Weather outlets are reporting that D.C. could see the biggest snow storm in 4 Years on Wednesday night and Thursday. Some areas may see more than a foot of snow. Power outages throughout the area are possible. Governors for Virginia and Maryland and the mayor for DC have all already declared state of emergencies for their states and city, respectively. Please avoid snow emergency routes when parking your car or it may be towed. (For a full map of all DC Snow Emergency Routes, click here)
According to NBC Washington the following areas are predicted to receive the following snow fall:
- D.C. and Alexandria: 6-7 inches
- Southern Maryland: 3-6 inches
- Extreme Southern Maryland: 1-3 inches due to sleet and rain mixing in
- Southern Prince William, eastern Fairfax and Howard counties 6-10 inches
- Western Fairfax, Frederick, Loudoun, Fauquier and Culpeper counties: 10-14 inches
- Washington County: 7-10 inches
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Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:
· Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
· Sand to improve traction.
· Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
· Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
· Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack – a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.
Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.
Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms.
Notable school and government closings (via NBC Washington)
Arlington County Schools All school facilities closing at 9 p.m. tonight
Charles County Schools Activities ending by 7 p.m. tonight
City of Manassas Open, liberal leave
College of Southern MD All Campuses to Close at 7 p.m., Feb. 12
Congressional Schools of VA Closed Thursday
DC Public Schools Closed Thursday
Fairfax County Schools Closed Thursday
Frederick County Schools (MD) Closed Thursday
Jefferson County Schools Closed Thursday
Loudoun County Schools Closed Thursday
Loudoun General District Court Closed Thursday
Montgomery Co. Cir. Ct Closed Thursday
Montgomery College Closed Thursday
National Cathedral School Closed Thursday
No. Va. Comm. College Closing at 7 p.m.
Orange County Schools Closed Thursday
Page County Schools Closed Thursday
Trinity University Closed Thursday
UMD-College Park Closed Thursday
UMD-College Park Closing at 7 p.m.
Univ. of Virginia-Falls Church Classes cancelled
University of Mary Washington Evening Classes Cancelled
US Courthouse-Greenbelt Closed Thursday
Virginia Tech 2/12/14 Closing at 7:00; No Classes After 5 PM
Warren County Public Schools Closed Thursday -Code Red
Washington County Schools Closed Thursday
YMCA-Youth and Family Services All Programs and Branch Closed on Thurs