8 Things to Know for Snow

Posted 7:44 p.m. / Updated 8:45 p.m.

As you’ve likely heard, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning until 6 p.m. Monday. Governor McAuliffe declared a state of emergency for the Commonwealth. The latest snowfall prediction map is here:

National Weather Service snowfall predictions.As the storm approaches, here are 8 things to know:

1.) VDOT Snow Removal: First, please stay off the roads Monday! 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 the snow. You can visit www.vdotplows.org to see the status of plowing in your neighborhood as the storm unfolds.

2.) Where to Park: VDOT recommends parking in your driveway or on the odd-numbered side of the street to allow plows room to pass. Do NOT park on county emergency routes.

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.

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 before the snow falls. 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.

Updated: Government offices, courts and schools will be closed Monday, March 3.

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18 responses to “8 Things to Know for Snow”

  1. Dawn says :

    Can you give an educated guess as to when a call will be made??

    • Anonymous says :

      Based on past experience, and considering that the schools haven’t even announced yet, I would expect that we won’t know until tomorrow morning – maybe early like 5 a.m. If you’re a County employee, I’d plan on working or plan on unscheduled leave – if the County govt. closes, then bonus.

      • Anonymous says :

        Schools did call it. They’re closed tomorrow.

        • Anonymous says :

          Well, we know that we’ll at least have unscheduled leave now. So, most County employees can take the day off if necessary.

    • john says :

      schools closed…not sure about the county doing it though…Mr. Long seems to like to close the govt but in 17 years with the county…this one might be a long shot..I hope he does though..Im essential so its a nice bonus!

  2. Anonymous says :

    It is frustrating that AFairfax always waits so late to make the calls, It helps noone to be making decisions after midnight.

  3. Anonymous says :

    The people making the call make enough money to live in the county, not like most employees who have to live 3 counties away

  4. Anonymous says :

    Here we go again. We need leaders that will make bold decisions, not playing a wait and see game. There was time other counties look to Fairfax as a major player in the Region. Now Montgomery county seems to be the one leading the way

  5. Anonymous says :

    Federal offices are closed Monday. Why are Fairfax County officials waiting this long to make a decision???

  6. William Janis says :

    Will the County require those citizens on jury duty to report tomorrow morning?

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