Thursday, January 17, 2013
Arlington could see between 1 to 3 inches of snow Thursday afternoon and evening.
Update (2:32 p.m.): The Winter Weather Advisory for the Washington area has been canceled. Original story (12:51 p.m.): The National Weather Service forecast Thursday morning that Arlington County and the region can expect 1 to 3 inches of snow today, down from the 5 inches or so predicted last night. The weather service also issued a winter weather advisory in effect from 3 p.m. today through 11 this evening. Snow is expected to first mix with rain, followed by periods of snowfall in the late afternoon and evening. Temperatures will be in the mid-30s, and roads may be snow covered during rush hour. The most accumulation is expected south of Washington, according to the weather service. So far, Arlington Public Schools and Arlington County…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Dominion Power is urging their customers to be prepared with food and an emergency plan.
Update (6:02 p.m.): Arlington County crews spent Wednesday afternoon and evening putting spreaders on vehicles and expected to complete that work by Thursday morning, according to the Department of Environmental Services. "Our hard-working crews are ready for a snow event as well. We will adjust our plans depending on a more accurate forecast from regional outlets and our weather service this evening and again tomorrow morning," according to county spokeswoman Jennifer K. Smith. Federal agencies in the Washington area will be open Thursday, though employees have been given the option to use unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework. Original story (4:24 p.m.): With a National Weather Service winter storm watch in place for Thursday morning…
Monday, December 31, 2012
Ride through the winter? Yes you can. Just be careful about it.
Icy roads and snowy paths. They’re not here yet, but they’re coming. We almost had them this past weekend. While riding in Arlington’s winter conditions does require a bit of extra effort and care, it’s still quite doable. There are plenty of great resources for learning more about winter riding. A couple of years ago I wrote about dealing with extended darkness, the potential for slick surfaces, and extra debris on the streets. The Washington Area Bike Forum continues to be a great place for Arlington-specific cold weather clothing and equipment advice. There’s plenty of discussion of the question of when to use studded tires (ice) or big knobby tires (snow) for the neophyte at the forums. I’m done belaboring the plowing issue — well, …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Snow briefly fell on Arlington on Saturday. Here are a few of our pics. Upload yours!
Snow briefly fell on Arlington on Saturday. Here are a few of our pics. Upload yours by logging in to Patch and clicking on "Upload your Photos."
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Is it snowing at your house this morning? Upload your photos to our gallery so we can compare conditions!
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- Beth Lawton
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Is it snowy, slushy or just icky at your house? Upload a photo or video by clicking on the 'upload' button above! It's not much and it's not any good for snowballs, but this morning brought snow (and ice and slush) to the area. Mixed precipitation is expected to last a few more hours across the region, as part of the same storm system that brought tornadoes from Texas to Alabama and other parts of the South Christmas Day. Up here in Virginia, the precipitation caused travel headaches on a day when some returned to work following the long holiday weekend. Secondary roads were slick. Earlier this winter, local forecasters predicted a slighty drier-than-normal winter with 6 - 7 storms where snow accumulates.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Almost three years after a major snow storm closed Arlington's main commuter trails for more than a week, the county still doesn't have a plan to deal with snow on our trails.
Clearing snow from Arlington's primary trails became a topic of public conversation again last week. Arlington County's Department of Environmental Services (i.e., the department of transportation) hosted a public chat on Facebook about Arlington's snow plowing and removal plans. Among other things, DES staff explained how they prioritized streets, who was responsible for sidewalks, and which streets depend on VDOT for plowing. When a number of Arlington residents — myself among them — asked about Arlington's plans to clear trails, DES said they had no plans to clear trails, and that in any event, it was the responsibility of the Department of Parks and Recreation. In other words, we've had zero progress on the matter since the last time I…
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Early predictions say 1 to 3 inches of snow will fall today.
As snow moved toward the Washington, D.C., area Wednesday morning, federal workers were given the option of leaving early from work with unscheduled leave to prepare for the accumulation and get ahead of the afternoon commute. Alerts from Fairfax and Arlington counties said federal workers could use annual leave, earned timed off or credit hours, leave without pay or telecommute to prepare for the weather. Essential and emergency employees should report to work as usual, the alerts said. The early notification is part of Office of Personnel Management's efforts to give more time for workers to make decisions about how they'll deal with potential weather emergencies, the Washington Post reported. Snow estimates range from a half-inch to up …
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Snow was predicted to be a rare appearance in an otherwise warm, dry winter.
UPDATE 6 p.m. Wednesday: With little more than wet pavement and a few occasional snow flakes during the rush hour, weather forecasters are now predicting less than an inch of accumulated snow from this winter weather event. Most of the accululations will remain far north and west of the D.C. area and in elevated areas. Thursday's weather will be sunny and much warmer. The high temperature should be about 48 degrees, allowing area golfers to pick up the clubs again. ---------------- UPDATE 8:55 a.m. Wednesday: Area weather forecasters predict Northern Virginia will see a wintry mix of rain and snow beginning at about noon on Wednesday, falling until about 10:30 p.m. NBC-TV Channel 4 metereologist Tom Kierein forecasts 1-4 inches of snow, …
Friday, October 28, 2011
Five things to know about what's going on in and around Arlington.
1. Leaf collection begins Monday and lasts through Jan. 13, 2012. Leaf bags will be collected one business day after your regular trash collection. Arlington County stresses that leaves will not be collected if they are put in plastic bags. You must use biodegradable leaf bags. Where do you find such bags? Click here. 2. The polls have opened for the 2011 ABBIE Awards. Vote for Arlington's best businesses in 15 categories, including best new business, best neighborhood bar and best community-based nonprofit. Last year, nearly 10,000 people participated in selecting the county's best businesses, according to Arlington Economic Development. Votes can be cast through Nov. 16. Winners will be announced Nov. 29. 3. Artisphere is holding 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 …