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FCPS: No School Monday Due to Snow, Sleet

by Karen Goff December 8, 2013 at 12:19 pm 0

 

Update, 6 p.m. Sunday: Fairfax County Public Schools have announced all schools will be closed Monday due to the weather conditions.

On Monday, Dec. 9, all Fairfax County public schools will be closed, and administrative offices will open at 12 noon. The following activities in schools and on school grounds are canceled.

Snow and freezing rain that fell all day Sunday have resulted in dangerous road conditions.

When FCPS is closed so are  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 also closed.

Update, 5:42 p.m. Sunday – Reagan National Airport is at a ground stop as of 5:45 p.m. while ground crews clear freezing rain. All airlines are reporting many cancellations from all three DC-area airports, so call and plan ahead if you have travel plans late Sunday.

As the snow turned into freezing rain Sunday afternoon, Virginia Department of Transportation officials advised  citizens to stay off roads.

“We are urging folks to stay off the road today and to delay travel in the morning until conditions improve,” Branco Vlacich, head of maintenance for VDOT in northern Virginia, said in a press release. “While crews are keeping up with the storm for now, we expect conditions to deteriorate as the snow turns into freezing rain.”

More than 2,000 salt trucks and plows are working to keep roads passable in northern Virginia, said VDOT, adding that while roads are passable, ramps, bridges and underpasses are treacherous and are likely to remain so until temperatures rise sometime Monday morning.

Original story: Snow began falling in Reston early Sunday, right on schedule. As of noon, the area has received less than an inch and main roads are generally clear.

However, changing weather this afternoon poses a challenge for residents. Sleet and freezing rain are predicted, the National Weather Service says. Some of the most troublesome issues in the area are expected North and West of D.C.

What you need to know:

The winter storm watch issued by the National Weather Service has been upgraded to a winter storm warning through 10 a.m. Monday.

The NWS predicts “one to three inches of snow and sleet, followed by a quarter inch of ice. Snow and sleet will begin Sunday morning, then will change to freezing rain Sunday afternoon. Freezing rain will continue Sunday night, eventually changing to rain late Monday morning. The greatest accumulation of ice will take place on Sunday night.”

All Fairfax County Public Schools activities scheduled for Sunday have been cancelled.

Reston Community Center  Hunters Woods and Lake Anne  will both close at 5 p.m. today due to the weather.

Icy power lines can mean power outages. Dominion’s outage map can be found here.

Virginia Department of Transportation has a road conditions website to keep you up to date.

Have any great snow photos? Tweet us at @restonnow or email to [email protected].

This story will be updated as conditions change and any closings are announced.

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