Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 8, 2013

Va., W.Va. counties under winter storm warning; ice storm on the way

By ANNE ELGIN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Weather officials say an ice storm is headed toward parts of West Virginia and Southwest Virginia.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for six counties from early Sunday through Monday morning. Counties in the warning area are Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe, Pocahontas, Randolph and Summers.

The National Weather Service issued a storm warning for at least 28 counties in southwestern, central and Southside Virginia from early Sunday through Monday morning.

Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va., Chris Fisher said, “we should expect about a quarter of an inch of freezing ice, tapering off around 7 p.m. Sunday evening and turning into a cold rain.”

Appalachian Power said crews from its West Virginia and Tennessee operations will be mobilized in Roanoke, Va., and Wytheville, Va., over the weekend and additional crews would be on standby Monday.  

Officials warned that trees and power lines could topple under the weight of ice and that roads could become slick in the warning area.

Officials urged residents to check batteries and flashlights, have an alternate source of heat ready in case the power goes out, and to ensure the safe use of portable heat and power generators.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com