Update, 2:45 p.m. Jan. 17: The winter storm watch for our area has been canceled. But file the tips and links in this article away for next time!
Original story, Jan. 16: The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather storm watch for the Fairfax County area which will be in effect Thursday morning until late Thursday night.
Heavy snow is expected during this time, accumulating to an estimated five inches in some areas. Herndon is expected to see two to four inches of snow. Snow may mix with rain earlier in the day and will become heavier throughout the afternoon. Snowfall is expected to end Thursday night.
Temperatures will be in the lower 30s, and winds are expected to be northwest 5 to 10 mph and gusts up to 20 mph. Roads may become slick and covered in snow, especially during the evening rush hour.
According to NWS, a winter storm watch means there is a potential for snow accumulations that will affect travel conditions.
For winter preparedness tips and information on driving safely in winter weather, visit the Fairfax County Emergency Information Blog.
In addition, check out these winter driving tips before you leave the house Thursday morning.
See Fairfax County Public School's inclement weather plans and information on how the school system makes decisions about whether to delay or cancel school. Area residents who use the Herndon Community Center can reach the Inclement Weather Line at 703-435-6866.
Additionally, during snow storms, Herndon residents should:
• Avoid parking vehicles on streets and cul-de-sacs. It limits the ability for snow removal vehicles to effectivly remove the snow. Cars parked on snow removal roads may be towed.
• Clear sidewalks near their businesses or homes. Herndon DPW doesn't remove snow from sidewalks unless they are near schools or critical road crossings. Don't block storm drains or fire hydrants.
During storms the Department of Public Works Operations Center is manned continuously. DPW may be reached at 703-435-6860. Police dispatch is available 24 hours a day by calling 703-435-6846.
Are you happy it might snow? How much do you think we'll get, and what will you do with the kids if there's a snow day? Tell us in the comments!