Weather

Wind causes headaches for area power coops

February 13, 2017

Electricity consumers in the Shenandoah Valley experienced some significant outages Sunday night into Monday morning as heavy winds made their way through the area.

Snow forecast for area

February 8, 2017

Old Man Winter once again has the Northern Shenandoah Valley in his crosshairs, as meteorologists are calling for up to four inches of snow for the area Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.

Wintry mix predicted for weekend

Damond Guangrat, of Front Royal, gives his Jeep a bath outside his home on Kerfoot Avenue during an unseasonably warm winter afternoon.  Temperatures rose to nearly 70 degrees Thursday, but today's high should be in the upper 40s with wintry precipitation expected on Saturday.  Rich Cooley/Daily

January 12, 2017

The Northern Shenandoah Valley will experience another bout of winter weather late today into Saturday, according to Luis Rosa, a meteorologist at the Sterling office of the National Weather Service.

A cold weekend ahead for region

Douglas Estep, a Virginia Department of Transportation operator, talks on his cellphone outside VDOT's Mount Jackson Area Headquarters on Thursday. Estep was working a 12-hour shift that started at noon Thursday in anticipation of snowy weather Thursday night and today.  Rich Cooley/Daily

January 6, 2017

UPDATED AT 6:08 a.m. today: An Alberta Clipper dumped up to 2 inches of snow in the Northern Shenandoah Valley overnight, prompting all local public school systems to announce the winter season’s first school closings. On their websites, Warren County schools report offices will open at 10 a.m., Shenandoah County school offices will open on time, and Winchester’s school administrative offices are on a two-hour delay.

The Virginia Department of Transportation this morning is reporting slick roads and urges motorists to check road conditions before venturing out. Road conditions can be checked at www.511Virginia.org – click on “Text Views” in the orange bar at the top of the web page and then select the road conditions table.

Forecasters predict wintry mix late tonight through Saturday

Jim Mundell takes an afternoon walk along East Queen Street on his lunch break from the Strasburg Post Office on Thursday afternoon. Mundell battled cold temperatures and wind to get his power walk in.  Rich Cooley/Daily

December 16, 2016

Wintry weather is in the forecast for the northern central Shenandoah Valley for late Friday night into the early morning hours of Saturday according to Bryan Jackson, meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Sterling, Virginia station.

Winter weather forecast for area

December 12, 2016

Residents in the northern Shenandoah Valley will need to dig up their winter wear this week with freezing rain, single-digit wind chill forecasts and a potential Friday snowstorm on the horizon.

Dangerous gusts lead to wind advisory

November 28, 2016

The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for the area Monday that includes Shenandoah, Frederick, Warren, Page and Clarke counties.

Gale warning in effect Saturday

From left, Steve Rosenberry and his dog Buddy, Beatrice Miller and her dogs Milo and Mindy, and Willard Hodges Frame walk along a section of the Eastham Park Trail in Front Royal on a recent fall morning.  Temperatures are expected to drop Saturday as a cold front moves into the region. Rich Cooley/Daily

November 18, 2016

The National Weather Service issued a gale warning around the area Saturday afternoon with a likely wind advisory to come Sunday.

As Matthew travels, area to see showers

October 7, 2016

Though Hurricane Matthew isn’t expected to directly hit Virginia, meteorologists say the Northern Shenandoah Valley will see a bit of resulting rain, while crews prepare to aid areas further south.

Flood warning issued after waves of rain

A car travels through the flooded parking lot behind the Strasburg Emporium on Thursday afternoon.  Rich Cooley/Daily

September 30, 2016

Lingering rain on the Northern Shenandoah Valley that led to a flood warning on Thursday caused some downed trees, water over roads and several traffic incidents.

Flood watch issued for heavy rainfall

September 29, 2016

The Northern Shenandoah Valley will be at risk for flash floods through Friday morning due to a low pressure system expected to linger over the area.

Summer is heating up

Aliyha Smith, 2, of Edinburg, cranks the wheel alongside a water feature at W.O. Riley Park in Woodstock recently. High humidity and  triple-digit temperatures will make water features and swimming pools popular places this week as people seek relief from the heat. Rich Cooley/Daily

July 6, 2016

Meteorologists are forecasting high temperatures and humidity for the next few days into the weekend. Temperatures are expected to climb into the mid to upper 90s, especially towards the end of the week, said Kevin Whitt, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Sterling, Virginia. The heat alone can pose health risks but the high temperatures also create the potential for severe storms.

Fire keeps raging; smoke drifts up valley

April 22, 2016

The fire raging in Shenandoah National Park for the past week has brought the smell of burning wood as far as Washington D.C., according to Sally Hurlbert, public information officer for the park.

Icy, flooding roads cause hazards

A robin perches on an icy branch on Tuesday. Rich Cooley/Daily

February 16, 2016

Monday’s wet wintry mix caused dangerous conditions Tuesday morning that closed area schools but abated into the afternoon with sun and highs around 40 degrees.

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.