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.
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.
Posted at 10 a.m.
The National Weather Service reports that Fairfax County has already received approximately 4-5 inches of snow — totals are approximately one inch higher toward the western portions of the county — and that we could receive up to an additional 3-4 inches today.
The winter storm warning continues until 6 p.m. A winter storm warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible.
If you absolutely must drive, stay as far behind plows as possible, and significantly reduce speeds. Plow trains — staggered plows spanning all lanes of the road — are actively working interstates and need room to safely work. And as a reminder, the Virginia Department of Transportation plows most roads in Fairfax County. Visit our snow guide to view VDOT updates, its snow plow tracker and more.
The snow has forced some closings and cancellations for county agencies. Here’s the latest:
- Fairfax County Animal Shelter is closed today.
- Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods and Lake Anne will be closed today.
- Fairfax County Public Library is closed today.
- All Fairfax County Park Authority facilities are closed today.
- Fairfax Connector bus service is running a normal Sunday schedule, but is experiencing significant delays.
If you are out shoveling your sidewalks or driveways, remember that heavy wet snow can put a strain on your heart. Only shovel if you are physically able to.
- Shovel small amounts with each shovel pass.
- Stay hydrated.
- Take frequent breaks.
The snow accumulations, combined with the after-effects of plowing roads may result in fire hydrants being partially, or completely, buried in snow. It is vital that firefighters be able to quickly access a hydrant in the event of a fire. Immediate access to a water supply helps to swiftly extinguish the fire and prevent loss of life and property.
All residents, who are physically able to do so, are asked to keep the nearest fire hydrant accessible and free of snow and ice. Please clear a three-foot area around the hydrant and ensure there is a path to the roadway so the hydrant is visible and easily accessible.
Stay connected and up-to-date with severe weather b signing up for Fairfax Alerts. You’ll get the information you want via the devices you identify. Sign up at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/alerts.
Posted at 12:20 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning, in effect from 4 p.m. this afternoon until 1 p.m. on Sunday. Forecasters anticipate significant snow, with total snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches expected.
A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible due to snow covered and slippery roads. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
Be careful as you venture out on steps, sidewalks and driveways, which could be icy and slippery, increasing your risk of a fall.
Tonight: Snow. Low around 28. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming northeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
Sunday: Snow. High near 33. Northeast wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
Sunday Night: A chance of snow, mainly before 1 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. North wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.
Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 35. North wind around 6 mph becoming calm.
Posted at 2:30 p.m.
It seems more certain that we’re in for our first snow of 2019 this weekend.
The National Weather Service forecast for Fairfax County is for 3-4 inches, with snow moving into the area most likely after 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Throughout Saturday we should see light snow with about ½” on the ground by nightfall. Temperatures tomorrow will be in the low to mid 30s with calm winds. As the evening progresses, we will begin to see a steadier snowfall with an additional 2-4” overnight. Temperatures will be in the upper 20s with a light wind of 5 mph.
On Sunday, snow continues and will taper off and move out of the area around by 1 p.m. Temperatures will be in the low to mid 30s with winds of 5-8 mph. There could be some additional snow showers later Sunday and into the evening, however, no additional accumulation is expected.
Enjoy the first snowfall of the new year … and stay safe if you must venture out! And remember, if you have a police, fire or medical emergency, call (or text) 9-1-1. For non-emergency needs, call 703-691-2131.
Fairfax County Government Open With Unscheduled Leave for Employees on Thursday, March 22; Schools Closed
Posted Wednesday, March 21, at 7:20 p.m.
County and School Status
- Fairfax County Government offices are open on Thursday, March 22, however employees have been granted unscheduled leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled.
- Fairfax County Public Schools are closed on Thursday.
- School Age Child Care(SACC) centers are also closed.
- The Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court will be open.
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/neighborhood-community-services/ 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 fairfaxconnector.com for the current operating status.
- For information about FASTRAN, call 703-222-9764, TTY 711, or online at fairfaxcounty.gov/neighborhood-community-services/transportation/fastranfairfaxcounty.gov/ncs/fastran.htm.
- 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.
View the public meetings calendar for any potential cancellations of public meetings of Fairfax County government Boards, Authorities or Commissions.
Emergency information is available on Fairfax County’s website (www.fairfaxcounty.gov), Facebook (www.facebook.com/fairfaxcounty), Twitter (www.twitter.com/fairfaxcounty), Fairfax Alerts at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/alerts or by calling the Fairfax County Emergency Information Hotline at 703-817-7771, TTY 711. Fairfax County Government Radio (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/radio) will announce county government closing status and also broadcasts weather forecasts several times per hour.
Winter weather preparedness information can be found in our Winter Weather Guide.