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:
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.