As power slowly returns, more ice is forecast for Thursday, Friday

If the weather forecasts are right, we may have more ice falling in the area on Thursday and Friday.

While utility workers from Appalachian Power Company (APCo),, along with workers from North Carolina, continue to work on electric lines downed by fallen trees and ice-laden limbs, widespread outages continue to exit.

Power remains out in parts of Indian Valley and Alum Ridge along with areas between U.S. 221 and the Blue Ridge Parkway north of the town of Floyd and other parts of the county. More than 1,000 outages remain in Floyd County.

APCo estimates that most repairs will be copleted by 10 p.m. Wednesday but forecasts from the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg say more icy conditions are expected on Thursday from projected “wintry mixes.”

The latest “winter storm watch:”

Issued By

Roanoke/Blacksburg – VA, US, National Weather Service

Affected Area

Portions of south central Virginia, north central North Carolina and southeast West Virginia

Description

…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING…

WHAT…Heavy mixed precipitation possible. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations up to a quarter of an inch possible.

WHERE…Portions of south central Virginia, north central North Carolina and southeast West Virginia. WHEN…From late Wednesday night through Thursday evening.

IMPACTS…Power outages and tree damage are likely due to the ice. Travel could be nearly impossible. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow…sleet…or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Monitor the latest forecasts for updates on this situation. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite source of weather information for the latest updates. Additional details can be found at www.weather.gov/blacksburg.

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