Statewide tornado drill planned for today; Arlington County attempts to make child care more affordable

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Tuesday, March 19.

Virginia’s annual statewide tornado drill will happen today, March 19, at 9:45 a.m. The tornado warning test will be sent by the National Weather Service to National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios. Listeners can expect a tone alert and test message. (InsideNoVA)

The Arlington County Board has approved zoning rules in an effort to make child care costs more affordable. The zoning ordinances and amendments target regulations that child care business owners and county staff have said make it hard to run day cares or open new ones. (ArlNow)

The cherry blossoms in the region have reached phase two of six, meaning florets are now visible. Phase three will show the extension of florets, followed by peduncle elongation and then peak bloom. Peak bloom dates have been forecast for April 3-6. (NBC Washington)

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