Saturday Updates on the Wind Storm

Updated at 11:35 a.m.

Good news and bad news on this Saturday morning. The good news is the worst of this wind storm is over. The bad news is it’s not quite over yet. Here are a few things to know as we start the weekend:

Weather Forecast

A Wind Advisory issued for Saturday has been cancelled. Winds today will range from 15-30 mph with gusts of 30-45 mph, strongest before noon. Winds tonight and Sunday will range from 8-18 mph with gusts of 22-38 mph. High temperatures this weekend will reach the upper 40s with lows in the low 30s.

County Facilities

The following facilities have schedule changes due to the weather:

  • Schools(Updated at 10:50 a.m.) Activities scheduled in Fairfax County public schools or on school grounds for Saturday and Sunday are now canceled. Closure is due to the large number of power outages at schools and downed trees on school grounds, and power outages in many neighborhoods.
  • Parks and RECenters (Updated 8 p.m.) – All Park Authority programs at Fairfax County Public School locations are canceled for Sunday, March 4. In addition, Providence, South Run and Spring Hill RECenters remain closed due to power outages. The gates at Lake Accotink Park and Burke Lake Park are closed to vehicular traffic but the parks are open. We continue to evaluate our other sites and encourage you to call before going. We will update this information as needed. To report a downed tree in the parks, visit
  • Libraries – The Chantilly Regional, Dolley Madison, George Mason, Great Falls, Lorton and Martha Washington braches are all closed due to lack of power.
  • Reston Community Center – RCC Hunters Woods is closed due to a power outage.

If you have lost power and need a place to charge your electronic devices, considering visiting our other RECenters, libraries and community centers.

Power Outages

At this time, there are still approximately 90,000 reported power outages in the county. If you lose power, please report it.

Stay away from downed wires as they may be live with electricity.

Downed Trees and Wires

There are plenty of reports of downed trees and wires. Here’s a comprehensive list of who to contact:

Storm Damage

If you need to contact contractors or you insurance company about damage related to the storm, read these tips.

Yard Debris

Information on disposing of yard debris is available here.

Making Repairs

Be sure to hire a licensed contractor. Tips on what to look for and working with your insurance company. And information on avoiding “woodchuck” tree trimming scams on NewsCenter.

Food Safety

If your power has been out for an extended period you’ll want to assess whether the food in your refrigerator or freezer is still safe to consume.


Most road closures will be published by our Police Department on their blog and sent out through Fairfax Alerts. Sign up at:

The two major closures to be aware of now are I-95 South at the Prince William Parkway and the bridge at Old Yates Ford near the Fairfax County and Prince William County border.

And if you’re out today driving and come to an intersection without power or an officer directing traffic, treat it as a four-way stop.

8 responses to “Saturday Updates on the Wind Storm”

  1. Jan Reitman says :

    Time to place our power lines underground.

    • Alvin says :

      TOO LATE. Someone has to pay for the burial. Its a lot. If something goes wrong underground, its not easy to determine where the break is.

      • JLW says :

        We have had all utility lines underground for 20 years, can’t remember losing power except once when a car hit a transformer. It works,

        • Janet Day says :

          We have underground utilities and lose power all the time.

          • Earl F. Parrish says :

            The lines in your subdivision may be underground but the lines leading to your neighborhood may be above ground. if there is a break in the feeder lines which are above ground, all downstream customers will lose service. It does not matter where those lines are located.

          • Stephen Vandivere says :

            We also have underground power lines. But they went there during development. Cheaper then. And still we had a single phase failure due to traffic vibration causing an insulation failure. Agreed, burying existing lines is probably not cost effective, but burying new lines might be.

  2. Pat says :

    As the power comes on and generators are not being used at some of the intersections, hopefully one can be moved to the intersection of Burke Lark Road and Lake Braddock Drive. That intersection is very dangerous. People are not treating it as a 4 way and I can’t believe there has not been an accident at speed.

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