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Winter Weather Advisory Issued for Tonight Through Tuesday

Winter Weather Advisory

Posted at 3:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for snow, which is in effect from 10 p.m. this evening to midnight Tuesday night.

A winter weather advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities — and use caution while driving.

Snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches is possible with locally higher amounts particularly in the northwest suburbs. A mixture of rain and snow will develop this evening with precipitation turning to all snow around or shortly after midnight. Periods of snow will continue into Tuesday.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), reports that crews have treated interstates and major roads in Fairfax County with brine and liquid magnesium chloride in advance of the snow. Tonight, about 1,450 trucks will pre-deploy along interstates, main roads and neighborhood streets across Northern Virginia. They will remain on duty to plow and treat roads through the day Tuesday.

VDOT also reminds you to use extreme caution during winter weather, to reduce speeds and to be aware of potential slick spots such as bridges, ramps, hills, curves and shaded areas.

Monitor the local forecast and Fairfax County’s Twitter for updates.

Flood Watch Issued for Heavy Rain and Melting Snow

Posted at 12:15 p.m.

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he National Weather Service has issued a flood watch from noon today, Wednesday, Feb. 3, through late tonight, which means that there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

The combination of melting snow and periods of heavy rain could result in flooding of urban areas and streams this afternoon and tonight. Rainfall amounts will average between one half and one inch, with isolated spots between one and two inches possible. In addition, ice may be on some of the small streams which could enhance the flooding potential.

Please continue to monitor the weather forecast and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should also be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Turn Around. Don’t Drown

turn around don't drownSix inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. As little as 12 inches of flowing water can carry away most vehicles, including SUVs.

Safety first – if you are unsure about the amount of water on a flooded road, Turn Around. Don’t Drown. With heavy rain in the forecast for today, here are a few reminders from our Police Department to keep you safe during a flood:

  • Always plan ahead and know the risks before flooding happens.
  • If flooding is expected, or is occurring, get to higher ground fast! Leave typical flood areas such as ditches, ravines, dips or low spots and canyons.
  • Never drive through flooded roadways. Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. Turn Around Don’t Drown.

Get more tips on the Police blog.

Clear Storm Drains

Blocked stormdrains prevent the flow of rain and melting snow from reaching streams and stormwater detention ponds. The water then backs up into streets and yards and may flood basements. Blocked stormdrains also may damage residential and commercial property and cause traffic delays.

Keep the openings of storm drains clear of snow and debris to help alleviate potential flooding and to protect the environment. At no time, however, should a resident attempt to enter a storm drain to remove debris.

Property owners are responsible for driveway culverts and bridges that are part of the driveway structure and are not public storm drainage system structures. Storm drains outside rights-of-way and easements are privately maintained by the property owner.

To report a blocked storm drain, call Fairfax County Stormwater Management, 703-877-2800, TTY 711, or the Virginia Department of Transportation at 703-383-8368, TTY 711.

Fairfax County Government Open With Unscheduled Leave for Employees for Thursday and Friday, Jan. 28 and 29; Schools Closed

Government, Schools and Courts

  • Fairfax County Government offices will be open on Thursday and Friday,  Jan. 28 and 29, however employees have been granted unscheduled leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 28 and 29. School Age Child Care (SACC) centers will be closed.
  • The Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court will be open.

Due to the historic snow fall government facilities will have limited parking and some restricted travel lanes. Also, due to refreezing some walkways may be hazardous. Please be cautious and patient as we work to get back to normal.

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.

operating status update

Fairfax County Government, Courts Open With Unscheduled Leave for County Employees Wednesday, Jan. 27; Schools Closed

  • Fairfax County Government offices are open Wednesday, Jan. 27, however employees have been granted unscheduled leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools are closed Wednesday, Jan. 27. School Age Child Care (SACC) centers are closed.
  • The Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court are open Wednesday, Jan. 27. 

Due to the historic snow fall government facilities will have limited parking and some restricted travel lanes. Also, due to refreezing some walkways may be hazardous. Please be cautious and patient as we work to get back to normal.

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

  • Fairfax Connector bus service may be affected by the inclement weather. Check the Connector Web page at www.fairfaxconnector.com for the current operating status.

 Libraries

operating status update

Fairfax County Government, Courts and Schools Closed on Monday, Jan. 25

Posted 11:40 a.m.

Government, Courts and Schools

  • Fairfax County Government offices/facilities will be closed on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. Employees are granted emergency administrative leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled. Emergency services such as public safety will be available.
  • The Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court will be closed Jan. 25.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools will be closed Jan. 25 and Jan. 26.

Transportation: Connector

  • Fairfax Connector bus service for Monday will be decided tonight. Check the Connector Web page at www.fairfaxconnector.com for the current operating status.

Trash Collection

Stay Informed

County and Private Trash/Recycling Update

Posted 7:02 p.m.

To ensure the safety of trash truck drivers, Fairfax County has suspended the requirement for trash and recycling collection for the week of Jan. 25-30 for all collection companies operating in the county. This will provide the opportunity for workers to clear streets to allow travel to resume safely. Snow-covered roads make trash and recycling collection very difficult.

However, collection may resume before Jan. 30; it will depend on road conditions and your provider’s decision.

Residents should pull their containers away from the curb to allow snowplows to clean streets.

 

Dress for the Cold – Be Alert for Signs of Frostbite and Hypothermia

Posted 6:14 p.m.

We don’t need to tell you it’s really cold outside – temperatures are below freezing and with the wind it can be dangerous.

Here are tips from the Virginia Department of Health when you go outside:

  1.  Wear cold-weather clothing like gloves, hats, scarves and snow boots.
  2.  Remove any wet clothing immediately.
  3.  Limit your time outdoors.

Prolonged exposure to the cold can put you at risk for frostbite and hypothermia. Know the risk signs:

Symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite.

If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately — call or text 9-1-1 If you must wait for help, slowly rewarm affected areas.

Make sure you are dressed for the cold:

  • Wear a hat (of course!)
  • A scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth.
  • Sleeves that are snug at the wrist.
  • Mittens (they are warmer than gloves).
  • Water-resistant coat and boots.
  • Several layers of loose-fitting clothing.
  • Outer layer clothing is tightly woven, preferably wind resistant, to reduce body-heat loss caused by wind.
  • Wool, silk, or polypropylene inner layers of clothing will hold more body heat than cotton.

Cold Weather and Health Info Sources:

 

 

 

 

Shoveling? Watch These Videos To Save Your Back, Avoid Frustration

Posted 11:32 a.m.

Wow – there is a lot of snow out there (with still more to come)!  And that means a lot of snow to be shoveled

We know we will shovel all the snow and get it out of the way over the next few days, but let’s be safe.

RELATED: Take This Snow and Shovel it – Safely

infographic with snow shoveling tips.

Watch these videos for helpful tips to avoid injury and efficiently get that white stuff out of the way.

 

And here’s a snow shoveling “secret” from the Virginia Department of Transportation about removing snow at the end of driveways, which is often a point of frustration after storms.

Power Outage? Here’s What to Do

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(Posted 5:00 a.m.)

As the storm continues to do its work, you may well find yourself without power. Snow is predicted to continue throughout the day, along with heavy winds. Be prepared and know what to do before your power goes out.

Plan Ahead

  • Keep your digital devices charged!
  • Back up critical files on your computer.
  • Unplug electrical equipment. Spikes and surges could occur as power is restored, damaging equipment.
  • Make sure that your emergency supply kit can be found easily if the lights go out.
  • If you use well water, pre-plan by filling a bathtub with water for use with sanitation, etc.

If Your Power Goes Out

  • Report your outage! Never assume a neighbor has reported it.
    • Dominion Virginia Power: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357), TTY 711; view outage map
    • Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC): 1-888-335-0500 or 703-335-0500, TTY 711; view outage reports
  • Use a flashlight or battery-powered lantern for emergency lighting. Never use candles.
  • Unplug electrical equipment until a steady power supply returns.
  • If you have a police, fire or medical emergency, call or text 9-1-1. For non-emergency needs, call 703-691-2131.

Food Safety

Food safety is a big concern if you lose power for a long time. Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. First use perishable food from the refrigerator. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold for about 4 hours. More tips.

Video: Blizzard 2016 Update – Continue to Stay Off Roads

Posted 8:40 p.m.

There are many Fairfax County employees working to keep you safe and informed this evening, including Deputy County Executive for Public Safety Dave Rohrer. Here’s an update from him on-site at the McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center, urging everyone to stay home and feel safe knowing our team is working for you.

 

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