Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Following a lot of hype, Wednesday's storm proved to be a whole lot of nothing.
After a lot of hype, Wednesday’s snow in the Alexandria area turned out to be a whole lot of nothing. Alexandria City Public Schools were closed Wednesday and many families took in a snow day despite there being, well, not a whole lot of the white stuff outside of a few swirls of big, wet flakes. Perhaps the “snowquester” had to make some mandatory accumulation cuts? Followers of the Del Ray Patch Facebook page described Wednesday’s weather as “lame,” “cold disappointment,” “a total letdown” and “another Wednesday.” In one or two words, how would you describe Wednesday’s weather? Tell us in the comments section.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
All Alexandria City Public Schools are closed Wednesday. City government is open.
A look at school closings and delays in the Alexandria area for Wednesday, March 6. • For more information: Virginia Snow Storm: Closings, Traffic in Alexandria Last updated — 8:15 a.m. Wednesday Closed Closed The City of Alexandria government offices and facilities will be open as scheduled, with unscheduled leave permitted for employees. Emergency personnel must report for duty as scheduled. Alexandria Public Schools employees should follow code red procedures.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Temperatures will warm up into 40s by Wednesday.
The big chill in Northern Virginia continues through Tuesday night with highs in the 30s on Monday and Tuesday. Expect cloudy skies during the days and a possiblity for snow flurries Monday and Tuesday nights, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will feel much colder Monday. Wind gusts up to 25 mph will continue through Monday afternoon. As a result of the wind, the National Weather Service has issued a Small Craft Advisory until 3 p.m. Monday that includes the Potomac River. This means that wind speeds of 18 to 33 knots are expected to produce hazardous wave conditions for small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid boating in these conditions. Here are the daily …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Due to inclement weather, the public school division is opening two hours late Jan. 28.
Alexandria City Public Schools are opening on a two-hour delay Monday, Jan. 28, due to inclement weather. St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School and Bishop Ireton are also opening two hours late. Alexandria Country Day School, Blessed Sacrament School, St. Mary's Catholic School and Commonwealth Academy are all opening with two-hour delays. Federal offices in the Washington, DC area will open at noon. City of Alexandria offices are open as scheduled with unscheduled leave permitted for employees.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Alexandria could see flurries or snow showers (and slick roads) both Wednesday and Friday as below freezing temperatures continue.
Temperatures will remain cold Thursday and Friday, according to local forecasters, and there’s a chance we’ll see flurries or snow showers across Alexandria before the weekend. Alexandria residents woke up to temperatures between 10 and 15 degrees Wednesday morning under calm and clear skies. The temperature Wednesday may reach the upper 20s with wind chills remaining below 20 degrees throughout the day. Temperatures have been below freezing now for more than 100 hours, WTOP reported Wednesday morning. Two weather systems may come through Northern Virginia—one Wednesday night and the other Friday afternoon. Both bring a chance for flurries or very light snow, but even Friday’s storm may not bring enough to shovel or plow. Still, even a …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The forecast for snow accumulations has lessened in Alexandria and throughout Northern Virginia.
Update 2:30 p.m. Thursday: The winter weather advisory for the D.C. metro area has been canceled. Temperatures are now expected to remain in the mid- to upper 30s with rain. Some snow may mix in with the rain later this evening, but accumulations are unlikely. Are you relieved or disappointed? Tell us in the comments... ----------------- Update 11:30 a.m. Thursday: It's still not snowing yet. But, radar indicates light precipitation in the area with a temperature of 44. The temperature will be dropping throughout the afternoon, reaching into the low 30s by 5 p.m., when rain will change to snow. Most snow, if any, will be out of the area by midnight. Stay tuned... ----------------- Update 6:40 a.m. Thursday: The forecast has …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Dominion Power is urging their customers to be prepared with food and an emergency plan.
With a National Weather Service winter storm watch in place for Thursday morning for Alexandria, officials at Dominion Power, Alexandria City Public Schools and the Virginia Department of Transportation have their eyes glued to the weather forecasts. As of 4 p.m., forecasts varied. The National Weather Service revised its snow accumulation forecast down to 4 inches from an earlier 5 inches across the region. The Capital Weather Gang said "Because it’s not clear exactly how much moisture will make it into the region, snow accumulation is a huge question mark. For most of the D.C. area, we think just some conversational flakes to a couple inches is most likely, with more south and southwest of town and less to the north." Dominion Power …
Saturday, December 29, 2012
If it gets slick out there, here's how to make your travels safer.
While slip-sliding cars on snowy roads can make for interesting (cringe-inducing) YouTube videos, you never want to be driving one of those cars. Here are tips on how to drive safely on snowy and icy roads: Have an emergency kit and good supplies. In the winter months, AAA recommends that you keep the following items in your vehicle: Leave room. It can take a driver twice as long (and twice as much space) to stop a vehicle when driving in snow versus driving on dry pavement. You should leave twice as much room as you normally would between you and other vehicles on the road. Slow down. Driving too quickly for the conditions is the biggest cause of snow crashes, according to Edmunds.com. Don’t slam on your brakes. If you’re sliding on a …
Thursday, October 13, 2011
First snowfall in early December. Blizzard Jan. 30 - 31. Are you ready?
Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang said he knows of no meteorologist, including himself, who "assign[s] any legitimacy to the Old Farmer's Almanac weather predictions." But even Samenow admits that sometimes the Almanac gets it right. The Farmers' Almanac said it was "on the money" in 2011 with several forecasts, including these: • "Accurately predicted a major snowstorm for the Northeastern and Great Lakes states for early February 2011. At that time, heavy snow did pound the Northeastern U.S., while a blizzard shut down Chicago." • "Predicted that the spring of 2011 would be exceptionally wet, and that parts of the U.S. would see a very active tornado season. This proved to be true when flooding overwhelmed the Mississippi River …