UPDATE: Tuesday Closings: Expect 'a Mess' on I-66 for Morning Commute

What's open, what's closed Tuesday — keep checking back as Patch provides updates.

Forecasters expect roads to be "a mess" Tuesday morning. Photo by Jamie Rogers
Forecasters expect roads to be "a mess" Tuesday morning. Photo by Jamie Rogers
UPDATED Tuesday, 9:45 a.m.
Northern Virginia Round 2 has brought more severe winter weather to the area Tuesday morning; the National Weather Service predicts the DC area could see up to 5 inches of snow.

The following are closings and openings in and around Falls Church for Tuesday:

  • City of Falls Church government will be open Tuesday, including the Community Center and Library. Employees may take unscheduled leave after checking in with supervisor.
  • Recreation and Parks Activities
  • Library Programs: Senior Book Discussion (rescheduled tonext Tuesday) and PAWS to Read Canine Companion Program
  • Miller House Request for Information Meeting
  • FCCTV Studios
  • Falls Church District Courts Combined; all cases scheduled for today will be rescheduled

    • OPEN:
    • City Government offices and services are to be open/as scheduled today.
    • The Community Center open regular hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    • The Mary Riley Styles Public Library open regular hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. See above for some program cancellations.

    Who to Call
  • Power Outages: Report to Dominion Virginia Power via their website or 866-DOM-HELP (866-366-4357).
  • Trees/Limbs in Public Spaces and Roadways: Call 703-248-5181during office hours (if City government is open); call the Police non-emergency number, 703-241-5053, after hours

  • Snow Removal and Snow Emergency Routes Policies
  • Snow Removal Policy for Residents and Businesses:www.fallschurchva.gov/SnowRemoval
  • Snow Emergency Routes: www.fallschurchva.gov/SnowRoutes
  • TIP: Wait to shovel your sidewalk and driveway aprons until after the plows have gone by, or else the plows will push the snow back onto the shoveled areas!

    • Fairfax County Public Schools announced Monday night that schools will be closed Tuesday. 
    • Fairfax County Government offices will be open Tuesday, however employees have been granted unscheduled leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled. The county's School-Age Child Care Centers will be closed.

    NBC 4 meteorologist Doug Kammerer predicted Monday night during the 6 p.m. broadcast that area schools would be closed Tuesday. "I would not be surprised to see schools closed again," he said. "Buses would have a hard time with this at 7 and 8 a.m. Tuesday."

    The morning rush-hour commute, especially along Interstate 66, will be "a mess," he said, especially between 7 to 9 a.m. He also noted that ice from Sunday night's storm will refreeze.

    Fairfax County Public Schools and Falls Church City Public School closed Monday due to icy road though city and county offices were open. Federal offices opened with a two-hour delay.

    Snow and subsequent ice Sunday and early Monday knocked out power to about 130,000 Dominion Power customers in Northern Virginia. By Monday night, regional outages were down to about 24,000 homes in Northern Virginia, but the electric company was bracing for Round 2 of winter weather and said outages could be a "multi-day event."

    As of 6:45 p.m. Monday, it still appeared as if more than 500 homes were without power in the Falls Church area. Three of the city's four schools saw power outages as well.

    To report or check the status of an outage, click here or call 866-DOM-HELP (866-366-4357).


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