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A Christmas gift of power outages no one wanted in their stockings

Updated: Dec 23, 2022


With the start of the Christmas holiday, hundreds will be left in the dark Friday morning, as many will be opening presents.

Appalachian Power is reporting a high number of outages as of 12:20 a.m. and they are as followed:

  • Henry County: 1,146

  • Patrick County: 467

  • Franklin County: 117

An estimated time of electricity from Appalachian Power is that most would be restored by 12:00 p.m. Friday afternoon or earlier.

As we persist into the late overnight hours and into Christmas, high winds could cause more outages to occur.

This is all associated with a powerful cold front, which has brought snow and bitterly cold wind chills to the western part of Virginia.

The same system will bring our area a light wintry mix during the overnight hours, falling temperatures, and wind chills in the upper teens to the lower 20s, as winds will be between 20-30 MPH, with gusts up to 40 MPH.

Christmas Day is forecasted to with temperatures in the mid to upper 20's, sunshine, and blustery conditions.

Overnight lows will drop in the mid to upper teens, with winds diminishing later at night.

We will begin to see a slow warming process by the weekend, with more sunshine, and diminishing winds.

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