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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

Transportation: Connector, Fastran


  • Library hours may be affected; call your local branch before visiting. For branch phone numbers, call 703-324-3100 or go to

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 (, Facebook (, Twitter (, Fairfax Alerts at or by calling the Fairfax County Emergency Information Hotline at 703-817-7771, TTY 711. Fairfax County Government 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.


Winter Storm Warning Issued for Wednesday, March 21

Posted at 3:45 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning, in effect from 2 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, March 21.

Heavy snow is expected with total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches possible. That estimate may rise as we get closer to tomorrow.

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your  vehicle in case of an emergency.

To help prepare for this late winter snow, visit our Winter Weather Guide. Also, stay tuned in to the latest weather forecast, and sign up for severe weather alerts from Fairfax Alerts.

Spring is Here? There’s a Winter Storm Watch Tonight, Tomorrow

Posted at 11 a.m.

pring is here — at least officially! Today is the first day of spring, but it doesn’t feel like it. If you were hoping for warmer weather (we sure were), you’re out of luck. And there’s also rain and snow in the forecast!

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook and a winter storm watch is in effect tonight beginning at midnight through tomorrow evening, Wednesday, March 21.

A winter storm watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Heavy wet snow is possible with total snow accumulations of 5 inches or more. Plan on difficult travel conditions; significant reductions in visibility are possible.

Continue to monitor the latest weather forecast. And be sure to sign up to receive severe weather alerts from Fairfax Alerts.


  • Today — Rain and sleet before 2 p.m., then snow, possibly mixed with sleet. Temperature falling to around 29 by 2 p.m. Northeast wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
  • Tonight — Snow and sleet likely before 8 p.m., then snow. Low around 29. North wind 11 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow and sleet accumulation of around an inch possible.
  • Wednesday — Snow. High near 36. North wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
  • Wednesday Night — A chance of snow before 2 a.m. Cloudy, with a low around 28. Northwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Winter Storm Watch March 21, 2018


Winter Weather Advisory May Impact Thursday Morning Commute

Posted at 2:40 p.m.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 10 p.m. tonight (Jan. 3) to 11 a.m. on Thursday (Jan. 4) for Fairfax County.

A Winter Weather Advisory means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties, which could impact the morning commute on Thursday. You should be prepared for possible snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

The bitterly cold conditions mean that snow will quickly stick on untreated roads and sidewalks. Plan ahead and allow extra time to get to your destination if traveling late Wednesday night or Thursday.

NWS forecast

Also, be sure to stay informed this season with our Winter Weather Guide, and sign up for Fairfax Alerts to be notified about weather events and other emergencies.


Icy Conditions Expected Tonight

Posted at 4:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service reports that icy roads and sidewalks are expected tonight as temperatures drop well below freezing in the wake of today’s light snowfall.

Motorists and pedestrians should exercise caution when driving or walking this evening. Reduce speed, leave extra stopping distance, and allow plenty of extra time to get to your destination.

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