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Reston Sees First Significant Snow Since 2011

March storm dumps several inches of wet snow on area.

Reston residents finally got the snow day they were promised on Wednesday, when several inches of the white stuff fell during a rare late-Winter storm.

Schools and the federal government announced before dawn that Wednesday would be a snow day, even though local residents awoke to less than an inch of slush covering the ground.

But forecasters said by 9 a.m. the precipitation would turn to wet, heavy snow - and they were right.

Snow fell heavily and steadily in Reston right on schedule and continued through mid-afternoon.

The National Weather Service originally had a Winter Storm Warning in place through 3 p.m. Thursday, but it was lifted Wednesday afternoon. The National Weather Service then issues a winter weather advisory, predicting mixed rain and snow.

Meanwhile, many Reston businesses and services were closed at least part of the day. The YMCA closed at 4 p.m. Some stores at Tysons Corner Center closed by mid-day. All Fairfax County public libraries, including Reston Regional, closed at 11 a.m.

Road Conditions, Closings

  • Use Patch's commute page for live traffic maps before you leave the office. Snow will mix with rain around 4 p.m., just in time for the afternoon rush.
  • The Virginia Department of Transportation keeps a map with all incidents, road work and closures here: 511virginia.org

Emergency Information

Power Outages

  • To report an outage to Dominion Power, call 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357). To see Dominion's online outage map, click here. 

Other information to keep on hand:

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