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Heat Wave: July 20 through July 23, 2017

Our region is in for some sweltering for the end of the work week and weekend. Bookmark this post for the latest updates to help you beat the heat.

Today, Thursday, July 20, 2017, a heat advisory is in effect with temperatures climbing to the century mark.

From the National Weather Service: 


The National Weather Service in Baltimore MD/Washington has issued a Heat Advisory, which is in effect from noon today to 7 PM EDT this evening.

* HEAT INDEX VALUES…Up to around 105 degrees.

* IMPACTS…The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.


A Heat Advisory means that a period of high temperatures is expected. The combination of high temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks
in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency – call 911.


Update 3:30 p.m.


Update 4 p.m.

There’s a Code Orange air quality alert for the region tomorrow.

From EPA’s AIRNow Program:

USG conditions likely once again for Friday. With strong high pressure persisting over the region for the last several days, a fairly dirty residual layer has built up. Meanwhile, a very weak front will slowly try to make its way south through the region. Despite the threat of afternoon clouds, the dirty residual layer along with continued warmth and enough breaks of sun will provide sufficient support for USG conditions along and east of I-95. A bit more in the way of cloud coverage is expected Saturday and Sunday as the frontal system is expected to stall across the region. This along with lowered weekend emissions will help keep ozone levels in check despite continued warmth.

Updated 8 a.m. Friday, July 21, 2017

Another heat advisory in effect today.

Balcony fire a result of improperly disposed smoking materials

From County of Prince William Department of Fire and Rescue:

On Tuesday, July 18 at 11:51 p.m., fire and rescue units were dispatched to an apartment fire located in the 11200 block of Lady Jane Loop in Manassas. Upon arrival, firefighters observed fire on the rear balcony of an apartment within the multi-family complex. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire with no extension.

No injuries reported. (more…)

Heat wave expected to hit area this weekend

The temperature is expected to climb into the upper 90s Thursday through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Friday and Saturday are expected to be the hottest days, with heat indices around 100 degrees Fahrenheit.


The National Weather Service also issued an Air Quality Alert for today:

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments in association
with Maryland Department of the Environment, Virginia Department
of Environmental Quality, and District Department of Environment
has issued a Code ORANGE Air Quality Alert Wednesday for
the DC metro area.

A Code Orange Air Quality Alert means that air pollution
concentrations within the region may become unhealthy for
sensitive groups. Sensitive groups include children, people
suffering from asthma, heart disease or other lung diseases and
the elderly. The effects of air pollution can be minimized by
avoiding strenuous activity or exercise outdoors.


Storms could produce localized flooding

There’s an increased risk for thunderstorms this afternoon, and some could cause minor flooding. 

From the National Weather Service: 

Locally heavy rain with isolated incidents of flash flooding is possible this afternoon and evening. A severe thunderstorm with damaging wind gusts and large hail is also possible this afternoon and evening.

Veterans assistance center opens in Manassas

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From a press release: 

Governor Terry McAuliffe today cut the ribbon for the official grand opening of the new Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS) office in Manassas. The new office will primarily serve military veterans and their families in Prince William and Fauquier Counties, the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, and other localities in the area. The Governor was joined by Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs John C. Harvey, Jr., State Senator Jeremy McPike,  Delegate Jackson Miller, Manassas Mayor Harry Parrish II, VDVS Commissioner John Newby, additional elected officials, community leaders, veterans, and active duty military service members.   

The new Manassas office is part of the state’s efforts to expand veterans’ services in Northern Virginia. VDVS also recently opened a new office in Loudoun County and will break ground on the new Puller Veterans Care Center in Fauquier County later this year, which will offer in-patient skilled nursing care, Alzheimer’s/memory care and short-term rehabilitative care for veterans, and is expected to open in late 2019.

Photos from Sen. Jeremy McPike

Man shoots, kills himself outside Manassas police headquarters

From Manassas police: 

At approximately 3:41 p. m. on July 17, 2017, the Manassas City Police observed an adult male subject in front of police headquarters with a firearm.  Prior to police encounter, the adult male subject sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was pronounced dead by rescue personnel.   The identity of the victim is not being released until next of kin is notified.  The investigation is ongoing, and more details will be forthcoming when available.

The Manassas City Police Department headquarters is located at 9518 Fairview Avenue.

Kline Memorials, of Manassas, builds Stafford veterans memorial

STAFFORD — The new Stafford County Armed Services Memorial was a quick build.

Officials awarded the contract to construct the $838,000 memorial at the county government center to Kline Memorials, of Manassas. It was a natural fit for a company that in recent years had won contracts with the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico, Arlington National Cemetery, and the CIA.

Designed by Aaron Brown, who attended North Stafford High School, Burroughs worked with his team of architects and stone masons to make the memorial a reality. Some design elements were initially dropped due to budget constraints, but a working group charged with bringing the monument to life raised the additional funds to put them back into the plans.

“There was a lot of giving and take, but everyone got everything they wanted on their wish list,’ said Burroughs.

It typically takes about six months to construct a memorial like Stafford’s. Five years after the memorial was conceived, a groundbreaking for the memorial in March, and didn’t get their building permits until April 1, leaving about half the time necessary to make the July 15 opening date. (more…)

Heavy storms move across the region

As predicted, strong to severe thunderstorms are moving across the region this afternoon. 


While no storms have triggered a severe thunderstorm warning from the National Weather Service the storms are packing high winds and heavy rain. 

There have been some reports of power lines down, including on a portion of Garrisonville Road in Stafford County where a Dominion power pole fell onto the roadway. We’re still working to get more information on this from Stafford authorities. 

Send us your storm photos.

The weather outside is frightful now, but expect clearing as we head into the nighttime hours. 

5:45 p.m Wires down in front of Giant Food on Town and Country Drive in Stafford County

5:55 p.m. Westbound Garrisonville Road in Stafford County closed at Tech Parkway, wires down

Wires down on Flatford Road in North Stafford

6 p.m. Lots of power outages reported. Here is what Dominion Energy reports, and here is what NOVEC reports.