Update at 8:20 p.m. — Fairfax County Public Schools will be closed Wednesday.
Falling temperatures are expected to create hazardous travel conditions overnight and tomorrow, especially on secondary roads in various parts of the county. As a result, all Fairfax County public schools and offices will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 (Cond. 1).
— Fairfax Schools (@fcpsnews) January 30, 2019
Snow accumulation is expected to lessen overnight and the temperature is going to drop. Ice will form on the roadways making driving conditions dangerous. Avoid driving if possible. If you do drive, reduce speeds and stay alert! Ice is difficult to spot. #FCPD pic.twitter.com/PZV6cOTkA8
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) January 30, 2019
Rain, sleet and snow fell, with the latter whitening the ground and untreated roads. Nearly 1.5 inches of snow had fallen on Vienna as of 4:45 p.m., the National Weather Service reported, and 2.3 inches had fallen by the time the flakes tapered off.
The early dismissal for the federal government and others led to an early evening rush hour. As of 5:30 p.m. traffic on the outer loop of the Beltway in the Tysons area was still heavy.
The snow also led to some slippery spots on local roads, and a few reported crashes, though serious weather-related traffic jams were largely avoided. With the snow ending, the concern now turns to falling temperatures and potentially icy conditions overnight.
More snowy images from around the area, and advisories from local governments, below.
Snowy afternoon in Vienna, Va. pic.twitter.com/dDQr1Vu2OG
— Patrick Seitz (@PatrickSeitz) January 29, 2019
Heavy snow and wet roads on 123 in McLean. pic.twitter.com/rkweC92pIB
— Darcy Spencer (@darcyspencer) January 29, 2019
Our officers are responding to a number of weather related crashes. If you must drive, please complete a pre-trip inspection including removing all snow and ice from your car, accelerate and decelerate slowly, and increase following distance. Stay alert and use caution. #FCPD pic.twitter.com/vqc1tbxYDb
— Fairfax County Police (@FairfaxCountyPD) January 29, 2019
— Fairfax Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) January 29, 2019
— Town of Vienna, VA (@TownofViennaVA) January 29, 2019
SNOW UPDATES AT 4:30PM ON 1/29 :: Rec&Parks activities cancelled. Library closes 5pm, Community Center at 5:30pm. Announcement made by 6am Wednesday about Gov Operating Status, and hopefully we've heard by then about Trash/Recycling/Compost Collection. pic.twitter.com/XAB754l94z
— City of Falls Church (@FallsChurchGov) January 29, 2019