Winter Storm Warning For Northern Virginia

Snowplow/Photo Courtesy of VDOTUpdate, 11:26 a.m. — South Lakes High School has announced the following events are postponed Wednesday evening:

Regional Track Meet that was to be held at the Prince George’s Sports Complex has been postponed. Information about the rescheduled date and time is not yet available.

Hipsanic Parent Meeting for Wednesday has been cancelled.

PTSA Meeting for tonight has been cancelled. The Academic Advising program will be presented at the March meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in the library.

Original story, 9 a.m. Wednesday: 

The National Weather Service has upgraded its winter storm watch to a winter storm warning — meaning a significant snowstorm is heading towards Northern Virginia Wednesday evening.

The Winter Storm Warning will be in effect from 8 p.m. Wednesday to 3 p.m. Thursday. The NWS says 4 to 8 inches of heavy snow and sleet will fall, with the high end of the range hitting areas West of the city, including Reston.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has issued a state of emergency for the commonwealth. A state of emergency, authorizes state agencies to position resources to prepare for the storm and recovery, including the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Department of Transportation, the Virginia National Guard and utility companies.

McAuliffe said Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are conducting anti-icing operations on major roadways across the state in preparation for the storm.

“VDOT is in a constant state of preparation and response mode this winter to clear roadways and keep traffic and commerce moving as safely as possible,” said Governor McAuliffe.“Crews will be out in force through the duration of the storm to treat and plow roads. Motorists are urged to avoid driving during the snow storm because of slick road conditions.”

More than 12,300 pieces of equipment, including trucks and plows will be deployed. VDOT is also prepared to remove trees, branches and other debris that may fall on roadways. The agency said its goal is to have roads passable within 48 hours of the storm.

In weather-related travel news, Amtrak has suspended some East Coast and southern routes due to the ice storm currently hitting the southern states.

Reston Now will update this story with any closings or advisories.


NWS: NoVa Could See 3-5 Inches of Snow Tuesday

Ice covered tree in Reston/Credit: Mary Dominiak via Twitter

Update, Monday, 2:45 p.m. — The National Weather Service has canceled its earlier Winter Storm Watch for Tuesday in Northern Virginia.

The forecast has been downgraded to a Winter Weather Advisory, in which snow — heavy at times — could accumulate from 3 to 5 inches in Reston and nearby areas.

The snow should start Tuesday at dawn and continue through early afternoon. There is the potential for 1 to 2 inches per hour coinciding with morning rush hour, the NWS advisory says.

Update, Monday noon — The icicles from Sunday continued to melt for much of Monday morning, but keep your shovels handy as the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the Reston area for Tuesday.

NWS says the entire Northern Virginia region is under the watch from Monday night into Tuesday afternoon.

Precipitation could start with sleet Monday night — but could result in accumulations of 5 inches or more of snow to fall on Tuesday,

Temperatures Tuesday are expected to be in the upper 20s and lower 30s. Morning snow could fall at rates between 1-2 inches per hour for two to four hours, the NWS says.

Also, Dominion Virginia Power reported that as of mid-day, about 4,000 customers in Reston are without power. The majority of them are in neighborhoods off Lawyers Road.

Original story, Monday 8 a.m. — Reston residents woke up to slick roads and ice-covered trees on Monday as Sunday’s snow, sleet and rain refroze into a crystal mess.

Temperatures should warm up throughout the day. The high is 42, so much of the ice should melt and additional precipitation later be rain, according to The Weather Channel.

However, the forecast calls for two to four inches of snow on Tuesday.

Fairfax County Public Schools are closed on Monday, and the Federal Government is on a two-hour delay. Fairfax County Government is open with unscheduled leave granted to employees. Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court will be closed.

Dominion Virginia Power says more than 46,000 customers are without power, 23,000 of them in Fairfax County. To see more specifics, check out Dominion’s Outage Map. To report an outage call 1-866-DOM-HELP.

A tractor trailer filled with tires overturned early Monday morning on the outer loop of the Beltway near Tysons Corner, causing delays for drivers. Virginia State Police said they could not determine if the accident near Chain Bridge Road was caused by weather-related problems. The incident occurred just before 3 a.m. near Chain Bridge Road. By 7 a.m., two lanes were getting by, but backups are still significant.

Somewhere you have to be? Read these tips from The Weather Channel on driving on ice.

This story will be updated as developments warrant. Have any great weather photos? Tweet us at @RestonNow, post them on our Facebook Page or email to [email protected].

(Photo of ice-covered tree in Reston courtesy of  Mary Dominiak via Twitter)


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