderstorms are expected to
accompany the front and should move across the Mason-Dixon
region late afternoon. These thunderstorms should push farther
south and east into eastern West Virginia, northern Virginia
and portions of northern Maryland during the evening. Heavy
rainfall and lightning will be the main threats with the
potential of encountering damaging winds and hail in the
strongest thunderstorms. Rainfall amounts could average 1 to 3
inches later this afternoon and this evening. Flash flooding
is possible, especially in slow-moving thunderstorms.

This story will be updated.

Photo by Douglas Errett

by Fatimah Waseem May 14, 2018 at 6:20 pm 7 Comments

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Fairfax County until 10 p.m. today. Residents should avoid flooded roads.

tornado warning for the area was canceled at 6:45 p.m. today. Penny-size was reported as a rain, hail, thunder, and strong winds swept into the area. 

Earlier:

A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Leesburg. 

Residents should take cover by moving to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building, according to the alert.

Here’s more from NWS:

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…
Lansdowne around 620 PM EDT.
Broadlands and Brambleton around 625 PM EDT.
Arcola around 630 PM EDT.
Ashburn and Countryside around 635 PM EDT.
Dulles International Airport around 640 PM EDT.
Reston, Herndon, Lowes Island, Oakton, Sterling, Chantilly and
Great Falls around 645 PM EDT.

Other locations impacted by this tornadic thunderstorm include
Congressional Manor, Belmont, Belleview, Sterling Park, Bradley
Farms, Cabin John and Fairfax Station.

Photos by @Cynthia_Adler, @wdudley2009 and @NWS_BaltWash

by RestonNow.com May 4, 2018 at 2:30 pm 0

Though originally Restonians were promised a mild, sunny weekend with temps in the 70s–after enduring several days of 80- to 90-degree heat–it looks like the weather forecast has taken a rather damp turn.

The Capital Weather Gang predicts a strong likelihood of storms that could begin as soon as Friday night, and make periodic appearances throughout the weekend, though the schedule is anything but concrete.

“Some shower activity seems unavoidable, but we should have dry intervals, too. Our best advice is to stay flexible and have a Plan B for anything outside,” says The Gang.

The highest chances of rain, including possible thunder and heavy downpours, appears to be between Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon, with a chance of drying out by Sunday evening.

“Timing is fluid and subject to change,” the Gang explains.

Western Maryland and West Virginia are more directly in the path of the approaching storm front. The Gang says it is still possible that it will miss the greater D.C. area if the front “loses steam” before it reaches us.

File photo

by RestonNow.com April 30, 2018 at 4:15 pm 13 Comments

Today may have been a cooler, crisper day, with highs in the low 60s, but according to the Capital Weather Gang, that will likely all be gone by tomorrow.

The Gang predicts Reston could reach the 80s by Tuesday, and possibly hit 90 degrees by Thursday.

With the warmer, dryer temperatures comes an increased risk for fires. The National Weather Service warns that the local area is under a fire warning “due to low dewpoints and a gusty northwest wind.”

By the weekend, temperatures should be back in the 70s, which means a sunny weekend perfect for outdoor activities.

by RestonNow.com April 27, 2018 at 9:00 am 25 Comments

You don’t want to use Metro, anyway — Sign up for the Bike To Work Day event closest to your place of business. [Reston Bike Club]

Some like it hot  According to the Farmer’s Almanac, this summer is going to be a scorcher. [Patch]

Bae (systems) wants to move  Aerospace company BAE Systems is reportedly looking to consolidate offices. They’ve currently got one office in Reston. [Washington Business Journal]

Spooked yet? — South Lakes High School will present a performance on “Phantom” today through May 5. Tickets are available online. [SLHS]

Flickr pool photo via vantagehill

by RestonNow.com March 21, 2018 at 7:40 am 0

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.

by RestonNow.com March 5, 2018 at 9:00 am 1 Comment

Windstorm cleanup continues — The storm left a path of tree limbs, uprooted trees and downed wires. Reston Association staff it could take up at least a month to clean up. [Reston Association]

Some schools still don’t have power — Students in Reston are back in session, but some Fairfax County Public Schools are closed today. Reston residents didn’t have power for more than two days near Lake Newport Road. [Reston Patch]

Reston Olympian makes history — Maame Biney wrapped up her junior career by becoming the first woman in the country to earn an overall medal in 21 years at the Word Junior Short Track Championships yesterday. [Team USA]

Support Herndon Track & Field with a salad — The team is hosting a fundraiser today from 6-10 p.m. at Cava (1815 Fountain Drive). Mention this fundraiser and get the Herndon Hornets some extra cash. [Herndon Track and Field]

Photo by Doug Errett

by Fatimah Waseem March 2, 2018 at 4:10 pm 10 Comments

The worst of the windstorm is waning, but Reston Association’s Central Services Facility staff say cleanup on RA’s pathways and common areas could take a minimum of one month.

Staff are focusing on removing trees downed on roadways and pathways and trees hanging or causing safety hazards.

In a release, Reston Association’s director of communications and community engagement wrote the following:

The association is asking members to report any downed trees that pose a safety threat. However, because of the vast amount of damage done by the storm, and the amount of work involved with cleaning up, CSF crews cannot at this time remove trees that are on the ground but do not block roads or pathways and aren’t considered a safety hazard.

Leone told Reston Now most of the cleanup involves down trees. He also said there is fence damage from a downed tree at Glade Tennis Court.

“We continue to closely monitor the situation and are doing emergency tree removal as indicated in the release,” he wrote.

For emergency situations involving downed or hanging trees on RA property, call  703-437-7658.

Photo by Gary Smith

by RestonNow.com March 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm 13 Comments

(This post, originally published at 10 a.m., was updated at 1:26 p.m. with new information about road conditions andat 2:02 p.m.)

As a nor’easter continues in the area, there are more than 62,000 people without power in Fairfax County. A high wind warning warning is in effect through 6 a.m. on Saturday, but the worst may be behind us.

The National Weather Service suggests remaining indoors as winds with gusts of up to 58 miles per hour roar through the area. The strongest winds are expects late this morning and into the afternoon.

Reston Association urges all residents to steer clear of pathways due to “extremely hazardous conditions.”

Check back here for updates on road conditions, power outages and downed trees and wires.

Road Conditions

  • 2021 Hunter Mill Road – Tree in roadway
  • Leigh Mill Road & Georgetown Pike – Tree in roadway
  • West Ox Road between Centreville Road and Frying Pan Park – Closed due to tree and wires in roadway
  • Georgetown Pike & Ellsworth Avenue – Pole and wires in roadway
  • Green Range Drive & Antiqua Court – Tree in roadway
  • North Shore Drive & Temporary Road – Tree in roadway
  • 1123 Utterback Store Road – Pole and wires in roadway
  • 10004 Beach Mill Road – Tree in roadway

Closures

  • Fairfax County Public Schools — Closed
  • Fairfax County Government — Open with unscheduled leave
  • YMCA Fairfax County Reston — Closed
  • Hidden Creek Club — Closed
  • Reston Community Center — All programs are cancelled. No refunds will be issued for inclement weather. For more info call 703-476-4500.
  • Terry L. Smith Aquatics Center — Open at 9 a.m.

Reporting Downed Trees and Wires

  • Reston Association property: Call 703-437-7658.
  • Dominion Energy: Call 1-866-366-4357 or visit www.dom.com/outage-center.
  • For all emergency incidents, call 911.
  • Roadways: Call the Virginia Department of Transportation at 1-800-367-7623, TTY 711, or use VDOT’s online reporting form.
  • County Government buildings: 703-324-2055, TTY 711
  • Fairfax County Park Authority property: 703-324-8594, TTY 711 or report online
  • Fairfax County Public Schools property: 703-764-2429, TTY 711

Here’s a roundup of what locals are observing on social media:

Photo via Twitter user [email protected]_Lackland

This post has been updated.

by Fatimah Waseem February 5, 2018 at 10:15 am 6 Comments

After Sunday’s wet weather, some Restonians are running into another challenge as they begin the week.

Several residents have complained of sheets of black ice on roads on side and neighborhood roads, prompting calls for a delayed school opening earlier this morning.

Here’s what some Twitter users had to say:

Based on conditions in your neighborhood, do you think Fairfax County Public Schools should have delayed school this morning? Respond in the poll below.

by Fatimah Waseem January 8, 2018 at 11:00 am 3 Comments

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.

by Fatimah Waseem January 4, 2018 at 11:30 am 0

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.

by Fatimah Waseem November 9, 2017 at 10:15 am 1 Comment

The National Weather Service issued a freeze watch today for Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. In Reston, the freeze watch is in effect from Friday evening through Saturday morning.

Temperatures are expected to fall below freezing after sunset Friday night and through Saturday morning at around 10 a.m.

Freezing temperatures may kill or damage sensitive vegetation like outdoor plants, according to NWS.

The Farmers Almanac provides the following tips to protect your plants from frost:

If a frost is predicted, cover your plants, both to retain as much soil heat and moisture as possible and to protect them against strong winds, which can hasten drying and cooling. You can use newspapers, baskets, tarps, straw, and other materials to cover your plants. Cover the whole plant before sunset to trap any remaining heat. Be sure to anchor lightweight coverings to prevent them from blowing away.

Keep the soil moist by watering your plants the day a frost is predicted.

by RestonNow.com November 3, 2017 at 10:18 am 1 Comment

With only a few slight chances of rain, Reston could be looking at a warmish days for the first weekend in November. Here’s what weather reports for the region are predicting:

Friday: Sunshine should dominate most of the day, but chances of rain increase as the evening hours approach. The folks at Capital Weather Gang say to look out for a “Hunter’s Moon” tonight which will cool temperatures, bringing us into the mid-40s to lower 50s overnight.

Saturday: Easterly winds will bring in clouds for most of the day, with temperatures in the 50s to, at most, the low 60s, with a chance of sprinkles in the mid-afternoon to early evening. Chances of light rain increase to about 40 percent later in the evening.

Sunday: We can expect mostly clear skies Sunday, with temperatures possibly approaching 70 with some humidity.

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