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Friday Morning Notes

It’s the first day of winter — The odds are slim for a snowy Christmas but rain later next week and then a major blizzard may be on the horizon. [Reston Patch]

Drumroll for USA Today’s “Best Holiday Parade” rankings — At noon USA Today will unveil where Reston’s holiday parade fell on this year’s rankings, which are decided by voters. For memories, check out the video below from the Reston Association. [USA Today]

Assistant children’s librarian closes one chapter in her life — Marcia Wine, 71, retired in mid-November from her job at the Reston Regional Public Library. [Reston Connection]

People read these books the most in 2018 — Fairfax County has released the top books checked out of the county’s public libraries. John Green’s “Turtles All the Way Down” and Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” made the list. [Fairfax County]

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Flood Watch Issued for Fairfax

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Flood Watch today (Dec. 20) starting from 7 p.m. Thursday to Friday afternoon for Fairfax and much of the D.C. region.

NWS anticipates widespread rain tonight and showers tomorrow.

NWS expects 1 to 2 inches of rain, but up to 4 inches of rain could fall in local areas.

NWS encourages locals to monitor later forecasts and to stay alert for possible Flood Warnings. Residents should prepare to take action if they live in areas prone to flooding.

More from the National Weather Service:

FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM EST THIS EVENING
THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON…

The Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of Maryland, The District of Columbia, Virginia, and
West Virginia, including the following areas, in Maryland,
Anne Arundel, Calvert, Carroll, Central and Southeast Howard,
Central and Southeast Montgomery, Charles, Frederick MD,
Northern Baltimore, Northwest Harford, Northwest Howard,
Northwest Montgomery, Prince Georges, Southeast Harford,
Southern Baltimore, St. Marys, and Washington. The District of
Columbia. In Virginia, Albemarle, Arlington/Falls
Church/Alexandria, Augusta, Central Virginia Blue Ridge,
Clarke, Culpeper, Eastern Loudoun, Fairfax, Frederick VA,
Greene, King George, Madison, Nelson, Northern Fauquier,
Northern Virginia Blue Ridge, Orange, Page, Prince
William/Manassas/Manassas Park, Rappahannock, Rockingham,
Shenandoah, Southern Fauquier, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Warren,
and Western Loudoun. In West Virginia, Berkeley, Hampshire,
Hardy, Jefferson, and Morgan.

* From 7 PM EST this evening through Friday afternoon

* Widespread rain is expected tonight and showers are expected
Friday. Rainfall amounts around 1 to 2 inches are most likely,
but locally higher amounts around 3 to 4 inches are possible.
Soils remain saturated due to recent rainfall, so excess
runoff from the rain will cause the potential for flooding of
small streams, creeks, and urban areas.

Photo via Bahmad Farzad/Flickr

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Flood Watch Issued for Fairfax

The National Weather Service issued a Flood Watch today (Dec. 13) from Friday evening to Saturday afternoon for Fairfax and much of the D.C. region.

NWS anticipates 1 to 2 inches of rainfall — possibly up to 3 inches.

NWS encourages locals to monitor later forecasts and to stay alert for possible Flood Warnings.

Residents should prepare to take action if they live in areas prone to flooding.

More from the National Weather Service:

The National Weather Service in Sterling Virginia has issued a

* Flood Watch for portions of Maryland, The District of
Columbia, and Virginia, including the following areas, in
Maryland, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Carroll, Central and
Southeast Howard, Central and Southeast Montgomery, Charles,
Frederick MD, Northern Baltimore, Northwest Harford, Northwest
Howard, Northwest Montgomery, Prince Georges, Southeast
Harford, Southern Baltimore, and St. Marys. The District of
Columbia. In Virginia, Albemarle, Arlington/Falls
Church/Alexandria, Culpeper, Eastern Loudoun, Fairfax, Greene,
King George, Madison, Nelson, Northern Fauquier, Orange,
Prince William/Manassas/Manassas Park, Rappahannock, Southern
Fauquier, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Western Loudoun.

* From Friday evening through Saturday afternoon

* Moderate rainfall is expected with locally heavy rain possible.
Rainfall amounts around 1 to 2 inches are most likely with
locally higher amounts around 3 inches possible. Runoff from the
rainfall may cause creeks and streams to rise out of their
banks as well as the potential for flooding in urban areas.

Photo via Bahmad Farzad/Flickr

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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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Updated: Tornado Watch No Longer In Effect

Update: The tornado watch was canceled around 8:11 p.m. today (September 17), but the National Weather Service still expects heavy rains to continue through the night.

Earlier:

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch effective until 10 p.m today (September 17).

Tornadoes are possible as Hurricane Florence’s remnants move past the area.

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ChalkFest at Reston Town Center Canceled Due to Rain Forecast

ChalkFest at Reston Town Center has been canceled due to Hurricane Florence. The event, which challenges professional artists, amateur artists, businesses, families, and kids of all ages to design chalk drawings, was set to take place on Saturday.

Public Art Reston, which organizes the event, posted the following update about the cancellation earlier today:

With Hurricane Florence approaching the East Coast and the heavy rain predictions we have decided for safety reasons to cancel ChalkFest at Reston Town Center. The event will not be rescheduled.

We wish to thank our sponsors: Reston Town Center, Boston Properties, Reston Community Center, Leidos, Cooley, and Reston Association.

Hurricane Florence is expected to bring between four and eight inches of rain beginning late Thursday and into early Friday. County officials warn that the hurricane could bring potential flooding over the weekend.

Rain and flooding impacts could last into early next week as flood waters from areas north and west of the county will move our way even after Florence passes. This is a potentially long-term flooding event for Fairfax County, so please pay attention to trusted sources for information,” the county wrote in a statement.

The county is providing sandbags for residents at Reston Regional Library today until 7 p.m. and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday).

File photo

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Wednesday Morning Notes

‘Dog Days of Summer’ is today — Dogs and their owners can frolic in the pavilion as it’s transformed into an off-leash play area from 4-7 p.m. The dog days of summer event will take place every Wednesday through September 26 at the Reston Town Center pavilion. [Reston Town Center]

Florence is coming — Invited or not, Hurricane Florence continues to barrel its way towards us. Four to eight inches are expected to begin late Thursday into early Friday. Here’s what you need to know to prepare. [Fairfax County Government]

Crime update in Herndon — In early September, Jose Quintanilla Romero, 25, of Herndon, was arrested on five felony accounts of sexual abuse against a victim known to him. In a separate incident, a man said he was robbed by several suspects on September 6 near the 600 block of Center Street around 11 p.m. [Herndon Police Department]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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Heat Advisory In Effect for Reston Through Tonight

A heat advisory is in effect for Reston and nearby areas from noon to 7 p.m. today.

According to the National Weather Service, heat index values are expected to climb to around 105 degrees and dewpoints are expected to hover in the mid-70s. Heat and humidity could cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.

More from the alert:

A Heat Advisory means that a period of high temperatures is
expected. The combination of high temperatures and high humidity
will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When
possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or
evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat
stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when
possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks
in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by
heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke
is an emergency – call 911.

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Flash Flood Watch Issued for Reston Through Midnight

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Reston that is in effect through midnight tonight, ushering in a rainy start to Labor Day Weekend.

Slow-moving thunderstorms are expected to bring showers throughout the region, according to the alert:

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH MIDNIGHT EDT TONIGHT… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A  * FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, AND PORTIONS OF CENTRAL MARYLAND AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA, INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS, IN MARYLAND, ANNE ARUNDEL, CARROLL, CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST HOWARD, CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST MONTGOMERY, FREDERICK MD, NORTHERN BALTIMORE, NORTHWEST HARFORD, NORTHWEST HOWARD, NORTHWEST MONTGOMERY, PRINCE GEORGES, SOUTHEAST HARFORD, AND SOUTHERN BALTIMORE. IN VIRGINIA, ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA AND FAIRFAX.

* THROUGH MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.

* SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING VERY HEAVY RAIN ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

* HIGH RAINFALL RATES MAY LEAD TO RAPID RISES OF WATER IN LOW- LYING AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS AS WELL AS SOME SMALL STREAMS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Effect for Fairfax County

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Fairfax County until 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour are possible. Damaging winds may cause trees and large branches to fall. Localized power outages are also possible.

Residents are encouraged to remain indoors and avoid areas where trees may be downed due to damaging winds.

 

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Reston Under Flash Flood Watch This Afternoon

A flash flood watch is in effect from 2 p.m. through late tonight (May 31). Between two and four inches of rain are expected to fall in the area.

The National Weather Service issued the following alert earlier today:

* NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING HEAVY RAINFALL ARE EXPECTED TO APPROACH THE REGION THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE PAST MIDNIGHT. LOCALIZED RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES ARE EXPECTED.

* RAPID RISES OF CREEKS AND STREAMS WILL BE POSSIBLE DUE TO TORRENTIAL RAINFALL, POTENTIALLY SPILLING BEYOND THEIR BANKS. IN ADDITION, LOW POINTS ALONG ROADWAYS MAY BECOME IMPASSIBLE DUE TO ACCUMULATING RUNOFF. FLASH FLOODING MAY DEVELOP QUICKLY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

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Road Closures In Effect After Monday Night Storm

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

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Updated: Flash Flood Warning Issued for Reston, Penny-size Hail Reported

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

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It Could Be A Rainy Weekend in Reston

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

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90 Degrees in Reston This Week?

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.

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