Blizzard Warning Begins in Less Than 24 Hours
Posted 6:28 p.m. // Updated Jan. 22, 8:30 a.m.
We’re less than 24 hours from blizzard conditions in our community and we hope you have taken time to prepare in the last day or two.
- 6 Ways to Prepare for the Blizzard
- County Government to Close Friday at Noon and Remain Closed Through Sunday
As the storm approaches, here’s what we need you to know:
Heavy snow and blowing snow will cause dangerous conditions and will be a threat to life and property. Travel is expected to be severely limited if not impossible during the height of the storm Friday night and Saturday. Visibility will be reduced to near zero at times in whiteout conditions.
Timing of Blizzard
From the map below, the snow will start falling between 1 and 3 p.m.:
Stay off the Roads
Given that forecast, it’s essential to stay off the roads during and after the storm. It’s that simple. This is shaping up to be an historic storm.
- First responders must get to people in need quickly.
- The Virginia Department of Transportation needs to plow roads (which the state handles, not the county).
We held a news conference today and this message and many other key messages were shared; we invite you to watch:
Prepare For Power Outages
We’re under a blizzard warning because of the high winds and heavy snow. Power outages are likely across the county. You must call in your power outages — don’t assume a neighbor across the street called in because they may be on a different grid and have electricity.
Here’s who to call or where to look at power outage info:
- Dominion Virginia Power: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357), TTY 711; view outage map
- Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC): 1-888-335-0500 or 703-335-0500, TTY 711; view outage reports
- Use a flashlight or battery-powered lantern for emergency lighting. Never use candles.
- If you have a police, fire or medical emergency, call 9-1-1 (or text if you can’t). For non-emergency needs, call 703-691-2131, TTY 711.
- More tips and resources about power outages.
We have many ways you can choose to stay informed:
- Snow Update Hub: Check out this page for continuous updates from key sources such as the county, National Weather Service, VDOT and many more.
- This Emergency Information Blog, which will feature status updates, safety tips and more.
- Follow us directly on Twitter at @fairfaxcounty
- If you’re on Facebook, we’ll post key updates on our page.
- Fairfax Alerts for important weather updates by email or text.
- More ways to stay informed