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We’re pretty sure lots of Stafford County youngsters woke up this morning with their pajamas on inside out, spoons tucked under their pillows—and smiles on their faces.

There’s no telling which ritual is responsible for the Stafford County school division’s first snow day of the new year, but the result is the same: Classes are canceled today, only a day after students and teachers returned from winter break.

That was the only weather-related school change in the region since other area divisions are officially on break until Monday.

Federal agencies in the Washington area are open Friday and employees have the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.

Non-Emergency Employees must notify their supervisor of their intent to use unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework (if telework-ready). In accordance with their agency’s policies and procedures, subject to any applicable collective bargaining requirements, non-emergency employees have the option to use:

 Meanwhile, snow blanketed the Fredericksburg area by 9 p.m. In western Culpeper County, up to three inches was reported, with the snow continuing to fall.  reas north of the city reported an inch of snow at that time. 

The Stafford school division also canceled all morning and afternoon preschool classes due to the weather.

Other school systems, such as Spotsylvania County started off the year with an employee weather watch for Friday, since 12-month employees are due to work before students return to class on Monday. That just means county officials were monitoring the weather last night and would announce any changes this morning.

Spotsylvania school officials also informed student athletes that games scheduled for today may be canceled because of the weather.

The National Weather Service forecasted a mix of rain and snow throughout Thursday night and into this morning, with less than an inch of snow possible.

The weather service also issued a wind advisory, warning residents that gusts could reach 39 mph Thursday and 46 mph today.

The NWS warned that heavy wind, as well as wet snow, could topple trees and damage outdoor furniture.

With an overnight low of 20 degrees and the high expected to reach only 27 degrees today, Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Kelly Hannon said people should avoid early-morning driving because of the possibility of black ice forming on the cold pavement.

She also said VDOT has trucks on hand to treat and plow roads if necessary.

Lindley Estes: 540/735-1976


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