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Metro Rail Closed Wednesday; Options to Get Around

Metro will close the rail system all day Wednesday, March 16. What are some options to get around? Check out our Fairfax County Government NewsCenter for full details.

Daylight Saving Time Starts This Weekend — A Good Time to Check Smoke Alarms and Emergency Supply Kits

Posted at 4:30 p.m.

Daylight Saving Time is the time to change your clocks, change the batteries in your smoke alarms and restock your emergency supply kit.

This weekend — specifically at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13 — Daylight Saving Time begins. That means getting up to change the time on our clocks and watches, or if you’re like most folks, just change the time before you go to bed tonight.

Daylight Saving Time is often confusing. Just remember the old saying, “Spring forward, Fall back,” which means we lose an hour of sleep tonight as we move our clocks forward (spring) one hour.

It shouldn’t take too long to change the time — unless you’re a horologist with a huge collection of clocks — so we’d like to ask you to take a couple of preparedness steps along with changing your clocks.

For years, fire officials have encouraged us to change the batteries in our smoke alarms every six months, and what better reminder than Daylight Saving Time. And since it only takes a couple of minutes to change your batteries, go ahead and take a few more minutes and check your emergency supplies.

So before you go to bed tonight, here’s a checklist to make sure you’re prepared for any possible emergency — as well as not oversleeping:

  1. Change the batteries in your smoke alarms.
  2. Check your emergency supply kits (both in the home and vehicles) to make sure they’re fully stocked. If not, make a quick list of what you’ll need to do to get them ready — and then buy those supplies tomorrow or next week.
  3. Turn your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed.

For more information on smoke alarms, visit our fire and rescue department online. And for more on emergency supply kits and being prepared for all hazards, visit our emergency information page or our emergency management office.

 

Are You Registered for the March 22 Statewide Tornado Drill?

Posted at 1:30 p.m.

Just last month (Feb. 24), four people were killed in Virginia during the state’s first deadly February twisters on record.

Did you know that registration for Virginia’s statewide tornado drill — Tuesday, March 22, at 9:45 a.m. — is now open. Have you registered yet?

Tornado Drill 2016

Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. They can appear suddenly without warning and can be invisible until dust and debris are picked up or a funnel cloud appears. Be prepared to act quickly.

  • There were 67 tornadoes in Virginia from 2011 to 2013.
  • 12 tornadoes occurred in Virginia in 2014.
  • Seven tornadoes were recorded in Virginia in 2015.

When it comes to tornadoes, there’s no such thing as a “tornado season.” Tornadoes can strike anywhere, anytime — and you need to know the drill. That’s the reason the March 22 tornado drill is so important.

Sign up today as an individual, or register your family’s participation, your school or your business.

Winter Weather Advisory in Effect Overnight; Snow in Forecast

Winter Weather Advisory

Posted at 10:30 a.m.

A winter weather advisory for snow is in effect from 10 p.m. this evening to 10 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, March 4. The National Weather Service is predicting accumulations between one to four inches across the National Capital Region.

Precipitation will move in initially as a rain and snow mix early this evening before transitioning to all snow late tonight. Snow is expected overnight impacting the morning commute. Snow is expected to taper off by midday Friday.

This snow will cause slippery roads resulting in hazardous travel conditions.

A winter weather advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties including slippery roads resulting in hazardous travel conditions. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

Snow is in the forecast for March 3-4, 2016Get the complete weather forecast.

 

Fairfax County Government Open With Unscheduled Leave for Employees for Tuesday, Feb. 16; Schools Closed

Posted 5:52 a.m.; updated 6:12 a.m.

Government, Schools and Courts

  • Fairfax County Government offices will be open on Tuesday,  Feb. 16, however employees have been granted unscheduled leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, Feb. 16. School Age Child Care (SACC) centers will be closed.
  • The Fairfax County Circuit Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court are open on time. General District Court will open at 9:30 a.m. (8:30 a.m. dockets will be handled at 9:30 a.m.)

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 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks
  • For Department of Neighborhood and Community Services programs and events visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs 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, www.restoncommunitycenter.com or MCC at 703-790-0123, TTY 711, www.mcleancenter.org for their current operating status.

Transportation: Connector, Fastran

Public Assistance Lobbies/SkillSource

The Department of Family Services employment/SkillSource centers and public assistance lobbies may be affected by inclement weather.  Call 703-324-7500, TTY 711, for the current operating status.

Libraries

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

View the public meetings calendar at for any potential cancellations of public meetings of Fairfax County government Boards, Authorities or Commissions.

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