UPDATE Wednesday 12:15 p.m.:
From the Fairfax County Emergency Information Blog:
"A winter storm warning is still in effect and snowfall rates are picking up as the brunt of the storm is hitting us now. In general, we can expect a total of 6-10 inches of snow in Fairfax County depending on your location. See the map with the latest predictions."
(See map for snowfall predictions; click on photo gallery.)
Fairfax County Government offices and services will close at noon today. Emergency personnel are still required to report for duty. Libraries will be closing at 11 a.m.
Most public meetings have been cancelled for this evening. School activities are cancelled the rest of the day. Courts are also closed.
Update 4:30 a.m.
All Fairfax County public schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, March 6. The following activities in schools and on school grounds are canceled:
- extracurricular activities
- interscholastic contests
- team practices
- field trips
- middle school after-school programs
- professional learning and training courses
- all adult and community education classes
- recreation programs and community use by outside groups not affiliated with FCPS
- School Age Child Care (SACC) centers are closed.
The entire DC metropolitan area, including Fairfax Station and Clifton, is under a winter storm warning from midnight Tuesday night through 3 a.m. Thursday morning. Between now and then you can expect up to 5 inches of heavy, wet snow, according to the forecast.
The snow should start falling early hours Wednesday morning. Expect temperatures in the mid-30s and wind gusts of up to 16 miles per hour throughout the evening.
Keep Tabs on the Storm
- Follow the storm through the Patch Weather Channel widget.
- Grocery stores in Clifton are reportedly ready for the storm.
- Here's How Virginia Dominion Power has reacted to the storm.
- Picking someone up from the airport or going on a trip? They might be delayed.
- How much snow will fall in Fairfax Station? Check out our map here and look at the inch count.
- The Virginia Department of Transportation is sending out 4,000 snow trucks.
- Here's a story about an Electric Co-op ready for the storm.
- Worst Case Scenario - 12 inches of snow
Fairfax Connector bus service is operating normally, but "may be affected by the inclement weather," the county says. Check the Connector Web page or call 703-222-9764 for any operating changes.
Until the snow begins, here's some information to keep on hand:
Road Conditions, Closings
- Use Patch's commute page for live traffic maps before you leave the office. Snow will mix with rain around 4 p.m., just in time for the afternoon rush.
- The Virginia Department of Transportation keeps a map with all incidents, road work and closures here: 511virginia.org
- Fairfax County Public Schools will have information about any school delays or cancelations through these outlets (or, you can stick with Patch and we'll let you know).
- Fairfax County Emergency Information Blog.
- To report an outage to Dominion Power, call 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357). To see Dominion's online outage map, click here.
- You should report your power outage to Dominion Power even if you think your neighbor already has reported it.
- For safety and other information on what to do in the event of a power outage, read: Winter Storm Emergency Preparedness Tips.