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 8:50 a.m.
Updated at 9:33 a.m.
A Winter Weather Advisory from the National Weather Service remains in effect until 1 p.m. this afternoon (Thursday, Nov. 15). A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
Fairfax County Police are reporting numerous county roadways are impacted by the weather (9 a.m. update). Public safety officials encourage you to use caution and follow police direction.
The National Weather Service (forecast) reports mixed precipitation is expected, with total sleet and snow accumulation of up to one inch, and ice glaze accumulations of up to a tenth of an inch expected. Plan on slippery road and sidewalk conditions in some areas.
County Government Programs Affected
Fairfax County Government is open, however Fairfax County Public Schools are now closed, following an earlier announcement of a two-hour delay. This school closure affects some county programs/services, so please check before you drive to any location to ensure that it is open and operating.
At this time, Fastran has announced that they will transport dialysis, chemotherapy and radiation trips only. All other scheduled route services are canceled, including senior centers, adult day health care, Women’s Recovery Center, senior residence trips and charter services. For general information about Human Services Transportation, call 703-222-9764, TTY 711.
If additional closures or delays are announced by Fairfax County programs, we will announce them via social media and here on the emergency information blog.
Posted at 2:40 p.m.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 10 p.m. tonight (Jan. 3) to 11 a.m. on Thursday (Jan. 4) for Fairfax County.
A Winter Weather Advisory means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties, which could impact the morning commute on Thursday. You should be prepared for possible snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
The bitterly cold conditions mean that snow will quickly stick on untreated roads and sidewalks. Plan ahead and allow extra time to get to your destination if traveling late Wednesday night or Thursday.
Posted at 10 a.m.
The first snow of the season is predicted this weekend, and with that expectation of snow, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from midnight tonight until 4 p.m. Saturday.
A winter weather advisory means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions can be obtained by calling 511 or you can visit www.511virginia.org/.
Be sure to sign up for Fairfax Alerts to receive severe weather updates. And to make sure you and your family are as prepared as possible for whatever this weekend’s snow — and this winter’s weather — may throw our way, be sure to read and bookmark our Winter Weather Guide that features some of the more frequently asked issues about winter in Fairfax County.
Posted at 4:30 p.m.
A winter weather advisory is in effect from midnight tonight until 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet and freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities; use caution while driving.
Snow, sleet and freezing rain, with snow accumulation of up to 1 inch along with around a trace of ice is possible affecting the area late tonight through tomorrow.
For more winter preparedness and safety information, visit our winter weather guide.