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Issue with Emergency Alerts Being Addressed

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.

Expect Wide Range of Road Conditions Today; Check VDOT for Updates

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:

Snow removal responsibilities

Parks and RECenters Closing at 2 p.m.; Lee District RECenter Closing at 4 p.m.

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.

OEM Internship Program

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.

Video: Chairman Sharon Bulova Encourages Residents to “Stay Safe”

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.

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