(Updated at 6:05 a.m.) The strongest windstorm in years is sweeping through the region, causing major problems on roadways, widespread power outages, and closures.
Earlier this morning, Fairfax County Public Schools announced they will be be closed today. Metro is operating at slower speeds above ground and Metro’s Rush Hour Promise will not be in effect today.
All Fairfax County public schools and offices will be closed today March 2, 2018 (Condition 1) due to dangerous high winds.
— Fairfax Schools (@fcpsnews) March 2, 2018
The dangerously high winds have left “all types of debris” on roadways in the county, according to the Fairfax County Police Department. The high wind warning is in effect until 6 a.m., with the strongest gusts expected in the middle of the day.
The National Weather Services advises all residents to remain in doors and away from windows.
Well the wind has arrived and it's supposed to only get worse. Power is out in various areas and if a signal is out, treat it like a 4-way stop. We are seeing all types, and we mean all types, of debris in the road! Be careful. pic.twitter.com/dqc5ybu1sb
— Fairfax City Police (@FairfaxCityPD) March 2, 2018