UPDATED: Windstorm Sweeps in a Flurry of Closures, Downed Trees

by RestonNow.com March 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm 13 Comments

(This post, originally published at 10 a.m., was updated at 1:26 p.m. with new information about road conditions andat 2:02 p.m.)

As a nor’easter continues in the area, there are more than 62,000 people without power in Fairfax County. A high wind warning warning is in effect through 6 a.m. on Saturday, but the worst may be behind us.

The National Weather Service suggests remaining indoors as winds with gusts of up to 58 miles per hour roar through the area. The strongest winds are expects late this morning and into the afternoon.

Reston Association urges all residents to steer clear of pathways due to “extremely hazardous conditions.”

Check back here for updates on road conditions, power outages and downed trees and wires.

Road Conditions

  • 2021 Hunter Mill Road – Tree in roadway
  • Leigh Mill Road & Georgetown Pike – Tree in roadway
  • West Ox Road between Centreville Road and Frying Pan Park – Closed due to tree and wires in roadway
  • Georgetown Pike & Ellsworth Avenue – Pole and wires in roadway
  • Green Range Drive & Antiqua Court – Tree in roadway
  • North Shore Drive & Temporary Road – Tree in roadway
  • 1123 Utterback Store Road – Pole and wires in roadway
  • 10004 Beach Mill Road – Tree in roadway


  • Fairfax County Public Schools — Closed
  • Fairfax County Government — Open with unscheduled leave
  • YMCA Fairfax County Reston — Closed
  • Hidden Creek Club — Closed
  • Reston Community Center — All programs are cancelled. No refunds will be issued for inclement weather. For more info call 703-476-4500.
  • Terry L. Smith Aquatics Center — Open at 9 a.m.

Reporting Downed Trees and Wires

  • Reston Association property: Call 703-437-7658.
  • Dominion Energy: Call 1-866-366-4357 or visit www.dom.com/outage-center.
  • For all emergency incidents, call 911.
  • Roadways: Call the Virginia Department of Transportation at 1-800-367-7623, TTY 711, or use VDOT’s online reporting form.
  • County Government buildings: 703-324-2055, TTY 711
  • Fairfax County Park Authority property: 703-324-8594, TTY 711 or report online
  • Fairfax County Public Schools property: 703-764-2429, TTY 711

Here’s a roundup of what locals are observing on social media:

Photo via Twitter user [email protected]_Lackland

This post has been updated.

  • Brad

    My thoughts and prayers are with Reston’s trees in this difficult moment.

    • OneReally

      We need wind legislation !

      • 30yearsinreston

        ban Acer Rubrum (Red maple) trees

        • John Higgins

          ARs, very clever.

      • Anonymous Person

        Medicaid funding would have prevented this, but fake news Trump wants to build a wall instead.

  • Anonymous Person

    Who will fine the wind for doing this? I couldn’t cut down a rotten tree, and I demand the county fine the responsible party like they would any of the rest of us.

  • 30yearsinreston

    This is Hudgins fault!

    • Tom Wyland

      Thanks for that.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    This wind sucks.

    • Reston has a lot of wind and I read last year where one person wanted to rename Reston to Windy Reston. And he was not running for the RA board.

    • Snakeden Sam

      Actually, it blows. 😉

  • JoeInReston

    “Reston Community Center — All programs are cancelled. No refunds will be issued for inclement weather.”

    RCC’s efforts to cut costs are already taking an effect.

  • EliteinReston

    The Fairfax County YMCA in Reston is open regular hours today. Child care is closed, as it is whenever the county schools shut down.


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