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Purple crocuses open on an unusually warm February day (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

D.C. Area Sees Record High Temperatures — “It’s official: Thursday is Washington’s warmest Feb. 23 on record and one of the toastiest afternoons so early in the year. The high temperature at Reagan National Airport hit 81 degrees, breaking the previous record of 78 degrees set on Feb. 23, 1874…The high was 80 degrees at Dulles, surpassing the previous record of 77 degrees on Feb. 23, 2017.” [Capital Weather Gang]

Dulles Toll Road Ramp to Close Overnight in Tysons — “The ramp from eastbound Dulles Toll Road/Airport Access Road (Route 267) to northbound I-495 (Capital Beltway) is scheduled to close during overnight hours beginning on or about this Friday night, Feb. 24 through early morning, Monday, March 12. This ramp closure is necessary for crews to demolish the eastern section of the bridge from northbound I-495 to eastbound Dulles Toll Road” [VDOT]

Man Arrested for Assault in Herndon — “A Herndon man was arrested for assault on Saturday in connection with an altercation that occurred at a residence in the 600 block of Dulles Park Court, according to the weekly crime report.” The 26-year-old man has been charged with “aggravated assault (strangulation), abduction, preventing a call to emergency services, and assault.” [Patch]

State Bill Expands Alcohol Permits at Dulles Airport — “The legislative tweak, which extends mixed-beverage carrier licenses to financial institutions…will allow McLean-based Capital One Financial Corp. (NYSE: COF) to serve more than cranberry juice, soda and tea when it opens its long-awaited lounge at Dulles International Airport later this year, and, later, its Capital One Landing at Reagan National Airport.” [Washington Business Journal]

Tysons Old Navy Gets New Home — “Get a jump start on your spring wardrobe and celebrate the grand opening of Old Navy’s NEW location at Tysons Corner Center on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 10AM. The first 100 visitors will receive a free tote bag and the first 200 visitors will receive $15 off a $75 purchase!” [Tysons Corner Center/Facebook]

Stray Guinea Pigs Found at Lorton Park — “A person was walking their dogs at the Laurel Hill Equestrian Center when they saw a ‘tiny black and white animal.’ After searching through the thorny blackberry bushes for nearly an hour, they caught 14 guinea pigs, according to Fairfax County Animal Shelter.” [ABC7]

Metro Proposes Design Change for New Trains — “Metro is exploring a drastic change to its upcoming new 8000-series trains: an open gangway. Open gangway trains have no doors between cars, allowing riders to freely move through parts of or the entire length of the train. It can improve train capacity, and provide more space for people who use wheelchairs and people with bikes, strollers, or luggage.” [DCist]

Local Companies Make “Best Places to Work” List — “Twenty-eight Fairfax County-headquartered companies placed on Virginia Business magazine’s 13th annual Best Places to Work list. In all, 41 of the 100 companies on the list have a presence in Fairfax County.” Herndon’s SmartEdge IT LLC topped the small employers list, while Fairfax-based MBP came in second for large employers. [FCEDA]

Vacant Annandale Bank Building Draws Interest — “There is ‘lots of interest’ in two vacant spaces in the former Bank of America building at 7220 Columbia Pike in Annandale, says real estate agent Michael Falcone of Century 21 Commercial New Millenium…Falcone says businesses that have expressed interest in the building include a grocery market, banks, cafés, bakeries, and an aerial aerobics company.” [Annandale Today]

It’s Friday — Partly cloudy throughout the day. High of 68 and low of 41. Sunrise at 6:49 am and sunset at 5:57 pm. []

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