Winter Storm Warning

Posted at 9:40 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Fairfax County and surrounding areas for snow and freezing rain, in effect until 4 a.m. tomorrow morning, Tuesday, Feb. 16.

A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice are expected or occurring, making travel very hazardous or impossible. Strong winds are also possible.

Snow, sleet and freezing rain are predicted with snow accumulation of 4 to 6 inches along  with around a tenth of an inch of ice. The snow will change to sleet and freezing rain this  afternoon and all freezing rain this evening. Precipitation will gradually change to rain late tonight.

The snow and ice will cause slippery roads and travel will be difficult.

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews have been working throughout the night to plow and treat roads. Snow and ice removal operations will continue as long as conditions exist.

VDOT asks that motorists delay travel as slick conditions could develop quickly, even on treated roads.

  • If you are driving, allow extra time to reach your destination, lower speed and keep a safe distance from other vehicles.
  • Watch out for black ice, especially near bridges, overpasses, ramps and shaded areas.
  • Slow down and allow slow-moving equipment crews, such as snow plow operators, the right of way.

Get more on the forecast.


Fairfax County Government offices are closed today, Monday, Feb. 15 for the George Washington’s Day (Presidents Day) holiday. However, some facilities are open and schedules vary. For specific schedule information visit our holiday schedule Web page.

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9 responses to “Winter Storm Warning”

  1. Anonymous says :

    how will I know if traffic court is closed/rescheduled Tues. Feb. 16?

  2. Joan says :

    i would like to know about government offices for tuesday, open? unscheduled leave?

  3. Anonymous says :

    Freezing rain is expected through the evening and into early Tuesday morning making travel conditions hazardous. As a result, all Fairfax County public schools and school offices will open two hours late on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 (Condition 3A).,This is only County drives parents crazy, they don’t value our childrens safety, several accidents took place recently, many student had concussions due to fall at side walks, buses arriving late, Kindly close FCPS for full day on 2/16/16.

    • Connie Lankus says :

      Please provide some background on the rash of adolescent concussions plaguing the county. I was completely unaware of this epidemic. I hope our kids can learn to not fall on their heads in the future because I believe it may snow again next year, too.

    • Anonymous says :

      You would be better off going to to make such a request — my guess is that the FCPS Superintendent is more likely to be reading posts to that website than this one. I personally don’t find it surprising that a delay (rather than full day closure) has been announced since the delay allows school officials time to better evaluate road/sidewalk conditions in the morning.

      For my part, it would be nice to know if unscheduled leave on Wednesday will be permitted to allow government/court employees to make it in safely.

  4. Anonymous says :

    I will like to know about tomorrow’s school status with the ice rain still out there and the over night freezing.

  5. Anonymous says :

    How about Wednesday?

  6. Anonymous says :

    I don’t understand why Fairfax county isn’t liberal leave. Temps are still at freezing and there is ice every where outside. I have a 45 mile commute of ice and no option of liberal leave.