Appalachian Power Storm Preparation Update

Friday, December 7, 2018 – 2:45 p.m.


Appalachian Power is preparing for a winter storm that could that could bring up to 10 inches of heavy, wet snow to parts of its Tennessee and Virginia service areas.


In the past 24 hours, the track of the storm has veered more south, which has altered the impact to our service area. Current forecasts show the brunt of the storm hitting the most southern parts of our Virginia and Tennessee service territories with 6-10 inches of heavy, wet snow. The affected areas include: all of the company’s eastern Tennessee service area, Buchanan, Dickenson, Henry, Lee, Patrick, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, and Wise counties in Virginia, and southern portions of Carroll, Floyd, Franklin, Grayson and Wythe counties in Virginia.

The storm forecast is concerning because heavy, wet snow can weigh down trees and cause significant widespread damage to electric facilities.

Changes to snow totals and/or threat areas could occur over the next 24 hours.

Storm Preparation Efforts

In advance of the storm, Appalachian Power will start tomorrow morning moving contractors and assessors into areas expected to be impacted by the storm. Additional crews from utilities outside the company’s service area, including AEP Ohio, Indiana Michigan Power, First Energy and Dayton Power and Light, will arrive on Sunday. Additional crews will be ready on Monday to assist in restoration efforts, if needed.

The company continues to monitor the weather closely and will adjust its plans as forecasts of the storm’s expected path, timeline and intensity become more clear.

Safety Message

Heavy wet snow can cause many downed trees and power lines. Customers should treat all downed lines as live power lines and stay away from them. Never touch downed power lines or sparking equipment. Keep children and pets away from fallen lines and anything the lines may touch.

Additional safety tips are posted at

Next Update: Saturday, December 8, 2018 – 10 a.m.