Winter Storm Warning For Northern Virginia

Snowplow/Photo Courtesy of VDOTUpdate, 11:26 a.m. — South Lakes High School has announced the following events are postponed Wednesday evening:

Regional Track Meet that was to be held at the Prince George’s Sports Complex has been postponed. Information about the rescheduled date and time is not yet available.

Hipsanic Parent Meeting for Wednesday has been cancelled.

PTSA Meeting for tonight has been cancelled. The Academic Advising program will be presented at the March meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in the library.

Original story, 9 a.m. Wednesday: 

The National Weather Service has upgraded its winter storm watch to a winter storm warning — meaning a significant snowstorm is heading towards Northern Virginia Wednesday evening.

The Winter Storm Warning will be in effect from 8 p.m. Wednesday to 3 p.m. Thursday. The NWS says 4 to 8 inches of heavy snow and sleet will fall, with the high end of the range hitting areas West of the city, including Reston.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has issued a state of emergency for the commonwealth. A state of emergency, authorizes state agencies to position resources to prepare for the storm and recovery, including the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Department of Transportation, the Virginia National Guard and utility companies.

McAuliffe said Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are conducting anti-icing operations on major roadways across the state in preparation for the storm.

“VDOT is in a constant state of preparation and response mode this winter to clear roadways and keep traffic and commerce moving as safely as possible,” said Governor McAuliffe.“Crews will be out in force through the duration of the storm to treat and plow roads. Motorists are urged to avoid driving during the snow storm because of slick road conditions.”

More than 12,300 pieces of equipment, including trucks and plows will be deployed. VDOT is also prepared to remove trees, branches and other debris that may fall on roadways. The agency said its goal is to have roads passable within 48 hours of the storm.

In weather-related travel news, Amtrak has suspended some East Coast and southern routes due to the ice storm currently hitting the southern states.

Reston Now will update this story with any closings or advisories.

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