Fairfax faces snow – UPDATED, schools closed

Snowy traffic photo

UPDATED: Monday, 9:30pm

As a winter storm enters the region, the Virginia Department of Transportation asks that drivers stay off the roads through the snow’s end Tuesday. Road conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly overnight as pavement temperatures drop and snow begins to accumulate.

About 4,500 pieces of equipment are stationed through northern Virginia, with crews working twelve-hour shifts until all roads are clear.

Crews treated interstates and high-volume roads Sunday and Monday to help prevent snow from bonding with the pavement as the storm begins. Monday night, crews will treat roads with salt and sand, and will begin to plow once about two inches have fallen.

About 4,500 pieces of equipment have been staging through the region to begin pushing snow once two inches have fallen.

Snow total map


Fairfax County Public Schools and offices will be closed Tuesday. (Condition 1).

Due to Winter Storm Warning in effect till 2 p.m. Tuesday, all Fairfax County public schools and offices will be closed Tuesday, March 14, 2017 (Condition 1). The following activities in schools and on school grounds are canceled:

and facilities will close starting at 6:15 pm Monday (Condition 7).

  • extracurricular activities
  • interscholastic contests
  • team practices
  • field trips
  • middle school after-school programs
  • professional learning and training courses
  • adult and community education classes
  • recreation programs and community use by outside groups not affiliated with FCPS
  • School age child care (SACC) centers are closed.

Fairfax Connector warns that during inclement weather, heavy snow or icy conditions, service may be reduced, modified or suspended to poor travel conditions. If road conditions become unsafe, icy or snow packed, service may be suspended on a route-by-route basis, or system-wide.

 Virginia Railway Express plans to operate an “S” schedule tomorrow. Only trains with an “S” noted with the train number on the schedule will operate. VRS is still monitoring the weather with various stakeholders and if conditions continue to deteriorate it still may cancel service altogether. This decision will be made no later than 4:00 am Tuesday morning.

Amtrak has also informed VRE, as of this update, the VRE-Amtrak Cross Honor trains are still operating and will accept Step-Up Tickets from VRE riders in conjunction with a multi-day VRE ticket, as long as the Amtrak train has availability. They do warn that southbound trains may be affected (severely delayed or canceled) depending on how much an impact the storm has since the trains are coming from the northeastern part of the US.

VRE has also rescheduled the two public hearings on the fare increase that were to take place tomorrow to a week later, March 21.

The District of Columbia’s Snow Team will go into full deployment Monday evening. More than 200 plows are scheduled to be on their posts by 7 p.m.


 • Trains are expected to operate on a regular weekday schedule on Monday evening. The rail system will close at midnight (normal time). Deicing/snow clearing operations will begin as the storm moves into the region. Metro’s Emergency Operations Center will monitor conditions through the overnight hours.

 • On Tuesday, the rail system is expected to open at 5 a.m. with service above and below ground. All stations will be open. Trains will operate on a Saturday schedule (about every 12 minutes on each line).

 • SafeTrack single tracking on the Blue and Yellow lines will remain in effect; however, personnel assigned to SafeTrack work will be redeployed to snow-clearing operations.

 • On Tuesday, SafeTrack shuttle buses between Franconia-Springfield and Pentagon will not operate.

 • Customers are encouraged to sign up for MetroAlerts to receive updates via email or text message.


 • Metrobus service on Monday evening may be delayed or detoured due to road/weather conditions.

 • On Tuesday, Metrobus will start the day on a SEVERE snow service plan. Only selected routes will operate along major roadways. Use Metrorail as alternate if possible. View bus routes that operate under the severe plan.

 • Allow additional travel time. Check wmata.com before traveling.

 • Customers are encouraged to sign up for MetroAlerts to receive updates via email or text message.


 • MetroAccess service for customers with disabilities is SUSPENDED as of 4 p.m. Monday.

 • MetroAccess service will remain SUSPENDED all day Tuesday.

 • A time for service restoration has not yet been determined.


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Truman Lewis
A former reporter and bureau chief, Truman Lewis has covered presidential campaigns, state politics and stories ranging from organized crime to environmental and consumer protection.