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Update: Winter weather advisory extended

March 3rd, 2014 11:00 am by Stephen Igo

Update: Winter weather advisory extended

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UPDATE: A winter weather advisory across Northeast Tennessee that was originally set to end at 3 p.m. has been extended.

The National Weather Service in Morristown says the advisory is now in effect until 7 p.m. The morning's light freezing rain was transitioning to snow in the early afternoon hours. 

Ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch will be possible, with snow accumulations up to an inch.

A winter storm warning in areas of Southwest Virginia - including Gate City, Norton and Wise -  remains in effect until 7 p.m.

For the latest forecasts and weather statements visit the NWS.

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Related: Region braces for another icy breath of winter

WISE -- Icy conditions posed challenging driving conditions in Wise and Dickenson counties early Monday as a winter storm front delivered a wintry mix overnight Sunday into Monday of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow across the region.

As of 11 a.m a winter weather advisory for much of the region was set to expire at 3 p.m.

Old Dominion Power Co., a subsidiary of Kentucky Utilities that serves most of Wise County and portions of Lee and Scott counties just one power outage of limited duration and customers in the Big Stone Gap area early Monday.

KU spokesman Cliff Feltham confirmed a power outage in the 2nd Avenue area of Big Stone Gap affecting 14 customers triggered by a tree that fell over a powerline at 7:39 a.m. He said power was restored at 9:28 a.m.

Appalachian Power Co.'s outage map for Virginia, however, was showing 109 customers without power in Wise County prior to 10 a.m. out of APCO's 3,369 customers in the county, primarily located along the northeastern sector of Wise County around the Pound area.

APCO was also showing 971 customers in Dickenson County without power prior to 10 a.m. out of its 9,042 customers there, and 345 customers without power in Russell County out of its 14,276 Russell customer base.

Meanwhile, Virginia Department of Transportation Wise Residency Administrator Allan Sumpter said road crews had been working the latest winter storm impacts since after midnight and Wise and Dickenson counties were getting the worst so far. The Wise Residency is responsible for road maintenance in Wise, Lee, Scott and Dickenson counties.

"We seem to, thus far, have seen mostly rain in Lee and Scott, and in Wise and Dickenson we've had snow and ice. Since about 6 (a.m. Monday) in Wise and Dickenson we have been treating with salt and plowing as necessary. Our secondaries in those counties are still moderate, either snow or ice covered," Sumpter said.

"The temperatures are forecast to drop during the day so we anticipate having our crews out today and tonight to monitor and treat conditions."

Travel is a bit dicey in Wise and Dickenson counties, he acknowledged, particularly on the secondary roadways.

"Well, our roads are pretty slick, but we've not been made aware of any major traffic problems to this point," Sumpter said. "Most motorists seem to be taking their time and that's just what they need to be doing."

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