Snow, ice expected in Tri-State
HUNTINGTON -- Another round of ice and snow was anticipated for Huntington and the Tri-State area late Sunday night and ceasing just at daybreak Monday.
Tom Mazza, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston, said forecasts were calling for as much as six inches of snow in downtown Huntington, with four or five inches to the north and perhaps as much as eight inches to the south.
Freezing rain was expected to creep in late Sunday, laying down about a tenth of an inch of ice on roadways beneath the snow.
The region was preparing Sunday afternoon, with 110 trucks and 130 line workers called in from Service Electric Company out of Chattanooga, Tenn., stationed along U.S. 60 poised to respond to predicted power outages.
Appalachian Power spokesman Phil Moye said the company was expecting damage on a fairly widespread scale with the storm.
The company secured nearly 600 line workers and damage assessors from outside its service area to assist with service restoration, according to a written statement.
In the release, the company stated it was likely that outage numbers would begin to grow late Sunday and into Monday morning. Some crews were ready to respond through the night to critical situations, such as downed lines blocking roads. The remainder were expected to begin restoration work at daybreak as road conditions permitted.
The city of Huntington was also preparing shelters for those without power.
Freezing rain was expected to turn to sleet after midnight, then to snow in the early morning hours Monday.
Mazza said the temperature was not expected to get out of the mid 20s Monday.
"Some of that March sun will help with the roads some (Monday afternoon), but you're looking at lows in the single digits Monday night," he said.
Temperatures are expected to lift above freezing Tuesday.
Harsh weather combined with water line breaks around the Tri-State and a chemical spill in Kanawha County have played havoc with Tri-State residents since the beginning of the new year.
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