Winter Weather Advisory in Effect for Tuesday Morning with Snow in the Forecast

Winter Weather Advisory Issued for Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

Posted at 3:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for snow, in effect from 4 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6. A winter weather advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

Snow, possibly moderate at times, is expected with accumulations up to 2 inches possible under the heaviest precipitation bands. The snow is expected late tonight through Tuesday morning including the morning traffic rush, with the heaviest snow from 6 to 11 a.m. This snow, accumulating on surfaces below freezing, will make for hazardous travel conditions.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is preparing for the snow and will have crews treating area roads with salt and sand Tuesday morning, and will begin plowing after about two inches of snow has accumulated.

Tuesday’s high is expected to be above freezing (35 degrees), but the forecast calls for below freezing temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday, so be sure to dress in several layers of lightweight clothing, coat, mittens/gloves, hat and shoes/boots, and take precautions against the cold.

winter weather advisory issued for Fairfax County

Watch for signs of frostbite:

  • These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose.
  • If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.

Watch for signs of hypothermia:

  • These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion.
  • If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help as soon as possible.

Get more on the forecast; learn more about staying safe during cold weather and what you can do with that snow once it falls.

 

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22 responses to “Winter Weather Advisory in Effect for Tuesday Morning with Snow in the Forecast”

  1. Anonymous says :

    Roads were hazardous at the FFX County/ Loudoun County Line at Dulles/ Herndon Corridor. Nothing has been plowed as of yet. Accumulation is certainly at the 2 inch mark or more and it is coming down heavy and thick right now. A delayed arrival would have certainly been beneficial to the safety of all. There are lots of local employers who follow the calls of FFX County determination and it would have certainly cleared up the roads and possibly avoided some of the accidents happening right now. Please consider more cautious next time around. I want to be able to get me and my kids safer through such days.

  2. Paula says :

    Thank you FFX county for being so considerate of the safety of our kids. Thanks to your on time opening you created traffic jams in our neighborhoods and forced some of us to abandon our cars and hike back home with our kids.

  3. Anonymous says :

    66 in Fauquier is buried no salt or VDOT in sight. Radio is warning to stay off roads.

  4. Ben says :

    66 east is buried with no salt or VDOT in sight. I was able to turn back in my truck but many are not so fortunate. Stay off the roads until VDOT can catch up.

  5. Anonymous says :

    So glad for these updates since the county is not doing their job. We are staying home to be safe!

  6. Anonymous says :

    5 inches on my back porch and falling fast and heavy at 9AM. NWS just issued a severe winter storm warning at 9:04. What is the County’s determination for 1/6??

  7. Anonymous says :

    Who calls the shots for FFX? Clearly has to be a native of Alaska

  8. Anonymous says :

    FED offered administrative leave at 5AM.

  9. Anonymous says :

    Just called FFX emergency status line. The computer said “All conditions are normal.”

  10. Anonymous says :

    Office staff must still be on vacation or something.

  11. Anonymous says :

    upgraded to winter storm warning

    903 AM EST TUE JAN 6 2015

    …WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON…

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS
    ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL
    1 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER
    IN EFFECT.

    * PRECIPITATION TYPE…SNOW…HEAVY AT TIMES.

    * ACCUMULATIONS…4 TO 6 INCHES.

    * TIMING…UNTIL 1 PM. THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL BE THROUGH 11 AM.

    * TEMPERATURES…LOW 20S.

    * WINDS…VARIABLE 5 MPH.

    * IMPACTS…HEAVY SNOW ACCUMULATING ON ALL SURFACES WELL BELOW
    FREEZING AND VISIBILITY BELOW HALF MILE WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE
    FOR VERY HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS.

  12. Anonymous says :

    I’ve heard reports of to Fairfax County school buses that went off the side of the road into ditches why are we still open today? VDOT and FCDOT Cannot do their job if the roads are so inundated with cars!

  13. J.L. says :

    Poor call this morning. Especially for the school systems. If nothing else a 2 hour delay was appropriate which could have been switched to a full day off when it became clear that the roads were too hazardous to navigate.

    • Anonymous says :

      Totally agree! It is already dangerous as is. In our case, the school bus for the handicapped did not even make it to our bus stop… and that stop is on a main road. I am hoping they will come to a better conclusion next time this happens…. and we all know, it will happen again.

      • Anonymous says :

        Lesson learned if FFX is smart. Best to err on the side of safety. Admin leave costs the County nothing.

  14. Anonymous says :

    I have to agree with the other posters here. 2.5 hours to commute to work this morning because the snow was more than expected & even primary roads were untreated as of 9 am. Schools should definetly have delayed or closed.

  15. Anonymous says :

    not true at all

  16. Anonymous says :

    As of 11:15, there is both a school bus and metro bus stuck on the street in front of my house in Burke. Both have been there since 7:30 this morning.

  17. Anonymous says :

    I for one am disgusted at the events that took place this morning involving the inclimate weather. Number one, the schools situation was mishandled so bad that it was trending online everywhere about their refusal to close schools or at least offer a delay. Several children were at the bus stops for almost an hour before giving up and going back home. Several teachers never made it in and some kids just sat in the cafeteria waiting. I’m not sure what the issue was with closing school of half the kids were not there and the other half did not have teachers. Second , as a county employee I find it extremely insulting that the county hardly ever closes for in climate weather. One thing that vexes me is , don’t the employees, parents, bus drivers and student drivers all take the same roads to work and school??if so, why is deemed important to close school for the kids but not the employees. Our lives are just as important and some of us are parents of the kids in ffx county schools , so if someone happens to us that would be unfortunate. Another issue I have is, if the county is going to insist on being open , then all roads need to be treated. Also, I found it comical that an apology was issued for the poor judgement call in reference to the public schools, but the county employees have never even received a thank you for coming in to work to serv the residents of the county. All but 2 people in my office reported to work today and it’s not because they had to. The generally believe in working and doing their job, but when you fee that your life and safety is not valued , what’s the point. I’m glad there were no fatalities today and just minor fender benders to th best of my knowledge.