Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Monday, March 19.
Though there are parts of Prince William Forest Park still recovering from the windstorm on March 2, the Piedmont Forest, Birch Bluff, and Crossings trails; Laurel Trail Loop; Pine Grove and Telegraph picnic areas; cabin camps (for permit-holders); and the visitor center will reopen at 9 a.m. today.
The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, Fairfax County officials, and the U.S. Park Police assisted in the rescue of a teenage man who intentionally jumped into the Potomac River near Great Falls.
The opening ceremony for the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival is to take place this Saturday, March 24, the same day as the March for Our Lives anti-gun violence rally.
(The Washington Post)
Sunday at 8:30 p.m., an explosion occurred in Travis Country, an Austin, Texas residential area. The blast injured two people who were taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. This is the fourth explosion to occur in the area in recent weeks, and police are trying to determine if this one is related to three previous package explosions.
Tuesday into Wednesday, Northern Virginia may see a few inches of snow, though Prince William and Stafford counties should see less than the region’s other areas.
Since September 2017, the Arlington County Police Department has looked into 30 threats made to area schools, 13 of them having occurred since the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.