Winter Storm titan - March 3, 2014

Presidents’ Day Winter Storm Update in Alexandria, Virginia

The City of Alexandria is under a Winter Storm Warning until 4 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16. The city has received 4 inches of snow thus far. Snow is forecast to change to sleet and freezing rain tonight, which may coat the roads with ice.

  • Travel is potentially hazardous. If you must travel, use extreme caution and expect delays. The City urges everyone to stay off the roads if possible, allowing our crews to work safely and effectively.
  • As of Monday, February 15 at 5:00 p.m., the city has worked to clear snow from primary routes citywide and is now working to clear snow and ice from secondary routes.
  • Freezing rain and ice can cause downed power lines and power outages. If you see a downed power line or experience an outage, call Dominion Virginia Power at 866.366.4357.

Trash/Recycling Collection (Resource Recovery)

  • Trash/Recycling collection services will occur as scheduled for the week of February 15. Due to the Monday, February 15 holiday, trash and recycling collections will be delayed one day. Monday’s collection will on be Tuesday; Tuesday’s collection will be on Wednesday; the Wednesday collection will be on Thursday; and Thursday collection will occur on Friday.

Sidewalks and Shoveling

  • Sidewalks, driveways, and entrances are the responsibility of the adjacent property owner, occupant, or community association. Because this is a Level 1 storm, snow and ice must be cleared from all paved sidewalks abutting adjacent property within 24 hours of the end of the snowfall.  Failure to clear sidewalks may result in the City having the work done and charging the cost to the property owner, or fining the property owner $50.
  • Please exercise caution when clearing snow. Each year, more than 100 deaths and thousands of injuries each year are attributed to snow shoveling. Shoveling is strenuous physical activity that can increase the risk of illness and injury, especially heart attacks Know yourself and your limitations; shovel early and often; push the snow instead of lifting it; and remember to pace yourself. For more snow shoveling tips, visit www.alexandriava.gov/Snow.
  • Keep storm drains clear of snow, ice or debris  to help reduce the possibility of street flooding during the thawing process.
  • Assist the Fire Department by clearing snow from around fire hydrants.

Transportation

  • All DASH bus service and the King Street Trolley service ended at 3 p.m. today.  For more information, visit www.dashbus.com.

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Drivers asked to finish trips by early afternoon, use extreme caution

Although a three-day weekend is on the horizon, motorists are asked to finish trips in northern Virginia by early afternoon today, says the Virginia Department of Transportation, or plan to use extreme caution during the evening rush hour. With below-freezing temperatures in place and snow showers expected to begin as early as 5 p.m., VDOT will have 1,150 trucks deployed to continually treat roads by early afternoon. Crews began treating roads in advance yesterday and are finishing mid-day today.

What drivers should know

  • Snow showers are expected to begin as early as 5 p.m., with temperatures well below freezing through the night.
  • Drivers are asked to leave early today if possible to be off the road prior to the storm, to avoid icy conditions and give crews room to work.
  • If driving is necessary, be alert possible icy conditions. Reduce speeds, increase following distance, and brake gently. Plan now to allow extra time for a slow and extremely cautious trip.
  • Icy conditions are possible through the rush hour and overnight; with icy patches possible through the weekend given the low temperatures forecasted.

Check www.511virginia.org or the mobile app before leaving for road conditions.

(Photo via VDOT, on Flickr)

Any Snow or Ice with next week’s winter storm?

Russ Adams, a terrific local meteorologist, who lives in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, gives his thoughts on a projected winter storm for Alexandria, Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area coming next week (February 15-16) and what may or may not happen with the storm. Will it be a bust like the last one? Will there be snow, ice, none, or both?

Russ runs a fantastic site called Del Ray VA Weather which we link to on the right side of the screen.

The latest outlook from the NWS is at this link.

Winter Storm titan - March 3, 2014

Winter Weather Advisory issued for Alexandria, Virginia February 8, 2016
The Winter Weather Advisory in Alexandria, Virginia for Tuesday, February 9 has been cancelled. The expected banding with this storm is likely happening further north. Little to no accumulation is expected. Keep in mind, this is a very disorganized storm coming through the area today and could change.

Stay tuned…

(Flickr Pool photo via Donnie Weatherhead, on Flickr)

Sidewalks in Alexandria, Virginia (Image via @OnyxMediaGroup1 on Twitter)

A reminder on clearing sidewalks after a winter storm in Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria Virginia City Code Section 5-2-21 states that sidewalks, driveways, and entrances are the responsibility of the adjacent property owner, occupant, community association, or business for snow removal.

Snow and ice must be cleared from all paved sidewalks abutting your property within 24-72 hours of the end of the snowfall, depending on the storm response level (Level 1 = 24 hours; Level 2 = 48 hours; Level 3 = 72 hours).

The snow event expected tonight and tomorrow is anticipated to be a Level 1 event, so it is residents’ responsibility to ensure that sidewalks in front of their properties are cleared within 24 hours.

Owners and tenants who may be unavailable or unable to clear the sidewalks themselves are responsible for making arrangements to have the work done for them in the event there is a storm.

Failure to clear sidewalks may result in the City having the work done and charging the cost to the property owner or fining the property owner $50.

To report a violation of the sidewalk ordinance, feel free to call 703-746-HELP (703-746-4357).

(Image via @OnyxMediaGroup1 on Twitter)

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Northern Virginia crews prepping for snow tonight, tomorrow

The Virginia Department of Transportation asks drivers to plan now for their commutes Tuesday, as several inches of snow are forecast to impact both the morning and evening rush hours in northern Virginia. Drivers are asked to monitor forecasts for changes or heavier weather bands that may impact their schedule, and to plan accordingly to telework, delay commutes or allow extra time for a slow and cautious trip.

Crews have treated interstates and major roads in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties with brine and liquid magnesium chloride in advance of the snow. Tonight, about 1,450 trucks will pre-deploy along interstates, main roads and neighborhood streets. They will remain on duty to plow and treat roads through the day Tuesday.

VDOT reminds drivers to use extreme caution during winter weather, to reduce speeds, and to be aware of potential slick spots such as bridges, ramps, hills, curves and shaded areas.

Reminders for drivers and residents:

  • If possible, park in driveways or on the odd-numbered side of the street to allow plows room to pass.
  • If you must be on the road, check www.511virginia.org or use the mobile app before leaving for road conditions.

Follow @vadotnova on Twitter.

VDOT’s Northern Virginia District includes Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William and Arlington counties (Arlington maintains its own secondary roads).

(Photo via VDOT, on Flickr)

Winter Weather Advisory issued for Alexandria, Virginia February 8, 2016

Winter Weather Advisory issued in advance of expected winter storm

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Alexandria, Virginia and the surrounding area from 10:00 PM TONIGHT (February 8, 2016) to 12:00 AM on Wednesday, February 10, 2016. 1″ to 3″ of accumulation is expected in Alexandria, Virginia with this winter storm.

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

REMINDER: Check out what you can expect with this latest winter storm.

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO
MIDNIGHT EST TUESDAY NIGHT…

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 MIDNIGHT EST TUESDAY NIGHT.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS…SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 1 TO 3 INCHES…WITH
LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS PARTICULARLY IN THE NORTHWEST SUBURBS.

* TIMING…A MIXTURE OF RAIN AND SNOW WILL DEVELOP THIS EVENING.
PRECIPITATION WILL TURN TO ALL SNOW AROUND OR SHORTLY AFTER
MIDNIGHT. PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO TUESDAY AND THE
ADVISORY MAY NEED TO BE EXTENDED.

* IMPACTS…SNOW COVERED ROADS AND TRAVEL DISRUPTIONS.

* WINDS…NORTH 5 TO 10 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES…IN THE LOWER TO MIDDLE 30S.

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.

(Flickr Pool photo via Donnie Weatherhead, on Flickr)

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