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Utility Concerned Freezing Rain Window will Extend Later into Monday Morning

By Potomac Local News December 8, 2013 10:20 pm

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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. – Social media lit up tonight with reports and lightning and thunder in portions of Prince William County. All of this while moderately heavy rains fell onto a surface where temperatures were at or below freezing.

A look at online radar from the National Weather Service about 10 p.m. showed a major line of rain moving into Virginia from the south, moving northeast. As it came into contact with colder air near Roanoke, the radar indicated the precipitation was turning to sleet and freezing rain.

The National Weather Service’s Washington D.C. office stated just before 8 p.m. they expect up to a quarter inch of ice to form with this storm overnight.

Power companies and their own meteorologists are also watching this late evening ice storm develop.

“in Northern Virginia, we do expect for the window of opportunity of threat is a little bit later and will go into the morning hours tomorrow,” Dominion Virginia Power spokeswoman Le Ha Anderson told Potomac Local News.

As of 10 p.m., Dominion was reporting no outages in areas serviced in Prince William and Stafford counties. Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative also reported no outages.

While no out-of-state power crews have been called in to assist Dominion crews already on standby, an agreement is in place to bring them into Virginia if need be.

A winter storm warning remains in effect for Prince William, Manassas, and Manassas Park until 10 a.m. A winter weather advisory is in effect in Stafford County until 7 a.m. Monday.

“We have been involed in conversations with other utility companies in the southeast, but we are not at this time requesting additional crews, nor have offered to release any of our crews to any other utilities,” added Anderson. 

Rain and freezing rain is forecast to continue between now and 1 p.m. Monday, according to the weather service.

Here is a map of snow and ice totals from the weather service.