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.

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11 responses to “8 Things to Know for Upcoming Snow Storm”

  1. Anonymous says :

    I hope the county leadership is smart enough to make that call early before people get on the roads.

  2. Anonymous says :

    With that being said please think about the employees this time and our safety….

  3. Anonymous says :

    thank god for the hashtag released early. I would have been SOL not knowing that

    • Anonymous says :

      The county won’t close…it will stay open and employees will have unscheduled leave, as usual. It definitely sends a strong message about whether employees are valued or not.

      • Anonymous says :

        Agreed. It is unfortunate that employees are made to even feel that way.
        Considering that schools are already closed and looking at the pattern of snowplowing in our neighborhood, I already know, I will have to stay home tomorrow.
        If the safety of the parents would just be as honored by the officials in charge as the safety of the children. Who would raise my children if something would happen to us, if we once again try to get to work in a bad weather? I am sure it is not the FFX official in charge for making the decision for admin leave.

        I already lost a car this year because someone ran into me in bad weather. Total loss and the money insurances give you never get you in an equivalent one again. I am still glad I came back home physically unharmed. Next time I might not be that lucky. I will choose my safety first. Noone else

        Feeling how ‘important’ the employees are to the FFX government, my profession is now a job. Not a bit more anymore.

  4. Anonymous says :

    State of emergency for snow? Everyone on the east coast is a bunch of damn pansies

    • Native Virginian says :

      Nope…not pansies…those of us who have lived here all our lives have no issue with the snow…it’s all the transplants to our area that don’t know how to drive in it that cause the problems…

  5. LORI Balserak says :

    Will there be trash pickup tomorrow<

  6. Chirstopher says :

    Hope every one do their best in this situation. Having individual responsibility and concern.