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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

Libraries

  • 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.

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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.

S
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.

Forecast

  • 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

 

Enhanced Threat for the Spread of Wild Fires Today, March 15

Posted at 8:30 a.m.

According to the National Weather Service, a combination of gusty winds, low relative humidity and low fuel moisture will enhance the threat for the spread of wildfires late this morning through this afternoon.

Residents are urged to exercise caution handling any potential ignition source, including machinery, cigarettes and matches. Be sure to properly discard all smoking materials. Any dry grasses and tree litter that ignite will have the potential to spread quickly.

More on the forecast from the weather service.

Wind Storm Aftermath: Six Things to Know Monday, March 5

Posted at 11:55 a.m.

It was a rough weekend across Fairfax County due to the dangerous, sustained winds that we had to deal with. We realize that the event isn’t over yet for the several thousand county residents without power this morning, or for those who have had their power restored but are dealing with downed trees, debris and other issues caused by the storm.

As we try to get our lives back to normal, here’s a quick look at six things you might need to be aware of today as you deal with the aftermath of the weekend’s wind storm.

 1. Debris Pick up

  •  Debris clean-up is a shared responsibility between private property owners, waste haulers and Fairfax County. Information on disposing of yard debris is available here.
  • Please use caution when driving near the trucks picking up debris and Slow Down to Get Around. Slow down to 10 mph below limit and provide two-foot berth around stopped collection vehicles. Watch this video.
  • A reminder that you cannot burn debris and yard waste in our county – this is to prevent the spread of fire and to protect air quality.

2. Power Outages Continue

  •  There are still several thousand customers in the county without power today. If you have questions about your power outage, here is the contact information:
  • The following county facilities continue to be without power and are closed:
    • Parks and Rec – Due to power outages and trees down, Riverbend Park’s Visitor Center is closed but the park is open. Hidden Pond Nature Center is closed. Ellanor C. Lawrence Park and Visitor Center is closed due to the closure of Walney Road and lack of power. Burke Lake Park is open but the gates are closed to vehicles and there is no power.  To report a downed tree in the parks, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/tree-removal
    • Martha Washington Library remains closed today due to lack of power, but all other library branches have opened on time.

3. Trees

4. Making Repairs

  • If you have damage to your house, be sure to hire a licensed contractor. Tips on what to look for and working with your insurance company.

5. Food Safety

  • If your power was out for an extended period you’ll want to assess whether the food in your refrigerator or freezer is still safe to consume.

6. Be Prepared for the Next Storm

  • We don’t know when the next emergency or storm will impact us – it could be next week or years away. Make sure you are informed and get the latest emergency information, subscribe to Fairfax Alerts.