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Tonight Expected to be Coldest March Night in Decades; What You Need to Know

Posted 5:35 p.m.

Neighbors: Please check in on elderly or other housebound people you may know to make sure they have enough heat and food.

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. Fairfax County’s emergency homeless shelters have additional capacity during winter months to take in people overnight who are at risk of hypothermia. Emergency personnel will determine which shelter option is best in the situation. Learn more about our emergency shelters and hypothermia program.

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

Beware of Ice: With the cold temperatures, snow that has melted will refreeze and create hazardous icy conditions, including black ice. Drive cautiously and be careful walking outside.

Call 703-691-2131 to Report Anyone Who Needs Emergency Shelter in Fairfax County

If you see someone unsheltered in this extreme cold weather, call the non-emergency phone line at 703-691-2131, TTY 711.

Fairfax County’s emergency homeless shelters have additional capacity during winter months to take in people overnight who are at risk of hypothermia. Emergency personnel will determine which shelter option is best in the situation. Learn more about our emergency shelters and hypothermia program.

Even after the snow passes through our area later tonight, we are facing very cold temperatures for the rest of the week. There is also a wind chill advisory until noon on Wednesday. Temperatures will feel as low as 12 degrees below zero.

If you don’t have electricity or heat, however, you can take in a movie, stroll through a shopping center or visit one of the Fairfax County Warming Centers:

You are encouraged to check the operating hours to ensure the facility is open before arriving.

Shelter Now Open at Lee District RECenter

Posted 3:11 p.m.

A shelter has been established at the Lee District RECenter, 6601 Telegraph Road, Alexandria. Directions can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/maps/parkmaps_lee.htm.

Items to bring to the shelter include:

  • A three-day supply of special items for any older adults, people with disabilities or infant members of your household, including assistive equipment.
  • Special diet food, esp. if you have food restrictions/allergies.
  • Change of clothing.
  • Pillows, if needed.
  • Blankets and cots will be provided.

Pets – Animal Control will have a mobile van to shelter companion animals (cats and dogs) affected at the Lee District RECenter. Do not bring the pet’s toys and food. Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier.

Travel Safely: Turn around, don’t drown – Never drive through standing water on a roadway — turn around, don’t drown. Water may be much deeper than you think.

Once you are in a safe location, let a family member or friend know your whereabouts.

For additional information or questions, call the emergency hotline at 571-350-1300, TTY 711.

Fairfax County will continue to monitor the storm and will provide updates on additional shelters as needed.

Lee District RECenter to Open as Shelter Later Today

Posted 1:55 p.m.

Lee District RECenter, 6601 Telegraph Road in Franconia, will open later this afternoon as a shelter, with a pet trailer to handle pets. However, it is NOT OPEN yet, so please do not show up until we announce it is ready.

No evacuation has been ordered in the county.

Shelters Not Open, But Pre-Identified If Necessary

Posted 9:48 a.m.

We are closely monitoring the storm. In the event that shelters are required to accommodate residents who must leave their homes for any reason, Fairfax County is prepared to open shelters. We have pre-identified the best locations for emergency shelters.  Because a shelter could be impacted by the storm and because people should not report to a shelter before it is ready, we will announce the locations if and when they open. 

Please stay informed; we will publish the locations through multiple communication channels, including CEAN text alerts, this emergency blog, social media, and the news media. If you lose power, rely on local news radio. Some shelters will allow pets. If you feel more comfortable making alternative arrangements with friends or family, please do so.

Existing Fairfax County homeless shelters are operating on a no-turn-away status.

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