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Haymarket sees 1 foot of snow; others see several inches

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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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Updated: Prince William under winter storm warning until Sunday morning

4:30 p.m.

See our growing list of closures.

Update 2:30 p.m. 

A look at Prince William Parkway, Dale Boulevard, and Hoadly Road taken this afternoon: 

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Update 1:30 p.m. 

Travel in the area of Prince William Parkway and Hoadly is treacherous right now. The street pavement is difficult to see and there has been little plowing in the area.

There are abandoned cars along the roadside, as well as debris from earlier crashes. While no police were scene in the area of Prince William Parkway and Hoadly Road, police were spotted directing traffic near Occoquan, 

There's a full cover in residential Manassas areas. This shot was taken by our reporter Stephanie Tipple.

There’s a full cover in residential Manassas areas. This shot was taken by our reporter Stephanie Tipple.

The snow started a little earlier than projected this morning, and the National Weather Service has announced a Winter Weather Advisory until 6a.m. tomorrow.

Accumulation is expected to be up to 4 inches in some areas, with some ice accumulation as the storm turns into freezing rain overnight. 

Potomac Local will keep you updated on the latest weather forecasts, closings, delays and outages.

More from a National Weather Service alert:

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM EST
SUNDAY...

* PRECIPITATION TYPE...A MIX OF SNOW...SLEET...AND FREEZING RAIN
  TODAY THROUGH EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.

* ACCUMULATIONS...2 TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW. ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF A
  TRACE TO A FEW HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH.

* TIMING...SNOW WILL START BETWEEN 9 AM AND NOON TODAY. THE
  HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON. SNOW WILL CHANGE TO
  SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN TOWARD EVENING. PRECIPITATION WILL
  CHANGE TO RAIN WITH AREAS OF FREEZING RAIN LATE TONIGHT.

* TEMPERATURES...HIGHS TODAY IN THE MID TO UPPER 20S.
  TEMPERATURES RISING INTO THE LOWER AND MIDDLE 30S TONIGHT.

* WINDS...WINDS SOUTH 10 TO 20 MPH THROUGH THIS EVENING...
  BECOMING LIGHT AND VARIABLE LATE TONIGHT.

* IMPACTS...SNOW AND ICE WILL CAUSE HAZARDOUS TRAVELING
  CONDITIONS THROUGH TONIGHT AND POSSIBLY INTO SUNDAY MORNING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW...SLEET...OR
FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE
DRIVING.

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

Tweet your closings and cancellations to @PotomacLocal

@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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More winter weather to come

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If you weren’t sick enough of the cold and snow already – be prepared for more.

According to the National Weather Service, the Northern Virginia area will stay in the single digit temperatures throughout tonight.

And on Saturday, a system is expected to move through the area, with snow and ice accumulation over three inches projected in some areas. 

VDOT has already announced they are still plowing secondary areas from this week’s storm, and advised motorists to check conditions before getting on the road.

Potomac Local will continue to monitor the weather and provide you with all of the updates on closings, delays and outages.

 

More from a National Weather Service release:

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA…

NORTHERN AND CENTRAL VIRGINIA…AND CENTRAL AND WESTERN MARYLAND

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF GARRETT COUNTY.

.DAY ONE…THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT

WIND CHILLS WILL REMAIN IN THE SINGLE DIGITS ABOVE ZERO THROUGH

TONIGHT.

 
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY

A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL LIKELY BRING ACCUMULATING SNOW AND ICE

TO THE AREA SATURDAY INTO SATURDAY NIGHT BEFORE PRECIPITATION

CHANGES TO RAIN BY SUNDAY. A WINTER STORM WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED

FOR NORTH-CENTRAL MARYLAND…NORTHERN AND CENTRAL VIRGINIA…AND

FOR ALL LOCATIONS ALONG AND WEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS

SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT. MONITOR LATER FORECASTS FOR

UPDATES… AS UNCERTAINTY REMAINS WITH THE TIMING AND IMPACTS FROM

THIS SYSTEM.

 

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Closings and delays Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

Public schools 

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Updated: Near zero degree temperatures expected Friday morning

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Updated 

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. 

Original post

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.

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Updated: $50,000 grant for PDR program awarded to Stafford

Update

Potomac Local has reached out to Stafford County, and has received information for clarification on this story.

A $50,000 grant was awarded to Stafford County by the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation, to help the county purchase the development rights of the Jones Farm, as part of the county’s purchase of development rights program (PDR).

The PDR program allows owners to voluntarily sell their development rights to the county, according to Shannon Howell, Public Information Officer for Stafford County.

“We’re not out there looking for them. They’re applying for this program,” Howell stated. 

The PDR program has been in place since 2007, and the county has worked with other properties on purchasing rights on properties through the program, said Kathy Baker, Assistant Director of Planning & Zoning for the county.

According to Baker, the PDR program is a way to help direct growth in the county, and ensure that developments and new structures are being built in areas of the county where services like public roads and utilities are available, as part of the county’s comprehensive plan.

“It allows rural areas to retain some of the agricultural [use] and open space features, and that is going to direct growth into the county’s urban services area, where we have roads and public utilities,” said Baker.

Baker stated that the owners of the property can still live on the property, farm the property, and even sell the property – but the county will have the development rights, so the owners cannot build other structures on the property. They are allowed to build agricultural structures or garages, Howell stated.

“It allows agriculture, or other uses to continue on the property, and the owner is going to get paid not to build additional houses on the property. They can continue to live there, they can continue to farm their property – and they get a one-time bulk of cash for it,” said Baker.

The county still needs an additional $240,000 in funding to purchase the farm’s development rights.

“We’re trying to amass enough money in matching funds to purchase it,” Baker commented.

A similar program, being called the transfer of development rights program (TDR) is slated to be discussed this week at the Stafford County Board of Supervisors meeting, but is not yet established.

 

Update

The $50,000 grant is not being used for Crow’s Nest preservation. It will go towards purchasing easement of the Jone’s Farm, and the Board of Supervisors will need to allot the additional funds for the purchase. The story will be further corrected and clarified. Potomac Local has reached out to County officials, to seek further clarification on the grant, and will keep you posted on the latest.

Original Story

While developers are attempting to build on land near the Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve, a $50,000 grant awarded to Stafford County could aid their Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) program to preserve more acreage of the Crow’s Nest.

“It will be used towards the purchase of development rights for the Jones Farm. We are purchasing an easement, and they will still own the property,” said Shannon Howell, Public Information Officer for Stafford County.

The Virginia Land Conservation Foundation awarded the grant to the county said Howell.

Developers sought out the Stafford County Board of Supervisors to remove restrictions on acreage near the Crow’s Nest, so that they could extend water and sewer lines, but the Board voted down the request in September 2014.

To handle the issue with preserving the land near the preserve, while also working with the intended development in the area, the Board is moving forward with their PDR program.

The program “enables the Stafford County Government to acquire conservation easements voluntarily offered by property owners as a way to ensure that Stafford’s resources are protected and efficiently used, and limits further residential development on a property. The program is proposed to preserve open space and rural lands; farm and forest land; water resources and environmentally sensitive lands; and wildlife and aquatic habitat,” said Paul Milde, a Stafford County Supervisor, on his website.

The owners of the Jones Farm are the first property owners in the Crow’s Nest area that have voluntarily applied to allow the County’s ownership of the easement for conservation.

The grant will help to purchase this easement, but the Board will have to fund an additional $240,000 in order for the easement on the Jones Farm to be purchased, according to Howell.

*This story has been edited and clarified.

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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Stafford utilities crews called to water main break in Falmouth

Update

All lanes are open on Route 1 in the area of this morning’s water main break in Falmouth. 

Original post

Utility crews in Stafford County were called this morning to a water main break.

It happened in the area of Route 1 and Butler Road in Falmouth. Officials said the water has been turned off, but they don’t yet know which areas or neighborhoods are impacted by the water main break.

There is ice on the road following the break and that led to traffic backups in the area, as well as on Route 17.  The right lane of Route 1 is expected to be closed at least through midday as repairs are made. A portion of Carter Street between Butler Road and Forbes Street is also closed.

The water main broke this while the area was experiencing bitterly cold temperatures. It was 10 degrees at 7:30 a.m. in Falmouth, but it felt like 1 degree below zero with the wind chill factored in, according to the National Weather Service.

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Former National Guard General from Stafford pleads guilty in bribery scheme

John Jones, a former Brigadier General with the Army National Guard and a Stafford resident, pled guilty today for his involvement in a contracting bribery scheme.

After retiring from the National Guard, Jones founded a company called the Military Personnel Services Corporation (MPSC).

While running MPSC, Jones offered an official in the National Guard a bribe to send over $5.5 million worth of military contracts to the company.

His sentencing hearing will take place on September 18. Jones could face up to 20-years in prison, the maximum penalty for the bribery charge.

Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan L. Fahey and Trial Attorney Alison L. Anderson of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section are prosecuting the case.

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Closings and delays Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

 

Public schools

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Victim identified in fatal shooting outside Stafford restaurant

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Mark Milligan, 23, had spent a “couple months” in the Prince William County area, according to a Stafford sheriff’s spokesman.

Milligan was shot and killed outside Wings to Go just off Garrisonville Road in North Stafford on Sunday.

According to investigators, Milligan exchanged gunfire with two other unidentified males in the parking lot of the eatery just before he died. The two other males drove themselves to a local hospital where they were treated.

Authorities did not release their conditions. No charges have been filed in the case.

Milligan was originally from the Bronx area of New York City, N.Y., according to authorities.

Sunday’s shootout led to the first homicide in Stafford County in 2015. Last year, there were two homicides in the county.

 

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Public hearing on Stafford school redistricting postponed

The public hearing for Stafford school redistricting plans scheduled for tonight is postponed to February 24 at 6p.m.

This public hearing is one of many held by the Stafford School Board in the past month, as they make plans to implement three redistricting plans – two for elementary schools, one for middle schools – for the upcoming 2015 school year.

According to Patricia Healey, a School Board member in the Rock Hill District, the redistricting plans are a way to distribute students more evenly across the county, as some of the schools are experiencing overcrowding.

“We have different reasons that the schools get more populated. Some of it is because of people moving into the neighborhood. Some if it is because of [the location of] new homes being built. And sometimes it’s just the way that the neighborhoods age out,” Healey said, continuing, “I think we have the capacity in our schools – in our elementary and our middle schools – we have the capacity. I just think that it’s not where the students are today.”

The redistricting planning process began last summer, and committees comprised of school administrators and parents have been regularly meeting for the past several months to develop options for the redistricting.

More than 13 redistricting options were offered to the public at the previous public hearings, and the postponed meeting is meant to address the most recent proposal for elementary school redistricting. The committees have already made their recommendations to the School Board.

“The public hearings were a chance for the public, mainly the parents and in some case the students, to take a look at the proposals that were being considered, and come to the [Stafford] School Board and give us their feedback,” said Healey.

There have been several parents with concerns about the changes ahead for their students, including transportation and adapting to a new school environment.

“It is an extremely emotional process because we are talking about children that are between 5 and 11 years old that will have to adjust to a new school environment. There have been concerns expressed by residents that live in the neighborhoods that are proposed to be moved. I certainly understand and have empathy for their concerns. My commitment to them is I want to do everything in my power to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible and the well-being of the children is the number one priority,” said Scott Hirons, School Board member for the Falmouth District.

Another hurdle that the schools may face is increased transportation cost, to move students to different locations in the county, but Healey does not feel that there will be a major cost increase.

“Ultimately I doubt that it’s going to require any more buses because we’re still moving the same number of students, from their homes to the schools. It’s just that some of them will be going to a different location,” said Healey.

The original plan was to have the School Board move forward with a vote for action at their February 24 meeting, but will be moved due to the postponing of the public hearing.

 

 

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Sylvan to bring 20 jobs, STEM program to Stafford

Franchise owner Scott Lindsey just opened the first Sylvan Learning Center location in Stafford on Clement Drive and is planning to bring more than 20 jobs and an innovative STEM program to the area.

Lindsey has been with Sylvan for more than ten years and currently owns centers all across Northern Virginia, but as a Fredericksburg resident he felt that there was a need for Sylvan in the community.

“I live in Fredericksburg…I see that we needed Sylvan here in the area,” said Lindsey.

The Center is looking to hire 20 to 25 employees, including a Center Director and teachers to carry out the instruction.

In addition to opening the new location, Lindsey is also launching Sylvan’s Edge STEM program, which will give Stafford students the opportunity to work on robotics, coding and accelerated math.

“We’re able to really have fun while learning. They’re skills that are going to be necessary for [the student’s] careers later in life,” Lindsey commented.

The center will still offer the standard study skills, math, reading, writing and college prep instruction.

The STEM courses include six sessions and range from $199 to $299 a course.

The coding program involves interactive game design.

“Each session a student goes through, they will design a game, using coding on the computer. And they’ll be able to take that game home with them each time and share it with their friends,” said Lindsey.

And in the robotics program, students will learn how to build a series of robots made with Legos.

“There’s a different robot built each session, and they can program it to do different things,” Lindsay stated.

According to Lindsey, it is crucial that parents to invest in their child’s exposure to STEM programs.

“[The STEM program] is definitely something that most kids are interested in. There’s a big push for careers in the future with STEM, and this is taught in a way that’s very fun and it’s innovative,” Lindsey said.

 

For those interested in applying for positions, Lindsey said to send your resume to the attention of the Director of Education at center@sylvanstafford.com.

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Snow expected this afternoon, bitter cold tonight

[Photo: Mary Davidson / Potomac Local News]

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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Improvements at Onville & Garrisonville roads begin this summer in Stafford

Starting this summer, drivers in Stafford County will begin to see construction activity on Onville and Garrisonville Road as a road improvement project begins.

Set to be completed in March 2017, the $15.4 million dollar project will create double left turn lanes from eastbound Route 610 to Onville Road, according to Kelly Hannon, Communications Manager for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

Additionally, the project will include adding double left turn lanes from southbound Onville Road onto eastbound Onville Road and new traffic signal equipment, Hannon said.

VDOT advertised the project to construction bidders earlier this week.

A majority of the cost for the project comes from land acquisition and relocating utilities, which will cost $8.6 million. The Stafford County Board of Supervisors approved the relocation of the water and utility lines at the site of the project during their last meeting.

While the VDOT crew will attempt to minimize construction-related congestion, there may be some slow-downs for drivers in the area.

“The contractor will be required to keep two travel lanes and a turn lane open at all times, with lane closures occurring primarily at night to avoid disrupting travel during the morning and afternoon rush hours. The length of the project’s construction time is due to the daytime limits on lane closures,” Hannon said.

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Closings and delays Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

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The latest on the winter storm

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Know now: Our full list of closures

Potomac Local will keep you updated on the latest winter weather information, including forecasts, closings and outages in the area.

4:41p.m.

Stafford County Public Schools are closed on February 18. Employees are Code 2.

For Stafford County employees, liberal leave is in effect for Wed., Feb. 18. Admin offices opening up at 10 AM.

 

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is reporting that many of the roadways are now clear.

More from a VDOT release:

Motorists will find clear travel lanes and ramps on Interstate 95 in the Fredericksburg area, and commuter parking lots are being cleared and treated for tomorrow morning’s rush hour.

Primary roads and high-volume secondary roads in the Fredericksburg area, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula are mostly clear, with isolated areas of snow and ice remaining. 

This afternoon, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews pivoted to plowing subdivision streets and low-volume secondary roads. Crews are making steady progress now, and work will continue in residential areas overnight. Crews will be plowing and spreading sand for extra traction. 

Any remaining moisture on the roads this evening is expected to re-freeze. Crews will be applying chemicals to the road to melt ice and improve traction, especially on areas likely to freeze due to lower pavement temperatures. Motorists are advised to use additional caution on hills, curves, bridges, overpasses, and interstate ramps. 

3:04p.m.

As a result of improved road conditions, PRTC buses will resume service.  

More from a PRTC release:

PRTC’s Winter Weather Emergency Service Plan, ESP (including Snow Routing), will be in effect for the remainder of TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17. BUSES WILL BEGIN OPERATING AT APPROXIMATELY 12:00 NOON, then continue as close to published schedules as conditions permit.  Rides on PRTC buses will be FREE.  

These locations along OmniLink Routes are currently NOT SERVICEABLE:

The Ferlazzo Building will not be served.

River Ridge Boulevard and Powells Creek Boulevard will not be served. Buses will serve stops on Route 1.

Darbydale Avenue will not be served. Buses will serve stops on Dale Boulevard.

Old Triangle Road will not be served .  Buses will serve stops on Route 1.

The Town of Quantico will not be served. The stop at Fuller and Route 1 outside the Quantico gate will be served as the timepoint.

12:30 p.m. 

Your photos and videos: 

 

Macey loves the snow [Jen Jones / Facebook]

Macey loves the snow [Jen Jones / Facebook]

 

Snow baby [Terrica Marsh Turner via Facebook]

Snow baby [Terrica Marsh Turner via Facebook]

9:18 a.m. 

The National Weather Service has issued some snow totals for various spots in the region

...PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY...
   5 S MANASSAS           5.0   430 AM  2/17  BROADCAST MEDIA         
   GREENWICH              4.8   808 AM  2/17  PUBLIC                  
   GAINESVILLE            4.0   700 AM  2/17  PUBLIC                  
   2 SW WOOLSEY           3.9   519 AM  2/17  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   3 NNW WOOLSEY          3.5   802 AM  2/17  TRAINED SPOTTER   

...STAFFORD COUNTY...
   2 WNW ROSEVILLE        6.0   500 AM  2/17  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   2 ENE ROSEVILLE        5.2   543 AM  2/17  TRAINED SPOTTER        

...CITY OF MANASSAS...
   1 NE MANASSAS          4.8   811 AM  2/17  TRAINED SPOTTER         
   1 SW MANASSAS PARK     4.2   726 AM  2/17  TRAINED SPOTTER         
 

 

9:05 a.m. 

1_WelcomeTullipsManassas City canceled trash pick up today due to snow. Here’s the latest info: 

City of Manassas Public Works recommends the following tips to help ensure trash is contained during bad weather conditions.

  • Set trash and recycling out in hard-sided containers with tight fitting lids. If you have a smaller recycling bin, make sure that heavier items are on top, so that papers and lighter objects don’t blow away.

  • Do not set out loose trash bags.  Loose trash bags can rip and blow into the street making it unsafe for drivers and pedestrians. Always use your trash and recycling containers.

  • Double bag your trash. Cold weather and ice can weaken plastic and make it brittle. Double bagging can prevent bags from sticking to the bottom of the trash cart and from ripping as the trash crew moves the trash to the truck.

  • Check with your collection service. Snow, ice and high winds can delay or suspend service. Remember that the trash crew must navigate through many private residential areas and roads that might be untreated and unsafe for crews to collect trash and recycling. Call the Manassas Trashline or check the manassascity.org/trash for trash information.

  • When in doubt – don’t set it out.  If it’s snowing heavily, if  there are high winds, or if it’s so icy that you stand the chance of slipping or falling as you set out your trash and recycling – then don’t do it. Call the Trashline for the latest trash pick-up updates. Trash collection was cancelled Feb. 17 due to snow and may be cancelled in the future due to road conditions associated with winter weather.

9 a.m. 

Potomac Local's very own "weather girl" Elsa plays in her back yard.

Potomac Local’s very own “weather girl” Elsa plays in her back yard.

 

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About five inches of snow fell at Potomac Local HQ.

8:51 a.m.

It was so cold yesterday at Washington Dulles International Airport, a new record cold temperature was set. A record low of 16 degrees was recorded, breaking the previous record of 22 degrees in 2003.

8:37 a.m. 

Michelle O'Brien posted this photo to our Facebook page. The photo was taken in Quantico, Va.

Michelle O’Brien posted this photo to our Facebook page. The photo was taken in Quantico, Va.

8:36 a.m.

This photo was shared with us on our Facebook page by April Bratz-Hamilton in Dumfries, Va.

This photo was shared with us on our Facebook page by April Bratz-Hamilton in Dumfries, Va.

8:33 a.m.

8:20 a.m.

Authorities say you should stay off the roads today if you can. Conditions are pretty bad on the street surfaces, as the snow and ice could lead to slick conditions causing you to slide off the road or into another car.

Here’s the latest from the Northern Virginia headquarters of the Virginia Department of Transportation:

  • HOV restrictions are lifted on I-66, I-395 and the Dulles Toll Road. HOV-3 requirements still apply on the 495 and 95 Express Lanes.
  • Eastbound I-66 X lanes will be unavailable for the morning rush hour, as crews continue to clear shoulders.
  • Crews continue to clear interstates, major roads and neighborhood streets concurrently. Check www.vdotplows.org to see the status of plowing in neighborhoods.
  • If you can, park in your driveway or on the odd-numbered side of the street to allow plows room to pass.
  • After a plow has passed, roads will be passable, but will not be bare pavement and may remain snow-packed.
  • Stay off the roads or delay trips to allow crews time to safely treat the roads.

Posts from Monday, Feb. 16 are below

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

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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.

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