Alexandria, VA

Update at 10:30 p.m. — Alexandria public schools will be opening on a two hour delay Wednesday amid concerns about slick spots forming overnight as temperatures dip below freezing.

Earlier: The flakes are still falling, but the first significant snowfall of the season is starting to wrap up in Alexandria.

The city did not see major accumulation, but with just under an inch of wet snow it was enough to whiten the ground, coat tree branches and add a layer of slush to some local roads.

Alexandria City Public Schools and the federal government dismissed early this afternoon in anticipation of the snow and it was probably a good decision, with heavy traffic reported on I-395 and other major commuting routes.

The snow also prompted libraries and some city facilities to close at 2 p.m., while recycling and Christmas tree collection were suspended for the day — set to resume tomorrow, with some delays possible.

Alexandria’s Department of Transportation and Environmental Services described the snow as minor, but encouraged locals to keep their cars parked while snow crews worked to clear the streets.

More snowy scenes from around Alexandria, via Twitter, are below.

https://twitter.com/WeatherItBe/status/1214642914153943040

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(Updated at 11:50 a.m.) Alexandria City Public Schools will dismiss two hours early today today due to an expected snowy evening commute.

ACPS made the announcement at 11 a.m., around the same time as the Office of Personnel Management announced that federal offices would be closing by 1 p.m.

Also announced: Alexandria non-emergency city offices will be closing as of 2 p.m.

Alexandria is under a Winter Weather Advisory as of noon today, with heavy snow expected to fall in the early evening, creating difficult driving conditions.

From the National Weather Service:

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM EST THIS EVENING… * WHAT…WET SNOW EXPECTED. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS AN INCH OR TWO. * WHERE…IN DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. IN VIRGINIA, ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA. * WHEN…FROM NOON TO 7 PM EST TUESDAY. THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED BETWEEN 3 PM AND 6 PM TUESDAY AFTERNOON INTO EARLY TUESDAY EVENING. * IMPACTS…SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY ROADS ARE EXPECTED, ESPECIALLY NORTHWEST OF INTERSTATE 95 INTO THE EVENING COMMUTE. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…SNOW RATES COULD EXCEED ONE INCH PER HOUR WITH VISIBILITY AROUND ONE-HALF MILE AT TIMES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION WHILE TRAVELING. WHEN VENTURING OUTSIDE, WATCH YOUR FIRST FEW STEPS TAKEN ON STEPS, SIDEWALKS, AND DRIVEWAYS, WHICH COULD BE ICY AND SLIPPERY, INCREASING YOUR RISK OF A FALL AND INJURY. &&

Alexandria officials are urging locals to be careful on the roads tonight.

Update at 5 p.m. — Additional updates on the snow are available here.

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Morning Notes

Arlandria Condos to Have French Flair — “A small condo project in Alexandria’s Arlandria neighborhood is looking to employ the name of one of the area’s most confusing roads — but make it fancy. ‘Le Glebe,’ as proposed, would have four condominiums over about 2,500 square feet of retail at 226 and 228 W. Glebe Road, according to an application submitted to Alexandria planners.” [Washington Business Journal]

T.C. Williams Briefly Evacuated — “T.C. Williams High School King Street Campus is being evacuated due to smoke on the 3rd floor. Fire department en route.” [Twitter, Twitter]

Hotel Being Converted to Condos — “CIM Group has announced that it has begun the redevelopment of the 12-story, former Crowne Plaza Hotel at 901 N. Fairfax in Alexandria’s Old Town North neighborhood, into a 13-story, 122-unit residential condominium tower dubbed Venue.” [Alexandria Living]

Alexandria Marks ‘Mentoring Month’ — “The City of Alexandria invites the public to celebrate National Mentoring Month in January. Join the Alexandria Mentoring Partnership in raising awareness about the benefits of mentoring programs and the positive effects of mentoring Alexandria’s young residents.” [City of Alexandria]

Snow in the Forecast Today — “Computer models this afternoon and evening show an increased likelihood of a period of heavy snow in many parts of the Washington region between about 3 and 6 p.m. on Tuesday. We have upped our accumulation forecast to a coating to two inches along the Interstate 95 corridor and one to three inches for our northern and western areas.” [Capital Weather Gang]

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Amazon Presence on Innovation Campus? — “Virginia Tech leaders and Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) executives are working toward a partnership that could give the company’s cloud computing arm a home at the $1 billion innovation campus at Potomac Yard.” [Washington Business Journal]

Underage Drinking Prevention Town Hall — “On Dec. 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Charles Houston Recreation Center (901 Wythe St.), the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria will host a town hall discussion titled, ‘Healthy Youth, Healthy Families: Promoting Alcohol-Free Holidays.'” [Zebra]

Boat Parade Winners Named — “A record number of 60 boats competed for prizes in ten categories at the 20th Anniversary Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights on Saturday… Best of Alexandria Show was awarded to Anamchara and Captain Steve Preda who presented the theme ‘Peace’ featuring a rotating lighted globe, glowing doves and a peace sign.” [Press Release]

City ‘Open for Solar Business’ — “The City of Alexandria has received a Silver designation from the national SolSmart program for making it faster, easier, and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar… For companies looking to expand, a SolSmart Silver designation is a signal that Alexandria is ‘open for solar business.'” [City of Alexandria]

T.C. Teacher Wins National Award — “When T.C.Williams High School teacher Kimberley Wilson stepped on stage on Wednesday to collect the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) National Teacher of the Year award, her first thought was for her students.” [ACPS]

Snow Likely Overnight — “Temperatures are poised to leap to near 60 degrees Tuesday, and it won’t feel at all like it could snow. But, in a flash, that will change. An Arctic front charging to the East Coast will switch our weather from fall-like to winterlike in a matter of hours, setting the stage for possible wet snow overnight Tuesday into early Wednesday morning.” [Capital Weather Gang, Twitter]

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