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.
Posted at 3:45 p.m.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is asking drivers to prepare for a day-long storm tomorrow that could make driving hazardous in Fairfax County and Northern Virginia.
You are encouraged to monitor weather forecasts and consider teleworking or delaying travel tomorrow. Also, plan for a longer than normal commute, with snow predicted in the morning and hazardous sleet and freezing rain beginning in the afternoon.
By 4 a.m. Wednesday, VDOT reports that about 700 trucks will be staged throughout Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington counties to treat roads. Additional trucks may be added to handle sleet and snow during the afternoon commute.
Today, crews are pre-treating major roads and trouble spots in Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun and Prince William counties. On interstates 66, 95, 395, and 495 — including bridges and ramps prone to freezing such as the Springfield interchange, I-66 at Route 29 and the Capital Beltway interchange at Route 1 — crews use liquid magnesium chloride. Problem spots on other major roads, such as the Fairfax County Parkway and routes 1, 7, 28, 29, 50 and 123, are pre-treated with salt brine.
Posted 5:35 p.m.
Neighbors: Please check in on elderly or other housebound people you may know to make sure they have enough heat and food.
Hypothermia Prevention: If you see an unsheltered person who may be at risk of hypothermia, call the police non-emergency phone line at 703-691-2131, TTY 711. Fairfax County’s emergency homeless shelters have additional capacity during winter months to take in people overnight who are at risk of hypothermia. Emergency personnel will determine which shelter option is best in the situation. Learn more about our emergency shelters and hypothermia program.
Pets: Don’t forget your pets — bring pets/companion animals inside; move other animals to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
Beware of Ice: With the cold temperatures, snow that has melted will refreeze and create hazardous icy conditions, including black ice. Drive cautiously and be careful walking outside.
Posted at 4:05 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a freezing rain advisory in effect from 7 p.m. this evening, Tuesday, Feb. 4, to 6 a.m. tomorrow morning, Wednesday, Feb. 5.
A freezing rain advisory means that periods of freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads. Slow down and use caution while driving.
Wally Simmons, loss prevention manager with the Fairfax County Risk Management Office, recommends five common sense driving safety tips.
For more on winter weather preparedness, visit our winter storm Web page.
County and School Status
- All Fairfax County public school activities for Saturday, January 21, are canceled, including:
- extracurricular activities
- interscholastic contests
- team practices
- field trips
- professional learning and training courses
- all adult and community education classes
- For complete information about school activities, visit www.fcps.edu.
Parks, Recreation and Community Centers
- 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 www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.
- For Department of Neighborhood and Community Services programs and events visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs or call 703-324-4600, TTY 711.
View the public meetings calendar at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/calendar/ShowCalendar.aspx for any potential cancellations of public meetings of Fairfax County government Boards, Authorities or Commissions.
Emergency information is available on Fairfax County’s Web site (www.fairfaxcounty.gov), Emergency Information Blog (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog), Facebook (www.facebook.com/fairfaxcounty), Twitter (www.twitter.com/fairfaxcounty), the Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN) at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cean or by calling the Fairfax County Emergency Information Hotline at 703-817-7771, TTY 711.
Winter weather preparedness information can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/prepare/winter.