Winter storm warning in effect into Monday morning; ice may impact driving, power, air travel and more
A winter storm warning remains in effect for the region through 9:00 am Monday for sleet and freezing rain that is likely to make driving hazardous, especially on bridges and overpasses. The National Weather Service says the greatest likelihood for storm impacts lies north of the US 460 corridor. Ice accumulations of 1/4 to 1/2 inch are expected by Monday morning, and the weather service says ice buildups on trees and power lines may cause widespread power outages.
VDOT reports no major incidents as of 11:00 am. The National Weather Service says roads and highways may turn icy this afternoon and urges extreme caution if you head out.
One Delta Airlines round trip flight between Atlanta and Roanoke this morning was cancelled. United Airlines has cancelled an afternoon round trip flight between Washington, DC and Roanoke. Click here for the latest airport information.
As of 11:00 of Sunday, Appalachian Power reports no outages in the region. Click here for the latest Apco information.
As of 11:00 am Sunday, no school systems had decided on whether to postpone or cancel Monday classes. Click here for the latest information.
Virginia Tech has named its next president, and he comes to Blacksburg from Purdue University. Timothy Sands has been Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of Purdue. He succeeds Charles Steger, who announced last May he would step down when a successor was chosen. Steger has been Virginia Tech’s president since 2000. Before taking administrative positions, Sands was an engineering professor at Cal-Berkeley and at Purdue. As WFIR’s Evan Jones, Sands promises to “keep the momentum moving” in Blacksburg.
An ice storm is forecast for the immediate area this Sunday, and the Virginia Department of Forestry reminds homeowners to inspect their property for tree limbs that ice could bring down. John Campbell with the Forestry Department recommends using an Certified Arborist to make sure the job is done right. WFIR’s Bob Clark has the story.