Fairfax schools closed as region struggles through late winter storm

Metro bus

Schools closed, government offices struggled to remain open as a spring snowstorm pounded the region Tuesday.

The federal government is open with a three-hour delay. Employees have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

Fairfax County Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, March 14. School Age Child Care (SACC) centers will be closed.

Fairfax County Government offices will be open on Tuesday,  March 14, however employees have been granted unscheduled leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled.

The Fairfax County Circuit Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court have not yet made a decision on operating status.

Fairfax Connector bus service may be affected by the inclement weather. Check the Connector Web page at www.fairfaxconnector.com for the current operating status.

For information about FASTRAN, call 703-222-9764, press 8; TTY 711, or online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs/fastran.htm.

A mix of sleet and snow continues across northern Virginia, creating slick conditions dangerous for driving. The Virginia Department of Transportation asks that drivers continue to stay off roads this morning until the storm ends and conditions improve.

Roads

VDOT Crews and almost 4,500 pieces of equipment worked through the night and continue to treat roads with salt and sand, and to plow in areas where there is enough accumulation.

What drivers need to know:

·         Interstates and primary roads have stretches of slush and ice as snow and sleet continue to accumulate between plow passes.

·         Secondary roads and neighborhood streets remain mostly snow-covered.

·         HOV restrictions are lifted this morning on I-66, I-395 and the Dulles Toll Road.

·         The I-66 shoulder or green “X” lanes remain closed as crews continue to clear ice and snow.

·         Drivers are advised to continue to stay off the roads. If you absolutely must go out this morning, 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.

Metro

Metrobus service, which started the day on a “Severe” snow service plan, will transition to a “Moderate” snow service plan as of 7 a.m. To see which bus routes operate under the Moderate plan, use the following link:
https://www.wmata.com/rider-guide/weather/bus/moderate.cfm

Metrorail opened at 5 a.m. with service above and below ground. All stations are open.

Trains are operating on a Saturday schedule (about every 12 minutes on each line except Blue and Yellow, where SafeTrack has reduced train frequency). Metro will add trains later in the morning to support the delayed opening of the Federal Government.

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.

SafeTrack shuttle buses between Franconia-Springfield and Pentagon will not operate.

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