Sunday Blizzard Update: 5 Things to Know
Posted 9:25 a.m. / Updated 1:50 p.m.
The blizzard is over!
The sun is out!
But the cleanup has just begun. The keyword of the day will be patience.
The historic storm has resulted in a challenging few days for Fairfax County residents and those working hard to keep the community safe. We ask that the community be patient. It will take several days for things to get back to normal and this will be a multi-day clean up.
Here’s an update from our Emergency Operations Center this morning:
Here are a few things to know:
1.) Stay off the Roads
Please continue to stay off the roads. Major roads are still covered in snow, but now that the snow has stopped, the Virginia Department of Transportation can really make progress — and it would help greatly if you are off the roads. You can track VDOT snow plow progress online.
Also, please don’t walk down the middle of streets as plows are out and about.
2.) Check on Neighbors
Call, text or check in on elderly or homebound neighbors. See if they need anything now that the blizzard has passed.
Yes, the great dig out in our neighborhoods begins!
It takes a whole community to shovel snow from sidewalks because your state and local governments simply don’t have the resources to clear sidewalks across the whole county.
While not legally obligated, we need your help to keep sidewalks safe by clearing snow in front of residential or business properties so that all pedestrians (especially school children), those with disabilities and the elderly, may walk safely. Our first responders need easy access, too.
Do what you can, take your time and don’t overexert yourself. There’s a lot of heavy snow to clear. Where should you clear?
7 Places to Shovel:
- The sidewalk in front of your home.
- The sidewalk in front of vacant homes or homes where residents are unable to shovel.
- Fire hydrants.
- Bus stops.
- Sidewalks/paths that lead to schools or community buildings.
- Bike trails.
4.) Fire Hydrants
We have hundreds of fire hydrants in the county that need some TLC so we’re all safe. Every second counts if there’s a fire. We need you to adopt fire hydrants and dig them out.
We have a fire hydrant locator map as a reference guide to find ones near you.
Be like this guy:
5.) Clear Snow From Cars
When the roads are ready, you’ll want to break out of cabin fever. If you have a car, PLEASE make sure you clear all of the snow from atop your car.
Don’t be like this guy:
We have many ways you can choose to stay informed as we dig out from this blizzard:
- 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