With up to six inches of snow expected, Falls Church City Public Schools are closed Tuesday while the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the area that will be in effect until the afternoon.
The Warning, in effect from 3 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tuesday, calls for heavy snow at times, with accumulations of 3 to 6 inches. The precipitation is expected at daybreak Tuesday with up to two inches possible during rush hour and continuing up until early afternoon. Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 2os to lower 30s.
F.C. Public Schools will be closed for both students and staff. Day care services are also cancelled.
Late Monday afternoon, blown transformers and downed power lines cut power to three of the four City of F.C. schools. Mount Daniel, Mary Ellen Henderson and George Mason were all affected by the outage. As of late Monday night, one school is still without power while the others have fluctuating service.
As of 4:50 a.m. Tuesday, the City of F.C. government and services including the library and community center will be open as scheduled on Tuesday. City government employees may take unscheduled leave after checking with a supervisor. Falls Church District Courts are closed, and all cases scheduled for Tuesday will be rescheduled. FCCTV studios are also closed. Recreation and Parks activities are canceled, as well as the senior book discussion (rescheduled to next Tuesday) and PAWS to Read canine companion program at the library.
From the City of F.C. Schools’ website:
“As discussed earlier, Falls Church City Schools has been plagued with unstable electrical service as a result of today’s storm. Dominion Power crews are in and around Falls Church neighborhoods working to restore service. At present one school is still completely without power, and the others have seen fluctuating power service throughout the day and evening. We do not want to open a school only to have to cancel class due to power outage.
We will be monitoring the electrical service work throughout the night as well as the approaching weather system predicted to arrive in our area in the early morning hours and provide an definitive update at 5:00 a.m.
This will be the last update until 5:00 a.m.
Mary Ellen Henderson: Morning Exercise Class canceled”