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VDOT keeps close watch on storm front

December 5th, 2013 7:22 pm by Stephen Igo

VDOT keeps close watch on storm front

WISE — Virginia Department of Transportation crews are keeping a wary eye on the latest storm front approaching the region.

The latest weather maker draping itself across the nation’s midsection on Thursday includes expectations of major ice storm conditions bringing with it the potential of power outages. Forecast models so far show icing conditions expected to develop far north of Southwest Virginia along the Ohio Valley corridor on Friday into Saturday, but that ice line sinks perilously close to the Virginia-Kentucky border by Sunday.

VDOT’s Wise Assistant Residency Administrator Jackie Christian said the Wise Residency road maintenance crews are ready for whatever comes, but keeping things in the all rain category without ice would be lovely.

“Right now we’ve got the crews prepared to be ready. It’s kind of hard to predict right now how far south (potential icing conditions) will come down. We have to be ready just in case,” Christian said Thursday. “For us, the early morning hours of Sunday is what we’ll have to watch out for the most is the last report. Again, that’s going with the forecasters. It depends which one you’re looking at right now.”

The region dodged a winter bullet just before and during the Thanksgiving holiday period, with snowfall ranging from just 2 to 4 inches across the VDOT Wise Residency responsibility zone of Wise, Lee, Scott and Dickenson counties. 

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