Posted 12:15 p.m.
A limited number of Fairfax Alerts subscribers received numerous duplicate text messages this morning due to human error. We apologize for the inconvenience and frustration this caused. Your patience is appreciated as the Office of Emergency Management is taking steps to make sure that the duplicate messages stop as soon as possible. Steps are also being taken to ensure this does not happen again. We encourage you to continue to subscribe to Fairfax Alerts to receive important emergency information.
Posted: 9:30 a.m.
According to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), crews made significant progress plowing roads across northern Virginia overnight, however drivers will encounter a wide range of changing road conditions across the region today as snow begins to melt. Drivers are asked to be alert to ice and snow this morning, and evolving conditions such as slush and high water throughout the day. Interstates and primary roads in Fairfax County are mostly clear and wet.
Pavement temperatures are still hovering at freezing but should rise later in the day. Crews are already seeing standing water on some roads. As snow melts, drivers are asked to be cautious of this ponding, particularly in right lanes. Crews are also working to clear clogged drains where needed. Crews have also made one pass in most subdivisions during the storm, and due to snow totals will make a second pass in most areas.
Residents are encouraged to check www.vdotplows.org to see the status of plowing in their neighborhoods. Road problems should be reported to VDOT at 1-800-367-7623 or www.virginiadot.org/travel/citizen.asp.
Also, if you are out shoveling today, check out our new resource page, “Take Your Snow and Shovel It” for more information, including this guide on who removes snow:
Due to the inclement weather, Park Authority programs, classes and events at park facilities, including RECenters, will close at 2 p.m., with the exception of Lee District RECenter, which will close at 4 p.m.
Also, all library branches and Neighborhood and Community Services programs, activities and facilities (including community, senior and teen centers) will close at 1 p.m. today, Saturday, Feb. 21. All Fastran routes, including charter trips and Children, Youth and Families (CYF) transportation, are canceled.
Posted at 11 a.m.
Our Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has launched an emergency management internship program and is accepting applications until Wednesday, Aug. 13, for this fall’s internship program.
The internship program provides an opportunity for students or recent graduates to explore career options, apply academic knowledge and skills to the workplace, gain career skills, build resumes and network with emergency management professionals throughout the National Capital Region.
Learn more about the internship program and download the application at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/oem/internship.
Posted 3:25 p.m.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova is in the Emergency Operations Center and talks about her experience with the snow today. She recommends that residents stay safe and off the roads. Bulova also asked that if you see someone who is unsheltered and you think could be at risk for hypothermia, call the county’s non-emergency phone line at 703-691-2131, TTY 711.
Posted 2:30 p.m.
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Posted 11:45 a.m.
As the snow falls across the region today, snow removal will be top of mind. Here are three key tips to keep in mind when shoveling:
1.) Help clear sidewalks in your neighborhood, especially near school bus stops for when school re-opens. The county and state do not remove snow from public sidewalks.
2.) Seconds count if a fire breaks out, so clear a 3-foot radius around hydrants in your neighborhood.
3.) If you have a history of heart disease, do not shovel without your doctor’s OK. Call 9-1-1 if there’s chest discomfort.
We have more snow removal tips, including storm drains, accessible parking spaces and more.
Posted 10 a.m.
During this snow event, Fairfax County police will only be responding to accident reports that meet the following criteria:
- Hit and run.
- One or more vehicles are not drivable.
- Active argument or conflict between the drivers.
If you call in a routine accident that does not meet the above criteria, you will be directed to exchange information with the other driver and to notify your insurance company.
Posted 7:44 p.m. / Updated 8:45 p.m.
As you’ve likely heard, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning until 6 p.m. Monday. Governor McAuliffe declared a state of emergency for the Commonwealth. The latest snowfall prediction map is here:
As the storm approaches, here are 8 things to know:
1.) VDOT Snow Removal: First, please stay off the roads Monday! The Virginia Department of Transportation is responsible for snow removal on most county roads. VDOT is aggressively pre-treating roads throughout Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington counties in advance of the snow. You can visit www.vdotplows.org to see the status of plowing in your neighborhood as the storm unfolds.
2.) Where to Park: VDOT recommends parking in your driveway or on the odd-numbered side of the street to allow plows room to pass. Do NOT park on county emergency routes.
3.) Neighbors: Please check in on elderly or other housebound people you may know to make sure they have supplies.
4.) Hypothermia Prevention: If you see an unsheltered person who may be at risk of hypothermia, call the police non-emergency phone line at 703-691-2131, TTY 711.
5.) Pets: Don’t forget your pets — as conditions deteriorate, bring pets/companion animals inside; move other animals to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
6.) Fire Hydrants: Depending on how much snow we get, there may be a need to dig out fire hydrants. Please note their location near your home before the snow falls. If you’re able and if we get enough snow, please help dig out fire hydrants when the snow ends.
7.) Fill Your Car: If you have a car, fill your gas tank before the snow flies. Here’s more information on winterizing your vehicle.
8.) #ffxstorm: If you’re using Twitter, tell us what you see by using the hashtag #ffxstorm. This is a large storm affecting the northeast, so the more localized info the better! Follow us on Twitter at @fairfaxcounty.
Updated: Government offices, courts and schools will be closed Monday, March 3.
All branches of the Fairfax County Library will be closed all day today, Feb. 14. However, the Access Services branch
located in the Fairfax County Government Center, will be open noon to 4:30 p.m. Due dates from the snow closures will be adjusted. Library branches are expected to be open as regularly scheduled this weekend. Check website for updates. Please note that the Library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17 for the George Washington’s Day holiday.