High winds are expected in Alexandria today, as the National Weather Service has issued a gale warning for the city and surrounding area.
That means it’s going to be a gusty day with sustained winds ranging from 39-54 miles per hour.
The advisory was issued just after 5 a.m. and includes the the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay, tidal Potomac River, and Interstate 95 corridor through Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia and central Maryland.
Nearly half the country is under a winter weather advisory as storms are expected throughout the East Coast this week.
“There is an enhanced winter storm threat for Sunday (during the day) and Sunday night, with a slight winter storm threat through Monday night. If the threat materializes, it may cause travel disruptions,” according to NWS.
A storm system moving by to our south could bring a few flurries before dawn. Otherwise, this storm will result in a windy and cold day for our region. pic.twitter.com/Pal1oIL7FH
— NWS Baltimore-Washington (@NWS_BaltWash) January 28, 2021
Gusty Winds Expected Today — “The Flood Watch has been cancelled, but now the wind is the next possible hazard… The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Gusts of up to 50 mph are expected.” [ARLnow]
Architects Chosen for Potomac Yard Redevelopment — “Five architectural firms have been selected to design the nine buildings that are planned for the first phase of the North Potomac Yard overhaul, including the Virginia Tech campus. The use of multiple firms, similar to the choice made by the developers of The Wharf on D.C.’s Southwest waterfront, is meant to avoid having a neighborhood of buildings that look too alike.” [Washington Business Journal]
Dollhouses Tell Story of Alexandria’s Black History — “The story surrounding the Johnson Pool took center stage at the debut of Robin Hamilton’s documentary ‘Our Alexandria,’ about a set of dollhouses created by Linwood M. Smith and Sharon J. Frazier that reflect life in Alexandria’s African American community years ago in Old Town.” [Zebra]
HIV/AIDS Symposium This Weekend — “The City will host a National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Symposium, Feb 8, 8am-noon. Free HIV testing. Get Educated. Get Involved. Get Tested. Get Treated.” [City of Alexandria, Twitter]
Reminder: School and Trash Collection Delays — Alexandria public school students are preparing to go to school after a two hour weather delay this morning. Curbside trash and recycling collection, meanwhile, may be delayed today and Thursday after being suspended Tuesday afternoon. [Twitter, Twitter]
Wind Advisory Issued for Alexandria — Alexandria and surrounding areas are under a Wind Advisory from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Gusts of up to 50 mph are possible, which could cause trees and power lines to topple, forecasters say. [Twitter]
Alexandria’s Kiwi Kuisine Profiled — “Since opening in 2007, Kiwi Kuisine’s savory meat pies and strategic business model have continued to grow. The business is the brainchild of resident Bert ‘Ram’ Todd. With his hulking build and thick New Zealand accent, Todd’s professional rugby past comes as no surprise. Unforeseen, however, is his true passion for cooking.” [Alexandria Times]
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Performing Next Week — “Now is your chance to see Big Bad Voodoo Daddy live at The Birchmere on Jan. 16 at 7:30pm. You probably have heard their smash hit ‘Go Daddy-O,’ or you’d at least recognize it if you heard it.” [Zebra]
Much of the D.C. region, including Alexandria, will be under a Wind Advisory starting tonight.
Strong winds with gusts up to 50 mph are expected to start whipping up Wednesday night and will continue through Thursday afternoon, making for a blustery Thanksgiving holiday.
Forecasters caution that the wind gusts could topple trees and power lines, causing widespread power outages. Drivers should also take caution.
More from the National Weather Service:
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC
156 PM EST WED NOV 27 2019
…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 1 PM EST THURSDAY…
* WHAT…WEST TO NORTHWEST WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 50 MPH EXPECTED.
* WHERE…THE WASHINGTON AND BALTIMORE METROPOLITAN AREAS, CENTRAL MARYLAND, AND PORTIONS OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA.
* WHEN…FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 1 PM EST THURSDAY.
* IMPACTS…DAMAGING WINDS COULD BLOW DOWN TREES AND POWER LINES. WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE. TRAVEL COULD BE DIFFICULT, ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES.
USE EXTRA CAUTION WHEN DRIVING, ESPECIALLY IF OPERATING A HIGH PROFILE VEHICLE. SECURE OUTDOOR OBJECTS.
High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories in effect this evening through Thursday afternoon. Winds 10 to 20 mph gusting 25 mph. Winds are going to get stronger tonight and Thursday. Winds will average 20 to 30 mph gusts 50 mph in advisory areas and gusts to 60 mph in warning areas. pic.twitter.com/qhxw3AmLFT
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) November 27, 2019
(Updated at 2:25 p.m.) Amid a Wind Advisory for the D.C. area, more than 2,600 Dominion customers are currently without power in Alexandria.
As of 1:30 p.m. Dominion reported 2,654 households and businesses without electricity in the city.
“Our @DominionEnergy crews are working to get the power back on!” a Dominion spokeswoman said via Twitter. “High winds bringing down trees & branches have caused many outages.”
The largest outage in Alexandria was just north of Holmes Run, near N. Van Dorn Street, where firefighters had earlier responded to a report of a small brush fire after an electrical transformer blew. Traffic signals were also said to be dark in the area.
A smaller outage, involving around 200 Dominion customers, was reported just west of Del Ray, near St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School.
Power should be restored in both areas by 7-9 p.m., according Dominion’s website.
Our @DominionEnergy crews are working to get the power back on! High winds bringing down trees & branches have caused many outages. In Northern Va., about 5,000 customers are out now mostly in these areas: Alexandria: 2,400, Woodbridge: 800, Herndon: 800, Leesburg: 200.
— Peggy Fox (@PeggyTV) October 17, 2019
The outages are also prompting at least one school and two recreation center closures in the city.
10/17/2019 1:30 p.m. Campagna and Rec at William Ramsay Elementary School have been canceled today due to an ongoing power outage. Parents will need to collect their students from school or arrange for them to ride their usual bus home. Updates at: https://t.co/SmBx3a2R2z
— Alexandria City Public Schools (@ACPSk12) October 17, 2019
Due to power outage today, Thurs., Oct. 17, William Ramsay & Chinquapin rec centers are closed and will reopen once power is restored. Today's Out of School Time afterschool program at William Ramsay has been cancelled. For class info, call 703.746.5594. https://t.co/CsrBnIeUcg.
— RPCA, Alexandria VA (@RPCA_AlexVA) October 17, 2019
The Wind Advisory is in effect until 6 p.m., with gusty winds expected to continue this afternoon.
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) October 17, 2019