Posted 2:08 p.m. // From the Virginia Department of Transportation:
Drivers are advised to avoid a potentially difficult wintry commute by following changing weather conditions closely today, and to plan to be off the roads as snow falls during the afternoon rush through Friday morning.
VDOT crews are finishing pre-treatment of critical locations along interstates and high-volume routes in Northern Virginia today, and will begin to stage about 1,125 pieces of equipment along roadsides this afternoon to be in place for rush hour.
Once snow moves into the area, crews will treat roadways with salt and sand to aid melting and improve traction. Trucks can lower the plow blade to push snow once about two inches have accumulated on the road surface.
Pavement temperatures are expected to remain low over the next few days, so drivers should expect potential for continued refreeze and slick conditions, even where crews have treated.
Drivers are asked to:
- Monitor weather to stay informed of the latest timing and intensity along your travel routes
- Adjust commutes to avoid driving during the storm—try to leave early this afternoon and delay trips in the morning until conditions improve. Allow plenty of extra travel time.
- Reduce speeds; do not overdrive conditions and use headlights
- Take it slow on bridges, ramps, and overpasses, and other known trouble spots
- Ensure gas tanks and windshield fluid tanks are full, and take time to update your car’s emergency kit
In addition to the VDOT information above, Fairfax County Public Schools have cancelled evening activities:
For more information about snow, roads, cold and more, view our Fairfax County Winter Weather Guide.
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.
Get the complete weather forecast.
Posted at 9:40 a.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Fairfax County and surrounding areas for snow and freezing rain, in effect until 4 a.m. tomorrow morning, Tuesday, Feb. 16.
A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice are expected or occurring, making travel very hazardous or impossible. Strong winds are also possible.
Snow, sleet and freezing rain are predicted with snow accumulation of 4 to 6 inches along with around a tenth of an inch of ice. The snow will change to sleet and freezing rain this afternoon and all freezing rain this evening. Precipitation will gradually change to rain late tonight.
The snow and ice will cause slippery roads and travel will be difficult.
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews have been working throughout the night to plow and treat roads. Snow and ice removal operations will continue as long as conditions exist.
VDOT asks that motorists delay travel as slick conditions could develop quickly, even on treated roads.
- If you are driving, allow extra time to reach your destination, lower speed and keep a safe distance from other vehicles.
- Watch out for black ice, especially near bridges, overpasses, ramps and shaded areas.
- Slow down and allow slow-moving equipment crews, such as snow plow operators, the right of way.
Get more on the forecast.
Fairfax County Government offices are closed today, Monday, Feb. 15 for the George Washington’s Day (Presidents Day) holiday. However, some facilities are open and schedules vary. For specific schedule information visit our holiday schedule Web page.
Posted at 2:45 p.m.
h…love is in the air. Valentine’s Day is almost here — Sunday guys in case you’ve forgotten the flowers and chocolates!
Not only is this weekend the time for love though, but brutally cold temperatures along with another chance of snow are in the forecast making this weekend one full of a variety of winter weather conditions.
First, let’s start with today. Snow chances actually start tonight. The National Weather Service (NWS) says there’s a chance of a small amount of snow accumulation tonight, anywhere from 1-2 inches possible between 6-11 p.m.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is encouraging motorists to finish trips by early afternoon and to use extreme caution during the evening rush hour. With below-freezing temperatures in place and snow showers expected, VDOT reports that they will have 1,150 trucks deployed across the region to continually treat roads.
A hazardous weather outlook has been issued as well as a winter weather advisory from 6 p.m. to midnight. In addition, a wind advisory is in effect tomorrow from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. A wind advisory means that wind gusts of 45 to 55 mph are expected. You’ll want to secure any outdoor furniture and take care driving high profile vehicles such as vans and SUVs.
Saturday and Sunday
NWS reports that wind chill values below minus five degrees are likely Saturday night into Sunday morning. There also is an enhanced threat of a winter storm late Sunday night through Monday night.
Snow is likely overnight Sunday night (60 percent chance) with a low around 18 and into Monday (70 percent chance) with a high only near 32. Snow is expected until about 8 p.m. before turning to rain and snow.
Monday is the President’s Day Holiday for many — including Fairfax County Government — so hopefully that will decrease the number of cars that have to be on the roadways. Just remember … if you don’t have to be out in the inclement weather, don’t. Allow road crews the opportunity to do their jobs.
Keep an Eye on Others
This weekend, be sure to check on your elderly neighbors and help those who may need special assistance, including people with disabilities and children. And if you see someone at night who is unsheltered and you think could be at risk of hypothermia, call the county’s non-emergency phone line at 703-691-2131, TTY 711.
Pets, even those who typically live outdoors, should be brought inside; only take your pet outside for short bathroom breaks and do not leave your pet outdoors unattended. Also, make sure to provide access to non-frozen drinking water at all times.
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.