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(UPDATE AT 10:45 A.M. SATURDAY): The Police Department is urging all residents to stay home and avoid travel if possible due to multiple trees down across the city as well as widespread power outages. Traffic signals in large portions of the city are not working.
A tree has fallen over a high voltage line, disrupting our power feed from AEP. Large portions of the city and county are without power. Danville Utilities crews are working to restore service as quickly as possible.
UPDATE AT 10 A.M. SATURDAY
Danville Utilities continues to receive reports of outages. An estimated 3,000 customers are without power from fallen trees, broken poles, and downed power lines. Please say away from downed lines. Danville Utilities is calling for assistance from contract crews and other cities in which it has mutual aid agreements.
UPDATE AT 9 A.M. SATURDAY
The city received some icing overnight. Streets this morning are icy in spots, mostly on bridges and in shaded areas. Public Works Department crews were on duty overnight and treated bridges and overpasses.
The Police Department reports three accidents overnight due to icing. All three were single-vehicle accidents, with minor injuries.
Danville Utilities reports power outages in multiple areas due to fallen trees. About 900 customers, mostly in the north Danville and Ringgold areas are without power
Danville Transit is operating regular service.
ORIGINAL POST ON FRIDAY
The National Weather Service in Blacksburg earlier today issued a winter storm warning for Danville and the surrounding area that will take effect at 9 p.m. tonight and continue to noon Sunday.
Freezing rain and freezing drizzle will fall overnight and during much of the day on Saturday. Significant icing is expected. Total ice accumulation of up to one-fourth to one-half of an inch is possible.
These amounts of ice accumulations on trees and power lines could result in widespread downed trees and power lines and consequently widespread power outages. Bridges and overpasses also will be affected, with some lesser accumulations on road and highway surfaces.
Public Works crews will report to work overnight and remain on duty on Saturday to treat bridges and overpasses. Utilities crews will be on standby.
The area could receive additional freezing rain and freezing drizzle on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, but with lesser icing.
The winter storm will affect areas east of the Blue Ridge of Virginia and northern North Carolina. Further west, mainly west of the Blue Ridge, lesser amounts of ice and some sleet are expected.
The Danville Winter Farmers’ Market has been cancelled for this Saturday due to the weather forecast.