After a night filled with icy rain and crackling, falling trees, many Tri-State residents are still without electricity Tuesday morning.
As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, Appalachian Power reported 33,398 customers in the dark in Cabell and 17,648 out in Wayne. In Lawrence County, Ohio, AEP Ohio reported 10,934 customers out. In Boyd County, Kentucky Power reported 17,369 customers out.
Several roads were closed or restricted in Lawrence County due to downed trees and utility lines. Closures include State Route 7 at the 0.5 mile marker and the 3 mile marker; U.S. 52 at the Ashland Bridges; State Route 93 at the 3.5 mile marker, 4.5 mile marker and the 7 mile marker; State Route 141 between the 3 mile marker and the 4 mile marker; State Route 217 at the 6 mile marker and at the 9 mile marker; State Route 243 at the 7 mile marker, between the 9 mile marker and 10 mile marker and at the 16 mile marker; and State Route 775 at the 1.9 mile marker, 3 mile marker, between the 6 mile marker and the 9 mile marker, and the 19 mile marker. Also, the signal was down at U.S. 52 at Walmart Way. Follow OHGO.com for more information.
In Ironton, the Lawrence County Courthouse was closed due to the weather.
In Boyd County, Kentucky, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 9 reported that main routes such as Interstate 64, KY 180 to US 60 to downtown Ashland, US 23, and the Ohio River Bridges are open as crews concentrate on keeping them passable. All other routes appear impassable — blocked by downed trees and power lines.
In Ashland, much of South Ashland was without electricity Tuesday morning, and the Ashland Town Center Mall is closed.
According to the National Weather Service, the rest of today scattered flurries. Tonight offers more scattered flurries before 1 a.m., with a low temperature around 13.
On Wednesday, there is a 20% chance of snow after 4 p.m. and the day should be partly sunny, with a high near 31.
The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a Winter Storm Watch from Wednesday night through Friday morning with significant amounts of snow and ice accumulations possible.
It is predicted to be yet another complex winter storm with precipitation type and amounts at any given location being heavily dependent on the storm track, which remains highly uncertain at this time, according to the service. There is also a possibility of heavy rainfall, especially over southern West Virginia and southwest Virginia.
For the Tri-State region, any additional snow/ice accumulation on top of the accumulated ice in trees would cause additional tree damage and power outages.
For more information, visit www.weather.gov/rlx/winter.