Posted at 1:35 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning from 10 p.m. this evening, Tuesday, Feb. 19, until 10 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 20. Snow will overspread the area late this evening, and mix with and change to sleet and freezing rain Wednesday morning.
A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice will make travel very hazardous or impossible.
Heavy mixed precipitation is expected, with total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of one tenth to two tenths of an inch possible.
Snow is expected to move into the county sometime between 3-5 a.m. We will see all snow at first with a transition into sleet after 1 p.m. After 4 p.m. it is expected to change to freezing rain with the sleet. Winds will be out of the east at 7-9 mph with temperatures hovering near 33 degrees.
Wednesday evening will bring rain and/or some periods of freezing rain becoming all rain after 10 p.m.
Tonight: Snow, mainly after 4am. Low around 29. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Wednesday: Snow before 1pm, then sleet between 1pm and 4pm, then freezing rain and sleet after 4pm. High near 33. East wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible. New snow and sleet accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
Wednesday Night: Rain or freezing rain, becoming all rain after 10pm. Low around 33. Northeast wind around 6 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch possible.
Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. When venturing outside, watch your first few steps taken on steps, sidewalks, and driveways, which could be icy and slippery, increasing your risk of a fall and injury.
Plan now to avoid driving through the day Wednesday and after the storm until conditions have improved. This will allow VDOT crews time to plow and treat roads. VDOT reminds you to park your vehicles in driveways or on the same side of the street to allow plows room to pass.
Posted at 11:55 a.m.
UPDATED 2:40 p.m.
- The Fairfax County Public Library and its branches will close at 6 p.m. this evening.
- All Neighborhood and Community Services facilities and programs will be closing at 6 p.m. this evening.
- Channel 16’s “Your Community, You’re Connected,” scheduled for this evening, has been cancelled. The program has been rescheduled for Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.
Due to today’s hazardous weather outlook, several county programs and meetings are affected this afternoon and evening.
County and School Status
- All Fairfax County Public Schools are closing two hours early today, Tuesday, Jan. 29. School Age Child Care (SACC) centers will remain open until 6:15 p.m.
- Fairfax County Government offices and the Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court remain open at this time.
Parks, Community and Recreation and Community Centers
- Because of the school closure, Park Authority programs held at Fairfax County Public School locations are cancelled today from 4 p.m. on, including evening activities. At this time, classes held at RECenters and other Park Authority facilities will proceed as scheduled. If you have questions about Park Authority facilities, contact the site directly, call the Parks inclement weather line at 703-324-8661, TTY 711, or visit fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.
- Due to the expected inclement weather, several operational status adjustements have been made for Department of Neighborhood and Community Services programs and events. Visit fairfaxcounty.gov/neighborhood-community-services/tuesday-jan-29-inclement-weather-status-update-details for details.
- The Reston Community Center and the McLean Community Center may be affected by the inclement weather. Call RCC at 703-476-4500, TTY 711, restoncommunitycenter.com or MCC at 703-790-0123, TTY 711, www.mcleancenter.org for their current operating status.
Transportation: Connector, Fastran
- Fairfax Connector bus service may be affected by the inclement weather. Check the Connector Web page at fairfaxcounty.gov/connector for the current operating status.
- FASTRAN will transport dialysis, chemotherapy and radiation trips as scheduled. All other scheduled route services are cancelled. For information about FASTRAN, call 703-222-9764, TTY 711, or online at fairfaxcounty.gov/neighborhood-community-services/transportation/fastran.
- 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.
The following advertised public meetings have been cancelled.
- 3 p.m. – Board of Supervisors Health, Housing, and Human Services Committee
- 6:30 p.m. – Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Affordable Housing Resources Panel
- 7 p.m. – Lincolnia Planning District Study Task Force Meeting
For more information on advertised public meetings of Fairfax County Government Boards, Authorities or Commissions, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/Calendar.
Additional Information Sources
Emergency information is available on Fairfax County’s website and the Emergency Information Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Fairfax Alerts or by calling the Fairfax County Emergency Information Hotline at 703-817-7771, TTY 711. Fairfax County Government Radio will also announce county government closings.
Fairfax County Snow Guide can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/snow.
Posted at 2:30 p.m.
he National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and a Special Weather Statement for Fairfax County and surrounding areas, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 29.
Forecasters predict near normal temepratures today with increasing sunshine, however, big changes are on the way as a strong front crosses the area tomorrow as rain changes to snow.
Much colder temperatures, strong winds and wind chills in the single digits to below zero await us for Wednesday and Thursday.
Special Weather Statement
- Rain is expected to change to snow Tuesday afternoon and evening. This may cause travel disruptions during the evening commute.
- A Wind Advisory may be needed for parts of the area Wednesday.
- Below zero wind chills are possible Wednesday night through Thursday.
Rain will develop and change to snow late Tuesday afternoon and early evening. The snow may be briefly heavy before ending later Tuesday evening. While accumulations are forecast to be between 1 to 3 inches, the abrupt transition to snow will result in rapidly deteriorating driving conditions. Then as temperatures drop below freezing Tuesday evening, any residual moisture and slush on roadways and sidewalks will be prone to freezing, resulting in slick conditions.
The greatest threat for impact from this snowfall during the Tuesday evening rush hour will be from the Blue Ridge and Catoctin Mountains eastward to the Chesapeake Bay, including the greater Baltimore and Washington Metropolitan Areas.
If you plan on commuting Tuesday evening, be aware of the potential for travel disruptions. Plan ahead by allowing for extra travel time, and consider using public transportation andtelework options.
Stay tuned for future updates on this winter weather event, and the potential for Winter Weather Advisories to be issued later today. And be sure to sign up for severe weather alerts from Fairfax Alerts.
Posted at 1 p.m.
The National Weather Services has issued a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 6 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Jan. 17, until 4 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18 for Fairfax County, the District of Columbia and central and Northern Maryland. A winter weather advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
Snow will develop late this afternoon into this evening and continue into the overnight hours. While accumulations are forecast to be light, around an inch, any untreated road surfaces and sidewalks may turn icy as temperatures fall below freezing after sunset.
According to the weather service, the greatest threat for impact from this light snowfall during the evening rush hour will be north and west of Interstate 95 from Baltimore to Fredericksburg and also near Interstate 66 in Northern Virginia.
If you plan on commuting this evening, be aware of the potential for travel disruptions. Plan ahead by allowing for extra travel time and consider using public transportation and telework options. You should plan on slippery road conditions and sidewalks.
Today: A chance of snow, mainly after 3pm. Cloudy, with a high near 35. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Tonight: Periods of snow before 4am, then a chance of snow and sleet. Patchy fog after 1am. Low around 32. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow and sleet accumulation of around an inch possible.
Friday: A chance of sleet before 7am. Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Northwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm.
Saturday: Rain and snow after 10am, becoming all rain after 4pm. High near 40. Light northeast wind becoming east 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Saturday Night: Rain. Low around 36. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Sunday: Rain, snow, and sleet likely before 1pm, then a chance of snow between 1pm and 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 9.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Sunny, with a high near 21.
Posted at 11:30 a.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory until 4 p.m. this afternoon, Wednesday, Nov. 28. A Wind Advisory means that winds of 45 to 55 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
The weather service reports westerly winds from 25-35 mph with gusts of 50-55 mph possible. These strong winds may blow down tree limbs, trees and power lines; scattered power outages are expected.
If you experience either downed trees or power lines, NewsCenter has details about who to contact. The Fire and Rescue blog has some great tips about downed power lines, what you should know and what you should do in case you encounter any downed electrical lines.
And please remember, if your power goes out this evening, please use battery powered lighting and not candles.