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7 Things to Know About the Snow

Posted 8:08 a.m.

If you’re a snow lover, then the luck of the Irish is with you today! As you begin your day, here are a few things to know:

1.) Please stay off the roads. We need the roads clear for public safety response and Virginia Department of Transportation snow removal crews. Plows will be out in full force this morning, so never crowd a plow!

2.) If you must drive, practice common sense and drive slowly, especially on secondary roads. Remember that your car cannot start, stop or turn as quickly on snow or ice. Find road conditions on one of our maps.

3.) The Police Department’s accident policy is in effect, meaning officers will respond to personal injury crashes, hit and run crashes involving injury and to fatal crashes only.

4.) County government offices, courts and schools are closed today. Your trash/recycling collection has likely been affected.

5.) When shoveling snow, help clear sidewalks, especially near school bus stops; clear fire hydrants; and be careful if you have heart conditions.Snow shovel safety tips

6.) To see the status of VDOT plowing in your neighborhood, enter your address at www.vdotplows.org.

7.) Check in on elderly neighbors and other housebound individuals to see if they need any help.

Visit our winter weather page for more tips and resources. Stay safe!

Changes to County Trash and Recycling Collection Schedule; Private Trash Collection Services Likely Affected

Posted 6:50 a.m.

Due to the winter weather and existing road conditions, Fairfax County trash and recycling collection in sanitary districts (15 percent of county households) has been cancelled for Monday, March 17. Collections are planned to resume in sanitary districts on Tuesday (weather and road conditions permitting) on the following schedule:

  • Monday routes will be collected on Tuesday, March 18
  • Tuesday and Wednesday routes will be collected on Wednesday, March 19
  • No changes are planned for Thursday and Friday customers

Please check the trash/recycling county customer website for updated service information. Service-related questions can also be directed to the trash/recycling customer service center at 703-802-3322, TTY 711.

Private Trash/Recycling

The impact of the winter weather may also be affecting the operations of private trash and recycling collectors. Customers of private service providers (more than 85 percent of county households) should contact their trash and recycling collector directly for any changes in service. Contact information for private trash and recycling collectors operating in Fairfax County is available online.

If your trash collection service has been postponed until another day please remove your trash containers from the curb in order to enhance the effectiveness of snow clearing operations and to avoid having your containers damaged or buried in snowbanks.

Fairfax County Government Offices and Courts Closed Monday, March 17

Posted 5:40 a.m. // Updated 6:50 a.m.

  • Fairfax County Government offices are closed Monday, March 17, and employees are granted emergency administrative leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled. (*An earlier decision to open offices at noon has been changed.)
  • The Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court are closed on Monday.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools are closed on Monday. School Age Child Care (SACC) centers are closed.

Trash and Recycling

Parks, Community and Recreation and Community Centers

  • If you have questions about Park Authority facilities, contact the site directly, call the Parks inclement weather line at 703-324-8661, TTY 711, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.
  • For Department of Neighborhood and Community Services programs and events visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs or call 703-324-4600, TTY 711.
  • The Reston Community Center and the McLean Community Center may be affected by the inclement weather. Call RCC at 703-476-4500, TTY 711, www.restoncommunitycenter.com or MCC at 703-790-0123, TTY 711, www.mcleancenter.org for their current operating status.

Transportation: Connector, Fastran

View the public meetings calendar at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/calendar/ShowCalendar.aspx for any potential cancellations of public meetings of Fairfax County Government Boards, Authorities or Commissions.

Winter weather preparedness information can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/prepare/winter.

UPDATE: County Government and Courts Closed on Monday

UPDATED 5:30 a.m. // Posted at 4:15 a.m.

County and School Status

  • Fairfax County Government offices will be CLOSED on Monday, March 17. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools are closed on Monday, March 17. School Age Child Care (SACC) centers are closed.
  • The Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court are closed.

Parks, Community and Recreation and Community Centers

  • If you have questions about Park Authority facilities, contact the site directly, call the Parks inclement weather line at 703-324-8661, TTY 711, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.
  • For Department of Neighborhood and Community Services programs and events visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs or call 703-324-4600, TTY 711.
  • The Reston Community Center and the McLean Community Center may be affected by the inclement weather. Call RCC at 703-476-4500, TTY 711, www.restoncommunitycenter.com or MCC at 703-790-0123, TTY 711, www.mcleancenter.org for their current operating status.

Transportation: Connector, Fastran

Libraries

  • Library hours may be affected; call your local branch before visiting. For branch phone numbers, call 703-324-3100 or go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library.

View the public meetings calendar at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/calendar/ShowCalendar.aspx for any potential cancellations of public meetings of Fairfax County government Boards, Authorities or Commissions.

Winter weather preparedness information can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/prepare/winter.

For Tuesday, March 4: County Government Open with Unscheduled Leave

Posted at 10:23 p.m.

Fairfax County Government offices will open on time on Tuesday, March 4, however employees have been granted unscheduled leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled. Read more about how/why snow decisions are made.

Fairfax County Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, March 4; School Age Child Care (SACC) centers will also be closed.

The Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court will open on time.

Parks, Community and Recreation and Community Centers

  • If you have questions about Park Authority facilities, contact the site directly, call the Parks inclement weather line at 703-324-8661, TTY 711, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.
  • For Department of Neighborhood and Community Services programs and events visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs or call 703-324-4600, TTY 711.
  • The Reston Community Center and the McLean Community Center may be affected by the inclement weather. Call RCC at 703-476-4500, TTY 711, www.restoncommunitycenter.com or MCC at 703-790-0123, TTY 711, www.mcleancenter.org for their current operating status.

Transportation: Connector, Fastran

Libraries

  • Library hours may be affected; call your local branch before visiting. For branch phone numbers, call 703-324-3100 or go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library.

View the public meetings calendar at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/calendar/ShowCalendar.aspx for any potential cancellations of public meetings of Fairfax County government Boards, Authorities or Commissions.

Winter weather preparedness information can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/prepare/winter.

3 Key Snow Shovel Tips for Today

Posted 11:45 a.m.

As the snow falls across the region today, snow removal will be top of mind. Here are three key tips to keep in mind when shoveling:

Snow shovel safety tips

1.) Help clear sidewalks in your neighborhood, especially near school bus stops for when school re-opens. The county and state do not remove snow from public sidewalks.

2.) Seconds count if a fire breaks out, so clear a 3-foot radius around hydrants in your neighborhood.

3.) If you have a history of heart disease, do not shovel without your doctor’s OK. Call 9-1-1 if there’s chest discomfort.

We have more snow removal tips, including storm drains, accessible parking spaces and more.

Snow Is Here! 7 Things to Know This Morning

Posted 6:02 a.m.

Good morning! While most of you have been sleeping, the snow roared into the region. As you begin your day, here are a few things to know:

1.) Please stay off the roads. The heaviest snow is yet to come so our roads will deteriorate. We need the roads clear for public safety response and so Virginia Department of Transportation crews can clear roads.

2.) If you must drive, practice common sense. Remember that your car cannot start, stop or turn as quickly and surely on snow or ice as it does on dry pavement, so think and drive accordingly. Find road conditions on one of our maps. Plows will be out in full force this morning, so please, never crowd a plow!

3.) County government offices, courts and schools are closed today.

4.) Fairfax Connector, Metrobus and VRE have all suspended service today. Metrorail is operating a normal schedule. Our Fastran service will only provide critical medical care transports.

5.) To see the status of VDOT plowing in your neighborhood, enter your address at www.vdotplows.org.

6.) Check in on elderly neighbors and other housebound individuals to see if they need any help.

7.) Avoid slips, trips and falls if you go outside today. Listen to this short audio clip:

Visit our winter weather page for more tips and resources. Stay safe!

VDOT: Stay Off the Roads on Monday

Posted 9:10 p.m.

From our friends at the Virginia Department of Transportation:

VDOT snow plowDrivers should stay off the roads tomorrow, Monday, March 3, during a storm expected to bring significant sleet, snow and frigid temperatures to Northern Virginia. By midnight tonight, 4,000 trucks will be staged along interstates, major roads and neighborhood streets in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington counties.

Info for Northern Virginia drivers and residents:

  • Drivers are strongly advised to stay home during the storm.
  • Crews will plow and treat interstates, major roads and neighborhoods concurrently.
  • Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William residents can enter their address at www.vdotplows.org to see the status of plowing in their neighborhood.
  • Park in your driveway or on the odd-numbered side of the street to allow plows room to pass.
  • When shoveling, leave the last few feet at the curb until the street is plowed, as the truck will push some snow back. Shovel to the right facing the road.
  • Chemicals are not used in subdivisions, but crews sand hills, curves and intersections to provide traction. For most storms, one snowplow pass, about eight to ten feet wide, is made.

Get more information:

Fairfax County Government Offices and Courts Closed Monday, March 3

Posted 8:24 p.m.

  • Fairfax County Government offices are closed Monday, March 3, and employees are granted emergency administrative leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled.
  • The Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court are closed on Monday.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools are closed on Monday. School Age Child Care (SACC) centers are closed.

Parks, Community and Recreation and Community Centers

  • If you have questions about Park Authority facilities, contact the site directly, call the Parks inclement weather line at 703-324-8661, TTY 711, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.
  • For Department of Neighborhood and Community Services programs and events visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs or call 703-324-4600, TTY 711.
  • The Reston Community Center and the McLean Community Center may be affected by the inclement weather. Call RCC at 703-476-4500, TTY 711, www.restoncommunitycenter.com or MCC at 703-790-0123, TTY 711, www.mcleancenter.org for their current operating status.

Transportation: Connector, Fastran

View the public meetings calendar at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/calendar/ShowCalendar.aspx for any potential cancellations of public meetings of Fairfax County Government Boards, Authorities or Commissions.

Winter weather preparedness information can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/prepare/winter.

8 Things to Know for Snow

Posted 7:44 p.m. / Updated 8:45 p.m.

As you’ve likely heard, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning until 6 p.m. Monday. Governor McAuliffe declared a state of emergency for the Commonwealth. The latest snowfall prediction map is here:

National Weather Service snowfall predictions.As the storm approaches, here are 8 things to know:

1.) VDOT Snow Removal: First, please stay off the roads Monday! The Virginia Department of Transportation is responsible for snow removal on most county roads. VDOT is aggressively pre-treating roads throughout Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington counties in advance of the snow. You can visit www.vdotplows.org to see the status of plowing in your neighborhood as the storm unfolds.

2.) Where to Park: VDOT recommends parking in your driveway or on the odd-numbered side of the street to allow plows room to pass. Do NOT park on county emergency routes.

3.) Neighbors: Please check in on elderly or other housebound people you may know to make sure they have supplies.

4.) Hypothermia Prevention: If you see an unsheltered person who may be at risk of hypothermia, call the police non-emergency phone line at 703-691-2131, TTY 711.

5.) Pets: Don’t forget your pets — as conditions deteriorate, bring pets/companion animals inside; move other animals to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

6.) Fire Hydrants: Depending on how much snow we get, there may be a need to dig out fire hydrants. Please note their location near your home before the snow falls. If you’re able and if we get enough snow, please help dig out fire hydrants when the snow ends.

7.) Fill Your Car: If you have a car, fill your gas tank before the snow flies. Here’s more information on winterizing your vehicle.

8.) #ffxstorm: If you’re using Twitter, tell us what you see by using the hashtag #ffxstorm. This is a large storm affecting the northeast, so the more localized info the better! Follow us on Twitter at @fairfaxcounty.

Updated: Government offices, courts and schools will be closed Monday, March 3.

4 Things to Know After the Snow

Posted 2:46 p.m.

The bulk of the snow is over for our area, but a few more inches may be possible this evening. We’ve shared information today and we simply want to recap these key topics with you as we head toward the evening:

  1. VDOT: Travel Conditions Remain Hazardous // VDOT Snow Plow Map
  2. 8 Snow Shoveling Safety Tips
  3. Cleared Fire Hydrants Matter When Seconds Count
  4. Keep Emergency Routes Clear

In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy the snow if you like the white stuff. Tell us what you’re seeing in your neighborhood: amount of snow, number of snow men, snow angels and igloos, and stories of snow shoveling brigades!

For additional updates, follow us on Twitter at @fairfaxcounty. For more resources, visit our winter weather page.

Cleared Fire Hydrants Matter When Seconds Count

Posted 1:14 p.m.

If you’re out shoveling snow, please take some time to clear fire hydrants. Seconds count if a fire breaks out, so a cleared fire hydrant will make a significant difference. Clear a three-foot radius around hydrants. There’s a lot of snow, so it may be tempting to move snow from around your car or sidewalk to any open space, but please keep hydrants clear. Our firefighters thank you in advance!

clear fire hydrants

VDOT: Travel Conditions Remain Hazardous; Stay Off Roads

Posted 12:40 p.m.

From our friends at the Virginia Department of Transportation:

The Virginia Department of Transportation continues to advise motorists to stay off roads in Northern Virginia today. Snow, sleet and refreeze throughout the afternoon will cause a wide range of road conditions. 4,000 trucks are making headway plowing interstates, major roads and neighborhood streets simultaneously.

“We urge drivers to stay off roads while conditions are still changing,” said Branco Vlacich, VDOT’s Northern Virginia district maintenance engineer. “It is imperative to the safety of drivers as well as our snow crews.”

On the roads:

  • Interstates are mostly clear and wet. Primary roads are partially clear with some lanes open, and many secondary roads remain snow-covered. Roads that appear to be bare pavement may become slick from sleet and refreeze.
  • If stranded, keep vehicle lights on and avoid getting out of your vehicle. Call #77 (Virginia State Police) who will dispatch VDOT Safety Service Patrol. Call 911 in case of an emergency.

In neighborhoods:

  • Residents can enter their address at www.vdotplows.org to see the status of plowing in their neighborhood and watch trucks as they travel their plow routes.
  • Crews will plow streets and sand hills, curves and intersections to provide traction. With this deep snow, roads will have an eight-to-ten foot path but not bare pavement.
  • Keep vehicles in driveways or on the odd-numbered side of the street to allow plows room to pass.
  • Wait until plow passes. When shoveling, leave the last few feet at the curb until the street is plowed. as the truck will push some snow back. Shovel to the right facing the road.

Stay informed:

Track VDOT Snow Plowing Efforts

Posted 12:19 p.m.

The Virginia Department of Transportation handles snow removal on most roads in Fairfax County. If you’re wondering about the status of plowing on major and secondary roads, check out VDOT’s snow plowing map.

VDOT Snow Removal Map

Keep Emergency Routes Clear of Vehicles

Posted 11:28 a.m.

Fairfax County’s emergency routes need to be open for first responders and snow removal efforts. If your vehicle is on one of these routes, please remove it ASAP.

If you’ve shoveled out your car, do NOT park it on an emergency route today or in the days to come.

The Fairfax County Police Department has authority to remove any vehicle that is stalled, stuck, parked or abandoned on an emergency route. The owner or operator of a vehicle that is moved will be responsible for the towing fee, as well as a fine.

List of Emergency Routes

ROUTE
NUMBER 
ENTIRE
STREET? 
STREETS
Rt. 1 Yes Richmond Highway
Rt. 7 Yes Leesburg Pike
Rt. 28 Yes Sully Road
Rt. 29 Yes Lee Highway
Rt. 50 Yes Lee-Jackson Memorial Highway/Arlington Boulevard
Rt. 66 Yes Interstate
Rt. 95 Yes Interstate
Rt. 123 Yes Ox Road/Chain Bridge Road/Dolly Madison Boulevard
Rt. 193 Yes Georgetown Pike
Rt. 228 Dranesville Road (Rt. 7-Town of Herndon)
Rt. 235 Yes Mount Vernon Highway/Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Rt. 236 Yes Little River Turnpike
Rt. 241 Yes North King’s Highway/Telegraph Road
Rt. 242 Gunston Road (River Rd.-Rt. 1)
Rt. 243 Nutley Street (Rt. 29-Town of Vienna)
Rt. 244 Yes Columbia Pike
Rt. 267 Yes Dulles Toll Road
Rt. 286 Yes Fairfax County Parkway
Rt. 289 Yes Franconia-Springfield Parkway
Rt. 309 Old Dominion Drive (Georgetown Pike-Rt. 123)
Rt. 395 Yes Interstate
Rt. 602 Yes Reston Parkway/Lawyers Road (Rt. 7-West Ox Road)
Rt. 606 Yes Baron Cameron Avenue (Rt. 7-Town of Herndon)
Rt. 608 West Ox Road (Rt. 29-Centreville Road)
Rt. 611 Yes Telegraph Road (Rt. 1-City of Alexandria)
Rt. 613 Yes Beulah Street/Van Dorn Street/Lincolnia Road/Sleepy Hollow Road/Wilson Boulevard
Rt. 617 Yes Backlick Road
Rt. 618 Yes Woodlawn Road
Rt. 620 Yes Braddock Road
Rt. 623 Yes Old Mount Vernon (Rt. 235-Rt. 235 loopback)
Rt. 626 Yes Sherwood Hall Lane
Rt. 628 Yes Parkers Lane/Collingwood Road
Rt. 629 Fort Hunt Road/Vernon View
Rt. 633 Yes South King’s Highway
Rt. 635 Hayfield Road (Franconia Springfield Parkway-Telegraph Road)
Rt. 636 Hooes Road (Fairfax County Parkway-Rt. 123)
Rt. 637 Newington Road (Telegraph Road-Loisdale Road)
Rt. 638 Yes Rolling Road (Rt. 95-Braddock Road)
Rt. 640 Yes Sydenstricker Road
Rt. 642 Yes Lorton Road (Rt. 123-Rt. 1)
Rt. 643 Yes Lee Chapel Road/Burke Center Parkway (Fairfax County Parkway south-Fairfax County Parkway north)
Rt. 644 Yes Franconia Road/Old Keene Mill Road
Rt. 645 Burke Lake Road/Clifton Road/Stringfellow Road (Braddock Rd.-Town of Clifton; Town of Clifton-Rt. 29; Rt. 29-Rt. 50; Rt. 50-Fairfax County Parkway)
Rt. 648 Yes Edsall Road
Rt. 649 Yes Annandale Road/Hummer Road/Ravensworth Road (City of Falls Church-Rt. 236)
Rt. 650 Yes Gallows Road/Annandale Road (Rt. 7-Rt. 236)
Rt. 652 Burke Road (Burke Lake Road-Rolling Road)
Rt. 655 Yes Shirley Gate Road
Rt. 657 Yes Centreville Road
Rt. 659 Union Mill Road (Rt. 620-Rt. 658; Rt. 29-New Braddock Road)
Rt. 662 Stone Road (Rt. 29-Braddock Road)
Rt. 665 Waples Mill Road/Fox Mill Road (Rt. 50-Rt. 657)
Rt. 673 Lawyers Road (Fox Mill Road-Town of Vienna)
Rt. 674 Yes Hunter Mill Road
Rt. 675 Yes Sunset Hills Road (Hunter Mill Rd.-Town of Herndon)
Rt. 699 Prosperity Avenue (Rt. 236-Rt. 29)
Rt. 703 Shreve Road/Haycock Road (Rt. 29-Westmoreland Street)
Rt. 710 Yes Wakefield Chapel Road
Rt. 738 Yes Old Dominion Drive (Rt. 123-Arlington County Line)
Rt. 744 Hilltop Road (Rt. 29-Prosperity Avenue)
Rt. 790 Alban Road (Rolling Rd.-Backlick)
Rt. 828 Wiehle Avenue (Reston Parkway-Sunrise Valley Dr.)
Rt. 1332 Huntington Avenue (Rt. 1-Telegraph Road)
Rt. 1510 Yes Beacon Hill Road/Belle View Boulevard
Rt. 2677 Frontier Drive (Franconia/Springfield Parkway-Franconia Road)
Rt. 4605 Yes Dorr Avenue
Rt. 5320 Sunrise Valley Drive
Rt. 5329 Yes South Lakes Drive
Rt. 5576 Yes Hilary Road
Rt. 6066 Yes Prosperity Avenue
Rt. 6197 Roberts Parkway (Burke Center Parkway-Guinea Road)
Rt. 6751 Monument Drive (West Ox Road-Government Center Parkway)
Rt. 7436 Government Center Parkway (Monument Drive-Forum Drive)
Rt. 7437 Yes Forum Drive
Rt. 7700 Yes Fair Lakes Parkway
Rt. 7783 New Braddock Road (Rt. 28-Union Mill Road)
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