Winter Storm Warning continues, 2,000 without power

Things have basically come to a standstill in Montgomery County following the accumulation of several inches of snow yesterday and overnight, and an additional 2 to 4 inches expected through the day today. We could also get some ice accumulation today.

This map shows an area where about 2,000 Duke Energy Progress customers were without power as of 7:30 a.m., Feb. 13, 2014. (Duke Energy Progress graphic)

This map shows an area where about 2,000 Duke Energy Progress customers were without power as of 7:30 a.m., Feb. 13, 2014. (Duke Energy Progress graphic)

Authorities recommend that you stay home and not travel.

Duke Energy Progress reported just over 2,000 customers in Montgomery County without power as of 7:30 this morning. Most of those customers are in an area west of Hwy. 73 to Lake Tillery, from Mount Gilead north to Swift Island. The electric utility hopes to have that service restored by 10 a.m. today.

Montgomery County Commission Chair Jackie Morris declared a state of emergency in the county ahead of the winter storm, allowing mobilization of emergency management resources. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory issued a similar declaration for the state for the same reason and to pave the way for federal emergency assistance.

The National Weather Service says areas of snow will redevelop across the Southern and Central Piedmont by noon and continue through the afternoon today. An additional 2 to 4 inches of snow are expected, and we could get about a tenth of an inch of ice today.

Partly cloudy with snow likely this evening, but little or no additional accumulation expected. Clear after midnight, with lows tonight in the mid 20s. Partly sunny tomorrow with highs in the lower 40s. Cloudy with a chance of rain Friday evening, then a chance of rain and snow after midnight Friday, with lows around 30. Mostly sunny Saturday, with highs in the lower 40s. Forecasters say we may see a few more flurries Saturday night and Sunday morning.

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect through 6 p.m. today. The National Weather Service says residents should avoid travel. If you must travel, use extreme caution, prepare for a lengthy trip, and let someone know your travel route.

Please remember to keep check on neighbors and relatives to be sure they’re safe and have food and heat, especially if we experience power outages.

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