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Fairfax County Public Schools Opening 2 Hours Late

Overnight snow showers make for slick roads.

Fairfax County Public Schools are opening on a two-hour delay this morning due to snow that fell overnight.

According to the FCPS website this morning: 

  • Morning preschool (special education) classes are canceled. 
  • Afternoon preschool (special education) classes start on their regular schedule.
  • Full-day preschool (special education) and Family and Early Childhood Education Program/Head Start classes start two hours later than the regular schedule.
  • Morning field trips are canceled.
  • SACC centers will be open by 7:15 a.m. 
  • Morning transportation for high school academy classes is canceled.
  • Adult and community education classes will start on time.

Federal employees have the option for unscheduled telework or unscheduled leave today.

Falls Church City Public Schools are operating on a normal schedule, according to the school district's twitter account. 

Snow showers began after midnight Thursday and continued on and off throughout the night. The sun is expected to peek out by 10 a.m. with temperatures rising to 29 this afternoon. Winds will come from the northwest, bringing the wind chill down into the teens all day.

Check here for winter weather driving tips before you hit the roads this morning.

Curmudgeon January 24, 2013 at 06:26 PM
If we lived in a real winter town, don't you suppose people would get used to driving in snow? I lived for 20 years on a mountain and can drive in anything but I see no reason to be condescending to people because they don't have the experience to be effective in a situation you find simple to manage.
Wien January 24, 2013 at 07:17 PM
To respond to Curmudgeon, I don't think you need to live in a snowy town to drive on 1-2" of snow. I've never lived in the north; it's common sense to slow down and use caution. You don't need experience to drive in the snow, you need common sense. Folks out there in Arlington getting in accidents aren't hauling 18-wheelers in the snow or tackling mountain passes in low gears, they're sliding into cars at stop lights and common 90-degree turns. That isn't experience. That's a lack of common sense...which is obviously seen on our area highways even when it's sunny, but that's magnified when it snows. And this isn't said to be condescending, but I do think people expect far too much out of VDOT in the winter. Outside the fact it's nearly impossible to plow (or treat as someone else said) such a small amount of snow and get down to asphalt, folks need to remember that Fairfax County is what, 400 sq miles or so? It's impossible to service that amount of space with any efficiency, especially since according to CWG we've gone 704 days between 2" snow storms. It's not even worth the depreciation expense of trucks sitting idle for two years to handle treating 400 sq miles. All of us just need to move a little slower and more cautious out there. A little patience would do the entire area some good (at all times of year).
Sandra January 24, 2013 at 07:38 PM
I don't know where you guys live, but in our area (Clifton) there is ice in spots. Try to stop at the stoplight at the top of an incline and your car has trouble getting any traction and starts to slide back. Snow is not a big deal, but yes, there is ice in some areas. Please don't be so condescending, you don't know what conditions are like in every neighborhood.
Curmudgeon January 24, 2013 at 08:07 PM
- All of us just need to move a little slower and more cautious out there. Amen to that. I also don't want more chemicals, etc., on the roads.
Molly Worker January 25, 2013 at 11:31 AM
I have lived in Ottawa, Canada and Madison, WI. Definitely those areas are much colder and people more experienced with winter driving etc. HOWEVER, Greater Washington DC area has unexpected hills and valleys and unpredictable weather patterns--but most of all many conscientious road users hampered by many non-caring drivers who at times seem not to have had proper U.S. drivers' training. Add to that the rat-race to make a living--the unfortunate situation where some cannot take leave from work till situation gets better or inner streets taking you out to main roads are traversible.... Use of stricter traffic laws on speeding and relaxation on the requirement to stop at difficult to hold locations, with additional traffic directors allowing the ones who could slide back come out a bit more into the intersection if they MUST stop, etc., and general all around caution will definitely improve situation--I now live in Vienna, VA off of busy but winding and hilly Lawyers but even at this location, on even bigger storms with more accumulations, my street does not get plowed even for 4 or 5 days after a storm. It is with a pang in heart we listen to machines clearing Abbottsford but not entering any of the side streets while thet freeze over, and the noise of the machines fading away ... yes, of course the able bodied younger home-owners and monied elders do it themselves or pay to but what of weaker poorer that have to get to work?

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