In advance of the major storm expected to hit the Washington, D.C. area, City of Falls Church Public Schools and daycare will be closed to all students and staff on Monday, March 3. F.C. Government offices and services will also be closed including City Hall, Court Clerk, DMV Select, Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Permits Counter and more. All Recreation and Park activities and classes are canceled. Weather permitting, the Community Center will open at 1 p.m. A decision about Monday night’s F.C. City Council and Planning Commission meetings will be made later in the day.
Effective 6 a.m. Monday, a snow emergency has been declared for the City of F.C., pursuant to the City’s Emergency Operations Plan.
The snow emergency limits parking along designated routes in the City requiring citizens to remove parked cars from snow emergency routes. The no parking requirement will be enforced by F.C. Police Department on designated snow emergency routes. 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.
In preparation for what is expected to be a major snowfall, City crews are preparing final checks on snow removal equipment and supplies. City of Falls Church crews will work around the clock to ensure streets are safe and passable. First priority for salting, sanding, and plowing will be snow emergency routes. Upon completion of clearing emergency routes, City crews will clear all other City streets.
Traffic signs identify which City streets are snow emergency routes. Vehicles abandoned or parked on snow emergency routes may be towed and fined. The traffic emergency routes are as follows, and available with a map on the City’s website at 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).