Fairfax County Closures Announced for Tuesday, Jan. 21

Information on Fairfax County schools, government, courts, special election, parks, community centers, libraries, Connector, Fastran and public meetings.

Between 4 and 8 inches are expected to fall on McLean on Tuesday. Patch file photo
Between 4 and 8 inches are expected to fall on McLean on Tuesday. Patch file photo

By Alex McVeigh and Jason Spencer

Update (1:27 p.m.): Fairfax County government closed at 1 p.m. Tuesday due to the winter storm. More info here: http://goo.gl/s7WnCY

Update (11:40 a.m. Tuesday): The U.S. Postal Service is asking Northern Virginia residents to clear a path to their mailboxes — including curbside space, walkways and steps, where applicable — to ensure the safety of mail carriers.

Original article: Fairfax County Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 21, as the county and surrounding areas are under a winter storm warning from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The following activities in schools and on school grounds are canceled:

  • extracurricular activities
  • interscholastic contests
  • team practices
  • field trips
  • middle school after-school programs
  • professional learning and training courses            
  • all adult and community education classes
  • recreation programs and community use by outside groups not affiliated with Fairfax County Public Schools
  • School Age Child Centers are also closed. Offices will be open with an unscheduled leave policy in effect. 

Government and Courts

Fairfax County Government offices are open, Tuesday Jan. 21, however employees have been granted unscheduled leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled.  Learn more about how the county executive decides operating status.

Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court have not yet made a decision on operating status.

Special Election

If you live in the Herndon or Chantilly area that is in Virginia 33rd Senate District, the special election is still on for Tuesday. Voting early is advised.

Parks, Community and Recreation and Community Centers

If you have questions about Park Authority facilities, contact the site directly, call the parks inclement weather line at 703-324-8661, TTY 711, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.

For Department of Neighborhood and Community Services programs and events visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs or call 703-324-4600, TTY 711.

The Reston Community Center and the McLean Community Center may be affected by the inclement weather. Call RCC at 703-476-4500, TTY 711, www.restoncommunitycenter.com, or MCC at 703-790-0123, TTY 711, www.mcleancenter.org, for their current operating status.

Transportation: Connector, Fastran  

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.


Library hours may be affected; call your local branch before visiting. For branch phone numbers, call 703-324-3100 or go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library.

Public Meetings

View the public meetings calendar at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/calendar/ShowCalendar.aspx for any potential cancellations of public meetings of Fairfax County Government Boards, Authorities or Commissions.

What to Expect

McLean will see a 100 percent chance of precipitation Tuesday, with snow expected to fall mainly after 9 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. Between 4 and 8 inches are expected, according to the forecast late Monday night.

Tuesday night will see a low of around 6 degrees, with a wind chill as low as -8 and up to 29 mph wind gusts.

Stay tuned to Patch with more information as it becomes available. 


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