1/28/22 – Winter Weather Advisory Update and Other News

The National Weather Service has extended the Winter Weather Advisory for Stafford from 1:00 PM Friday until 4:00 AM Saturday. Total snow accumulations of 1-3″ are expected, which may impact the evening commute. The steadiest snow is expected late this afternoon through this evening with temperatures falling below freezing during the evening commute. VDOT has pre-treated all primary roads. Please also clear Coves so the plows can get through. As a reminder, our Roads and Grounds crew will be sanding roads, but cannot begin plowing until there is at least 2 inches of snow on the road. AHPD, Front Gate, and Roads and Grounds crew are notified and ready to respond. In addition, volunteers are on-standby should the emergency operations plan need to be activated, however that is not anticipated at this time.

Welcome to our new board members Jeff Deptola, Amber Gallagher and Colleen Grantham and our new general manager, Mary Russel, who will be coming onboard on February 7.

Government Island was closed temporarily due to fallen trees but it has since been re‑opened.

County Waste has extended its Christmas tree collection period and will pick up live Christmas trees every Monday through February 21. County Waste also continues to work with us to help residents dispose of storm debris. An extra yard waste collection is scheduled for tomorrow unless weather makes it necessary to reschedule this extra collection to sometime next week. Yard waste must be in a yard waste container, in bags or tied in bundles no more than 4’ long.

 

1/28/22 – Weather Update

The National Weather Service has expanded the Winter Weather Advisory to Stafford County, in effect from 4 PM Friday until 4 AM Saturday. Total snow accumulations of 1-3″ (5” maximum) are expected, which may impact the evening commute. Start time for snow is 1700-1900. VDOT has pretreated all primary roadways. Wind gusts up to 40 mph possible, so tree damage is possible.

 There will be another call with NWS this afternoon, and we will post an update early this evening. 

 

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1/27/22 – Weather Update

The afternoon National Weather Service update we just received has even less expected snowfall for the area. Light snow could start early afternoon Friday, any accumulations would occur after dark tomorrow night. Friday night through Sunday morning will have extremely low temperatures with wind chill advisories possible.

1/28/22 – Business Office Closed 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The AHPOA business office will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2022, for a staff meeting.

1/27/22 – Government Island Closed Temporarily

Government Island is currently closed due to trees that came down during the recent snow storm. Stafford County hopes to have it open again soon but it is unknown at this time when that will be.

Christmas Tree Collection Period Extended

GFL (County Waste) has extended its Christmas tree collection period and will collect live Christmas trees every Monday through February 21st.

Trees 6’ or longer should be cut down to smaller lengths prior to collection. All tinsel and ornaments must be removed and trees should not be placed in bags.

1/26/22 – Regular January Board Meeting

The meeting will be held in-person and online. Please bring and wear a mask if attending in person. Social distancing will be observed.

For an invitation to attend virtually, send your email address and Lot information to AHPOA@aquiaharbour.org by 5:00 p.m. on January 26, 2022.  Click here to view the draft agenda.

1/20/22 Weather Update – Bitter Cold and No Friday Severe Snow Storm

The wintry mix overnight last night did not materialize, and resulted in rain. We may see sporadic snow showers throughout today, but it will not accumulate. Temperatures will continue to drop to teens with single digit wind chills overnight into tomorrow. Temperatures will not make it out of the 20s tomorrow, with wind chills holding in the teens.

Tomorrow night will be even colder, with lows in the single digits and teens. The storm that we have been watching for Friday night into Saturday will largely miss our area, but could potentially bring light snow, but no real threat of accumulation. This storm is anticipated to have a significant impact on Southern parts of Virginia, which is why the Governor declared a State of Emergency today to allow for resources to be pre-deployed to assist those localities. If the forecast changes, and we are expected to receive accumulating snow, we will send another update. You can also go to https://www.weather.gov/lwx//winter for the latest information from National Weather Service – Sterling on winter weather.

Please stay safe and warm over the next couple of days, as the cold will be brutal. Please bring animals inside, like dogs and cats, that are not equipped to be outside in the weather and check on your neighbors to make sure they have a heat source to support them through the next few days. If you know anyone who needs assistance, please let us know and we will work with our volunteers to try to provide assistance.

Recycling Information

Recycling Update: Some residents have mentioned they thought recycling processes might have changed when our trash and recycling vendor – County Waste – was purchased by GFL. Good news! Recycling processes remain unchanged. The company continues to be referred to as County Waste and the acquisition included County Waste’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF) near Richmond. As a result, they continue to process recyclables in the same fashion as previously, including accepting glass and plastics with the numbers 1 through 7 on them. Don’t be confused by guidance on recycling put out by Stafford County as County Waste uses different facilities and processes.

1/19/22 – Weather Update

Today will be the mildest day of the week with temperatures in the mid-40s-50. This will all go away with a strong cold front set to move through late tonight. Tonight, we anticipate it starting as rain/snow and then transitioning into mainly snow with a trace to an inch or two accumulation possible, which could impact the Thursday morning commute. Please be aware that the plows cannot plow until 2 inches of snow, but our crews will do their best to get sand down on the roads. Please drive with caution in the morning if you have to go out before the sun comes up.

Thursday night will have bitterly cold temperatures, with wind chills possible in the single digits. Please be prepared and ensure you have heat and bring your animals inside.

There is also a chance for a winter storm to arrive Friday evening into the overnight hours. The impacts to this area will again depend on the actual track of the storm. The models this morning have shifted the storm to the south, which keeps snow east and south of I-95; however, any shift in the low track will again bring the possibility of accumulating snow for the area.

We will provide updates as the forecast changes, as well as any preparatory actions we are taking as they occur.