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Fairfax County Government, Courts and Schools Closed on Monday, Jan. 25

Posted 11:40 a.m.

Government, Courts and Schools

  • Fairfax County Government offices/facilities will be closed on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. Employees are granted emergency administrative leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled. Emergency services such as public safety will be available.
  • The Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court will be closed Jan. 25.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools will be closed Jan. 25 and Jan. 26.

Transportation: Connector

  • Fairfax Connector bus service for Monday will be decided tonight. Check the Connector Web page at www.fairfaxconnector.com for the current operating status.

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Sunday Blizzard Update: 5 Things to Know

Posted 9:25 a.m. / Updated 1:50 p.m.

(UPDATE: Government, Courts and Schools Closed Monday)

The blizzard is over!

The sun is out!

But the cleanup has just begun. The keyword of the day will be patience.

The historic storm has resulted in a challenging few days for Fairfax County residents and those working hard to keep the community safe. We ask that the community be patient. It will take several days for things to get back to normal and this will be a multi-day clean up. 

Here’s an update from our Emergency Operations Center this morning:


Here are a few things to know:

1.) Stay off the Roads

Please continue to stay off the roads. Major roads are still covered in snow, but now that the snow has stopped, the Virginia Department of Transportation can really make progress — and it would help greatly if you are off the roads. You can track VDOT snow plow progress online.

vdot cameras

Also, please don’t walk down the middle of streets as plows are out and about.


2.) Check on Neighbors

Call, text or check in on elderly or homebound neighbors. See if they need anything now that the blizzard has passed.


3.) Sidewalks

Yes, the great dig out in our neighborhoods begins!

It takes a whole community to shovel snow from sidewalks because your state and local governments simply don’t have the resources to clear sidewalks across the whole county.

While not legally obligated, we need your help to keep sidewalks safe by clearing snow in front of residential or business properties so that all pedestrians (especially school children), those with disabilities and the elderly, may walk safely. Our first responders need easy access, too.

Do what you can, take your time and don’t overexert yourself. There’s a lot of heavy snow to clear. Where should you clear?

7 Places to Shovel:

  1. The sidewalk in front of your home.
  2. The sidewalk in front of vacant homes or homes where residents are unable to shovel.
  3. Fire hydrants.
  4. Bus stops.
  5. Sidewalks/paths that lead to schools or community buildings.
  6. Bike trails.
  7. Stormdrains.


4.) Fire Hydrants

We have hundreds of fire hydrants in the county that need some TLC so we’re all safe. Every second counts if there’s a fire. We need you to adopt fire hydrants and dig them out.

We have a fire hydrant locator map as a reference guide to find ones near you.

Be like this guy:


5.) Clear Snow From Cars

When the roads are ready, you’ll want to break out of cabin fever. If you have a car, PLEASE make sure you clear all of the snow from atop your car.

Don’t be like this guy:


Stay Informed

We have many ways you can choose to stay informed as we dig out from this blizzard:


County and Private Trash/Recycling Update

Posted 7:02 p.m.

To ensure the safety of trash truck drivers, Fairfax County has suspended the requirement for trash and recycling collection for the week of Jan. 25-30 for all collection companies operating in the county. This will provide the opportunity for workers to clear streets to allow travel to resume safely. Snow-covered roads make trash and recycling collection very difficult.

However, collection may resume before Jan. 30; it will depend on road conditions and your provider’s decision.

Residents should pull their containers away from the curb to allow snowplows to clean streets.


P.M. Blizzard Update

Posted 3:45 p.m.

The blizzard is still here until around midnight.

Here are some things to know this afternoon/evening:


Take This Snow and Shovel It — Safely

Posted 5:25 p.m. /  Updated Jan. 23, 10:45 a.m.

It sure looks pretty, but the snow must be shoveled.

And we want you to be safe.

It may be very difficult to remove snow today with the high winds, so you may consider staying inside.

If you do venture out, here are some quick tips to keep in mind:

infographic with snow shoveling tips.

  1. Clear sidewalks in your neighborhood; team up and make a plan with neighbors.
  2. Every second counts, so please clear fire hydrants.
  3. If you or someone you are with begins to have chest discomfort, especially with one or more of the other signs of a heart attack, call or text 9-1-1 right away.
  4. If you have a history of heart disease do not shovel without your doctor’s OK.
  5. If you have a driveway, shovel to the right as you’re facing the road. Leave the last few feet at the curb until the storm is over and the street is plowed.
  6. Take breaks while shoveling and do not overexert yourself, especially if you are usually inactive. Shovel small amounts of snow at a time. Push the snow instead of lifting where possible.
  7. Use proper form if lifting is necessary: keeping your back straight and lift with your legs.
  8. Avoid shoveling under snow-covered trees and roof lines due to possibly falling limbs, ice and snow.
  9. Dress in layers and wear warm clothing, especially in blizzard conditions.

Watch these videos for tips to save your back:

And the best way to shovel your driveway:

Best tip: get kids to help!

Young girls shoveling snow.

More information on our Take This Snow and Shovel It website.

Stay Informed

We have many ways you can choose to stay informed during this blizzard: