Day: February 1, 2008

Ice

A melting finger of ice begins to turn into water as temperatures rise after the ice storm that moved through the area in the early hours of Friday.

The freezing rain left about a quarter of an inch of ice on trees, railings and grass and brought down tree limbs, leaving more thn 2,000 homes without power in Floyd County.

By early afternoon, most primary and secondar roads were clear but will probably ice up again tonight when temperatures drop below freezing.

Appalachian Electric Power crews concentrated on a large concentration of downed power lines in the Copper Hill area of the county. In Floyd, homes and businesses north of Oxford Street lost power while the southern end of the country stayed warm and cozy with electricity.

The storm closed schools and a number of businesses in the country.

The ice, however, will soon disappear. Temperatures on Saturday are expected to climb into the mid 50s on Saturday and Sunday and is forecast to hit the 60s on Tuesday when rain moves into the area.

The erratic winter continues.  What we have to do now is wait to see if the groundhog in Pennsylvania sees his shadow.

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Ice capades

The predicted ice storm did hit overnight but it is still too dark to determine the extent in the area. Floyd County Schools are closed today, which means the basketball game that was postponed from last night to tonight will have to be rescheduled again.

Probably means a slow day for opening of Nancy’s Candies at Village Green in Floyd although the temperature right now if 31 and expected to rise quicky through the morning with clearing and sun expected by mid-afternoon.

Power still on. Usually the first thing to go when ice hits. Didn’t wake up this morning to the hum of the generator running. Maybe that’s a good sign.

Update: So much for good signs. Power went out around 9:15 a.m. Generator kicked in automatically. According to AEP web site, more than 2,000 customers in Floyd County without power (about 25 percent of all customers). More than 6,000 homes and businesses are powerless in Southwestern Virginia.

UPDATE 2: AEP restored power to our area at 2:45 p.m. Some areas of the county still out but sun came out and melted a lot of the ice.

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