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Remnants of Hurricane Bill to bring tornado, flash flood threat to Shenandoah Valley

WeatherBy Lynn R. Mitchell

The U.S. National Weather Service has issued a weather alert for the Shenandoah Valley and other parts of Virginia as remnants of Hurricane Bill head east. Gusty winds, isolated tornadoes, and flash flooding is possible Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning.

 For more weather information in the Valley, check NBC-29 and WHSV TV-3.
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Staunton Councilwoman Oakes on Courthouse issue

Andrea Oakes 2By Lynn R. Mitchell

“I would just like to see the communication remain open between the board of supervisors and the city council because this truly is an important issue. If there is anyway we can do the right thing and keep the courthouse in Staunton, then I think it would be a win win for everyone.” – Staunton City Councilwoman Andrea Oakes, April 9, 2015

WHSV TV-3 reporter Khiree Stewart covered the courthouse issue at Wednesday’s Augusta County supervisor meeting and Thursday’s city council meeting (see Augusta supervisors vote to begin court complex study and  Staunton City leaders share thoughts on courthouse).

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Look for the Northern Lights tonight in Shenandoah Valley sky

By Lynn R. Mitchell

“The sun has unleashed a major solar flare.”

With that, Harrisonburg’s WHSV TV-3 meteorologist Aubrey Urbanowicz alerted viewers that there is a possibility of seeing thenorthern lights tonight in the skies over Virginia (see Geomagnetic Storm Will Lead to Aurora Potential for the Area):

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Augusta County under winter storm warning

By Lynn R. Mitchell

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It’s a messy winter weather morning. From WHSV TV-3:

**The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning until 7:00pm today. This is due to a wintry mix and accumulating snow. Travel difficulties are expected.**

Precipitation transitions to all snow this morning. Snow showers continue through the afternoon. Moderate to heavy snow between is expected at least through early afternoon. Snow showers will become lighter and slowly taper later this afternoon. Forecast amounts look to range from 5″-8″ with locally higher amounts. Southeastern Augusta County could see slightly lower accumulations as more sleet may mix in there. Travel will be hampered today. Stay with the First Alert Storm Team for the latest. Temperatures will fall through the 30s and eventually into the 20s this afternoon.

Slushy wet areas tonight will turn into slick spots/ice as temperatures fall to the single digits by early Friday morning. Wind chill values will be below 0° Friday morning. Skies will gradually clear tonight.

Most schools are closed in the Staunton-Waynesboro-Augusta County area. Heavy rain overnight turned into sleet during the early morning hours with the temperature hovering right around freezing, with snow beginning to mix in a little after 9am. For complete closings and weather updates check WHSV TV-3 and NBC-29.

Stay safe out there….

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Thursday snow in forecast for Augusta County

By Lynn R. Mitchell

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Image from WHSV TV-3.

Hold onto your hats or, rather, your snow shovels because the Valley is set to receive more snow on Thursday. Augusta County, as of Wednesday afternoon, was in the predicted 6-9 inch range. However, watch for variations as weathermen tighten the forecast in the hours approaching the storm.

The temperature at my house west of Staunton on Wednesday afternoon hit a high of 48 degrees. Overnight rains took away much snow left from the past couple of weeks but there is still plenty of snow waiting for the new storm. Misty rain continues under dark, gray skies.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has put the entire area under a Winter Storm Watch for Thursday. A winter mix is expected overnight that will turn into snow as colder air moves into the area.

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Snow started mid-morning in Shenandoah Valley

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The first flakes of snow were seen in Augusta County around 10:00 Tuesday morning, six hours earlier than originally forecast, and it has been steadily falling since, fine snow that had laid down a couple of inches by 1:00 with no let-up in sight. The temperature read 12 degrees when it started and by 1:00 had only risen to 14.

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Freezing rain advisory in Shenandoah Valley

Freezing rainBy Lynn R. Mitchell

It’s an overcast day in my corner of Augusta County as freezing rain covers the deck. From WHSV TV-3 and the National Weather Service:

Freezing Rain Advisory

Areas Affected: Augusta; Central Virginia Blue Ridge; Eastern Highland; Northern Virginia Blue Ridge; Page; Rockingham; Western Highland

…FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS EVENING… * PRECIPITATION TYPE…FREEZING RAIN. PRECIPITATION MAY START OFF AS SNOW AND SLEET AT THE ONSET. * ACCUMULATIONS…A GLAZE OF ICE FROM FREEZING RAIN. ICE ACCUMULATIONS LESS THAN ONE-TENTH OF AN INCH. SNOW AND SLEET MAY COAT THE GROUND IN SOME LOCATIONS. * TIMING…DEVELOPING BETWEEN 6 AM AND 8 AM THIS MORNING…AND CONTINUING THROUGH THE DAY. AREAS OF FREEZING RAIN MAY ALSO CONTINUE INTO TONIGHT…ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS. * TEMPERATURES…UPPER 20S TO AROUND 30 ABOVE 1500 FEET. LOWER 30S BELOW 1500 FEET. * WINDS…NORTHEAST 5 TO 10 MPH. * IMPACTS…ICE ACCUMULATIONS ON ROADWAYS AND SIDEWALKS WILL RESULT IN HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS.

A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS. SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

Here’s hoping the electricity doesn’t go out. Be safe out there….

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Snow causes delays, closings in central Shenandoah Valley

Snowy nightMonday night’s snow has led to public school delays and closings today.

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Harrisonburg City public schools are closed Tuesday due to inclement winter weather Monday night that left snow over some areas and ice over others. Augusta County, Staunton City, and Waynesboro City public schools are on a two-hour delay along with many other school systems in the area, according to WHSV TV-3. Check for updates on closings and weather.

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell
December 8, 2014

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Grace Karaffa, 10, petitions Augusta School Board to allow ChapStick in schools

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Grace Karaffa

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Augusta County Supervisor David Karaffa, 30, had better watch his back. He has political competition from within the four walls of his own home. Karaffa’s ten-year-old daughter Grace petitioned the Augusta County School Board at their Thursday night meeting to have the school system’s ChapStick policy changed. ChapStick in Augusta County is categorized by the school system as a medication.

Armed with petitions that held more than 200 signatures, Grace attended the meeting to address representatives and presented her position asking school officials to allow students to have possession of the regular, non-medicated lip balm at school.

WHSV TV-3 was there and picked up her story for their broadcast (see video of school board meeting). Political reporter Bob Stuart was there for the News-Virginian (see Student’s chapped lips lead to policy change request).

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Bear attacks Staunton man in George Washington National Forest

BearBy Lynn R. Mitchell

A Staunton man and his dog were attacked early Thursday afternoon in the George Washington National Park after coming up on a mother black bear and her two cubs. The man and dog were able to escape to a nearby rural market where EMTs responded and transported the man to a hospital while his dog was taken in for veterinary care.
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WHSV TV-3 interview with David Karaffa on Verona’s immigrant children

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Augusta County Supervisor David Karaffa was interviewed Monday afternoon on WHSV TV-3 about the immigrant children held in Verona (see  “1 on 1: David Karaffa Discuses Border Crisis”).

Karaffa, whose Beverley Manor District houses 29 children who have been detained after crossing the border from Central America into the United States, wrote an article last week expressing compassion for the latest wave of children attempting to escape violence, poverty, and drugs in their native countries (see Unaccompanied Child Immigrants in Verona, Virginia).

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Today on TV-3: Supervisor Karaffa interview at 5:45 on immigrant children

David KaraffaBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Supervisor David Karaffa will be interviewed one-on-one Monday afternoon on WHSV TV-3 in a five-minute segment to air at 5:45.

Karaffa, whose Beverley Manor district houses 29 children who have been detained after crossing the border from Central America into the United States, wrote an article last week expressing compassion for the latest wave of children attempting to escape violence, poverty, and drugs in their native countries (see Unaccompanied Child Immigrants in Verona, Virginia).

Local outrage by some members of the community led to a protest on the Rt. 612 bridge over I-81 (see Immigrant children issue comes to Augusta County). That led to a public hearing by Augusta County supervisors with 130 members of the public showing up, evenly divided between pro and con (see Live blogging immigrant children issue at Augusta County supervisors meeting).

Supervisor Karaffa expressed compassion again at the public hearing. He received over 100 emails and dozens of phone calls about the issue. They were all pro except two were against.

Watch today’s broadcast or catch the interview online after it airs.

Update: Link to David’s interview:  “1 on 1: David Karaffa Discuses Border Crisis.”

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Tonight: World record Appalachian Trail hiker in Staunton

While hiking in Australia, Jennifer Pharr Davis encountered a five-foot-tall emu on the trail running straight toward her, an encounter she didn’t think would end well. At the last minute, she said, the emu veered off the trail but she had seen her life flash before her eyes.

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Heavy rains headed to Shenandoah Valley, area under flash flood watch

WeatherBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Shenandoah Valley residents are paying attention to the weather forecast for the next 24 hours, even joking about needing umbrellas — if not boats — to get around in the heavy rain that is expected to begin this afternoon.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the Shenandoah Valley and beyond effective from 2:00 p.m. Thursday through Friday afternoon. Showers and scattered thunderstorms with periods of heavy rain are expected to develop with the heaviest rainfall late Thursday into Friday morning with 2-4 inches of rain possible especially in urban areas and along small rivers and streams.

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