Updated: Fairfax County Braces for First Snow of 2019 This Weekend

by Catherine Douglas Moran January 11, 2019 at 2:30 pm 4 Comments

Updated at 4:45 p.m. — Includes information from Fairfax County Public Schools.

Fairfax County is reminding locals of winter safety tips as the first snowfall of the year is anticipated to appear this weekend.

The National Weather Service forecast expects 3 to 4 inches, with snow moving into the area most likely after 1 p.m. on Saturday (Jan. 12) afternoon. By nightfall, about half of an inch will probably be on the ground, a Fairfax County Emergency Information post says.

Locals can expect temperatures tomorrow in the low to mid-30s with calm winds. Overnight, a steadier snowfall is expected to bring another 2 to 4 inches with temperatures in the upper 20s with a light wind of 5 miles per hour.

On Sunday (Jan. 13), snow should continue and then taper off by around 1 p.m. with temperatures in the low to mid-30s again. Winds may reach 5 to 8 mph. Additional snow showers on Sunday evening may occur, but aren’t expected to add to the accumulation.

In a video posted today (Jan. 11), Courtney Arroyo from the county’s Emergency Management Office urges residents to prepare by imagining the worst case scenario.

Her advice includes:

  • making a communications plan including out of town contacts
  • having alternative plans for work, daycare and elder care
  • stocking up on items to survive at home for up to 72 hours, including nonperishable food, water, medications and any supplies for pets and children
  • staying off of the roads

“Don’t get blindsided,” she says.

Meanwhile, Fairfax County Public Schools tweeted that all activities scheduled in Fairfax County public schools and school grounds are canceled beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday and all day Sunday.

Photo via Charlotte Geary

This story has been updated

  • Why do you bother?

    I noticed yesterday that some roads have already been treated. I found it interesting that only the right lanes on Sunrise Valley had the telltale white stripes, not the whole road.

  • LaureenMT

    But those who are in House District 86 should still VOTE at Dranesville Elementary School or Franklin Middle School, 10am – 4pm! Vote early to avoid the snow! Schools have confirmed that they will be open for voting purposes.

    • Mike M

      Aren’t you part of the problem, lemming?

  • 30yearsinreston

    What is Sharon Bulova jumping on the bandwagon for ?
    She adds nothing and ,is as useless as Hudgins


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