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Closings, Cancellations & Delays in Arlington: Wednesday, Jan. 22

Much of the greater Washington area, including Arlington, is under a wind chill advisory through noon Wednesday.

The U.S. Postal Service has asked residents of Northern Virginia to clear paths to mail boxes for letter carriers. Photo by Michelle Peirano
The U.S. Postal Service has asked residents of Northern Virginia to clear paths to mail boxes for letter carriers. Photo by Michelle Peirano

Update (Wednesday): Arlington County offices and courts will open at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Update (10:29 p.m.): Arlington Public Schools will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 22, due to weather. Offices will open at noon.

According to the school system:

  • All meetings, extracurricular activities and events, including Adult Education classes, will be cancelled.
  • Essential employees should report to work as scheduled.
  • Twelve month employees should report by noon, take unscheduled leave or telework.  Please communicate your plans with your supervisor.
  • Check the Aquatics page for updates on pool operations and the Arlington County website for details about Parks & Rec programs and community centers.

Federal agencies will be open Wednesday after a two-hour delay. Employees have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

Original article (8:27 p.m. Tuesday): Forecasters expected snow to fall into the night on Arlington and the National Weather Service issued a wind child advisory through noon Wednesday for much of the area, including Arlington and Fairfax counties.

If the weather causes any Arlington County government offices or Arlington Public Schools closures, cancellations or delays, the county will announce them on its websiteFacebook page and Twitter account. The school system will do the same (herehere and here).

As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, 2.9 inches of snow was reported at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and 5.8. inches had been recorded at Dulles International Airport, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

Another 1 to 3 inches of snow could accumulate in Arlington overnight, according to the National Weather Service. Tuesday night's low is expected to be around 8 degrees, with wind chill as low as 8 below.

Wednesday is forecast to be mostly sunny with a high near 14, though the windchill value could drop as low as -10.

The greater Washington region will see 10- to 20-mph winds overnight with 30-mph gusts possible, according to the wind chill advisory.

Wednesday is expected to see 15- to 25-mph sustained winds with gusts as high as 40 mph.

The weather service warns that roads will be snow covered and slippery. Wind blowing the snow can reduce visibility.

A wind chill advisory means that the cold weather could result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. The weather service recommends wearing a hat and gloves if you go outside.

To report an outage to Dominion Virginia Power or check the status of an outage, click here or call 866-DOM-HELP (866-366-4357).

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