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:
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.