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Transportation Systems Still Impacted By Snow

Posted at 10:49 a.m.

In addition to treacherous roads, many area transportation services are impacted today.

PLEASE, stay off the roads so VDOT can plow the snow.

Here’s the latest bus, transit and airport information:

  • Fairfax Connector has suspended all service, but will reevaluate operations this afternoon.
  • Fastran will transport dialysis, chemotherapy, and radiation trips only. All other scheduled route services including: senior centers, adult day health care, Women’s Recovery Center, senior residence trips, and charter services are canceled.
  • Virginia Railway Express will not operate any train service on Thursday and offices are closed.
  • Metrobus service (all routes, all lines) is suspended until further notice. Metrorail remains open.
  • Runways at area airports are closed.

Jenni McCord from the Virginia Department of Transportation provides more information on snow removal:

Medical Personnel Needing Transportation

Posted 10:10 a.m.

Medical personnel in Fairfax County needing a ride to the hospital today should call our non-emergency number, 703-691-2131, TTY 711, to arrange transportation.

This service is only for Fairfax County residents/medical personnel that need to get to their hospital shifts.

Transportation is being provided by volunteers through Volunteer Fairfax.

8 Snow Shoveling Safety Tips

Posted 8:41 a.m.

snow shovelingAround a foot of snow has fallen across the county, so snow lovers are happy! It will continue to snow for a few more hours, but many of you will spend the day removing snow.

Shoveling snow can by physically demanding and can lead to injuries such as sprains and strains, but even more serious heart attacks. Please follow these safety tips when you go out in today’s wintry weather:

  1. If you or someone you are with begins to have chest discomfort, especially with one or more of the other signs of a heart attack, call 9-1-1 right away.
  2. If you have a history of heart disease do not shovel without your doctor’s okay.
  3. Shovel small amounts of snow at a time.
  4. Push the snow instead of lifting where possible. If you have a driveway, move snow to the opposite side of where a plow will push.
  5. Use proper form if lifting is necessary: keeping your back straight and lift with your legs.
  6. Avoid shoveling under snow and ice covered trees and roof lines due to possibly falling limbs, ice and snow.
  7. Take breaks while shoveling and do not overexert yourself, especially if you are inactive or over 40.
  8. Dress in layers and wear warm clothing, especially because wind chills will be dropping below zero.

As for sidewalks, the state and the county do not clear snow and ice from public walkways (sidewalks and trails). While not legally obligated, residents and businesses are asked to help keep sidewalks safe for pedestrians, people with disabilities, elderly and children when they return to school.

More in this short video:

Stay Off the Roads

Posted 7:47 a.m.

We’re seeing plenty of pictures on Twitter and video on TV stations with cars on the road. The roads are very treacherous right now, so please stay home and off the roads if possible. Allow VDOT plows and other emergency vehicles to get around safely.

Deputy County Executive for Public Safety Dave Rohrer shares a few tips in this short video:

County Trash Collection Suspended; Private Services Likely Affected

Posted 7:22 a.m.

Fairfax County Collection Customers: Trash and recycling collection service has been suspended on Thursday, Feb. 13. At this time, staff is monitoring road conditions in order to determine when it will be safe for service to resume. Please stay connected to this blog or the Fairfax County Collection Customers website for updated information. Questions may be directed to the Customer Service Center at 703-802-3322, TTY 711.

The impact of this morning’s snowfall will likely cause delays in trash collection service throughout Fairfax County. Residents should contact their trash and recycling collector directly for service schedule changes.

Fairfax County Recycling and Disposal Centers at the I-66 Transfer Station and the I-95 Landfill Complex are currently open as normally scheduled, but at this time, please stay off the roads.

County Encourages Preparedness Before Big Snow Storm

Posted at 3:30 p.m.

David McKernan, emergency management coordinator, encourages residents to get where they need to be before the worst of the approaching snow storm. He adds that Fairfax County agencies have been preparing and he offers several tips for residents to brace for the storm.


 

You also are reminded also that the Virginia Department of Transportation is responsible for plowing of roads in the county. VDOT has created a snow plow map where you can follow plowing progress as well as a road conditions map. If you see any issues or problems on area roadways, you are encouraged to call 1-800-FOR-ROAD to report any road issues to VDOT.

8 Things to Know for Upcoming Snow Storm

Posted 12:53 p.m.

As you’ve likely heard, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning from 8 p.m. Wednesday to 8 p.m. Thursday. Governor McAuliffe declared a state of emergency for the Commonwealth. The latest snowfall prediction map is here:

snowfall prection map; 8-10 inches for fairfax county

As the storm approaches, here are 8 things to know:

1.) Get Where You Need to Be Before the Weather Gets Bad: Snow is expected to start falling tonight around 8, so there’s still time to prepare.

2.) VDOT Snow Removal: 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 tonight’s heavy snow. By midnight, almost 4,000 trucks will be staged along interstates, major roads and neighborhood streets. You can visit www.vdotplows.org to see the status of plowing in your neighborhood as the storm unfolds.

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. Our Animal Shelter is offering temporary, emergency housing for cats, dogs and small companion animals. If you or someone you know needs to utilize this service, contact the shelter at 703-830-1100, extension 2, or call the police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131, TTY 711.

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. 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.

Operating Status for Thursday, Jan. 23

Updated Jan. 22, 9:23 p.m.

Government, Schools and Courts
• Fairfax County Government offices are open, Thursday Jan. 23, however employees have been granted unscheduled leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled.  Learn more about how the county executive decides operating status.
• Fairfax County Public Schools are closed, Thursday, Jan. 23. School Age Child Care (SACC) centers are closed.
• Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court are all open Thursday, Jan. 23.

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, http://www.restoncommunitycenter.com or MCC at 703-790-0123, TTY 711, www.mcleancenter.org for their current operating status.

Transportation: Connector, Fastran  
• Fairfax Connector bus service may be affected by the inclement weather. Check the Connector Web page at www.fairfaxconnector.com for the current operating status.
• For information about FASTRAN, call 703-222-9764, press 8; TTY 711, or online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs/fastran.htm.

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.

Public Meetings
• 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.

5 Things to Know: VDOT Road Snow Removal Update

Posted 5:22 p.m.

From our friends at the Virginia Department of Transportation in Northern Virginia:

Virginia Department of Transportation crews and 4,000 pieces of equipment continue working in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington counties. Crews are focusing on plowing and treating during the height of the storm expected from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and will turn to treating icy spots overnight due to extreme low temperatures.

If you need to be out, here’s what you need to know:

  1. The height of the storm is expected during rush hour, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Motorists should monitor road conditions closely and avoid driving if possible.
  2. Chemicals used to treat roads become ineffective under 20 degrees. Tonight, crews will continue to plow roads, as well as treat ice with a mixture of salt and liquid magnesium chloride on interstates, and a treated sand mix on primary and local roads.
  3. Bridge pavement temperatures are expected to be as low as four degrees tomorrow morning. Drivers should use extreme caution on bridges, ramps, overpasses and other areas prone to freezing.
  4. High winds will cause snow to drift back into roadways and refreeze.
  5. Crews will continue plow subdivisions overnight and treat icy spots.

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Animal Shelter Providing Emergency Home for Pets in the Cold

Posted 4:45 p.m.

puppies outsideBecause the freezing temperatures predicted over the next few days may be deadly to pets, the Animal Shelter is offering temporary, emergency housing for cats, dogs and small companion animals. If you or someone you know needs to utilize this service, contact the shelter at 703-830-1100, extension 2, or call the police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131, TTY 711

For all pet owners, don’t forget your pets — bring pets/companion animals inside; move other animals to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water. Read some more tips to prepare your pets.

County Government to Close at 1 p.m.

Posted 11:50 a.m.

Fairfax County Government will close at 1 p.m.

The National Weather Service reports that the worst of the storm will be between noon – 2 p.m.

County employees are encouraged to keep the weather conditions in mind and remember that unscheduled leave has already been granted. Employees may leave at any time and use their personal leave prior to 1 p.m. (official county closing time) if they so desire.

We encourage all residents to drive safely and get where you need to be before the weather gets bad.

All 10 county poll locations at Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon Community Center and public schools will remain open until polls close at 7 p.m. for the Virginia 33rd Senate District election.

8 Snow Shoveling Safety Tips

Posted at 11:05 a.m.

snow shovelingThe snow is starting to fall and we remain under a Winter Storm Warning.

The state and the county do not clear snow and ice from public walkways (sidewalks and trails). While not legally obligated, residents and businesses are asked to help keep sidewalks safe for pedestrians, people with disabilities, elderly and children when they return to school.

Shoveling snow can by physically demanding and can lead to injuries such as sprains and strains. Please follow these safety tips when you go out in today’s wintry weather:

  1. If you or someone you are with begins to have chest discomfort, especially with one or more of the other signs of a heart attack, call 9-1-1 right away.
  2. If you have a history of heart disease do not shovel without your doctor’s okay.
  3. Shovel small amounts of snow at a time.
  4. Push the snow instead of lifting where possible. If you have a driveway, move snow to the opposite side of where a plow will push.
  5. Use proper form if lifting is necessary: keeping your back straight and lift with your legs.
  6. Avoid shoveling under snow and ice covered trees and roof lines due to possibly falling limbs, ice and snow.
  7. Take breaks while shoveling and do not overexert yourself, especially if you are inactive or over 40.
  8. Dress in layers and wear warm clothing, especially because wind chills will be dropping below zero.

More in this short video:

More winter preparedness information can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/hazards/winter-storm-snow-cold.htm.

9 Things to Know for Today’s Snow

Posted 7:35 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area with an expected 5-8 inches of snow. The heaviest snow is expected this afternoon and wind chills will dip below zero later today. We have a number of updates and tips to share this morning:

  1. Operating Status: Learn what’s open and closed today through our operating status update.
  2. Special Election: The special election for the 33rd Virginia Senate District is still on. You should vote early if you live in the Herndon and Chantilly areas.
  3. Road Snow Removal: 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 as the day progresses, check out VDOT’s snow plowing map.
  4. Driving Preparedness: Try to get where you need to be before the weather gets bad. If travel is necessary, keep an emergency supply kit in your vehicle and drive safely in case you get stuck on the roads. Ensure you have a full tank of gas this morning.
  5. Neighbors and Neighborhoods: Decide who will check on elderly or neighbors with disabilities.
  6. Snow Shoveling and Removal: Think about your safety and plans for clearing snow from sidewalks, decks and fire hydrants later today. Be careful if you have a heart condition.
  7. Hypothermia Program: 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.
  8. Pets: Don’t forget your pets — as the day deteriorates, bring pets/companion animals inside; move other animals to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
  9. #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.
National Weather Service forecast for snow

National Weather Service forecast for snow

Operating Status for Tuesday, Jan. 21

Updated Tuesday, Jan. 21, 8:20 a.m.

Government, Schools and Courts
• Fairfax County Government offices are open, Tuesday Jan. 21, however employees have been granted unscheduled leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled.  Department of Family Services self-sufficiency lobbies and SkillSource centers will be closed. Learn more about how the county executive decides operating status.
• Fairfax County Public Schools are closed, Tuesday Jan. 21. School Age Child Care (SACC) centers are closed.
• Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court are closed.

Special Election
• If you live in the Herndon or Chantilly area that is in Virginia 33rd Senate District, the special election is still on for Tuesday. We advise voting early. Be sure you are registered to vote and qualify for this election as it only covers 10 Fairfax precincts.

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, http://www.mcleancenter.org or MCC at 703-790-0123, TTY 711, www.mcleancenter.org for their current operating status.

Transportation: Connector, Fastran  
• Fairfax Connector bus service may be affected by the inclement weather. Check the Connector Web page at www.fairfaxconnector.com for the current operating status.
• For information about FASTRAN, call 703-222-9764, press 8; TTY 711, or online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs/fastran.htm.

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.

Public Meetings
• 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.

Deep Freeze Preparation for People, Pets and Property

Posted 10:18 a.m.

Baby, it’s going to be cold outside!

Our area is under a wind chill advisory from the National Weather Service beginning at 6 p.m. Monday until 6 p.m. Tuesday. The temperature and winds will make it feel like it’s 5 to 15 degrees below zero. Here’s what you can do to beat the freeze:

For People

  • If you see someone unsheltered in this extreme cold weather, call 703-691-2131, TTY 711. Learn more about our emergency shelters and hypothermia program.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia. If you must be outside, either for work or leisure, take precautions such as dressing in layers. Watch this short video for tips, especially for advice on when to go to a hospital:

For Pets

  • Do NOT leave pets outside!
  • Because the freezing temperatures may be deadly to pets, our animal shelter is offering temporary emergency housing for cats, dogs, and small companion animals. If you or someone you know needs to utilize this service, contact the shelter at 703-324-0208, TTY 711, or e-mail FCPDPetResources@fairfaxcounty.gov.
  • We have more safety tips for pets in cold weather.

For Property

Safety tips to protect your homes from winter fires

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