Update at 8:25 p.m. — Fairfax County Public Schools will be closed Wednesday.
Falling temperatures are expected to create hazardous travel conditions overnight and tomorrow, especially on secondary roads in various parts of the county. As a result, all Fairfax County public schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 (Cond. 1).
— Fairfax Schools (@fcpsnews) January 30, 2019
Snow accumulation is expected to lessen overnight and the temperature is going to drop. Ice will form on the roadways making driving conditions dangerous. Avoid driving if possible. If you do drive, reduce speeds and stay alert! Ice is difficult to spot. #FCPD pic.twitter.com/PZV6cOTkA8
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) January 30, 2019
Earlier: Traffic is already starting to back up as commuters head home early to beat expected icy roads from today’s rain and snow.
Traffic is heavy heading westbound on the Dulles Toll Road, according to Google Maps, and drivers should also expect scattered heavy traffic on the Reston Parkway and other primary roads around the area.
A Winter Weather Advisory is currently in effect. Forecasters are warning commuters to be aware of potential travel disruptions and allow for extra time getting back in the evening. Additional problems on the roads are possible Wednesday morning.
From the National Weather Service:
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST TONIGHT…
* WHAT…Snow, mixed with rain before 5 PM, will turn to all snow by 5 PM this afternoon, and continue through the evening rush before ending between 7 and 9 PM this evening. Total snowfall accumulation around one inch is expected.
* WHERE…Arlington and Fairfax Counties in Virginia, the District of Columbia and its southern and eastern suburbs.
* WHEN…Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until midnight EST tonight.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. Temperatures will fall below freezing during the evening rush, causing the potential for wet or slushy surfaces to freeze.
Fairfax County public schools closed two hours early today.
Flakes started in the Reston area earlier this afternoon. As of 4 p.m., some local roads were becoming snow-covered.
— Matt Bianco (@BiancoMSB) January 29, 2019
While drivers may not be enjoying the weather right now, at least one furry local is.
— Brandon R. Huffman (@BranRob79) January 29, 2019