Update - 3/6, 6:10 a.m.: All Fairfax County Public Schools are closed and after-school events and activities are canceled.
Federal government offices are closed, while Fairfax County's government offices are open with unscheduled leave allowed. Employees should use their best judgement when deciding whether or not to report to work. Fairfax County's courts are closed and the Fairfax Connector is operating on a Sunday schedule today.
City of Fairfax government offices will open on time today with liberal leave in effect for city employees. CUE Bus will operate on a normal schedule and trash and recycling will be collected as scheduled. Visit the City of Fairfax's website for more information on other city government closures.
Fairfax County has activated its emergency operations center. To follow updates throughout the day visit:
- Fairfax County's Emergency Information Blog
- Sign up for CEAN Text/Email Alerts
- Follow the county on Twitter
- Like the county on Facebook
Original story - 3/5, 1 p.m.: It looks like Northern Virginia's most significant snow storm of the season has started to arrive.
Predictions Tuesday night indicated Fairfax City could see anywhere from 6 to 12 inches, more than some of the Eastern suburbs.
The Winter Storm Watch from the National Weather Service predicts afternoon rain will turn into snow sometime tonight, and continue through Wednesday.
Winds of up to 25 miles per hour, with gusts up to 35 miles per hour, are also expected.
- Your Photos: Snow Comes To Fairfax City
- Fairfax City Under Winter Storm Watch
- Preparing for a Winter Storm in Fairfax
- Driving Tips for Snowy Weather
- Flight Delays Expected at Reagan, Dulles Due to Rain, Snow
Throughout Tuesday and Wednesday, check here for all service and road closures as they happen.
11:19 p.m. Tuesday: The city says "trash and recycling service might experience delays with collection."
"Please place trash and recyclables at the curb on the regular schedule — and leave it there until it is collected. City crews might be delayed, but they will collect it as soon as possible," it says.
As of 1 p.m. Tuesday: City of Fairfax offices remain open, as do Fairfax County Government offices and courts.
Fairfax Connector bus service is operating normally, but "may be affected by the inclement weather," the county says. Check the Connector Web page or call 703-222-9764 for any operating changes.
Until the snow begins, here's some information to keep on hand:
Road Conditions, Closings
- Use Patch's commute page for live traffic maps before you leave the office. Snow will mix with rain around 4 p.m., just in time for the afternoon rush.
- The Virginia Department of Transportation keeps a map with all incidents, road work and closures here: 511virginia.org
- The City of Fairfax keeps residents informed during snowstorms by posting information on its Emergency Management page. You can also "like" the city on Facebook or follow the city on Twitter.
- Fairfax County's Emergency Information Blog posts continual updates during weather events.
- To report an outage to Dominion Power, call 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357). To see Dominion's online outage map, click here.
Other information to keep on hand: