Situation

Appalachian Power continues its preparations 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.

Weather

Forecasts show the most southern parts of our Virginia and Tennessee service territories being the most impacted by this storm. About 6-10 inches of heavy, wet snow is predicted for 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 parts of Carroll, Grayson and Pittsylvania counties in Virginia.

About 6-10 of drier snow is possible in parts of Bedford, Bland, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, Roanoke and Wythe counties in Virginia.

The concern for outages exists more in the areas that receive wet snow rather than the areas with dry snow. Wet snow can weigh down trees and lines and cause significant widespread damage to electric facilities.

Storm Preparation Efforts

Today, Appalachian Power has started moving contractors and assessors into areas in Tennessee and Virginia that are expected to be most impacted by the storm. These workers will be ready if and when outages occur.

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 tomorrow. Additional crews from areas unaffected by the storm 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 warrant.

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 https://www.appalachianpower.com/outages/faq/OutageSafetyTips.aspx.

Next Update: Sunday, December 9, 2018 – 10 a.m.