Up to two inches of snow and almost an inch of ice are expected between now and 9 a.m., and the National Weather Service has declared a winter weather advisory to be in effect in Alexandria until 9 a.m.
According to NWS:
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Baltimore and D.C. metro areas through tonight and into Tuesday morning for snow and sleet accumulations up to two inches and ice accumulations up to a tenth of an inch.
DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…Tuesday through Sunday
There is a slight winter storm threat for Wednesday night and Thursday. If the threat materializes, it may cause travel disruptions.
Potential for gale force winds Thursday into Friday morning.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect through 9 am Tuesday with expectations of mixed precipitation and possible accumulations of 1-2 inches of snow and ice. Expect slippery roads. Be prepared, slow down, and use caution while traveling. pic.twitter.com/Hme9Jrgvcl
— AlexandriaVAOEM (@AlexandriaVAOEM) January 25, 2021
Tonight will be cold with rain and possibility of snow. The Winter Shelter is open 7 pm – 7 am in two locations: Lee Center (1108 Jefferson St) serves single adults and @CarpentrShelter (930 North Henry St) serves families. Learn more about services: https://t.co/axPxdLovjL. pic.twitter.com/0eIVN5AolR
— DCHS Alexandria, VA (@DCHS_AlexVA) January 25, 2021
We have snow in Alexandria!! ❄️☺️✨ pic.twitter.com/RwooliKqbk
— Rebecca Tiffany (@rebeccajtiffany) January 26, 2021
Alexandria, along with D.C. and Arlington, will be under a winter weather advisory starting tomorrow morning with possible rain, snow and ice.
The advisory was Tuesday afternoon and includes Arlington, Alexandria and D.C., where 1-2 inches of snow is expected to fall amid the mix of precipitation.
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM WEDNESDAY TO 1 AM EST THURSDAY…
* WHAT…MIXED PRECIPITATION EXPECTED. TOTAL SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES. A LIGHT GLAZE OF ICE IS ALSO POSSIBLE ON ELEVATED SURFACES.
* WHERE…IN DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. IN VIRGINIA, ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA.
* WHEN…FROM 10 AM WEDNESDAY TO 1 AM EST THURSDAY. SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD THE AREA BETWEEN 9 AND 11 AM, AND CHANGE TO SLEET AND RAIN DURING THE EARLY AFTERNOON. SOME RAIN MAY FREEZE ON ELEVATED SURFACES.
* IMPACTS…PLAN ON SLIPPERY ROAD CONDITIONS. THE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS COULD IMPACT THE EVENING COMMUTE.
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.
Anticipating the storm, the Department of Transportation and Environmental Services released a quick guide for preparations.
While Wednesday's winter storm forecast evolves, we encourage you to make time now to ensure you & your family are prepared. Visit https://t.co/B1DOyCurI8 for more preparation tips and https://t.co/utu5YXlPJR to learn how the city responds to snow events. pic.twitter.com/4rDaYgebbI
— Alexandria T&ES (@AlexandriaVATES) December 14, 2020
In a meeting last week, city staff said locals should expect a milder winter season and some improvements to the city’s brine delivery systems.
Sound the sad trombone snow lovers, we've lowered predicted totals slightly one more time. Wednesday's storm will be a mess. Detailed briefing: https://t.co/8OoPCTLsc8 (1/x)
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) December 15, 2020
Image via National Weather Service
A winter preparation update headed to the City Council tonight (item 27) outlines plans for what looks to be a mild winter — a small mercy for city services at the end of a somewhat literally plagued year.
While day-to-day weather can be unpredictable, the staff presentation notes that information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that the city is not anticipated to have higher than normal precipitation and is within a belt of areas likely to see temperatures above the city’s winter average of 39.3 degrees. The trend is in keeping with steadily increasing average temperatures in the D.C. area over the last twenty years.
In the average year, snow and ice control teams are dispatched around eight times with an average total cost of $862,000.
New improvements are planned for the pre-treatment program, including a new dedicated large brine truck and a less corrosive brine system for concrete services — hopefully leaving less of a mess for the city to handle in the spring.
In the meantime, the city is working through contingency plans for COVID impacts on staff and contractor personnel. Anticipating more regulations from the Department of Environmental Quality, the city is also participating in a regional task force examining salt usage and best practices.
Staff photo by Jay Westcott
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.
WEATHER ALERT: For 1/8/2020, ACPS schools and offices will be opening 2 hours late. More info: https://t.co/SmBx3a2R2z
— Alexandria City Public Schools (@ACPSk12) January 8, 2020
Snow has ended, but hazards have not. Patchy fog and icy spots will remain a risk through early Wednesday morning, mainly in locations where snow fell, so overnight motorists should continue to use caution.
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) January 8, 2020
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.
Both curbside recycling and Christmas tree pickup were suspended this afternoon due to the inclement weather. Residents who did not receive service today will be collected tomorrow. Wednesday and Thursday customers may also experience delays as a result.
— AlexandriaVAGov (@AlexandriaVAGov) January 7, 2020
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.
While minor, we do expect to do some road treatment w/ this storm. As a refresher, per the graphic, we start w/ Primary routes, then we move on to secondary. Please keep our trucks moving during rush hrs by staying off the roads. Everything snow is here: https://t.co/CbWexvWVJe pic.twitter.com/k9OQIIWmO7
— Alexandria T&ES (@AlexandriaVATES) January 7, 2020
More snowy scenes from around Alexandria, via Twitter, are below.
— William Neilson Jr (@WilliamNeilsonJ) January 7, 2020
(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.
WEATHER ALERT: For 1/7/2020, ACPS schools and offices will be closing 2 hours early and all after-school activities are canceled. More info: https://t.co/SmBx3a2R2z
— Alexandria City Public Schools (@ACPSk12) January 7, 2020
1/7: Federal offices in the Washington, DC area status: Early Departure 4 hour staggered early release all employees must depart no later than 1:00 PM. https://t.co/XNpFS40aXT pic.twitter.com/4UsMzYfwwA
— OPM (@USOPM) January 7, 2020
Heavy snow this afternoon may make the afternoon commute dangerous. All City offices and non-emergency facilities will close at 2 p.m. Please check the weather forecast and current conditions for your commuting route before you begin travel.
— AlexandriaVAGov (@AlexandriaVAGov) January 7, 2020
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. &&
With snow moving into the area now, here are the amounts you can expect (first image), and the high end amount (second image). Generally expecting 1"-3", with 3"-5" across the higher elevations. High end amounts could add an extra inch or 2 to these totals. pic.twitter.com/YrxWOPNxXA
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) January 7, 2020
Alexandria officials are urging locals to be careful on the roads tonight.
Expect wet snow to affect your afternoon/evening commute on Tuesday. Slow down and use caution while traveling, and watch your step if you have to venture outdoors. Do your part to keep everyone safe on the roads this winter. Learn more at https://t.co/FxjdwXajLu #WeatherReady pic.twitter.com/j4WLY3lNFe
— AlexandriaVAOEM (@AlexandriaVAOEM) January 7, 2020
Update at 5 p.m. — Additional updates on the snow are available here.
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]
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]
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]