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.

As the storm approaches, here’s what we need you to know:

Weather Update

In its blizzard warning, the National Weather Service reports:

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.:

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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.

Why?

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

Additional tips:

 

Stay Informed

We have many ways you can choose to stay informed:

 

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3 responses to “Blizzard Warning Begins in Less Than 24 Hours”

  1. Anonymous says :

    Thank you ……. Fairfax County police, fire fighters, first responders, utility personnel and snow plow drivers, for all that you do to help keep us safe!

  2. Afifi Daugherty says :

    I do too send a big Thank you to Fairfax County police, fire fighters, first responders, utility personnel and snow plow drivers, for all that you do to help keep us safe!

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