Posted at 2:20 p.m.
The National Weather Service reports that the tornado warning is no longer in effect.
Fairfax County public safety officials are reporting several reports of trees falling into home as well as multiple reports of wires down. In all cases, you should stay away from downed wires near downed trees. Electricity can travel through tree limbs. Never remove tree limbs or other items that are touching or near a downed wire.
If a Tree Hits Your Home
- Get everyone safely out of your house. Go to a nearby shelter (another home or open public facility) to stay dry and out of the elements.
- Use your cellphone or go to a neighbor and call 9-1-1.
- Stay away from the home until public safety employees can access the home for structural stability and ensure utilities are controlled.
- Only after all of these safety measures have taken place should you call your insurance company.
For downed trees near roads or not into a home:
- Adjacent to Public Roads: Contact Virginia Department of Transportation at 1-800-FOR-ROAD, TTY 711.
- On County Parkland: Contact Fairfax County Park Authority at 703-324-8594, TTY 703-324-3988.
- Posing Hazard to Public Areas: Contact Fairfax County Urban Forestry at 703-324-1770, TTY 703-324-1877.
- On Private Property: Removal is the property owner’s responsibility.
If your power goes out report your outage; never assume a neighbor has reported it.
- Dominion Virginia Power: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357), TTY 711; view outage map.
- Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC): 1-888-335-0500 or 703-335-0500, TTY 711; view outage reports.
In addition, follow these safety tips:
- Use a flashlight for emergency lighting. Never use candles.
- Unplug electrical equipment until a steady power supply returns.
- Practice proper generator and surface heater safety.
- Leave one light turned on so you know when power is restored.
- If traffic lights are on flash, treat a flashing red as a stop (treat it like a stop sign). For flashing yellow, proceed with caution.
Several roadways throughout the county are also flooded and closed at this time. Please remember that if you encounter road covered roadways to turn around, don’t drown.
Posted at 1:30 p.m.
A low pressure system is forecast to cross the area today bringing us the possibility of severe weather this afternoon — strong straight line winds, isolated tornadoes and hail are possible. This will then be followed by a cold, high pressure system with temperatures dropping overnight.
Currently the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for our area until 2 p.m. and has just issued a Tornado Warning for Northwestern Fairfax County, also until 2 p.m. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect until 5 p.m.
Please remain weather aware as conditions can change rapidly as the warm, low pressure system moves out and is replaced by the cold, high pressure system.
Posted at 12:30 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning, in effect until 5:15 p.m., for the City of Fairfax and the central portion of Fairfax County.
Measured rain between 1 to 1.5 inches has been observed, with continuing rain expected of an additional .5 to .75 inches this afternoon into this evening. Showers and a thunderstorm also are possible later this evening up until 11 p.m., with intermittent showers overnight. (More on the forecast here.)
There are several roads in the county that have been impacted by flood waters. If you come across roads covered in water, please turn around, don`t drown. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.
At this time county officials do not anticipate any issues in the Huntington area.
Emergency management, public safety and public works staff will continue to monitor the storm and weather throughout the day and additional updates will be issued as needed. If you aren’t yet sign up for severe weather alerts from Fairfax Alerts, you may want to do that now.
Posted at 9:30 a.m.
The National Weather Service (NWS) and county emergency management officials are monitoring the progress of a powerful cold front that is forecast to affect our area this afternoon. With temperatures rising to near 80 degrees there will be an unusual amount of heat energy available for this time of the year to fuel thunderstorms as the cold front passes. The primary threat will be high winds and related power outages. In addition, isolated thunderstorm cells could also bring us hail and wind gusts to 40 mph or greater.
NWS reports scattered severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and large hail are possible this afternoon and evening. The most likely time for severe thunderstorms is between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m.
If you aren’t yet registered for severe weather alerts from Fairfax Alerts, you may want to sign up. You can receive alerts via text and email.
Today: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 7 p.m. and midnight. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Low around 44. Breezy, with a southwest wind 21 to 25 mph becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 38 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 51. Breezy, with a northwest wind 16 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.
Posted at 4:30 p.m.
A winter weather advisory is in effect from midnight tonight until 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet and freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities; use caution while driving.
Snow, sleet and freezing rain, with snow accumulation of up to 1 inch along with around a trace of ice is possible affecting the area late tonight through tomorrow.
For more winter preparedness and safety information, visit our winter weather guide.