Flooding closes some roads, schools

Floodwaters from the Shenandoah River flow over the Artz Road bridge east of Woodstock on Wednesday. Area rain and melting snow made waters rise throughout the region.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 4, 2016

The combined effects of melting snow and heavy mid-day rain caused scattered flooding Wednesday that led to early dismissal of Shenandoah County Public Schools at 1 p.m.

Officials keeping an eye on skies, roads

A truck drives through standing water from the North Fork of the Shenandoah River along South Hollingsworth Road in Woodstock on Tuesday. The National Weather Service is forecasting rain for most of today with temperatures in the mid 60's and the potential of flooding. Rich Cooley/Daily

February 2, 2016

Local and state officials were watching the weather forecast closely Tuesday for any signs of heightened flood risk to an area where rain, sodden ground and lingering piles of snow could interfere with drainage.

Storm survivor grateful for helpers

Mona Bowden, 88, left, holds her pill box while she chats with Warren County Sheriff's deputy Jesse Henry inside her home near Shenandoah River Estates in Front Royal on Wednesday.   Rich Cooley/Daily

January 29, 2016

FRONT ROYAL – Mona Bowden lives at the end of narrow dirt road that snakes more than a mile through pasture and woods before reaching her four-story house. The deck leads out in to a backyard that drops nearly straight down to the Shenandoah River flowing far below.

Schools consider options after closings

School buses are parked at the Warren County Public School's Transportation Department on Criser Road in Front Royal on Thursday. Public schools in Warren and Frederick counties are closed today due to last weekend's blizzard.  Shenandoah County schools were already scheduled to be closed today.  Rich Cooley/Daily

January 28, 2016

Frederick, Shenandoah and Warren county schools were among many districts that remained closed throughout the week during the aftermath and cleanup of winter storm Jonas.

Conditions were mild at March for Life

Participants in the 2016 March for Life in Washington, D.C., turned out in the thousands despite threats of snow and a blizzard warning for the area. Photo courtesy of Dominic Borchers

January 27, 2016

Despite the impending winter weather and blizzard threat over the D.C. metro region, a few individuals in the area were able to make it to the 43rd annual March for Life last Friday.

Slow recovery from winter storm

January 27, 2016

Melting snow and working crews have managed to clear up many roads since the weekend snowstorm hit, but area schools have tried to keep students safe by announcing closures for another day this week.

Storm plows through Virginia

Gary Bly, left, a hired contractor for T.M. Dellinger Trucking, chats with VDOT superintendent Charles Whittington, center, and transportation operator Jeff Oczkowski, both from the Toms Brook area headquarters, about their duties at the 298 exit from Interstate 81 in Strasburg on Friday morning.  Rich Cooley/Daily

January 22, 2016

Preliminary snow showers on Winter Storm Jonas’ front came through the Shenandoah Valley a few hours earlier than initially expected yesterday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Shelters, hospitals ready to help

January 22, 2016

Local organizations say they are ready to help those who will need shelter and emergency care this weekend.
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Prepping for winter weather

Sue Shipp, of Strasburg, settles for a pair of quart containers of milk as shelf supplies ran out of gallon containers Thursday afternoon at Food Lion in Strasburg.  Rich Cooley/Daily

January 22, 2016

As the Northern Shenandoah Valley faces the possibility of more than two feet of snow over the weekend in the midst of a state of emergency, local, regional and state authorities all agree on some age-old sound advice: Stay at home and keep off the roads.

Snow will likely top 20 inches

January 20, 2016

This winter’s respite from severe storms appeared to be heading Wednesday toward a dramatic end as the National Weather Service warned of an approaching blizzard likely to drop 20 or more inches of snow between Friday afternoon and Saturday night.

Local officials prepare for snowfall

January 19, 2016

Local government officials issued warnings Tuesday about a storm that a National Weather Service forecaster said was likely to bring “impactful” amounts of snow to the area Friday and Saturday.

Temps dip, snow may be on way

January 19, 2016

After mild temperatures and little frozen precipitation to speak of, weather patterns this week could turn into a winter wake-up call.

Warm weather forecast for Christmas

December 23, 2015

Don’t expect snow-covered trees for our area when you wake up Christmas morning. Friday is Christmas, but Shenandoah Valley residents would likely never guess it when they step outside.

Counties prepping for strong weather

October 2, 2015

Area counties are preparing for the worst as a nor’easter heads toward the region and Hurricane Joaquin makes its way toward landfall.

State, valley brace for Hurricane Joaquin

Lewis McDonald, chief engineer for the Strasburg Fire Department, directs  water from the basement of this Charles Street home that flooded on Wednesday afternoon.   Heavy rain is on the way, forecasters say. Rich Cooley/Daily

October 1, 2015

As Hurricane Joaquin creeps closer to the East Coast, residents, organizations and agencies throughout the commonwealth and the Northern Shenandoah Valley are bracing for the impacts from likely heavy rains and wind.

Rain got heavier heading east

Austin Tuttiardo,  a Strasburg volunteer firefighter and member of the swift water rescue team, checks this truck at Chapman's Landing south of Woodstock on Monday morning. Nobody was in the truck. Rich Cooley/Daily

July 13, 2015

A rain of carwash intensity that swamped homes, roads, bridges and businesses in Shenandoah County Monday morning began as a minor shower in eastern West Virginia that gained energy as it moved eastward, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Sterling said.