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.
Posted at 11 a.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for snow, sleet and freezing rain from midnight tonight to noon tomorrow (Saturday). A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities, and if you must be out use caution while driving.
Accumulations of snow and sleet of less than 1 inch along with around a tenth of an inch of glaze ice are in the forecast. More on the winter weather can be found on the National Weather Service winter weather page.
The weather service is expecting snow and sleet will overspread the region after midnight tonight, then change to freezing rain before dawn tomorrow morning. The freezing rain will change to rain by noon on Saturday. Temperatures are expected in the mid to upper 20s later tonight, rising into the lower 30s tomorrow morning and above freezing tomorrow afternoon.
With extreme cold and snow, sleet and freezing rain, the chance of getting frostbite or hypothermia increase dramatically. Check this blog article for more on frostbite and hypothermia, as well as additional information from the Fire and Rescue blog. Additional winter weather preparedness information also can be found on NewsCenter’s winter weather guide.