Snow blankets DC area, continues into the afternoon

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News release from Fairfax Emergency Services

The National Weather Service reports that Fairfax County has already received approximately 4-5 inches of snow — totals are approximately one inch higher toward the western portions of the county — and that we could receive up to an additional 3-4 inches today.

Snow will continue into this evening for most areas. Moderate to locally heavy snow is expected through mid-morning for portions of the area. See map for more details.

— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) January 13, 2019

The winter storm warning continues until 6 p.m. A winter storm warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

If you absolutely must drive, stay as far behind plows as possible, and significantly reduce speeds. Plow trains — staggered plows spanning all lanes of the road — are actively working interstates and need room to safely work. And as a reminder, the Virginia Department of Transportation plows most roads in Fairfax County. Visit our snow guide to view VDOT updates, its snow plow tracker and more.

Safety measures

If you are out shoveling your sidewalks or driveways, remember that heavy wet snow can put a strain on your heart. Only shovel if you are physically able to.

  • Shovel small amounts with each shovel pass.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Take frequent breaks.

And this video from VDOT explains how to properly shovel your driveway.

Fire hydrants

The snow accumulations, combined with the after-effects of plowing roads may result in fire hydrants being partially, or completely, buried in snow. It is vital that firefighters be able to quickly access a hydrant in the event of a fire. Immediate access to a water supply helps to swiftly extinguish the fire and prevent loss of life and property.

All residents, who are physically able to do so, are asked to keep the nearest fire hydrant accessible and free of snow and ice. Please clear a three-foot area around the hydrant and ensure there is a path to the roadway so the hydrant is visible and easily accessible.