Posted 2:32 p.m.
Trash and recycling collection for sanitary district customers receiving Wednesday, Thursday and Friday collection from Fairfax County will slide by one day.
- Wednesday customers will be served on Thursday, March 7
- Thursday customers will be served on Friday, March 8
- Friday customers will be served on Saturday, March 9 – so long as conditions allow.
In order to collect all trash and recycling in a timely fashion in existing conditions, yard waste collection will be suspended until Monday, March 11.
Trash and recycling collection in sanitary districts will return to the normal schedule on Monday, March 11.
Questions related to solid waste collection in sanitary districts may be referred to 703-802-3322, TTY 711.
Residents receiving trash and recycling collection from private service providers should contact their collection company directly for schedule information.
Posted 2:15 p.m.
But what about sidewalks and other areas around your home or business?
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 (homeowner associations may require members of their communities to clear walkways near their property). You should, as soon as possible, clear snow off the sidewalks in front of your property so that all pedestrians, especially school children, people with disabilities and the elderly, may walk securely as conditions improve.
Eight ways you can help:
1. Start a neighborhood team to help shovel snow for elderly and those unable to shovel. And please be aware of the risks for people with heart conditions.
2. Residents and businesses should ensure all accessible parking spaces for people with disabilities are cleared of snow and ice.
3. Don’t put trash cans and recycling bins out until after the plows have come.
4. If possible, remove parked cars from the road. Navigating around objects severely hampers a plow or heavy equipment driver’s ability to clear the roads and costs valuable time.
5. Clear snow away from fire hydrants in your neighborhood. Ask neighbors to adopt a fire hydrant and clear snow and ice away from all hydrants so that they are easily visible in the event of a fire.
6. Shovel snow into the yard instead of into the street to minimize the problem of the snowplow covering your driveway with snow after you’ve just shoveled it.
7. Keep the openings of storm drains clear of snow and debris to help alleviate potential flooding and to protect the environment. (At no time, however, should a resident attempt to enter a storm drain to remove debris.)
8. Volunteer to use or lend equipment such as small snow blowers for a community removal effort.
Posted 12:44 p.m.
We need your help. Fire hydrants may need be to be cleared in your neighborhood. The expected snow accumulations combined with the after-effects of plowing roads may result in many fire hydrants partially or completely buried in snow. By keeping fire hydrants clear of snow, you can help firefighters to easily locate hydrants and access water quickly, preserving valuable time to potentially save lives and structures while the snow is still on the ground.
Take note of hydrant locations in your neighborhood and help keep them clear! Thanks.
Posted 11:40 a.m.
A winter storm warning is still in effect and snowfall rates are picking up as the brunt of the storm is hitting us now. In general, we can expect a total of 6-10 inches of snow in Fairfax County depending on your location. See the map with the latest predictions.
We’ve been publishing key information this morning and here’s a list of topics we’ve shared:
- Power Outages
- Downed Trees
- VDOT Snow Plowing Map
- Trash Collection
- Calling 9-1-1
- Heart Conditions/Snow Removal
- County Offices Closing at Noon and Public Meeting Cancellations
As the snow intensifies, think about neighbors who may need help either removing snow or just a check in to see how they’re doing.
Posted 10:41 a.m.
Fairfax County Government offices and services will close at noon today. Emergency personnel are still required to report for duty. Libraries will be closing at 11 a.m.
Most public meetings have been cancelled for this evening. School activities are cancelled the rest of the day. Courts are also closed.
Posted 9:55 a.m.
We can’t stress the following information enough because the snow that’s expected to fall will be very heavy and wet. In addition to the weight of the snow, cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s advice about shoveling snow or performing other hard work in the cold. Otherwise, if you have to do heavy outdoor chores dress warmly and work slowly. Remember, your body is already working hard just to stay warm, so don’t overdo it.
While some heart attacks are sudden and intense, many heart attacks start slowly with mild pain or discomfort. 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.
If you have family members or neighbors with heart conditions, remind them of this information; try to find someone to help remove the snow.
Posted 9:09 a.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 new snow plowing map.
Learn how it works in this video:
Major routes are treated with chemicals and plowed once two inches have fallen. In subdivisions and other low volume roads hills and other trouble spots are treated with sand and plowed when two inches have accumulated.
In Northern Virginia, VDOT has one snow removal program for high volume roads such has Interstates 66, 95, 395, 495, Routes 1, 7, 15, 28, 50, Fairfax County Parkway, etc.), and another snow removal program for subdivisions (main thoroughfares in neighborhoods, residential streets and cul de sacs). Therefore, crews will be working on high volume roads and in subdivisions concurrently. Within each of these programs, roads with the highest traffic volumes are cleared first.
VDOT reminds motorists to use caution when driving during wintry weather. Drivers should:
• Check current weather, road conditions and traffic before traveling at www.511Virginia.org or by calling 511
• Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination
• Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges
• Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road
Posted 8:35 a.m.
The “Snowquester” storm includes heavy, wet snow and strong winds, with gusts as high as 35-40 mph. Downed trees and downed power lines are expected — and we’re starting to get a few reports.
In all cases, stay away from downed wires near downed trees. Electricity can travel through tree limbs. Never remove tree limbs or other items that are touching or near a downed wire.
If a tree hits your home:
- Get everyone safely out of your house. Go to a nearby shelter (another home or open public facility) to stay dry and out of the elements.
- Use your cell phone or go to a neighbor and call 9-1-1.
- Stay away from the home until public safety employees can access the home for structural stability and ensure utilities are controlled.
- Only after all of these safety measures have taken place should you call your insurance company.
For downed trees near roads or not into a home:
Adjacent to Public Roads
- Contact Virginia Department of Transportation at 1-800-FOR-ROAD, TTY 711.
On County Parkland
- Contact Fairfax County Park Authority at 703-324-8594, TTY 703-324-3988.
Posing Hazard to Public Areas
- Contact Fairfax County Urban Forestry at 703-324-1770, TTY 703-324-1877.
- Removal is the property owner’s responsibility.
Posted 7:50 a.m.
Please only call 9-1-1 if you have an emergency today. Do not call 9-1-1 to report power outages; call your utility company.
If you have a police/fire non-emergency needs, call 703-691-2131, TTY 711.
The Police Department has implemented its accident policy, which means accidents are too numerous so they will not respond to minor fender benders, only personal injury accidents.
If for some reason you are unable to reach 9-1-1, use these alternate numbers: 703-691-2131 or 703-691-2233. These numbers may be used for either emergency or non-emergency calls. Do not call these numbers for power outage information.
Posted 7:27 a.m.
The forecast calls for heavy snow and wind, which may impact power lines and cause outages. Here is what you can do to be prepared:
- Save important phone numbers to your phone or write them down, especially your power company.
- Make sure you have a battery powered radio. We will work with radio media.
- View tips from Dominion Virginia Power and NOVEC
- Dominion Virginia Power outages and downed wires: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357), TTY 711; also on your mobile device.
- NOVEC (Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative) outages and downed wires: 1-888-335-0500 or 703-335-0500, TTY 711.
- Stay away from downed wires as they may be live with electricity. Call 9-1-1 or police non-emergency number 703-691-2131, TTY 711, if you see downed lines.
- Do not use candles as they may pose a fire threat.
- Be sure to operate generators safely.
If you lose power, turn off major appliances such as heat pumps, water heaters and stoves. Unplug other appliances such as TVs, stereos, microwaves and computers. This will prevent damage to appliances and possible overloads when power is restored.
An electrical power outage will affect the safe storage of refrigerated and frozen foods. Perishable food such as meat, poultry, seafood, milk and eggs that are not stored properly refrigerated or frozen may cause illness if consumed. In order to protect these foods from spoilage and save them for your use during the emergency, follow these guidelines.
Posted 7:12 a.m.
County trash and recycling collection service in sanitary districts has been cancelled for Wednesday, March 6. The current plan is to collect trash and recycling from Wednesday and Thursday customers on Thursday, March 7, as conditions permit.
If you have private trash collection, contact your provider.
Posted 5:05 a.m.
If you plan to drive or take transit this morning, please use your best judgment and keep in mind these quick tips so you arrive safely and keep others safe, too. These will also be important as the day progresses and the storm gets worse.
1.) Some snow has already fallen. Clean your car off completely. Use headlights, too!
2.) Slow down and allow for extra time to reach your destination. Slowing down is also a good idea since slippery roads mean less stopping time.
3.) Be aware of potentially icy areas such as shady spots and bridges.
4.) Keep a safe distance of at least five seconds behind other vehicles.
5.) Stay in the car if visibility becomes poor later today. You may become disoriented and lost while wandering in a snowstorm. If you have a cellphone, call for help. Have a few supplies in your car such as a blanket and some food.
6.) Drivers, watch out for pedestrians and pedestrians watch out for drivers. Let’s all get to our destinations safely and take our time.
Here are some more tips from VDOT:
Updated 5:22 a.m. // Posted 4:31 a.m.
County and School Status
- Fairfax County Government offices are open today, Wednesday, March 6, however employees have been granted unscheduled leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled.
- NOTE: Employees should use best judgment if deciding to drive in. Conditions will deteriorate throughout the day. Personal leave will need to be used.
- Fairfax County Public Schools are closed today. 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 today.
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
- 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.
- 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.
Posted 3:29 a.m.
The National Weather Service has issued its latest forecast for the storm. As you can see on the map, most of Fairfax County is expected to receive 8-10 inches, with western parts of the county upwards of 14 inches. A winter storm warning remains in effect for the county and region through this evening. This heavy, wet snow will be accompanied by strong winds (35-40 mph gusts).
Posted 12:45 p.m.
A winter storm is coming our way. The map to the right from the National Weather Service shows the forecasted snow accumulations through Thursday morning. Depending on your location in the county – from Mount Vernon in the east to Chantilly in the west — accumulations may vary.
To prepare for the storm:
1.) Power Outages: Be ready for power outages. The predicted heavy, wet snow and strong winds could lead to numerous outages.
- Report any power outages. You can find phone numbers for utility companies and other organizations on our emergency phone numbers page.
- Have a battery-operated radio.
- Get your phones and tablet devices charged. Be digitally prepared.
- Be ready with flashlights and extra batteries.
- Make alternative plans if you or a family member need power for medical purposes.
2.) House Supplies: Get the supplies you need today while the weather is still calm. Get the basics you need for your household (expect long lines at grocery stores!), but especially focus on prescription or over-the-counter medicine you may need. Check in on neighbors or elderly friends who may need something.
3.) Road Snow Removal: When the snow begins to fall, removal on most county roads is handled by the Virginia Department of Transportation. Keep an eye on its new snow plow map so you know the status of snow removal operations. VDOT is deploying 4,000 trucks in Northern Virginia; learn more about VDOT’s plan for Wednesday and why staying off the roads will be important.
4.) How You Can Help With Snow Removal: Here are 10 tips to think about and plan for in your neighborhood to remove the snow. This snow will be very heavy to shovel, so older adults and those with heart conditions should seek help.
The National Weather Service also provided these best and worst case scenario maps: