Following a telephone conference call with all relevant members of the City of Falls Church staff this morning, Falls Church officials announced this morning that the City’s schools and government offices will remain closed on Monday as City plowing crews continue efforts that began Saturday night to clear residential streets of the impacts of the record snowfall. The City’s community center and library will be closed today.
Fairfax County officials announced the opening at noon today of two “warming centers” open to county residents, with an option for transportation to be provided from the county’s government center and south county government center. The centers are located at the Robert E. Lee Recreation Center, 6601 N. Telegraph Rd., Alexandria and the Oak Marr Recreation Center, 3200 Jermantown Road, Oakton.
Temperatures dipped in the single digits last night as over 100,000 Virginians remained without power, according to reports. Virginia State Police reported 1,521 traffic accidents, two deaths and 1657 disabled vehicles on roads due to the storm.
In its statement this morning, the City of Falls Church urged residents to “still avoid driving to give plows clear passage,” noting the plowing “does not always have control over the snow coming off the edge of the blade.” Reports of some plowing blocking residential drive ways “cannot the avoided and residents are asked to be patient and not express their frustration with plow drivers.” Residents and businesses are also asked not to clear their drive ways by shoveling snow back into the street.
Other closings on Monday in Falls Church will include the GEORGE bus line and special trash, brush and Christmas tree pickups. A decision about Monday night’s Falls Church City Council meeting will be made later today.