Appalachian Power continues its preparations for a winter storm that could that could bring up to 10 inches of heavy, wet snow to parts of its Tennessee and Virginia service areas.
The concern for outages exists more in the areas that receive wet snow rather than the areas with dry snow. Wet snow can weigh down trees and lines and cause significant widespread damage to electric facilities.
On Saturday, Appalachian Power started moving contractors and assessors into areas in Tennessee and Virginia that are expected to be most impacted by the storm. These workers will be ready if and when outages occur.
Additional crews from utilities outside the company’s service area, including AEP Ohio, Indiana Michigan Power, First Energy and Dayton Power and Light, will arrive tomorrow. Additional crews from areas unaffected by the storm will be ready on Monday to assist in restoration efforts, if needed.