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Snow ending across area, warmer temps to look forward to on Monday

It started snowing overnight and it piled up quickly.

All school systems in our area canceled classes today, governments delayed their opening, and Quantico Marine Corps Base closed altogether.

The National Weather Service just released some unofficial snow totals that measure what snow fell overnight:

…CITY OF FREDERICKSBURG… FREDERICKSBURG 4.0 827 AM 2/26 PUBLIC

…PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY… 1 ENE DUMFRIES 3.5 849 AM 2/26 TRAINED SPOTTER

HAYMARKET 1.3 936 AM 2/26 PUBLIC

…STAFFORD COUNTY… STAFFORD 2.5 831 AM 2/26 PUBLIC

A winter storm warning in effect for Stafford County expires at noon. Expect more snow showers this afternoon and evening ending before 2 a.m.

There’s another chance of snow showers Friday, and high temperatures will only be in the low 30s, according to the weather service. It’ll be sunny and cold on Saturday, and cloudy and in the low 40s un Sunday.

We could see highs in the low 50s on Monday – hello winter warm up.

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Closings and delays Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

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Why is Attack the Fat so successful?

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People keep coming back to the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center’s Attack the Fat challenge. Director of the program, Robin Frey, says that it’s so successful because it utilizes all the elements of personal training, without the high cost.

“Group training in the industry itself is the driving force with training right now,” Frey said, adding, “Economically it’s more affordable. Personal training can be a little more costly.”

While some people might be concerned that they don’t get the same amount of one on one time without a personal trainer, Frey says that this is not the case with Attack the Fat. She says with teams that are maxed out at four to six people, the trainers are still able to work one on one with each of the participants.

“Quality control is still there,” Frey said. She added, “The trainer is able to watch form and technique, motivate them, and make sure everything is running correctly.”

It’s not just the personal training that makes people want to come back though. Frey says they really enjoy the community that Attack the Fat creates. Instead of working on just their own goals, participants are able to help motivate and look after one another too. “It’s more fun for them,” she said.

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Record-breaking cold hits Dulles Airport, more snow possible

Record cold hit Dulles International Airport this morning.

The National Weather Service says temperatures have not been this low at the airport in nearly 20 years.

RECORD EVENT REPORT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC 932 AM EST TUE FEB 24 2015 

…RECORD DAILY LOW TEMPERATURE SET AT WASHINGTON DULLES DC… 

A RECORD DAILY LOW TEMPERATURE OF -4 DEGREES WAS SET AT WASHINGTON DULLES DC THIS MORNING. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 14 SET IN 1967. 

THIS IS ALSO THE COLDEST AIR TEMPERATURE OBSERVED AT WASHINGTON DULLES DC SINCE FEBRUARY 6 1996.

The temperatures today — they’re not going to warm up that much:

 

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There’s also a chance of snow early Thursday morning into the afternoon. Some snow is expected to move into the area after 3 a.m. Thursday and taper off by 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

And, as it if weren’t cold enough for you, take a look at some photos of the frozen Occoquan River:

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Sunday melt giving way to Monday cold, schools planning delayed openings

Rappahannock River, Mary davidson

Sunday brought high temperatures in the low 50s. That meant some of the snow that had fallen the yesterday when temperatures were well below freezing had a chance to melt.

Cold temperatures are back in the forecast on Monday. The National Weather Service issued a warning noting what melted today is likely to freeze overnight.

..PATCHES OF ICE PROBABLE OVERNIGHT WITH REFREEZE… 

AIR TEMPERATURES WILL DROP WELL BELOW FREEZING OVERNIGHT…CAUSING ANY SNOW AND ICE THAT MELTED TODAY TO REFREEZE ON UNTREATED SURFACES.

TEMPERATURES WILL REMAIN WELL BELOW FREEZING THROUGH RUSH HOUR ON MONDAY…SO GIVE YOURSELF SOME EXTRA TIME TO GET TO YOUR DESTINATION. 

PLEASE USE EXTRA CAUTION IF TRAVELING OVERNIGHT INTO MONDAY MORNING.REDUCE SPEED AND STAY ALERT FOR PATCHES OF ICE AND SLICK ROAD CONDITIONS.

Some school divisions in the region are already planning delayed openings for Monday, Feb. 23.

It’ll be cold Monday with clouds in the morning giving way to clearing skies and a high of 28 degrees, according to the weather service. The bitter cold returns Monday night with a forecast low temperature of nine degrees.

Cold weather sticks around through Tuesday, and a relative warm up comes Wednesday with a high temperature of 41 degrees and partly sunny skies.

 

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Closings and delays Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

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Haymarket sees 1 foot of snow; others see several inches

Snow began falling about 8 a.m. Saturday across the region and kept falling until about 5 p.m.

Afterward, we saw the precipitation changeover from snow to sleet, then to rain.

By the time it moved out early this morning, ice coated sidewalks, handrails, and cars. Underneath the ice is several inches of snow.

Take a look at these snow totals from the National Weather Service:

…CITY OF MANASSAS…

   1 NE MANASSAS          6.1   808 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   1 SW MANASSAS PARK     4.0   530 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

 

…PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY…

   HAYMARKET             12.0   911 PM  2/21  PUBLIC                 

   5 NW GAINESVILLE       7.8   555 PM  2/21  PUBLIC                 

   2 SW WOOLSEY           7.7   705 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   GAINESVILLE            6.8  1000 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   2 ESE INDEPENDENT HI   4.5   635 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   1 ENE DUMFRIES         3.0   810 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER  

 

…SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY…

   3 NW SPOTSYLVANIA      2.8   530 PM  2/21  PUBLIC      

 

…FAUQUIER COUNTY…

   OPAL                   8.5   710 PM  2/21  NWS EMPLOYEE           

   1 NW OPAL              8.5   658 AM  2/22  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   NEW BALTIMORE          7.0   725 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   1 WSW NEW BALTIMORE    6.0   624 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER      

 

…FAIRFAX COUNTY…

   RESTON                 9.3   845 PM  2/21  PUBLIC                 

   1 NNE RESTON           8.5  1052 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   2 SSW HERNDON          8.4   819 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   1 SSW FAIRFAX          8.0   745 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   2 N CHANTILLY          7.8   530 PM  2/21  COCORAHS               

   2 N RESTON             7.3   633 PM  2/21  NWS EMPLOYEE           

   3 NNE CHANTILLY        7.0   811 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   2 E CHANTILLY          6.5   800 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   2 N CENTREVILLE        6.5   625 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   2 SSE MCLEAN           6.2   544 PM  2/21  PUBLIC                 

   HERNDON                6.0   538 PM  2/21  BROADCAST MEDIA        

   VIENNA                 6.0   750 PM  2/21  CO-OP OBSERVER         

   1 SE CENTREVILLE       6.0   723 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   1 S WEST MCLEAN        5.9   700 PM  2/21  COCORAHS               

   1 S VIENNA             5.5   610 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   VIENNA                 5.0   600 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   MCLEAN                 5.0   529 PM  2/21  NWS EMPLOYEE           

   3 NW CLIFTON           5.0   547 PM  2/21  BROADCAST MEDIA        

   1 W FALLS CHURCH       4.9   655 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   1 NNE FAIRFAX STATIO   4.0   616 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   1 E FAIRFAX STATION    4.0   529 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   1 NW ANNANDALE         4.0   700 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   1 SE FAIRFAX           3.8   627 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   1 E BURKE              3.5   531 PM  2/21  PUBLIC

 

…DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA…

   1 WSW NATIONAL ARBOR   8.0  1000 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER        

   1 ENE ADAMS MORGAN     4.6   838 PM  2/21  PUBLIC                 

   1 SW AMERICAN UNIVER   4.3   610 PM  2/21  TRAINED SPOTTER

 

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Funding largely restored to programs facing cuts, Prince William budget process far from over

In a rare Saturday meeting, the Prince William County Board of Supervisors largely moved to restore funding to community services and programs that just earlier this week had been on the chopping block.

Millions in funding for Virginia Cooperative Extension programs, jailhouse drug rehabilitation programs, the Flory Small Business Center, gang awareness programs, funds for Prince William Soccer Inc., and the Boys and Girls Club – just to name a few – we’re all added back into the fiscal year 2016 budget.

Their removal was recommended earlier this week by County Executive Melissa Peacor, who delivered, as instructed by the Board, a scaled back $1 billion county government funding budget for the coming year. That budget envisioned an increase real estate taxes – the county’s largest revenue source – by 1.3%, not the 4% as was originally called for a year ago in Prince William’s five year funding plan.

The work to find a balanced budget is far from over. If the county passed its budget in its current form today, so many programs have been restored, it would require a tax increase greater than 4% to fund them all and the rest of general government operations, according to Chairman, At-large Corey Stewart. The Board will hold another budget work session, similar to today’s meeting, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Buckhall Fire Station outside Manassas. The Board is expected to adopt a final budget in April.

One of the largest of the looming cuts budget cuts now off the table was a call to freeze county government employees’ (excluding teachers and county schools employees) salaries for the next five years for a $6.1 million savings.

“This was never gonna happen,” said Gainesville District Supervisor Peter Candland, a strong proponent of limiting a tax increase to 1.3%. “No one on this Board was going to entertain the notion of freezing employees’ salaries for the next five years.”

“If you’re going to rollback millions of dollars in funding in the five-year plan, and this was the biggest item on the table, the 1.3% tax increase wasn’t realistic in the first place,” Coles Supervisor Marty Nohe told Candland.

Funding for lighting and turf at new sports fields, improvements to Waterworks Water Park in Dale City, new restroom facilities at Long Park in Gainesville, and county monies that supplement state salaries for magistrates who work in the county’s courthouse were all restored.  The Board also moved to add $300,000 in one-time funding to the Flory Small Business Center near Manassas to fund an expansion of the facility currently located in a 19th-century farmhouse.

Still on the chopping block is nearly $100,000 that had been allocated to Discover Prince William / Manassas, the agency that promotes tourism for the county and city. A total of $25,000 in funding from the county’s hotel tax could now be allocated to fund its historical properties program.

County government employees and officials could also soon be outsourcing printing work for fliers, cards, and other publications, that had been handled by the county’s in-house print shop for an estimated $320,000 savings.

“Moving this service out to the private sector is an efficiency, and I do not support motion to restore it,” said Stewart.

Immediately following Peacor’s budget cut proposal earlier in the week, members of the group “Our Prince William” sent a letter urging public support for community programs and urged residents’ participate in the public budget process. Last year, Our Prince William banded together to urge restoration of similar cuts that had been proposed in the 2015 budget.

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Cancellations Sat. Feb. 21 and Sun. Feb. 22, 2015

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@MCB_Quantico is Code Red. The base is closed. Only emergency and essential personnel are required to report to work. pic.twitter.com/oOnLPgx2RZ

— MCB Quantico (@MCB_Quantico) February 21, 2015

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Closings and delays Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

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Updated: Near zero degree temperatures expected Friday morning

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A wind chill advisory that was supposed to end at 9 a.m. Friday will be extended until noon. And even then there’s no immediate signs of the cold letting up.

Here are the chilling details from the National Weather Service:

A wind chill advisory that was supposed to end at 9 a.m. Friday will be extended until noon. And even then there’s no immediate signs of the cold letting up.
Here are the chilling details from the National Weather Service:
…WIND CHILL ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EST FRIDAY…

* WIND CHILL…BETWEEN ZERO AND 10 BELOW INTO THE EVENING HOURS
BEFORE FALLING TONIGHT TO AROUND 10 TO 15 DEGREES BELOW ZERO.

* TEMPERATURES…DROPPING INTO THE LOWER AND MIDDLE TEENS THIS
EVENING. LOWS TONIGHT INTO EARLY FRIDAY AROUND ZERO.

* WINDS…WEST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 30 TO 35 MPH INTO
THIS EVENING…SUBSIDING TO 10 TO 20 MPH OVERNIGHT AND INTO LATE
MORNING FRIDAY.

* IMPACTS…THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND COLD TEMPERATURES
MAY RESULT IN DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS THAT CAN QUICKLY CAUSE
HYPOTHERMIA AND FROST BITE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Here’s the forecast for the rest of the week. 

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Yeah, it’s cold outside. The National Weather Service posted the unofficial wind chill low temperatures in the region taken during the overnight hours.

Take a look:

Location  Wind chill degree Fahrenheit  Time
QUANTICO MARINE CORP BASE
-5.0
6:56 a.m. 
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY -- Independent Hill 
-7.0
7:10 a.m. 
STAFFORD COUNTY
-5.0
7 a.m. 
DULLES INTERNATIONAL
-9.0
5:52 a.m. 
TYSONS CORNER
-5.0 6:50 a.m.

All of this cold weather isn’t going anywhere, either. Here’s the latest forecast: 

…WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST FRIDAY…

* WIND CHILL…0 TO 10 DEGREES BELOW ZERO THIS MORNING. WIND
CHILLS MAY RISE CLOSER TO ZERO THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE FALLING
TONIGHT TO AROUND 10 TO 15 DEGREES BELOW ZERO.

* TEMPERATURES…HIGHS TODAY IN THE TEENS. LOWS TONIGHT INTO EARLY
FRIDAY AROUND ZERO.

* WINDS…WEST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 30 TO 35 MPH INTO
THIS EVENING…SUBSIDING TO 10 TO 20 MPH OVERNIGHT.

* IMPACTS…THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND COLD TEMPERATURES
MAY RESULT IN DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS THAT CAN QUICKLY CAUSE
HYPOTHERMIA AND FROST BITE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS
WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN
FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS…MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND
GLOVES.

Manassas turned a public place into a public art space

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Manassas City Hall doubles as public art gallery  

The Hall at City Hall is open with an inaugural exhibit by the p-ART-ners, a professional network of Manassas area artists. What is The Hall at City Hall? It is the new place for local artists to display their work. When Councilman Ian Lovejoy talked to City Manager W. Patrick Pate about replacing the 1980’s artwork in City Hall at low or no cost, an idea was born.

In 2009 the City Council created an Arts and Tourism District in the Historic Downtown area of the city. With City Hall being right in the middle of the district, why not bring public art inside City Hall? Staff was tasked with learning about gallery space and making the area ready for artist displays.

Local artist Michele Frantz, Center for the Arts Gallery Director Anna Mish, and Osbourn High School Art Teacher Sarah Weaver were consulted to help with preparations for the opening. A picture railing already existed in the first floor hallway, so very little was needed to turn the hallway into The Hall.

P-ART-ners volunteered to be the first group to display their art in The Hall. The exhibit features an eclectic mix of vibrant scenery, Civil War portraits, and historic sites from more than 10 different artists. There is something for almost any taste. The exhibit runs from Feb. 13 through March 13. Exhibits will rotate in and out of The Hall and will include different forms of visual art.   Visiting The Hall is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and later when evening meetings are held in the building.

“It is our hope that this new gallery space will be a great place for the public to visit,” said City Manager W. Patrick Pate. “Maybe it will inspire artists of the future.”

The preceding post was written by the City of Manassas under a marketing agreement with Potomac Local. (more…)

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire aims to bridge $50,000 funding gap at Boys and Girls Clubs

steves autoIn order to help keep the local Boys & Girls Clubs’ programs running, Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is reaching out to the community with the Prince William County Annual Giving Campaign to raise $50,000.

“What we’re trying to do is make up a $50,000 shortfall, to make sure that the clubs can keep all of the programs for the Manassas, Dale City and Dumfries Boys & Girls Clubs,” said ST Billingsley, owner of Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire and a Board Member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Prince William County.

By aiding the clubs to raise the money, they will be able to continue to offer their wide range of activities, particularly their athletics programs, Billingsley said.

At the Prince William County Boys & Girls Club’s locations, they offer basketball, volleyball, flag football, tackle football, soccer, baseball, wrestling, karate, fencing, cheerleading, and dance.

For Billingsley, supporting programs like these are crucial for the enrichment of the community and its children.

“I know that growing up, in the military, we had programs like this on base, and when I found out that this was the type of program for the kids in our area – for what it lets them do, and the opportunities that they have, and that it’s a safe place for them to go – I knew that it was the right kind of organization to support,” Billingsley commented.

In addition to the giving campaign, Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire has done outreach work for the clubs. They also regularly perform repairs and maintenance on the vans that the clubs use to transport children from their school and to club-related activities.

To raise funds for the campaign, Billingsley stated that individuals can donate on the Crowdrise website and that every bit helps towards reaching their $50,000 goal.

There’s even a bit of friendly competition amongst the Club Board Members to see who can raise the most funds to help benefit the clubs.

The preceding post was written by Potomac Local under a marketing agreement with Steve’s Auto Repair.

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Closings and delays Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

 

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Snow expected this afternoon, bitter cold tonight

We could see about an inch of snow this afternoon into the evening hours,

A series of snow squalls are expected to move across the region. Here’s the latest from the National Weather Service:

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
9 PM EST THIS EVENING…
…WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM
EST THURSDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW… WHICH IS IN EFFECT
FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 9 PM EST THIS EVENING. A WIND CHILL
ADVISORY HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED. THIS WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS IN
EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM EST THURSDAY.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW SHOWERS AND SNOW SQUALLS.

* ACCUMULATIONS…A COATING TO ONE INCH

* TIMING…SNOW SHOWERS WILL DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON. THE BEST
CHANCE FOR THE HEAVIER SNOW SHOWERS AND SNOW SQUALLS WILL BE
BETWEEN 4 AND 8 PM THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

* WIND CHILL…0 TO 10 DEGREES BELOW ZERO LATE TONIGHT THROUGH
THURSDAY.

* TEMPERATURES…HIGHS TODAY IN THE UPPER 20S TO AROUND 30
DEGREES. LOWS TONIGHT IN THE SINGLE DIGITS. HIGHS THURSDAY IN
THE MID TO UPPER TEENS.

* WINDS…WEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 30 MPH.

* IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BE SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY. VISIBILITY
WILL BE LOCALLY REDUCED TO BELOW ONE-QUARTER MILE AT TIMES. THE
COMBINATION OF SNOW COVERED ROADS AND SUDDEN REDUCTIONS IN
VISIBILITY MAY CAUSE DANGEROUS TRAVELING CONDITIONS DURING THE
EVENING RUSH. THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND COLD
TEMPERATURES TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MAY RESULT IN DANGEROUS
WIND CHILLS THAT CAN QUICKLY CAUSE HYPOTHERMIA AND FROST BITE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW
COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS
WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN
FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS…MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND
GLOVES.

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Is calling out the National Guard to help the homeless in Prince William County a good idea?

Over the past four days, our region felt some of the most coldest temperatures of the year.

More snow, up to an inch, is in the forecast today. The mercury is forecast to dip down again Thursday with an expected high temperature of 17 and a low of two degrees while wind chill factors will make it feel colder than that.

With that icy reality in mind, the more than 400 homeless people living in tents in wooded areas mostly in eastern Prince William County is now the talk of county officials and politicians. One man living in a tent off Minnieville Road suffered serious burns Tuesday while using a propane stove to keep warm in the freshly fallen snow. 

Prince William has temporary homeless shelters, including a 52-bed facility that’s available for those who a brief respite from living in the woods. But for many, the woods are home and leaving it, especially during a snowstorm, is not they want to do, said the county’s deputy director of Human Services Elijah Johnson. It’s necessary for those in tents to wake up every few hours to brush off the snow to prevent a collapse. 

The 53-bed facility was not full during Monday night’s snowstorm, said Johnson. To reach the homeless where they are, Johnson was directed to purchase 84 cold weather sleeping bags, at a cost of about $6,000, and to provide them to area aid groups and churches so they could be distributed to the homeless. Officials plan to purchase and distribute about 200 more bags, each rated at withstanding cold of 30 degrees below zero, for about $50 each.

On Tuesday night, there was a call from Gainesville Supervisor Peter Candland to do more. He wants to call out the National Guard so they can use their materials to assist the homeless in the community.

It was an idea that first surfaced on the blog of local activist Al Alborn on Monday. Candland and Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart, At-large, penned a joint letter to Gov. Terry McAuliffe asking for help of the federalized forces.

It’s no secret that many of the unsheltered homeless in this community are living in wooded areas on private property. Those who have spent years helping them, bringing them necessities like water, food, and propane tanks so they can keep warm, say calling out the National Guard would undermine the relationships built between the private land owners and the aid organizations. To them, calling out the troops sounds like an election year ploy.

“It appears Mr. Candland did have an awakening by meeting a homeless man. I wish everyone on the Board would take me up on my offer to meet them where they live. And I would hope it wouldn’t be an election year opportunity, but something done privately,” said Gayle Sanders, of Woodbridge Homeless Outreach.

She and her husband, Danny, spent more than 20 years helping homeless at the Hilda Barg shelter on Route 1 in Woodbridge where Gayle Sanders served as the director of operations.

“Prince William County residents are becoming aware there is nothing for the very poor or disabled to rent. I hope the Supervisors aren’t paying lip service to the turning tide of community compassion,” added Sanders.

Officials told Candland that a local emergency needed to be declared before National Guard troops could be deployed in the county. Neabsco District Supervisor John Jenkins, who has many unsheltered homeless living in his district in Dale City, asked County Attorney Angela Horan to brief Board members on the laws regarding calling up the Guard.

Jenkins said many of his constituents have asked the county to house homeless inside the recently vacated Kmart building on Dale Boulevard.

“well. it’s private property, and we don’t take private property without going through due process,” said Jenkins.

Candland and several other volunteers spent a portion of this past weekend collecting donations for the homeless. He proposes the creation of an interfaith council based on a similar model used in Fairfax County to coordinate supplies and the aid effort.

“A lot of the folks on the western end didn’t even know we had a homeless problem in Prince William County,” said Candland. “Most of the work is being done in the east while we have willing hands and willing hearts in the west.”

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Weather service: Snow is the only thing we’re concerned about with this storm

Residents of the Mid-Atlantic, it’s our turn.

Snow is headed our way, and this storm is shaping up to bring us the most significant winter precipitation this season. After some near misses, and after portions of the northeast has seen as much as seven feet of snow, snow lovers in our area will take delight in a forecast that calls for accumulations of more than six inches.

Here’s more in a press release from the National Weather Service:

…WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST THIS
MORNING…
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO NOON EST TUESDAY…

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS…6 TO 10 INCHES.

* TIMING…SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND
CONTINUE INTO TUESDAY MORNING. HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED THROUGH
TONIGHT.

* WIND CHILL…AS LOW AS 10 BELOW.

* TEMPERATURES…4 TO 25 ABOVE.

* WINDS…NORTHEAST 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH.

* IMPACTS…THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND COLD TEMPERATURES
WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS THAT CAN QUICKLY
CAUSE HYPOTHERMIA AND FROST BITE THROUGH THIS MORNING. BEGINNING
LATE THIS AFTERNOON…ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND
SLIPPERY WITH VISIBILITIES BEING REDUCED TO ONE HALF MILE OR
LESS AT TIMES. THE COMBINATION OF SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LOW
VISIBILITY WILL MAKE TRAVELING DANGEROUS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW
ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN
EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT…
FOOD…AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS
WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN
FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS…MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND
GLOVES.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service office in Sterling say snow is the only precipitation type they are concerned about with this approaching storm. That is a departure from normal when we often see a mixed bag of precipitation during winter storms like snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain.

Attack the Fat: Working as a team to change each others lives

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“Attack the Fat” is all about working together, mixing it up, and challenging yourself 

Freedom Aquatics and Fitness Center is at it again with their wildly successful Attack the Fat Challenge.  This popular eight-week long program makes weight loss achievable and fun. 

Over 900 participants have seen over 8,000 pounds lost in the course of the program.

Attack the Fat Director Robin Frey says that the reason the program is so successful is that it relies on accountability and competition.

 “We just had our weigh-ins and participants are going to look at one another’s numbers and that creates a competitive spirit,” Frey said.

There are currently nine teams participating in the challenge with four to six people on each team.   The different teams are meant to foster an environment where everyone works hard to motivate one another to succeed. 

A groups’ success as a whole relies on each members’ individual success, so when a member loses weight or reaches a goal it’s not just for themselves but their entire team.

“It creates that environment of allowing them to understand that they can help each other,” Frey said.  Participants in the program also seem to enjoy this aspect of it, taking full advantage of the competitive nature and team building benefits.

Frey says the program also utilizes various fitness activities.  Sometimes, she says, they will use things such as a Dynamax ball body weight.  At other times, they do things such as burpees which require no equipment.  Each week the workout changes.

“We’re creating a need for adaption constantly because we’re changing it as we go,” said Frey. 

Although the program does use weigh-ins as a tool for measuring progress, it’s not the only way they track it.  Frey says that the program isn’t so much about the number but about creating a real change when it comes to lifestyle choices.

The Attack the Fat challenge is happening now.  

The preceding post was written by Potomac Local as part of a promoted content agreement with Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center.

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Winter storm watch goes into effect Monday night, 5 inches of snow possible

We could see our first bout of significant winter weather starting Monday night.

A winter storm watch goes into effect Monday night and lasts until Tuesday morning for the region.

Here’s more from the National Weather Service Washington / Baltimore forecast office:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY
EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING.

* PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS…POTENTIAL FOR 5 OR MORE INCHES.

* TIMING…SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP MONDAY EVENING AND CONTINUE
THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING. HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED MONDAY NIGHT
AND EARLY TUESDAY MORNING.

* WIND CHILL…5 TO 10 BELOW ZERO TONIGHT AND MONDAY MORNING.

* TEMPERATURES…SINGLE DIGITS TONIGHT. HIGHS IN THE LOWER 20S
MONDAY. TEMPERATURES IN THE TEENS MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY
MORNING.

* WINDS…NORTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35 MPH THIS
EVENING…DIMINISHING TO 10 TO 15 MPH OVERNIGHT. WINDS BECOMING
SOUTHEAST 5 TO 10 MPH MONDAY NIGHT.

* IMPACTS…THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND COLD TEMPERATURES
WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS THAT CAN QUICKLY
CAUSE HYPOTHERMIA AND FROST BITE THROUGH MONDAY MORNING.
BEGINNING MONDAY EVENING…ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND
SLIPPERY WITH VISIBILITIES BEING REDUCED TO ONE HALF MILE OR
LESS AT TIMES. THE COMBINATION OF SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LOW
VISIBILITY WILL MAKE TRAVELLING DANGEROUS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS
WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN
FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS…MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND
GLOVES.

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW…SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

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High winds bring power outages: The latest numbers

High winds across the region tonight brought power outages to thousands.

Here’s a look at the numbers as they stood at 10 a.m. Sun., Feb. 15.

Here’s the latest  outage numbers from Dominion Virginia Power:

Arlington 17
Fairfax 3,790
Fairfax City 14
Fauquier 1,332
Fredericksburg 0
King George 554
Loudoun 204
Prince William 196
Spotsylvania 5
Stafford 554

Report an outage to Dominion

Here are the numbers from NOVEC

Fauquier 0
Fairfax 5
Prince William 147
Stafford  29

Report an outage to NOVEC

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