Fairfax County Public Schools will be closed tomorrow as a spring snow storm sweeps through the region.
Although snow fall is mainly over, the risk of refreezing is possible tonight.
Photo by Michael Piper
County officials are cautioning against driving today as the heaviest period of snow sweep through the area this afternoon.
About four inches have piled up in Reston, according to measurements from Reston Now readers. Snow is expected to continue into the evening, with light accumulation expected.
Mass transit is operating at reduced service levels. WMATA is running on a severe snow plan, which means major systemwide delays. Metroraill will operate on a modified schedule, with trains running every 12 to 15 minutes on all lines.
If you’re planning to shovel out before freezing temperatures hit, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Departments encourages individuals to “take it slow.”
“It is important to consider your physical limitations. Wear weather appropriate gear to keep you warm. Only shovel snow if you are physically able to do so. This snow is a wet and heavy type of snow,” the department cautioned.
Here’s more from social media:
Stay home if you can. The roads are very slippery and driving conditions are bad. To those on the road for work reasons, we are with you and here if you need us! pic.twitter.com/3KdBfAOOni
— Fairfax County Police (@fairfaxpolice) March 21, 2018
VSP Troopers have responded to 250 crashes across #Virginia since midnight. Delay travel or end up like this driver…stuck on I-66 in Fairfax Co in #NorthernVA. https://t.co/oUYbn0cLC8 for road conditions. @VaDOTNOVA pic.twitter.com/J2FoktpULZ
— VA State Police (@VSPPIO) March 21, 2018
Help #FCFRD Access Nearest Fire Hydrant In An Emergency! All residents, who are physically able to do so, are asked to keep the nearest fire hydrant accessible and free of snow and ice. More: https://t.co/y6qPPeWQi4 #ffxstorm #adoptahydrant pic.twitter.com/MBcjAsyV2a
— Fairfax Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) March 21, 2018
Photos submitted by Michael Piper, Robbie Nolan, Betty Bley, Angelika Stadel and Douglass Errett
A light layer of snow in the morning, which greeted some with disappointment today, will likely become thicker, forecasters say.
A blend of snow, sleet and freezing drizzle is expected to transform into snow later today. A blanket of three to seven inches is possible, with a high near 33 and a low of 27. Snow is expected to taper off before 11 p.m. Tomorrow’s partly sunny conditions may melt some snow away.
Local county entities are taking no chances on the snow despite a slow start this morning. Fairfax County Public Schools and Fairfax County government offices are closed today.
Here’s a roundup of other snow-related closures:
- Reston Community Center – closed
- Reston Association – closed
- Fairfax County Circuit Court – closed
- Fairfax County Circuit Court
- The Walker Nature Center – closed
- Reston Regional Library – pending
- Metro – operating on modified schedule
- Fairfax Connector – operating on Saturday service schedules
6:00 AM: A band of heavy snow is lifting northeast that will quickly make travel hazardous. Temperatures are below freezing in most locations, so exercise caution even if precipitation is light. pic.twitter.com/yWoXFqzqYG
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) March 21, 2018
This post will be updated.
The D.C. area will be under a Winter Storm Warning from tonight through Wednesday night.
Between four and eight inches of snow is expected in the region. Local snow accumulation may be lower.
Fairfax County Public Schools has canceled all afternoon and evening activities on school campuses. A decision on tomorrow’s possible closure is expected by 9 p.m. today.
Forecasters encouraged residents to be wary of difficult travel conditions and limited visibility. If travel is mandatory, drivers are encouraged to keep an extra flashlight, food and water in the vehicle incase of an emergency, according to the National Weather Service.
NEW/BREAKING: Washington’s biggest snowstorm of the winter likely Wednesday, starting before dawn, winter storm warning issued for entire region. Details: https://t.co/NJjdPJyEfZ
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) March 20, 2018
The snow could really rip for a time in the DMV Wednesday AM to early PM. A very heavy band of snow could set up & dump somewhere – perhaps producing isolated double digit totals. Exactly where is the big question. We favor N or E of DC but moving target. https://t.co/NJjdPJyEfZ pic.twitter.com/ZSf8PyMhff
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) March 20, 2018
Photo by Twitter user @MrErrett
NWS issued a winter weather advisory that will remain in effect from 3 to 9 p.m. today. Freezing rain or rain that will freeze upon contact with cold surfaces. Sidewalks, roads and bridges are expected to very slippery.
“Even if temperatures rise above freezing, the ground and other surfaces are still extremely cold due to the recent Arctic blast. This increases the likelihood of a glaze of ice on surfaces,” according to the advisory.
All Reston Community Center programs have been cancelled. Fairfax County Public Schools closed today because of the possibility of freezing rain.
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) January 8, 2018
As the historic bomb cyclone unleashes blizzard conditions from costal Virginia to New England sends reverberations to the Reston area.
A winter weather advisory for Fairfax County and other parts of the region has been extended to 1 p.m. today due to snow-covered, slippery roads and limited visibility, according to the National Weather Service.
As of around 7 a.m. this morning, Reston received half an inch of snow. All Reston Community Center events are cancelled.
Residents are advised to take several steps as frigid temperatures continue to follow the snow:
- Avoid frozen pipes by eliminating drafts. Search for areas in the home where water supply lines are located in unheated areas and take measures to prevent the flow of cold air in these areas. Make sure the water line to outside faucets is turned off and the line is drained. Keep the thermostat at a reasonable temperature even if you are away from home to prevent water pipes from freezer. Never try to thaw a pipe with an open flame or torch due to the potential for electric shock.
- Dress warmly to avoid frostbite and hypothermia. Avoid overexertion, dress warmly in loose-fitting, layered, lightweight clothing.
- Check on vulnerable neighbors, particularly the elderly.
If you see anyone who is unsheltered and needs help, call the police department’s non-emergency number at 703-691-2131. The county has been housing between 200 and 220 people a night through its hypothermia program.
Through March 31, Cornerstones is offering housing for unsheltered homeless adults at the North County Human Services Building (1850 Cameron Glen Drive), which is near the Embry Rucker Community Shelter. The program operates every night regardless of inclement weather and on all holidays.
Just yesterday, local police found a 79-year-old woman who had been reporting missing when the temperature was just eight degrees. The woman is now recovering in a local hospital.
The long, cold winter nights are upon us.
Imagine you are spending the night sleeping outside, behind a store on Route 1 or in the woods of Burke.
— Fairfax County Government (@fairfaxcounty) January 2, 2018
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Events Around Reston This Weekend — A number of events, including some that are Christmas-themed, are planned in and around Reston this weekend. [Event Calendar]
The first snow of the season could come this weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from midnight tonight through 4 p.m. Saturday.
Between 2 to 4 inches of snow are expected, according to the advisory, which covers the I-95 Corridor from northeastern Maryland to near Fredericksburg, Virginia.
A winter weather advisory is issued when periods of snow that cold cause travel challenges are expected.
Winter weather advisory late tonight through tomorrow afternoon. NWS snow forecast is for 1 to 3 inches in the immediate area, and 2 to 4 inches east. https://t.co/cxcbUBOBM6 pic.twitter.com/KYPUVUtbph
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) December 8, 2017
The show is led by Bob Brown, a master puppeteer who has worked combined puppets and storytelling for more than 60 years.
Performances will take place at 10 a.m and 11:30 a.m. in the park’s visitor center, which is located on 2739 West Ox Road in Herndon.
Registration costs $5 per person for audience members. The park’s country store will be open for gift shopping.
For more information, call 703-437-9101. To register, visit the park’s website.
It took until March 14 for the first and potentially only snowstorm of the season to hit the Reston area, and its results are underwhelming for many who have been patiently waiting.
Monday morning, we asked readers to predict how much snow would fall during this weather event. More than 43 percent of respondents to our unscientific poll said we would see 4-8 inches. Another 20 percent called for 8-12 inches, while about 5 percent wanted a foot or more.
The National Weather Service’s official snowfall readings for Fairfax County this morning report between 1 and 3.5 inches of snow, with the highest numbers in the Vienna area.
At least one Facebook reader took issue with terminology that was being used to describe the storm.
“‘Significant snow has fallen’ — every picture is of ice and slush,” Brenda Leong wrote on our Facebook page. “I suppose an inch or so is significant compared to the nothing all winter — but it’s certainly not the 5 to 7 to 12+ we were led to expect.”
Not everyone is unhappy with the relatively small amount of snow, though, as Douglas Errett shared with us on Twitter.
— Douglas H. Errett (@MrErrett) March 14, 2017
Dominion Power reports just a handful of power outages, affecting 189 customers as of 10 a.m., in the county.
The National Weather Service says flurries are possible throughout the rest of the day, but conditions as a whole are on the rise.
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) March 14, 2017
VDOT encourages drivers to stay off the roads to allow plows to finish their work. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue reminds residents to use moderation when cleaning up heavy, wet snow — if they have any to clean up.
— Fairfax Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) March 14, 2017
Photo of Reston Parkway courtesy Karen Eldridge on Facebook
Measurable snow has fallen for the first time this year, and social media users are sharing wintry scenes from around the area.
— Eddie (@WFOcom) March 14, 2017
— Chris McNulty (@Vaphilly624) March 14, 2017
— Dulles Airport (IAD) (@Dulles_Airport) March 14, 2017
— Sam Nassau (@samuelnas) March 14, 2017
— Fred Krazeise (@Fred_Krazeise) March 14, 2017
— John Henry (@JohnHenryWUSA) March 14, 2017
Share your photos with us at [email protected] and we may use them later today.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is telling residents that if they don’t have to go out today, don’t.
Snow, sleet and freezing rain has fallen in Reston and the surrounding area, and drivers are being advised to stay off the roads. VDOT warns that anyone who must travel should reduce speeds, use extreme caution and be alert to icy and inclement conditions. Road temperatures are expected to remain below freezing all day, with potential for continued refreeze.
To see current road conditions and snowplow activity, visit www.vdotplows.org.
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) March 14, 2017
Area closings, cancellations and other re-schedulings include:
- Fairfax County Public Schools are closed.
- Reston Association offices will open with a 2-hour delay. RA evening meetings have been called off.
- All Reston Community Center programs are canceled today. The pool will open at 9 a.m.
- The Lake House will be open at 9:30 a.m. for the School Day Off program.
- All School Age Child Care (SACC) centers in the county are closed.
- The Office of Personnel Management says federal employees are working on a 3-hour delay today. Employees have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.
- Metrorail is operating on a Saturday schedule. Metrobus services are working under the Moderate Snow Plan.
- Fairfax Connector bus service will operate on a Saturday schedule. Check www.fairfaxconnector.com for the current operating status.
- There will be no county trash or recycling pickup today.
- MVB Bank (1801 Old Reston Ave.) will open on a 3-hour delay.
- The Capital Bikeshare system will remain open today; however, there will be no rebalancing of bikes.
- For information about FASTRAN, call 703-222-9764, TTY 711 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs/
- Fairfax County government offices are open. However, employees have been granted unscheduled leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled.
- Today’s Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting will start at 1 p.m.
- View the county’s public meetings calendar for any potential cancellations of public meetings of Fairfax County government Boards, Authorities or Commissions.
- The Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court have not yet made a decision on operating status.
If you have a closing or cancellation to add to our list, please email [email protected] Use the same address to send us any snow day photos or other information you would like us to share with the community.
Photo via @RenaeDitmer on Twitter
After a snowless winter, it looks like Reston will finally be hit.
Forecasters are predicting several inches of snow for the area, with an outside chance of a foot or more, beginning tonight and continuing into Tuesday.
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) March 13, 2017
The National Weather Service has placed an area including Reston under a winter storm warning that is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Monday and last through 2 p.m. Tuesday. According to the alert, their official predictions include the following:
* PRECIPITATION TYPE…Snow…possibly mixed with sleet at times
* ACCUMULATIONS…Snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches.
* TIMING…Snow will overspread the area Monday evening and
persist through Tuesday morning.
* IMPACTS…The heavy snow will create difficult travel
conditions and may produce scattered power outages.
* WINDS…Northeast 5 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.
* TEMPERATURES…In the lower 30s.
— Stu Ostro (@StuOstro) March 13, 2017
In preparation for the storm, the Virginia Department of Transportation began pre-treating roads Sunday. The department is encouraging drivers to adjust their schedules to be off roads before the evening rush hour Monday and overnight.
“This will help avoid being stuck on the roads when the storm begins, and to allow crews room to work more safely and efficiently,” VDOT said in a release.
In addition, VDOT asks that vehicles be parked in driveways, or that communities coordinate to all park on the same side of the road, to allow a larger path when plows begin to focus on neighborhood streets.
NEW: National Weather Service reduced their forecast from 6-8" to 4-6" in Washington, DC. We will release a new map following PM models! pic.twitter.com/h6Z1I20Mkn
— Mike Thomas (@MikeTFox5) March 13, 2017
Such a significant snowfall would also have an impact on public transportation.
Metro will suspend its MetroAccess paratransit services at 4 p.m. today, and they will remain out of service through Tuesday. In addition, Metrobus service changes are possible and will be announced based on weather conditions and forecast.
Fairfax Connector is reminding users that service may be reduced, modified or suspended, on a route-by-route basis or systemwide. Riders are encouraged to monitor schedules online or call customer service (703-339-7200) for updates.
Photo via Virginia Department of Transportation on Twitter (@VaDOTNOVA)
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RA Focusing on Future of Golf Courses — In the latest “Reston Today” dispatch, Reston Association land-use attorney John McBride breaks down what’s going on with potential threats to Reston National Golf Course and Hidden Creek Country Club. [Reston Association/YouTube]
Seuss To Be Celebrated at Library — Children ages 4 and up are invited to Reston Regional Libary on Monday at 4:30 p.m. for a celebration of the works of Dr. Seuss. Steve Somers will present the stories at the event, co-sponsored by Friends of Reston Regional Library. [Reston Regional Library]
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It’s January, and it appears the inevitable is about to arrive. Snow is finally ready to hamper our commutes.
Rush-hour drives this evening and Friday morning are likely to get a little dicey thanks to winter weather. The Virginia Department of Transportation says anti-icing action began Wednesday, and the telltale lines are evident on streets and highways throughout the area.
VDOT says more than 1,100 pieces of equipment were being stages on area roadways this afternoon in preparation for the snow’s onset. Crews are expected to treat roads with salt and sand once the snow starts to fall. Workers are scheduled to remain on duty throughout the course of the storm, plowing in areas that see 2 inches of snow or more.
Area forecasters seem to be in agreement that the biggest impact of this weather event will be felt to the north and west of Fairfax County.
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) January 5, 2017
— Lauryn Ricketts (@laurynricketts) January 5, 2017
Stay wx aware today, as the 1st accum. snow this season is expected.Remember even light amts of snow can cause hazardous driving conditions! pic.twitter.com/PlaH8jJrPi
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) January 5, 2017
As warned by the National Weather Service in the above tweet, even a small amount of snow can cause a major disruption to driving conditions. VDOT urges drivers to adjust their commutes to account for additional travel time and avoid driving during the storm. In addition, drivers are being asked to:
- Not overdrive conditions
- Reduce speeds and use headlights
- Take it slow on bridges, ramps, overpasses and other potential trouble spots
- Ensure cars are filled with gas and windshield wiper fluid
- Take time to update their cars’ emergency kits
Fairfax County Schools are also closely monitoring the situation, and Thursday evening activities have been canceled.
FCPS Evening Activities Canceled due to forecast freezing road conditions facilities and school grounds will be closed starting at 6:15 p.m
— Fairfax Schools (@fcpsnews) January 5, 2017
The school district offers apps and text alerts to keep parents informed about school announcements, including weather-related delays and closings.