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County Government Remains Open Today; Authorizes Unscheduled Leave at 3 p.m.

Posted at 12:55 p.m.

UPDATED 4:16 p.m.

Agency Closings/Cancellations

  • Burke Centre Library and Patrick Henry Library closed at 4 p.m. Other Fairfax County Public Library branches will close at 6 p.m.
  • All Neighborhood and Community Services facilities and programs will be closing at 6 p.m. this evening.
  • Park Authority programs held at Fairfax County Public School locations are cancelled today from 4 p.m. on, including evening activities.
  • Channel 16’s “Your Community, You’re Connected,” scheduled for this evening, has been cancelled. The program has been rescheduled for Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.

Fairfax County Government offices will remain open today, Tuesday, Jan. 29, however, employees have been granted unscheduled leave beginning at 3 p.m. through the close of business today.

Some county programs and services have been affected by the forecasted weather — see our earlier blog post for details.

At this time no decision has been made regarding tomorrow’s operating status. As always, we will be following the forecasts and road conditions closely and will notify you as soon as possible if any status change is planned.

Winter Weather Advisory

The National Weather Service Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 3 p.m. today until midnight tonight. A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

Commuters should plan on slippery road conditions. Temperatures will fall below freezing during the evening rush, causing the potential for wet or slushy surfaces to freeze.

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.

weather forecast Jan. 29

The forecast calls for intermittent light snow and rain developing through about 2 p.m. this afternoon. A steadier snow will develop between 2-4 p.m. and continue through the evening rush before ending between 7-9 p.m. Total snowfall accumulation around one inch is expected.


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Impending Weather Affects Some Programs and Public Meetings

Fairfax County Government Operating Status

Posted at 11:55 a.m.

UPDATED 2:40 p.m.

  • The Fairfax County Public Library and its branches will close at 6 p.m. this evening.
  • All Neighborhood and Community Services facilities and programs will be closing at 6 p.m. this evening.
  • Channel 16’s “Your Community, You’re Connected,” scheduled for this evening, has been cancelled. The program has been rescheduled for Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. 

Due to today’s hazardous weather outlook, several county programs and meetings are affected this afternoon and evening.

County and School Status

  • All Fairfax County Public Schools are closing two hours early today, Tuesday, Jan. 29. School Age Child Care (SACC) centers will remain open until 6:15 p.m.
  • Fairfax County Government offices and the Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court remain open at this time.

Parks, Community and Recreation and Community Centers

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

The following advertised public meetings have been cancelled.

  • 3 p.m. – Board of Supervisors Health, Housing, and Human Services Committee
  • 6:30 p.m. – Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Affordable Housing Resources Panel
  • 7 p.m. – Lincolnia Planning District Study Task Force Meeting

For more information on advertised public meetings of Fairfax County Government Boards, Authorities or Commissions, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/Calendar.

Additional Information Sources

Emergency information is available on Fairfax County’s website and the Emergency Information Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Fairfax 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.


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Hazardous Weather Outlook; Plan for Snow and Potential Travel Disruptions Beginning Tuesday Evening

Posted at 2:30 p.m.

T
he National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and a Special Weather Statement for Fairfax County and surrounding areas, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Forecasters predict near normal temepratures today with increasing sunshine, however, big changes are on the way as a strong front crosses the area tomorrow as rain changes to snow.

Much colder temperatures, strong winds and wind chills in the single digits to below zero await us for Wednesday and Thursday.

Special Weather Statement

  • Rain is expected to change to snow Tuesday afternoon and evening. This may cause travel disruptions during the evening commute.
  • A Wind Advisory may be needed for parts of the area Wednesday.
  • Below zero wind chills are possible Wednesday night through Thursday.

Rain will develop and change to snow late Tuesday afternoon and early evening. The snow may be briefly heavy before ending later Tuesday evening. While accumulations are forecast to be between 1 to 3 inches, the abrupt transition to snow will result in rapidly deteriorating driving conditions. Then as temperatures drop below freezing Tuesday evening, any residual moisture and slush on roadways and sidewalks will be prone to freezing, resulting in slick conditions.

The greatest threat for impact from this snowfall during the Tuesday evening rush hour will be from the Blue Ridge and Catoctin Mountains eastward to the Chesapeake Bay, including the greater Baltimore and Washington Metropolitan Areas.

If you plan on commuting Tuesday evening, be aware of the potential for travel disruptions. Plan ahead by allowing for extra travel time, and consider using public transportation andtelework options.

Stay tuned for future updates on this winter weather event, and the potential for Winter Weather Advisories to be issued later today. And be sure to sign up for severe weather alerts from Fairfax Alerts.


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January Emergency Preparedness Newsletter

Posted at 11 a.m.

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

The January issue features tips on keeping those water pipes from freezing, how to keep your New Year’s resolutions (at least for emergency preparedness) the county’s draft unmanned aircraft systems program and public meetings, a preview of the new Community Emergency Response Guide and a look at OEM’s highlights from 2018.

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

Sign up to have it sent to you each month via Fairfax Alerts.

Winter Weather Advisory in Effect Beginning at 6 p.m.

Posted at 1 p.m.

The National Weather Services has issued a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 6 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Jan. 17, until 4 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18 for Fairfax County, the District of Columbia and central and Northern Maryland. A winter weather advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

Snow will develop late this afternoon into this evening and continue into the overnight hours. While accumulations are forecast to be light, around an inch, any untreated road surfaces and sidewalks may turn icy as temperatures fall below freezing after sunset.

According to the weather service, the greatest threat for impact from this light snowfall during the evening rush hour will be north and west of Interstate 95 from Baltimore to Fredericksburg and also near Interstate 66 in Northern Virginia.

If you plan on commuting this evening, be aware of the potential for travel disruptions. Plan ahead by allowing for extra travel time and consider using public transportation and telework options. You should plan on slippery road conditions and sidewalks.

Weather Forecast

National Weather Service forecast

Today: A chance of snow, mainly after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 35. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tonight: Periods of snow before 4am, then a chance of snow and sleet. Patchy fog after 1am. Low around 32. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow and sleet accumulation of around an inch possible.

Friday: A chance of sleet before 7am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Northwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm.

Saturday: Rain and snow after 10am, becoming all rain after 4pm. High near 40. Light northeast wind becoming east 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Saturday Night: Rain. Low around 36. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Sunday: Rain, snow, and sleet likely before 1pm, then a chance of snow between 1pm and 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 9.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Sunny, with a high near 21.

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