Teresa Hall with Appalachian Power tells us progress has been made to repair electrical facilities that were damaged during the ice storm that hit Virginia and southeastern West Virginia on Thursday. Much of the outage issues remain in the higher elevation areas of Floyd, Carroll and Patrick counties and the Bent Mountain area of Roanoke County.
Helicopters are being used in damage assessment to help reach heavily wooded areas and higher elevations. These assessments have shown downed lines and broken poles caused by trees that have fallen under the weight of the ice. New outages occurred throughout the day yesterday because of the extended time the weight of the ice has been on branches and trees.
About 20,000 customers are still without power; 1,042 in Patrick County, 184 in Franklin County, and fewer than 5 in Henry County.
About 1,300 workers are taking part in the restoration efforts and with better weather, good progress is expected to be made today. Still, some outages in Patrick County are not expected to get power back until Sunday night.
High pressure will bring fair but cool weather to the Appalachians and central mid-Atlantic region through the weekend. A weak cold front will then move through Monday and Monday night, bringing a chance for rain or snow showers to locations west of the Blue Ridge for the first part of next week.
In the forecast – Sunny today with a high of 56. Clear tonight with a low of 34. Sunny Sunday with a high of 55. In the extended forecast – Sunny and clear Monday through Friday with highs 49 to 59 and lows 31 to 40.