Winter Weather Advisory issued in the Alexandria, Virginia for Sunday, January 29 (Image via @NWS_BaltWash on Twitter)

Winter Weather Advisory thru 10 AM Tuesday

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Alexandria, Virginia and the surrounding area from 10:00 PM Sunday, January 29, 2017 to 7:00 AM on Monday, January 30, 2017. Up to two (2) inches of snow are expected in the immediate Alexandria, Virginia area as well as ICE.


Winter Weather Advisories are normally issued in advance of a storm when travel conditions are expected to worsen.

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO
7 AM EST MONDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT
FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 AM EST MONDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS…A COATING TO 1 INCH. LOCALIZED AMOUNTS OF 1 TO
2 INCHES ARE EXPECTED SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 66 IN VIRGINIA AND
EAST OF INTERSTATE 95 IN MARYLAND.

* TIMING…SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE AREA BETWEEN 7 AND 10 PM THIS
EVENING. THE STEADIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED BETWEEN 11 PM AND 4 AM.
SNOW WILL END BY 6 AM ACROSS MOST LOCATIONS.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BE MAINLY WET THIS EVENING WITH
TEMPERATURES ABOVE FREEZING. UNTREATED SURFACES WILL BECOME
SLIPPERY AFTER MIDNIGHT WITH TEMPERATURES DROPPING TO NEAR OR
SLIGHTLY BELOW FREEZING.

* WINDS…NORTH TO NORTHWEST AROUND 5 MPH…BECOMING NORTHWEST
AROUND 10 TO 15 MPH TOWARD MORNING.

* TEMPERATURES…MID TO UPPER 30S THIS EVENING…FALLING INTO THE
UPPER 20S AND LOWER 30S OVERNIGHT INTO EARLY MONDAY MORNING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

(Image via @NWS_BaltWash on Twitter)

Hermine

Little Impact from Hermine in Alexandria, Virginia

This is an update to this post. Hurricane Hermine made landfall along Florida’s Big Bend early Friday as the first hurricane to hit the state in 11 years, killing one person and causing a major storm surge that destroyed beach-side buildings.

In Florida’s capital, soaking rain toppled trees in Tallahassee and caused tens of thousands of power outages and the storm injured people in their homes. A homeless man in Marion County, south of Gainesville, was killed when he was hit by a tree as the storm moved through, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said at a news conference.

As of 8:00 AM EDT this morning (Friday, September 1), Hermine had weakened from its peak wind speed of 80 mph to a tropical storm as it moved up and into Georgia. After hitting Georgia, Hermine is expected to move into the Carolinas and up the East Coast with drenching rain, deadly flooding, and high winds along the East coast.

At 8:00 AM, Tropical Storm Hermine had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, the Hurricane Center said. It was centered about 35 miles northeast of Valdosta, Georgia, and was moving north-northeast near 14 mph. When it gets past the Carolinas, it is expected to regain Hurricane strength off the coast of Virginia.

As of this morning, forecasters predict the path of Tropical Storm Hermine to be more easterly now. About 130 flights have been canceled nationwide as of 10:40 AM, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. If you are traveling this weekend along the East coast, be sure to call your carrier about any delays. Flights are expected to be affected by this storm THROUGH Wednesday.

While we will not see much from Hermine in Alexandria, Virginia, the beaches are expected to get hit with high winds and rain. Take EXTRA caution at the beach this weekend.


Hermine

Hurricane Hermine

Tropical Storm Hermine is now a Category 1 Hurricane

This is an update to this post. For the first time in 1081 days, we have a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. For the first time in 11 years, a hurricane will make landfall in Florida.

Hurricane Hermine now has maximum sustained winds of 75 MPH and has moved up to a Category 1 Hurricane. Hermine is expected to make landfall early Friday (1:00 AM) in Florida. The latest projections Thursday afternoon for the mid-Atlantic area show Hermine now heading on a more westerly track as it moves up the mid-Atlantic region.

The earlier predictions of 3″-4″ of rain for us may still mean no rain at all. If we do see any from the storm it will be Saturday afternoon into early Sunday morning. However, the beaches may get hammered with more than one (1) foot of rain. The forecast on this storm still continues to ‘evolve’.

Coast Guard conducts hoist training
The 5th Coast Guard District is advising mariners and swimmers throughout the mid-Atlantic region to use caution this week due to severe weather along the East Coast. Tropical Depressions Eight and Nine are forecasted to impact beaches and waterways from North Carolina to New Jersey as they transit the Mid-Atlantic region during the next several days. Tropical storm-force winds are possible during the next 48 hours.

“Our primary concern is ensuring the safety of life at sea,” said Capt. William Lane, Fifth District Chief of Response.  “We are encouraging all mariners, personal watercraft users, and beachgoers to make safety a priority as these two weather systems pass through the region.”  (more…)

Tropical Storm Hermine
While Tropical Storm Hermine is gaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall Friday in Florida, the latest projections Thursday morning for the mid-Atlantic area has changed. The storm is tracking further east than originally thought. The earlier predictions of 3″-4″ of rain for us may turn into no rain at all. If we do see any from the storm it will be Saturday afternoon into early Sunday morning.

As of 8:00 AM, the storm is strengthening still in the Gulf of Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph and traveling NNE at 12 mph. The storm is expected to reach hurricane strength (70 MPH +) by the time it hits Florida early Friday morning.

We will continue to monitor the forecast and track of the storm. The next update is due at 11:00 AM.

(Courtesy photo)

Flash Flood Watch issued in advance of expected heavy rain

The National Weather Service has issued the following Flash Flood Watch for Alexandria, Virginia and the surrounding area from 4:00 PM tonight through the early morning hours (August 17, 2016).   This is due to the expected heavy downpours today from the expected thunderstorms and the rain rates may cause flash flooding in low lying areas.

What’s the difference between a Flash Flood Watch and a Flash Flood Warning? Click this link.

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Thunderstorms over Alexandria, VA

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Alexandria, Virginia and the surrounding area until 11:00 PM this evening, Tuesday, August 16, 2016.

REMINDER:  A watch does not necessarily mean that severe weather is actually occurring, only that atmospheric conditions have created a significant risk for severe weather to occur.

(Photo by Mehul Antani, on Flickr)

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