Central Virginia is bracing for a storm that’s expected to dump up to 8 inches of snow and perhaps a mix of sleet and freezing rain on Sunday.    Appalachian Power is monitoring in case the storm causes power outages.

Storm Preparation Efforts

In advance of the storm all local crews and contractors will remain in their regular reporting locations, packed and prepared to either work in their own areas or travel to storm-damaged areas.

Additionally we have requested damage assessors and line crews from our sister companies in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, and plan to have those workers in place ahead of the storm in Charleston and Wheeling in West Virginia, and Abingdon and Roanoke in Virginia.

The company’s storm response team will make decisions on moving workers once the storm passes and the extent and location of damage is known.    

Safety Message

Snow and ice storms can cause damage that downs 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.

Click here for additional safety tips.

For More Information

Customers can get specific information about the outages affecting their accounts via text message and/or email by subscribing to Appalachian Power outage alerts. To sign up, please visit www.appalachianpower.com/alerts.  

A snapshot view of current outages is available anytime by visiting Appalachian Power’s Outage Map.

As far driving conditions, VDOT crews are now treating roadways with brine. Spokesman Len Stevens says since Monday is a holiday for many people, they hope fewer drivers will be on the road:  

Here are tips from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office:

Residents are asked to prepare in advance and take some extra safety measures:

“We’ve been in daily contact with our regional National Weather Service teams and the Department of Emergency Management as this storm tracks east,” says Tracy Fairchild, Director of Public Safety. “Our teams our positioned and ready to assist with emergencies. However, we ask that residents continue to do their part to minimize that risk to themselves and others during these weather events.” 
Visit www.campbellcountyva.gov for resident updates or follow Campbell County Department of Public Safety on Facebook.  For more information on winter storm emergency preparedness, visit our Public Safety preparedness resources page.  

Here are tips from Virginia State Police:

The Virginia State Police is currently preparing for this latest round of winter weather and will have all available troopers on patrol in order to respond as quickly as possible to traffic crashes, emergencies and disabled motorists.

VSP is advising folks to delay/avoid travel during the storm. But, If you must travel, then please take these safety tips into consideration:
– Know Before You Go! Before heading out, check Virginia road conditions at www.511virginia.org or download the VDOT 511 app.
– Clear ALL snow and ice from the roof, trunk, hood and windows of your vehicle – car, SUV, minivan, pickup truck, commercial vehicle – before you travel.

– Drive for conditions – slow your speed and increase your traveling distance between the vehicle ahead of you. Always buckle up. Avoid distractions – put down the phone.
– Use your headlights – in rain AND snow. Virginia law requires headlights on when your wipers are active.
– Do not call 911 or #77 for road conditions. Please leave these emergency lines open for emergencies only. 

– Bring with you snacks, water, cell phone charger, warm blanket(s), and any medications you might need.

– Be sure your vehicle has a fuel tank of gas, and is in good working condition.