Arlington Public Schools will open on a two-hour delay on Thursday due to expected freezing rain, the school system just announced.
APS follows Fairfax County Public Schools in announcing a two hour delay tonight. Other Northern Virginia districts have announced weather plans ranging from two hour delays to closures.
CODE 2: All APS schools and offices will open two hours late Thursday, Dec. 15. The Extended Day program will also open two hours late and morning field trips are canceled. Custodial and maintenance staff and food service workers should report to work at their regularly scheduled time. All other employees should report to work two hours past their usual start time. For updates about Pool Operations, go to www.apsva.us/aquatics. For information about Arlington County operations go to www.arlingtonva.us.
More on the storm timing from the National Weather Service:
Here's a quick look at timing in regards to the wintry precip tonight into Thursday AM. Plan accordingly for slick roads & travel delays. Most locations change to rain late Thursday AM into the afternoon (outside of western MD). Drier conditions Friday. #VAwx #MDwx #WVwx #DCwx pic.twitter.com/UPDbPgz9dO
— NWS Baltimore-Washington (@NWS_BaltWash) December 15, 2022
Metro, meanwhile, said today that it’s tracking the weather and will respond to hazardous conditions as necessary.
Metro is keeping an eye on the sky and advising customers to be prepared for potential service impacts to Metrobus service tomorrow, December 15, if icy conditions materialize.
Metrobus plans to provide regular scheduled service tomorrow. However, if road conditions are observed to be hazardous, Metrobus customers may experience delays or detours as outlined in Metro’s light snow plan, which adjusts service on a route-by-route basis to keep buses off of steep hills, narrow roadways, and other challenging route segments during inclement weather.
Customers can review planned detours in advance to see how their service may be affected by clicking here. If conditions require that a route be detoured, customers will be notified via MetroAlerts email and text messages. Customers are also encouraged sign up for MetroAlerts and to follow @wmata, @metrobusinfo, and @metrorailinfo on Twitter for the latest service information.
Customers should allow additional travel time and use caution on platforms, escalators, parking lots and other areas that may be slippery.
Elsewhere across the system, Metrorail is expected to operate on a normal weekday schedule. MetroAccess will operate normally, with extra travel time possible based on road conditions.
VDOT is encouraging drivers to stay off the roads after the frozen precipitation starts falling overnight.
Motorists should avoid travel as frozen precipitation will create icy roadway conditions in portions of the Commonwealth tonight and tomorrow morning. Pavement temperatures will be at or near freezing levels. Temperatures will drop overnight and could cause treacherous conditions during the morning commute, primarily in the northern, northwestern and parts of central Virginia. As a reminder, bridges, overpasses and shaded areas tend to freeze first.
Freezing rain is forecasted to begin around 9 p.m. tonight in northwest Virginia and will continue through the morning.
Most Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews did not apply liquid pretreatment to roads in areas where the event is forecasted to start as rain, as the pretreatment application will wash away and be ineffective. VDOT crews are ready to treat roadways with salt, sand and abrasives once icy conditions begin to develop. Wreckers are pre-staged along certain routes and tree crews are available to handle downed trees.
Motorists should be vigilant, pay attention to weather forecasts in areas where they plan to drive, and delay travel in the impacted areas.
(Updated at 10:20 p.m.) Arlington Public Schools will open on a two hour delay Wednesday, following today’s snowfall.
Officials hope the delay will allow slick spots on roads and sidewalks, from an expected refreeze overnight, to start to melt.
APS announced the delay at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday night, noting that morning field trips will be cancelled.
All APS schools and offices will open two hours late on 1/8. The Extended Day program will also open two hours late and morning field trips are canceled. pic.twitter.com/i3LmtxwbNO
— Arlington Public Schools (@APSVirginia) January 8, 2020
Arlington officials and forecasters are continuing to warn that temperatures will likely dip below freezing overnight, producing black ice and making driving dangerous.
Snow has ended, but hazards have not. Patchy fog and icy spots will remain a risk through early Wednesday morning, mainly in locations where snow fell, so overnight motorists should continue to use caution.
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) January 8, 2020
Snow crews “will be on standby” to treat any problem spots, Arlington’s Dept. of Environmental Services said.
Update: Crews will be on standby early tomorrow morning to treat any trouble spots. Watch out for slick spots, particularly on ramps, bridges and hills. #ARLwx https://t.co/J0yJcIm7oC pic.twitter.com/qTANIbwVDL
— Arlington Department of Environmental Services (@ArlingtonDES) January 8, 2020
The National Weather Service says it will be breezy and cold Wednesday, with wind gusts up to 35-45 mph.
Also tonight, Arlington’s Dept. of Parks and Recreation announced changes with its programs Wednesday.
Arlington Public Schools have announced a two hour delay Wed., Jan. 8 so DPR will proceed as follows per the DPR Inclement Weather Policy:
- All congregate meal programs will begin at 10 a.m.
- All Early Childhood Programs (Preschool and Co-op) will begin at 10 a.m.
- All Enjoy Arlington classes (except for Gymnastics), 55+ classes and trips, nature center programs, sports activities, leagues and instructional programs in County and joint use facilities scheduled to start prior to 9:59 a.m. are cancelled.
- All Enjoy Arlington classes (except for Gymnastic), 55+ classes and trips, nature center programs, sports activities, leagues and instructional programs in County and joint use facilities scheduled to start at 10 a.m. or later will proceed as scheduled.
- Gymnastic Classes scheduled to start prior to 11:59 a.m. are cancelled.
- Gymnastic Classes scheduled to start at noon or later will proceed as scheduled.
- All community centers (including the five joint use centers located at Carver, Drew, Gunston, Langston and TJ) will open as scheduled.
Update at 10:30 a.m. — Arlington Public Schools are closed today due to wintry weather. While grassy areas were snow-covered this morning, streets and sidewalks were mostly wet, with some slippery spots.
6:00 A.M. Update for March 1, 2019: APS Schools Closed; Offices to Open at Noon All APS schools will be closed today; offices will open at noon. Essential personnel should report to work at their scheduled time. For more, visit https://t.co/LfCyySO0Kz
— Arlington Public Schools (@APSVirginia) March 1, 2019
Earlier: Arlington and much of the region is under a Winter Weather Advisory tonight and Friday morning.
Snow and sleet is in the forecast overnight, though how much accumulates, and whether it disrupts the morning commute, remains uncertain. Still, Arlington Public Schools made the call to open on a two hour delay Friday.
Update for Friday, March 1: Based on the current weather forecast and conditions for tomorrow morning, APS will open schools and offices two hours late tomorrow. The Extended Day program will also open two hours late and morning field trips are canceled. pic.twitter.com/THmRjFW0mm
— Arlington Public Schools (@APSVirginia) February 28, 2019
From the National Weather Service:
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM EST FRIDAY… * WHAT…SNOW AND SLEET EXPECTED. TOTAL SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 3 INCHES EXPECTED. * WHERE…THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MARYLAND AND NORTHERN AND NORTHWEST VIRGINIA. * WHEN…FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM EST FRIDAY. A BRIEF PERIOD OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW MAY OCCUR BETWEEN 2 AM AND 6 AM. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…PLAN ON SLIPPERY ROAD CONDITIONS. THE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS COULD IMPACT THE MORNING COMMUTE. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW, SLEET OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. EXPECT SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES, AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING. WHEN VENTURING OUTSIDE, WATCH YOUR FIRST FEW STEPS TAKEN ON STEPS, SIDEWALKS, AND DRIVEWAYS, WHICH COULD BE ICY AND SLIPPERY, INCREASING YOUR RISK OF A FALL AND INJURY. &&
Both VDOT and Arlington County have been pre-treating roads ahead of the storm, but VDOT cautions that roads may be slick Friday.
“VDOT asks that drivers be alert for up to several inches of snow and sleet that will impact roads tonight through Friday morning,” the agency said. “Drivers are asked to prepare now for impacts to the morning rush hour. Crews will begin staging along roads tonight.”
More via social media:
A winter Weather Advisory has been issued for DC, central and western MD, portions of northern and central VA, and eastern WV starting this evening and going through 10:00 Friday morning. For more forecast info, visit https://t.co/FdluCAnbTi #DCwx #MDwx #VAwx #WVwx pic.twitter.com/pdwWn8vawY
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) February 28, 2019
Here are some additional details for the expected winter weather moving into our region tonight into Friday morning. pic.twitter.com/ecluXqXZv8
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) February 28, 2019
Update 1:40 pm: Full 12-hour response crew comes on at midnight with precipitation expected to last well into the morning. Brine trucks continue to pretreat key roadways. #ArlWX https://t.co/JnvPU3tlvu pic.twitter.com/fVAL1kvPdy
— Arlington Department of Environmental Services (@ArlingtonDES) February 28, 2019
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Flickr pool photo by Starbuck77
Arlington Public Schools will be opening two hours late tomorrow (Thursday), marking the second straight day with a delay.
The school system says the delay is to allow “added time to warm buildings and address any potential mechanical issues with HVAC systems or buses.”
“The Extended Day program will also open two hours late and morning field trips are canceled,” APS staff wrote in a tweet. All essential employees and food service workers should report to work at the regular time; others should report two hours late.
The forecast for Arlington tomorrow calls for highs in the mid 20s and lows in the teens.
APS schools and offices will open 2 hours late on Jan. 31. The delay will provide added time to warm buildings and address any potential mechanical issues with HVAC systems or buses. The Extended Day program will also open two hours late and morning field trips are canceled. pic.twitter.com/yZPVw5nUSj
— Arlington Public Schools (@APSVirginia) January 30, 2019
Arlington’s public schools will open on a two hour delay on Tuesday.
“Due to the extreme cold, all APS Schools and offices will open two hours late,” APS said in a statement Monday evening. “The delay will provide additional time to warm buildings and address any potential cold weather mechanical issues with buses that have been idle since Friday.”
Temperatures overnight are expected to dip to 11 degrees in Arlington.
Update for Tuesday, January 22:
Due to the extreme cold, all APS Schools and offices will open two hours late. The delay will provide additional time to warm buildings and address any potential cold weather mechanical issues with buses that have been idle since Friday. pic.twitter.com/sxEjq0obfK
— Arlington Public Schools (@APSVirginia) January 22, 2019
Tonight, temperatures will drop down into the single digits and low teens. Remember to bundle up in layers to protect yourself from the frigid conditions. pic.twitter.com/jzqhrYvkXa
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) January 22, 2019
As of Thursday night, Arlington Public Schools is planning to open Friday on a two hour delay.
Snow tonight and overnight is expected to make roads and sidewalks slick Friday morning. The two hour delay will allow temperatures to rise and road conditions to improve.
More from APS via Twitter:
Update for Friday, January 18:
At this time, APS plans to open schools and offices two hours late tomorrow. Essential personnel and food service workers should report to work at their scheduled time. All other employees should report two hours past their usual start time. pic.twitter.com/k8PjqS3Xsk
— Arlington Public Schools (@APSVirginia) January 18, 2019
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Flickr pool photo by Jenn Vogel
(Updated at 10 p.m.) Arlington Public Schools’ classes and offices will open two hours late tomorrow (March 22) as the county cleans up from the winter storm that left at least four inches of snow in the area today.
The delay comes after the Virginia Department of Transportation warned of overnight refreezing of melting water.
From APS spokesperson Darryl Johnson:
All APS schools and offices will open two hours late on Thursday, March 22. The Extended Day program will also open two hours late and morning field trips are canceled. Essential employees and food service workers should report to work at their regularly scheduled time. All other employees should report to work two hours past their usual start time. For updates about Pool Operations, go to www.apsva.us/aquatics.
Also Thursday, Metrobuses and Arlington Transit buses will start the morning with limited service. From WMATA:
Metrobus will begin Thursday, March 22, on a light snow plan with snow detours in effect on a route-by-route basis where hilly terrain or narrow streets may be problematic for buses.
MetroAccess paratransit service for riders with disabilities will be restored on Thursday. Customers may experience delays and service impacts due to road conditions.
Metrorail will open tomorrow at 5 a.m. with normal weekday service on all rail lines.
`(Updated at 8:40 a.m.) Very spotty frozen precipitation fell overnight in Arlington, leading to some slick spots but no serious issues.
Concerns about an icy commute, however, led Arlington Public Schools to delay the start of school.
More from APS:
All APS schools and offices will open two hours late today. The Extended Day program will also open two hours late and morning field trips are canceled. Essential employees and food service workers should report to work at their regularly scheduled time. All other employees should report to work two hours past their usual start time.
Not bad out. But as you know, go slow. There is some ice and you may not see. Crews are on the lookout. @APSVirginia on 2-hour delay. C'mon, go slow. #ArlWX pic.twitter.com/2fvrmodtR3
— Arlington DES (@ArlingtonDES) February 7, 2018
The school system’s decision, in turn, prompted Arlington’s Dept. of Parks and Recreation to also delay or cancel some of its programs.
Due to an Arlington Public School two-hour delayed opening, DPR will proceed as follows:
- All congregate meal programs are cancelled.
- All Early Childhood Programs (Preschool and Co-ops) are cancelled.
- All Enjoy Arlington classes, 55+ classes, trips, nature center programs and sports league activities scheduled to start prior to 11:59 a.m. are cancelled in all buildings.
- All Enjoy Arlington classes, 55+ classes, trips, nature center programs and sports league activities with scheduled start times of NOON or later will proceed as scheduled.
- All evening Enjoy Arlington classes, sports league activities and nature center programs will proceed as scheduled.
- All Community Centers (including the five joint use centers at Langston, TJ, Gunston, Carver and Drew will open on time as schedule.
- APS Pools are open on time.
Arlington County government is expected to open on time.
Other delays and closures of note around the region this morning:
- Federal government: Two hour delay
- Fairfax County Public Schools: Closed
- Loudoun County Public Schools: Closed
- Prince William County Schools: Closed
- Falls Church City Public Schools: Two Hour Delay
- Alexandria City Public Schools: Open on time
- Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools: Closed
- D.C. Public Schools: Open on time
Arlington Public School will open on a two hour delay today due to snow and slick roads.
A coating of snow fell overnight and much of it stuck to untreated roads. A number of accidents have been reported while some buses, like Metro’s 16G line, are driving modified routes.
“Essential personnel and food service workers should report to work at their scheduled time,” APS said in an email. “All other employees should report to work two hours past their usual start time.”
Arlington County offices will open at their usual time, the county said.
6:30 AM Update for Wed, Jan. 17: APS has now reconfirmed that all schools and offices will open two hours late today.
— Arlington Schools (@APSVirginia) January 17, 2018
16G: Due to icy road conditions, buses will remain on Columbia Pk bypassing Dinwiddie St, Greenbrier St & Carlin Springs Rd.
— Metrobus Info (@Metrobusinfo) January 17, 2018
While less than an inch of snow is expected this morning across the DC/Balt metro, road temperatures have now fallen below freezing, so anything untreated may get icy! Motorists and pedestrians should exercise caution! #dcwx #mdwx #vawx
— NWS DC/Baltimore (@NWS_BaltWash) January 17, 2018
Lot clearing ops underway at East Falls Church Metro Station @capitalweather @ARLnowDOTcom pic.twitter.com/DXnT5OVmqs
— L Novak (@lkn6731) January 17, 2018
Starting to stick on Arlington Riidge Rd. Wasn’t sticking an hour ago. @ARLnowDOTcom @WTOPtraffic pic.twitter.com/WD0tBDjQJu
— Piecrust and Pasta (@PieAndPasta) January 17, 2018