Monday, March 4, 2013
Week will start out sunny, 45 degrees.
A sunny start to the week could turn quite wintry by midweek in Northern Virginia, according to the National Weather Service. The Capital Weather Gang predicts a 70 percent chance of 1 inch of snow Tuesday night into Wednesday night, a 45 percent chance of 5 inches or more and a 10 percent chance of 10 inches or more. A Capital Weather Gang reader suggested the name "Snowquester" for the possible midweek winter storm, in honor of the financial sequester that has hit the federal government. The week starts out sunny though, with Monday expecting to see a high of 45 degrees and clear skies, according to NWS. Tuesday starts off with a 30 percent chance of rain, with a high of 45 degrees. Chances for precipitation increase throughout the day …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
As Boston and the rest of New England gears up for a major blizzard this weekend, DC weather is predicted to be relatively mild and calm.
A snowstorm being described as “epic,” “record-breaking” and “potentially historic” will bear down on southern New England Friday and into the weekend, dumping two feet or more of snow there, along with high winds. This weekend, the D.C. metro area basically will keep its status quo—temperatures in the 40s with periodic clouds and rain. Has the D.C. metro area’s winter been boring so far? January 2013 temperatures were about 4 degrees warmer than average. This winter’s snowfall has been less than average. In January, the DC metro area received 3 inches of snow. February has brought just a few dustings. There has been a little bit more to the north and west in both months. The average snowfall for our area in January (from 1981 to 2010) was…
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 …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Sleet, freezing rain expected from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Fairfax County for Monday from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sleet and freezing rain is expected to hit Northern Virginia during the morning rush hour, according to the National Weather Service. The precipitation is expected to develop before dawn and continue through mid-morning. Temperatures will be about 30 degrees, just under freezing. The weather service advises that "icing will produce slipper conditions on untreated roads, bridges and sidewalks, particularly during the Monday morning commute." The advisory covers the entire DC metro area. For information on driving on ice, read: Driving Tips for Winter Weather
Saturday, January 26, 2013
A look at what's canceled, rescheduled Friday as winter weather advisory goes into effect.
Several school and government services and community activities are being canceled Friday in anticipation of afternoon snow. The Capital Weather Gang anticipates 1 to 2 inches of snow will fall between 2 and 5 p.m. Friday. A winter weather advisory from the National Weather Service is in place from 2 to 9 p.m. for Mount Vernon and surrounding cities and counties. The service predicts "snow will begin during the mid-afternoon and taper off in the evening. Snow may be moderate to locally heavy at times during the late afternoon and early evening." Roads will become snow covered and slippery, the service says, "resulting in hazardous travel during the afternoon and evening commute." The following services and activities in and around Mount …
Friday, January 25, 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 …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The D.C. metro area saw between .5 inches and 4 inches of snow this morning.
Mount Vernon and Greater Alexandria residents were greeted by snow blanketing their front lawns - and local roads - this morning. Snow showers began after midnight Thursday and continued on and off throughout the night. Temperatures are expected to rise to 29 degrees this afternoon. Winds will come from the northwest, bringing the wind chill down into the teens all day. Check here for winter weather driving tips before you hit the roads today. Share your snow photos with us by clicking the upload button above.
Overnight snow showers make for slick roads.
Fairfax County Public Schools are opening on a two-hour delay this morning due to snow that fell overnight. According to the FCPS website this morning: Federal employees have the option for unscheduled telework or unscheduled leave today. Falls Church City Public Schools are operating on a normal schedule, according to the school district's twitter account. Snow showers began after midnight Thursday and continued on and off throughout the night. The sun is expected to peek out by 10 a.m. with temperatures rising to 29 this afternoon. Winds will come from the northwest, bringing the wind chill down into the teens all day. Check here for winter weather driving tips before you hit the roads this morning.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
This week's stretch of sub-freezing weather could be coldest in 10 years, according to NBC4's metereologist.
If snow predictions hold for Northern Virginia Friday, even a half-inch of it combined with the low temperatures could "cause problems for the roads," NBC4 metereologist Doug Kammerer said Tuesday night on the evening's 11 p.m. newscast. The high on Friday is forecast to be 29 degrees with a 70 percent chance of snow, according to The Weather Channel. The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang agrees: "...even 1-3 inches of snow at these sub-freezing temperatures would cause potential driving problems." Northern Virginia could see snow flurries Wednesday night as a "clipper system" moves through into Thursday morning.
Monday, August 20, 2012
The normal snowfall amount for the D.C. metropolitan area is 14.6 inches.
Following a snow “drought” this past winter, the mid-Atlantic and southern New England are expected to get a snow dump this winter, including the metropolitan Washington area. AccuWeather.com is predicting big storms during January and February with the potential for large snowstorms to create travel headaches in the major cities. "The I-95 cities could get hit pretty good,” AccuWeather.com lead long-range forecaster Paul Pastelok said in a statement. “It's a matter of getting the cold to phase in with the huge systems that we are going to see coming out of the southern branch of the jet stream this year." The normal snowfall amount for the Washington metropolitan area is 14.6 inches. Snowfall amounts in Northern Virginia have been erratic…