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Southwest Virginia dodges worst of winter storm

December 9th, 2013 8:20 pm by Stephen Igo

Southwest Virginia dodges worst of winter storm

WISE  —  Southwest Virginia’s westernmost sector mostly dodged another winter weather bullet over the weekend with some high water problems and mostly spotty and brief power outages in Wise County.

One final punch Monday night through Tuesday was expected across Lee, Wise and Scott counties from the lingering vestiges of a storm front that delivered snow, freezing rain and icy conditions across central and northern Virginia Saturday and Sunday.

Early morning hours featured a small amount of ice formed on tree limbs and power lines, particularly in the higher elevations of Southwest Virginia such as the Wise and Norton areas, a mostly short-lived effect as temperatures went above freezing on Saturday and particularly on Sunday.

“Over the weekend during the nighttime hours we had some areas where we had some icing, and we had to do some treating of bridges and other cold spot areas,” said Allan Sumpter, administrator of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Wise Residency office with responsibility over road maintenance in Lee, Wise, Scott and Dickenson Counties on Monday.

“Nothing too serious, but one thing with high water. Some of our low lying areas have had some flooding. Most of the high water we’re seeing is in Scott County and a couple of roads in Lee County,” he said.

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