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Wind Storm Update for Sunday, March 4

Posted at 9:35 a.m.

ecovery operations continue today from the damaging wind storm across the county and the region. As of 9 a.m. this morning, there were still over 33,000 power outages in Fairfax County, affecting some traffic signals, as well as county and school facilities.

County Facility Status

  • Schools – Activities scheduled in Fairfax County public schools or on school grounds are canceled today, Sunday, March 4.
  • Parks and Recreation – All Park Authority programs at Fairfax County Public School locations are canceled for Sunday, March 4.
    • South Run RECEnter will open today at noon.
    • Spring Hill RECenter remains closed due to power outages.
    • The gates at Lake Accotink Park and Burke Lake Park are closed to vehicular traffic but the parks are open.
    • Riverbend Park and Ellanor C Lawrence are both without power.
    • Clemyjontri Park is open but bathrooms are closed.
    • The Park Authority continues to evaluate other sites and we encourage you to call the facility before going. To report a downed tree in the parks, visit
  • Libraries (Updated at 10:25 a.m) – The Chantilly Regional Library remains closed today due to a lack of power. All other regional library branches will open as scheduled at 1 p.m.

Power Outages

If you are without power, please report it.

Stay away from downed wires as they may be live with electricity.

Weather Forecast

Today it will be sunny with a high near 48. North winds 16 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Tonight, clear, with a low around 27. North winds around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Then on Monday, it will be sunny with a high near 45. North winds 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. More on the forecast.

Fairfax Alerts

High Wind Warning in Effect for Friday, March 2

Posted at 11:30 a.m.

A High Wind Warning from the National Weather Service is in effect for Fairfax County and almost the entire National Capital Region for tomorrow, Friday, March 2, from 3 a.m. until 7 p.m. A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

Winds will begin to increase substantially early Friday morning. Sustained NW winds of 25 to 35 mph are likely with gusts of 55 to 60 mph possible through most of the day. Damaging winds may down trees and power lines. Power outages are expected and travel will be difficult, particularly for high profile vehicles. Winds will start to subside Friday evening but remain between 20 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 40 mph, diminishing to 15 to 20 mph by Saturday.

Take Action Before a High Wind Event

There are some action steps you can take today to prepare. According to the National Weather Service, in anticipation of a high wind event, you should:

  • Trim tree branches away from your house and power lines.
  • Secure loose gutters and shutters.
  • Secure items outside your home — either tie them down or put away — so that they don’t blow away or fly through a window.
  • Identify an interior room of your house, such as a basement or interior bathroom, where you can take shelter.
  • Identify a sturdy building you can go to if you live in a mobile home.
  • Update your emergency kit and be sure to include enough food and water to last for 3 days for each person in your home.

For more on wind safety, visit

Who to Call for Downed Trees or Electrical Wires

If a tree falls and there’s an immediate life-safety issue, call or text 9-1-1.

If a tree falls into your home:

  • Get everyone safely out of your house. Use your cellphone or go to a neighbor’s house and call 9-1-1.
  • Stay away from the home until public safety employees can access your home for structural safety (as well as ensuring your utilities are okay or should be turned off.)
  • Only after all of these safety measures should you then call your insurance company.

For downed electrical lines, remember to never touch a downed wire.

Check out NewsCenter for more information and numbers on who to call about downed trees and electrical wires.

And of course, be sure to register for severe weather alerts from Fairfax Alerts — if you’re not already subscribed.

Fairfax Alerts

Sleet and Freezing Rain Expected To Impact Tonight’s Evening Commute

Posted at 1:20 p.m.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. tonight (Monday, Jan. 8) for Fairfax County.

A wintry mix with freezing rain and sleet will most likely impact the commute home for some people. The ice will result in very slippery conditions on roads, bridges and sidewalks.

If possible, you should get where you need to be before the weather gets bad. If that is not an option, drivers should be prepared to slow down and drive extra cautiously as the ice will cause travel difficulties.

Also, be sure to stay informed this season with our Winter Weather Guide, and sign up for Fairfax Alerts to be notified about weather events and other emergencies.

Icy Conditions Expected Tonight

Posted at 4:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service reports that icy roads and sidewalks are expected tonight as temperatures drop well below freezing in the wake of today’s light snowfall.

Motorists and pedestrians should exercise caution when driving or walking this evening. Reduce speed, leave extra stopping distance, and allow plenty of extra time to get to your destination.

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Winter Weather Guide

Fairfax County Winter Weather Guide

Winter is here and that means cold temperatures, the possibility of snow and lots of questions. Questions like:

  • Who is responsible for plowing the snow off Fairfax County roads?
  • Who clears walkways, sidewalks and bus stops?
  • Where can I get severe weather alerts?
  • How do I know if county government is open on a snow day?

For the answers to these questions and other things you need to know this winter, check out our Winter Weather Guide.