Ahead of the storm expected to drop up to 10 inches of snow, the City of Falls Church has declared a Snow Emergency effective at 11 a.m. today. Residents must move their cars from snow emergency routes until further notice. In addition, Falls Church City Public Schools will be closed today for students and staff. Day care services are also cancelled as well as all F.C. Rec and Park services and activities.
A midday update from the Falls Church City government has indicated that City government offices will close at 1 p.m. today and the Community Center will close at 8 p.m. A Council work session and a Planning Commission meeting have been postponed, as well as all activities of the Department of Recreation and Parks. The City schools are closed, and the scheduled monthly luncheon of the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce has been rescheduled for next Tuesday.
The no parking requirement will be enforced by the City of F.C. Police Department on designated snow emergency routes (see list of streets below and on the City’s website at www.fallschurchva.gov/SnowRoutes). These routes are essential transportation corridors for the City and must remain clear in order to allow snow removal crews to clear the roads. Citizens are also encouraged wherever possible to not park cars on any streets so snow plows have unheeded passage.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the D.C. area, including the City of F.C., and it’s in effect from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday and calls for heavy snow in the late morning and through the afternoon. There is expected to be six to 10 inches of accumulation with temperatures dropping into the teens this evening and into the single digits at night. A Wind Chill advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. Tuesday until noon Wednesday.
Morning and evening commutes are expected to be impacted and the NWS cautions that roads will be snow covered and slippery and visibility will be reduced to less than a half-time at times.
There have been no reports of any other changes to scheduled events Tuesday, such as the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce luncheon or the F.C. City Council work session Tuesday night. The City did issue the following guidance to citizens:
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 703-248-5181 during 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
• Annandale Road from Hillwood Avenue to Broad Street (both sides of street)
• Broad Street from Haycock Road to Seven Corners (both sides of street)
• Columbia Street from Maple Avenue to Tuckahoe Street (Maple Avenue to Washington St.: both sides of street; Washington Street to Tuckahoe: single side of street
• Great Falls Street from West Street to Washington Street (both sides of street)
• Hillwood Avenue from Washington Street to Seven Corners (both sides of street)
• Lincoln Avenue from West Street to Yucatan Street (both sides of street)
• Little Falls Street from Broad Street to Great Falls Street (both sides of street)
• Maple Avenue from Washington Street to Columbia Street (single side of street)
• Park Avenue from West Street to Washington Street (both sides of street)
• Roosevelt Street from Hillwood Avenue to Roosevelt Boulevard (both sides of street)
• Washington Street from Graham Road to Westmoreland Street (both sides of street)
• West Street from Abbott Lane to Great Falls Street (Abbott Lane to Broad Street: single side of street; Broad Street to Lincoln Avenue: both sides of street; Lincoln Avenue to Great Falls Street: single side of street)
All Snow Emergency Routes are on both sides of the street, except for the following exceptions:
• South West Street (Abbott Lane to Broad Street; northwest side of street, affecting southbound traffic only)
• North West Street (Lincoln Avenue to Great Falls Street; northwest side of street, affecting southbound traffic only)
• East Columbia Street (Washington Street to Tuckahoe Street; north side of street, affecting westbound traffic only)
• South Maple Avenue (Washington Street to Annandale Road; west side of street, affecting southbound traffic only)
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