Thursday, January 24, 2013
More than 500 trucks will be out salting roads, officials say.
Northern Virginia woke up to a blanket of snow Thursday and began preparing for the Round 2 forecasted for Friday. Weather forecasters say to expect more snow to start falling between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday. There is a 70 percent chance that Northern Virginia will get hit with snow, said Steve Goldstein, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. He said it won’t be a lot, but will fall throughout Friday's rush hour. “We’re looking at another inch or maybe an inch and a half,” Goldstein said. The region was coated with about an inch of snow Thursday morning. Virginia Department of Transportation salted main roads to help ease the morning commute. Joan Morris, a spokeswoman for VDOT, said crews will pre-treat main roads Thursday …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The storm watch begins Thursday morning.
Update 2:30 p.m. Thursday: The Winter Weather Advisory for the Washington area has been canceled. -- The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather storm watch for the Fairfax County area which will be in effect Thursday morning until late Thursday night. Heavy snow is expected during this time, accumulating to an estimated five inches. Snow may mix with rain earlier in the day and will become heavier throughout the afternoon. Snowfall is expected to end Thursday night. Temperatures will be in the lower 30s, and winds are expected to be northwest 5 to 10 mph and gusts up to 20 mph. Roads may become slick and covered in snow, especially during the evening rush hour. According to NWS, a winter storm watch means there is a potential…
Monday, January 7, 2013
The average temperature at Dulles Airport was 2.6 degrees above normal for the year.
2012 was the warmest year on record in the Northern Virginia area, according to data from the National Weather Service. The average temperature at the airport was 57.9 degrees in 2012—that's 2.6 degrees above the annual normal from 1981 to 2010. Prior to 2012, the warmest year on record at Dulles was 1998, when the average was 57.1 degrees. Regan Airport also recorded its warmest year on record with an average high of 61. 5 degrees. The March 2012 average was 10 degrees above the normal average for that month, the National Weather Service reported. The high temperature average "would be comparable to the normal annual temperature of Atlanta, Oklahoma City and San Jose, just to name a few locations," the National Weather Service reported.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
National Weather Service also issues hazardous weather warning for Fairfax County, metro region.
Update 2:07 p.m.: A flash flood watch has also been issued for Fairfax County until 8 p.m. Tuesday. Fairfax County says The county keeps a list of roads that historically flood and urges drivers to avoid them when warnings and watches are issued. Click here to see which of these roads are near your neighborhood. Original: The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Fairfax County and the entire metro region until 7 p.m. Tuesday. The tornado watch, meaning there is a potential for tornadoes to develop, comes on top of a hazardous weather outlook the service issued earlier this morning. "Showers and thunderstorms are expected along and ahead of a cold front through this evening. Heavy downpours could lead to localized flash …
Saturday, September 8, 2012
The National Weather Service reports this line of storms is dangerous.
A service thunderstorm warning is in effect in the area until 4:30 p.m. The line of storms has a history of producing hail and gusting winds, according to the National Weather Service. "This is a dangerous line of storm," the warning reports. "If you are in its path...move indoors to a sturdy building and stay away from windows." At 3:50 p.m., The Washington Post reported that a storm produced a tornado near Fairfax City. Patch has not been able to confirm the the presence of a tornado in the area. Patch will update this story as more information becomes available. This story has been updated.
Friday, July 20, 2012
National Weather Service: Rainfall could reach 2 inches per hour in areas of Oakton, Fairfax County
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Friday, July 20, 2012
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Oakton and Fairfax County beginning at noon Friday and lasting for much of the evening. In Oakton, showers and thunderstorms could start before noon, with another chance of showers and thunderstorms between noon and 2 p.m., and again after 2 p.m. Highs will be near 86. Several more showers are expected to happen in intervals throughout the evening and overnight hours, NWS says. The weather service predicts rainfall could amount to an inch to 2 inches per hour in afternoon storms. That amount could cause local rivers, streams or creeks to overflow and flood surrounding low-lying areas, NWS says. The watch ends at 11 p.m. Friday. A chance of storms continues throughout the …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
National Weather Service looks at the phenomenon that wreaked havoc in Fairfax County.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
While Fairfax County picked up the pieces left by the derecho in late June, the National Weather Service in Sterling picked apart the rare storm. NWS analysts say in a case study of the June 29 weather event that derechos are relatively uncommon to this region, especially ones of this magnitude. Typically, the Mid-Atlantic region might experience a derecho once every two to four years, the report says. The last significant derecho in our region occurred on June 4, 2008. More than 20 deaths have been blamed on the storm, which stretched from Indiana to North Carolina. In Northern Virginia, more than one million people were without power for days. Read the full NWS case study here.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Storms could bring gusts, downpours.
Fairfax County, including the Oakton area, is under a severe thunderstorm watch until tonight. National Weather Service says severe storms could cause damaging winds and heavy rainfall. Storms could make for a hazardous rush-hour commute this afternoon. The watch is in effect until 9 p.m. Friday.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
The NWS and NOAA are calling for three to five major hurricanes.
Meteorologists with the National Weather Service now say they expect more named storms, more hurricanes and higher likelihood for an "above normal" Atlantic hurricane season. This forecast has been revised from previous predictions made in May. Gerry Bell, the lead hurricane season forecaster at the National Weather Service, said the hurricane outlook is revised every year in August. Although hurricane season starts on June 1, peak months of storm activity are traditionally August, September and October. "We are now entering the peak months," Bell said during a teleconference call with reporters on Thursday. "We're expecting the activity to start picking up." The new predictions call for an 85 percent chance of an "above normal" season …