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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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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.

Fairfax County Government Opening at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14

Programs/Services Updates

Updated at 3:25 p.m. (Jan. 14)

  • The Burke Centre Library will be closing at 6 p.m. tonight.

Updated at 12:15 p..m. (Jan. 14)

  • Chantilly Regional Library and Centreville Regional Library are closed today.

Updated at 11:59 a.m. (Jan. 14)

  • The first of six UAS public information outreach sessions scheduled for this evening at the Mason District Governmental Center has been postponed in an abundance of caution due to the potential re-freeze of the parking lots and roadways. Tonight’s program has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 4. More details on the meetings.

Updated at 11:15 a.m. (Jan. 14)

  • Dolley Madison and Herndon-Fortnightly Libraries are closed today. Burke Centre and Chantilly Regional will open at 11:30 a.m. An opening time for Centreville Regional is still undetermined. (Library status page)

Updated at 10:47 a.m. (Jan. 14)

  • Due to the snow, building inspections in Fairfax County will occur today on a limited basis and only to areas that can be accessed safely. If you have questions, please call 703-631-5101.

Updated at 9:20 a.m. (Jan. 14)

  • Most library branches will open at 11 a.m., with the exception of the Centreville Regional branch, which is still to be determined.

Updated at 5:50 a.m. (Jan. 14)

  • Trash and yard waste collection will begin at daybreak for county customers. The vacuum leaf collection program will be suspended today. If you receive trash/recycling collection service from a private trash collector, contact them directly. Learn who picks up your trash.

Updated at 5:10 a.m. (Jan. 14)

Posted at 8:08 p.m. (Jan. 13)

County and School Status

  • Fairfax County Government offices will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14. Employees have been granted emergency administrative leave from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled. Unscheduled leave is authorized for the remainder of the day. Employees are reminded that they should notify their supervisor if they elect to use unscheduled leave.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools are closed Monday, Jan. 14. School Age Child Care (SACC) centers are also closed.
  • The Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court have not yet made a decision on operating status.


Neighborhood Snow Removal and Snow Shoveling Safety Tips

Posted at 12:05 p.m.

Snow ShovelingWhile snowstorms are exciting for many of us, for neighbors who are older, injured or have a disability, snowstorms can cause a great deal of anxiety and pose a threat to their well-being.

If you are willing to help shovel out a neighbor in need, consider adding a discussion to your Nextdoor neighborhood, Facebook group, email list or HOA site letting your neighbors know you are willing to help. Perhaps you can even organize groups of neighbors to shovel together.

Considering shoveling? Here’s a list of eight great places you could shovel that would really make a difference.

  • The sidewalk in front of your home.
  • Sidewalks in front of vacant homes or homes where residents are unable to shovel.
  • Fire hydrants.
  • Bus stops (there are more than 4,000 in the county!).
  • Sidewalks/paths that lead to schools or community buildings.
  • Bike trails.
  • Storm drains.
  • Parking identified as accessible spaces for people with disabilities.

How to Safety Shovel Snow

  • If you or someone you are with begins to have chest discomfort, especially with one or more of the other signs of a heart attack, call or text 9-1-1 right away.
  • If you have a history of heart disease do not shovel without your doctor’s approval.
  • Take breaks while shoveling and do not overexert yourself, especially if you are usually inactive.
  • Shovel small amounts of snow at a time. Push the snow instead of lifting where possible.
  • Use proper form if lifting is necessary: keeping your back straight and lift with your legs.
  • Avoid shoveling under snow-covered trees and roof lines due to possibly falling limbs, ice and snow.
  • Dress in layers and wear warm clothing


For more on snow and shoveling it, visit our snow guide.

Provide Feedback on Proposed UAS/Drone Program at Public Meetings During January

Fairfax County UAS public meetings

Posted at 11:55 a.m.

Fairfax County is developing a comprehensive Public Safety Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program and would like to hear from our residents on what they think. We are hosting six public information meetings located throughout Fairfax County.

Each public information meeting will include a static display of unmanned aircraft followed by a presentation beginning at 7 p.m. outlining the program. After the presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions from representatives of the Office of Emergency Management, County Attorney’s Office and Police and Fire and Rescue Department. .

To find out more about the UAS program go to The draft public safety UAS program manual is located there along with a form. You may also want to read the NewsCenter article that talks more about the program as well.

Please send your feedback or questions to or through the link located on the UAS webpage. Written comments on the draft program must be received by the close of business Feb. 8, 2019 to be included in the official public record.

Public Information Meeting Dates/Times

Jan. 14 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
Mason District Governmental Center (Community Room)

6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale

Jan. 16 (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
South County Governmental Center (Room 221C)
8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria

Jan. 23 (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
McLean District Governmental Center
1437 Balls Hill Road, McLean

Jan. 24 (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
Sully District Governmental Center
4900 Stonecroft Blvd, Chantilly

Jan. 28 (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
Reston Community Center – Hunter Woods
2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston

Jan. 30 (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
Braddock Hall – Kings Park Library
9002 Burke Lake Road, Burke

Feb. 4 (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
Mason District Governmental Center (Community Room)
6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale