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Increased Number of Traffic Accidents on Area Roads; Stay Home if Possible

Posted at 10:50 a.m.

Public safety officials from Fairfax County, and the region, are reporting an increasing number of traffic accidents on area roadways.

County officials ask residents to please stay home and stay off the roads. Roads are worse than they look, so if you don’t have to be on the roads, don’t!

The National Weather Service reports that Fairfax County has received approximately 3-4 inches of snow so far this morning, with a transition to sleet later. Temperatures, meanwhile, will only rise into the low 30s today. The winter storm warning also remains in effect until 7 p.m. this evening.

 

County Government Closed Wednesday, Feb. 20

Posted at 4 a.m.

County and School Status

  • Fairfax County Government offices are closed today, Wednesday, Feb. 20, and employees are granted emergency administrative leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled.
  • The Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court are closed.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools are closed today, Wednesday, Feb. 20. School Age Child Care (SACC) centers are closed.

Parks, Community and Recreation and Community Centers

Transportation: Connector, Fastran

View the public meetings calendar at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/Calendar for any potential cancellations of public meetings of Fairfax County Government Boards, Authorities or Commissions

Emergency information is available on Fairfax County’s website (www.fairfaxcounty.gov), Emergency Information Blog (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog),  Facebook (www.facebook.com/fairfaxcounty), Twitter (www.twitter.com/fairfaxcounty), Fairfax Alerts at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/alerts or by calling the Fairfax County Emergency Information Hotline at 703-817-7771, TTY 711. Fairfax County Government Radio (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/radio) will also announce county government closings.

Fairfax County Snow Guide can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/snow.

 

Winter Storm Warning in Effect Tonight Through Tomorrow Evening

Posted at 1:35 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning from 10 p.m. this evening, Tuesday, Feb. 19, until 10 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 20. Snow will overspread the area late this evening, and mix with and change to sleet and freezing rain Wednesday morning.

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

Heavy mixed precipitation is expected, with total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of one tenth to two tenths of an inch possible.

Weather Forecast

Snow is expected to move into the county sometime between 3-5 a.m. We will see all snow at first with a transition into sleet after 1 p.m. After 4 p.m. it is expected to change to freezing rain with the sleet. Winds will be out of the east at 7-9 mph with temperatures hovering near 33 degrees.

Wednesday evening will bring rain and/or some periods of freezing rain becoming all rain after 10 p.m.

Winter Storm Warning

Tonight: Snow, mainly after 4am. Low around 29. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Wednesday: Snow before 1pm, then sleet between 1pm and 4pm, then freezing rain and sleet after 4pm. High near 33. East wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. New snow and sleet accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Wednesday Night: Rain or freezing rain, becoming all rain after 10pm. Low around 33. Northeast wind around 6 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible.

Precautions

Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. When venturing outside, watch your first few steps taken on steps, sidewalks, and driveways, which could be icy and slippery, increasing your risk of a fall and injury.

Plan now to avoid driving through the day Wednesday and after the storm until conditions have improved. This will allow VDOT crews time to plow and treat roads. VDOT reminds you to park your vehicles in driveways or on the same side of the street to allow plows room to pass.

February Emergency Preparedness Newsletter

Emergency Preparedness Newsletter

Posted at 3 p.m.

Each month, our Office of Emergency Management (OEM) produces a newsletter with helpful news and information and useful tips on emergency preparedness.

The February issue features winter weather safety information, thinking ahead to a safety-related Valentine’s Day gift, a preview of the new Community Emergency Response Guide, earthquake awareness month, the 50+ community survey and the county’s strategic planning process and how you can be a part of it.

Read the newsletter here (PDF) or listen to the newsletter.

Fairfax County Open on Wednesday, Jan. 30; Unscheduled Leave for Employees

Fairfax County Government Operating Status

Posted at 8:35 p.m.

UPDATED 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30

  • Fairfax County Government offices are open on Wednesday, Jan. 30, however employees have been granted unscheduled leave. Employees are reminded that they should notify their supervisor if they elect to use unscheduled leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled.
  • The Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court are open on Wednesday, Jan. 30.
  • To accommodate passengers who are reporting to work later than usual this morning due to inclement weather, Fairfax Connector will operate extra service on severeal routes today, Wednesday, Jan. 30. Passengers should also expect possible delays due to road conditions.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools are closed Wednesday, Jan. 30.  School Age Child Care (SACC) centers are closed.

Parks, Community and Recreation and Community Centers

  • If you have questions about Park Authority facilities, contact the site directly, call the Parks inclement weather line at 703-324-8661, TTY 711, or visit fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.
  • For Department of Neighborhood and Community Services programs and events visit fairfaxcounty.gov/neighborhood-community-services or call 703-324-4600, TTY 711.
  • The Reston Community Center and the McLean Community Center may be affected by the inclement weather. Call RCC at 703-476-4500, TTY 711, restoncommunitycenter.com or MCC at 703-790-0123, TTY 711, www.mcleancenter.org for their current operating status.

Transportation: Connector, Fastran

Libraries

  • Library hours may be affected; call your local branch before visiting. For branch phone numbers, call 703-324-3100 or go to fairfaxcounty.gov/library.

Public Meetings

View the public meetings calendar at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/Calendar for any potential cancellations of public meetings of Fairfax County Government Boards, Authorities or Commissions.

Additional Information Sources

Emergency information is available on Fairfax County’s website and the Emergency Information BlogFacebookTwitterFairfax Alerts or by calling the Fairfax County Emergency Information Hotline at 703-817-7771, TTY 711. Fairfax County Government Radio will also announce county government closings.

Fairfax County Snow Guide can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/snow.