Winter weather moves through quickly

Jan. 19, 2013 @ 08:30 AM

The good news is that after several days of rain leading up to a bit of snow, the sun is shining again.
The bad news is that much colder air is coming early next week.
Temperatures this weekend will climb into the low 50s, melting any remaining snow. The lows will dip below the freezing mark into the high 20s, creating the possibility for patches of black ice on roadways on Saturday, especially.
Things should be fairly dry by Monday, and that’s when bitter cold air enters the picture. Monday’s high is expected to be in the low 40s with the low reaching 20. Tuesday will be downright frigid with the high barely creeping above freezing to 34. Tuesday night will also have a low of 20. Wednesday is expected to bring a moderate warmup with a high of 39, and Thursday’s high is forecast for the mid-40s. Lows both nights are expected to fall into the 20s.
Thursday’s storm brought heavy, wet snow and gusty winds to parts of Caldwell, causing power outages.
Linemen with Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation worked throughout the night restoring power for the 9,000 customers affected by the storm. Seventy-five linemen from other cooperatives and contractors arrived Friday morning to assist with the efforts, that could continue through today.
As of 6 a.m. Friday, 4,400 Blue Ridge customers were powerless. Between 300-400 customers in Caldwell County were without power during the height of the storm, at 11 p.m. Thursday. All were restored by midnight. Ashe County was the most severely affected, with 3,238 without power. The outages were due to heavy wet snow on trees and power lines, as well as large trees outside the right-of-way falling onto power lines after strong rains, snow and winds swept through the area. Impacting restoration efforts were dangerously slick roads, flooding across creeks and trees across road and power lines.
A total of 133 Duke Energy customers in the county were out of power at 8 p.m. Thursday. All but one customer had been restored as of early Friday afternoon.