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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

 

Wind Storm Update for Sunday, March 4

Posted at 9:35 a.m.

R
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 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/tree-removal.
  • 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.


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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 www.weather.gov/wind.

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.

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