Arlington Storm Updates

UPDATE: 10:36 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 13: Arlington County Government offices will open two hours late on Friday, February 14, and County Courts will open at 10 a.m., due to the winter storm.

UPDATE: 12:45 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 13

  • All primary and secondary streets in Arlington have been plowed and are passable.
  • Snow crews are continuing to plow and will be moving into residential areas (phase 3) starting this afternoon. See details about the County’s phased approach to snow clearing.
  • Crews are also cleaning up the primaries along the way and working on intersections this afternoon and evening.
  • Please avoid driving so crews can continue their work.
  • The Winter shelter is open all day today; the shelter is located at: 2049 N. 15th Street, near the courthouse in Arlington.
  • Calls into the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) are below normal and no power outages are reported in Arlington.
  • See our cancellations page on our Snow & Ice website for details and updates.

UPDATE: 5:30 a.m., Thurs., Feb. 13 — Arlington County government and courts are closed today. Travel conditions are treacherous; stay off the roads.

  • All trash and recycling services are suspended for Thursday customers. The Customer Call Center is closed. An update will be provided later in the day providing more information about when services may be expected to resume.
  • ART is under Severe Service. All services are suspended until further notice. The STAR Call Center is closed, and all rides are cancelled. STAR will continue to provide dialysis rides where possible. ART will restore other service tomorrow as street conditions permit.
  • See our cancellations page on our Snow & Ice website for details and updates.
  • Be sure to sign up for Arlington Alert for important emergency messages.


UPDATE: 8:50 p.m., Weds., Feb. 12 — All Arlington Public Schools and offices will be closed on Thurs., Feb. 13. Essential personnel are to report to work as scheduled. Extracurricular activities, interscholastic contests, team practices, field trips, adult and community education classes, and programs in schools and on school grounds are canceled. For updates about Pool Operations, go to For information about Arlington County programs and operations go to or directly to the County’s cancellation page.


UPDATE: 4:19 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 — County facilities and programs will close at 9:00 p.m. today, Weds., Feb. 12, due to forecasted severe weather conditions. For details, visit the County website. Be prepared and stay off the roads if possible. The County is deploying 50 trucks and snowplows along County roads, and has hired additional contract teams for snow fighting and snow removal.


  • County crews already pre-treating streets
  • Snow expected to fall Wednesday evening through Thursday
  • Residents asked to move parked cars off roads where possible

ARLINGTON, Va. – Arlington County urges residents to prepare for a snow storm expected to hit the Washington Metropolitan Region between 7-11 p.m. tonight and last through Thursday. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area, and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency.

“The County’s snow crews and Office of Emergency Management are gearing up, and residents and businesses should, too,” said Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan. “If you don’t have to drive during this storm, which is expected to be the most significant we’ve had this winter, please stay off the roads and let crews do their work. Check on neighbors who are housebound.”

The County began operating a round-the-clock virtual Emergency Operations Center Wednesday morning. For frequent updates of closings, cancellations and delays, and other status reports, visit the County’s Snow and Ice webpage.

Snow preparations, removal

The County’s Water, Sewer, and Streets team began setting up equipment and preparing for the storm on Tuesday. Crews are already pre-treating major roadways. Plowing typically begins when the snow is 2-4 inches deep.

While snow continues to fall, crews will be treating and plowing only the primary (red) and secondary (blue) arterial roads. VDOT is treating and plowing VDOT roads.

County crews and contractors have started working in 12-hour shifts. Crews are prepared to treat critical Red routes and Blue routes through the evening as snow begins falling. Twelve-hour shifts will continue Thursday. Snow operations will move into residential areas as snow stops falling.

Before the storm begins

Wherever possible, move parked cars off streets, or coordinate with your neighbors and/or civic association to move all cars to one side of the street. Snow removal vehicles need at least 15 feet to pass down a street.

During and after the storm

Trees down? Power out? Visit the County website for information on reporting these and other storm-related problems. In the case of a life-threatening emergency, dial 9-1-1.

After the storm — Snow Removal Ordinance

The County’s Snow Removal Ordinance requires all Arlington property owners to clear snow and ice from public sidewalks adjacent to their property within a designated time period. The ordinance also prohibits transferring or depositing snow and ice from private property onto public property. Individual homeowners who are physically incapable of complying with the Ordinance are exempt. Visit the County website for more information on the Snow Removal Ordinance. Remember to clear snow from cars and sidewalks into the adjacent yard, not the street.

Residents can use the “Report a Snow Issue” form 24 hours after snowfall has stopped to report snow removal issues or areas that need attention. County staffers monitor the requests, but are unable to respond to every message.

Trash & Recycling

The storm may disrupt trash and recycling service. We will keep the public informed about any changes in scheduled collections. Check the County’s Snow and Ice webpage for details as they become available.


Arlington Transit (ART) and Specialized Transit for Arlington Residents (STAR) will continue to provide normal scheduled services as conditions permit. Staff will monitor information from the National Weather Service and local jurisdictions before deciding whether to restrict ART or STAR services. You can find the latest information and service status alerts on Arlington County Transit (ART) and (STAR) via our websites. The ART website also includes links to our social media channels. Service Alerts will be sent to subscribers of email or text/SMS notifications.

Be Prepared

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) offered these readiness tips:

  • Get where you need to be before the weather gets bad. If possible, delay travel to allow VDOT crews to clear the roads. If you must drive, wear a seatbelt and carry a blanket, nonperishable food snacks and bottled water. Let others know where you are going.
  • Sign up for Arlington Alert to get emergency information throughout the storm.
  • Download the Arlington Prepares Mobile App to get more information on making a plan, staying informed and getting involved.
  • Monitor local weather forecasts.
  • Be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours, in case roads are blocked and/or there are power outages. Stock up with a three-day supply of food that includes a gallon of water per person per day and food that does not require electricity to prepare it.
  • Have a battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio and extra batteries for emergency information.
  • Bring pets inside during the storm.
  • Always run generators outside in well-ventilated areas. Never use a portable generator in any enclosed or partially enclosed space.

Arlington Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the “10 miles square” parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. Slightly smaller than 26 square miles, it is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, and one of only a handful with the prized Aaa/AAA/AAA bond rating. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods and quality schools, and has received numerous awards for Smart Growth and transit-oriented development. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world — including the Pentagon — Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.