Winter Weather Advisory in Effect Beginning at 6 p.m.

Posted at 1 p.m.

The National Weather Services has issued a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 6 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Jan. 17, until 4 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18 for Fairfax County, the District of Columbia and central and Northern Maryland. A winter weather advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

Snow will develop late this afternoon into this evening and continue into the overnight hours. While accumulations are forecast to be light, around an inch, any untreated road surfaces and sidewalks may turn icy as temperatures fall below freezing after sunset.

According to the weather service, the greatest threat for impact from this light snowfall during the evening rush hour will be north and west of Interstate 95 from Baltimore to Fredericksburg and also near Interstate 66 in Northern Virginia.

If you plan on commuting this evening, be aware of the potential for travel disruptions. Plan ahead by allowing for extra travel time and consider using public transportation and telework options. You should plan on slippery road conditions and sidewalks.

Weather Forecast

National Weather Service forecast

Today: A chance of snow, mainly after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 35. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tonight: Periods of snow before 4am, then a chance of snow and sleet. Patchy fog after 1am. Low around 32. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow and sleet accumulation of around an inch possible.

Friday: A chance of sleet before 7am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Northwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm.

Saturday: Rain and snow after 10am, becoming all rain after 4pm. High near 40. Light northeast wind becoming east 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Saturday Night: Rain. Low around 36. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Sunday: Rain, snow, and sleet likely before 1pm, then a chance of snow between 1pm and 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 9.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Sunny, with a high near 21.

Fairfax County Snow Guide

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Fairfax County Government Opening at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14

Programs/Services Updates

Updated at 3:25 p.m. (Jan. 14)

  • The Burke Centre Library will be closing at 6 p.m. tonight.

Updated at 12:15 p..m. (Jan. 14)

  • Chantilly Regional Library and Centreville Regional Library are closed today.

Updated at 11:59 a.m. (Jan. 14)

  • The first of six UAS public information outreach sessions scheduled for this evening at the Mason District Governmental Center has been postponed in an abundance of caution due to the potential re-freeze of the parking lots and roadways. Tonight’s program has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 4. More details on the meetings.

Updated at 11:15 a.m. (Jan. 14)

  • Dolley Madison and Herndon-Fortnightly Libraries are closed today. Burke Centre and Chantilly Regional will open at 11:30 a.m. An opening time for Centreville Regional is still undetermined. (Library status page)

Updated at 10:47 a.m. (Jan. 14)

  • Due to the snow, building inspections in Fairfax County will occur today on a limited basis and only to areas that can be accessed safely. If you have questions, please call 703-631-5101.

Updated at 9:20 a.m. (Jan. 14)

  • Most library branches will open at 11 a.m., with the exception of the Centreville Regional branch, which is still to be determined.

Updated at 5:50 a.m. (Jan. 14)

  • Trash and yard waste collection will begin at daybreak for county customers. The vacuum leaf collection program will be suspended today. If you receive trash/recycling collection service from a private trash collector, contact them directly. Learn who picks up your trash.

Updated at 5:10 a.m. (Jan. 14)

Posted at 8:08 p.m. (Jan. 13)

County and School Status

  • Fairfax County Government offices will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14. Employees have been granted emergency administrative leave from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled. Unscheduled leave is authorized for the remainder of the day. Employees are reminded that they should notify their supervisor if they elect to use unscheduled leave.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools are closed Monday, Jan. 14. School Age Child Care (SACC) centers are also closed.
  • The Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court have not yet made a decision on operating status.


Neighborhood Snow Removal and Snow Shoveling Safety Tips

Posted at 12:05 p.m.

Snow ShovelingWhile snowstorms are exciting for many of us, for neighbors who are older, injured or have a disability, snowstorms can cause a great deal of anxiety and pose a threat to their well-being.

If you are willing to help shovel out a neighbor in need, consider adding a discussion to your Nextdoor neighborhood, Facebook group, email list or HOA site letting your neighbors know you are willing to help. Perhaps you can even organize groups of neighbors to shovel together.

Considering shoveling? Here’s a list of eight great places you could shovel that would really make a difference.

  • The sidewalk in front of your home.
  • Sidewalks in front of vacant homes or homes where residents are unable to shovel.
  • Fire hydrants.
  • Bus stops (there are more than 4,000 in the county!).
  • Sidewalks/paths that lead to schools or community buildings.
  • Bike trails.
  • Storm drains.
  • Parking identified as accessible spaces for people with disabilities.

How to Safety Shovel Snow

  • 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 or text 9-1-1 right away.
  • If you have a history of heart disease do not shovel without your doctor’s approval.
  • Take breaks while shoveling and do not overexert yourself, especially if you are usually inactive.
  • Shovel small amounts of snow at a time. Push the snow instead of lifting where possible.
  • Use proper form if lifting is necessary: keeping your back straight and lift with your legs.
  • Avoid shoveling under snow-covered trees and roof lines due to possibly falling limbs, ice and snow.
  • Dress in layers and wear warm clothing


For more on snow and shoveling it, visit our snow guide.

Snow Update: Sunday, Jan. 13; Some County Facilities Affected

Posted at 10 a.m.

The National Weather Service reports that Fairfax County has already received approximately 4-5 inches of snow — totals are approximately one inch higher toward the western portions of the county — and that we could receive up to an additional 3-4 inches today.

The winter storm warning continues until 6 p.m. A winter storm warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

If you absolutely must drive, stay as far behind plows as possible, and significantly reduce speeds. Plow trains — staggered plows spanning all lanes of the road — are actively working interstates and need room to safely work. And as a reminder, the Virginia Department of Transportation plows most roads in Fairfax County. Visit our snow guide to view VDOT updates, its snow plow tracker and more.

County Facilities

The snow has forced some closings and cancellations for county agencies. Here’s the latest:

Safety Measures

If you are out shoveling your sidewalks or driveways, remember that heavy wet snow can put a strain on your heart. Only shovel if you are physically able to.

  • Shovel small amounts with each shovel pass.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Take frequent breaks.

And this video from VDOT explains how to properly shovel your driveway.

Fire Hydrants

The snow accumulations, combined with the after-effects of plowing roads may result in fire hydrants being partially, or completely, buried in snow. It is vital that firefighters be able to quickly access a hydrant in the event of a fire. Immediate access to a water supply helps to swiftly extinguish the fire and prevent loss of life and property.

All residents, who are physically able to do so, are asked to keep the nearest fire hydrant accessible and free of snow and ice. Please clear a three-foot area around the hydrant and ensure there is a path to the roadway so the hydrant is visible and easily accessible.


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Weekend Snow Storm Now a Winter Storm Warning

Posted at 12:20 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning, in effect from 4 p.m. this afternoon until 1 p.m. on Sunday. Forecasters anticipate significant snow, with total snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches expected.

Winter Storm Warning Jan. 12, 2019

NWS expected snowfall map

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible due to snow covered and slippery roads. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Be careful as you venture out on steps, sidewalks and driveways, which could be icy and slippery, increasing your risk of a fall.

Weather Forecast

Sign up for severe weather alerts from Fairfax Alerts at Snow, mainly after 1 p.m. High near 33. Southeast wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent percent. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Tonight: Snow. Low around 28. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming northeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

Sunday: Snow. High near 33. Northeast wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Sunday Night: A chance of snow, mainly before 1 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. North wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 35. North wind around 6 mph becoming calm.

National Weather Service Forecast for Jan. 12-13, 2019

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