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Snow misses Charlotte, mountains see nearly a foot


The snow missed the Queen City but other parts of the WBTV viewing area are getting a day off from school.

The National Weather Service has issued the Warning for the entire WBTV viewing area except for Union and Anson Counties which are under a Winter Weather Advisory from 6 p.m. Thursday until 6 a.m. Friday.

Linemen with Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation worked throughout the night and continue power restoration efforts today for a high last night of 9,000 members affecting by the storm.  Seventy-five linemen are arriving this morning from sister cooperatives and contractors to assist in power restoration efforts that could continue into Saturday.

 As of 6 a.m., 4,400 Blue Ridge members remain without power. Ashe County is the most severely affected where 3,238 members are without power and linemen work to repair damage at 150 different outage locations.

Alleghany County has 755 members without power this morning due to damage in 34 different locations. Watauga County is down to 387 members awaiting restoration and several hundred Caldwell County members were restored with power by midnight.

Outages were caused by heavy wet snow on trees and power lines, as well as large trees outside the right-of-way falling onto power lines after this week's strong rains, a heavy wet snow and high winds. Dangerously slick roads, flooding across creeks and trees across roads and power lines are affecting restoration efforts.

In Mecklenburg County more than 1,500 Duke Energy customers are without power. Duke has not said when they expect power to be restored.

Heavy wet snow along with high winds followed by days of heavy rains is leading to falling trees especially in the mountain counties of the cooperative's service area. Weather conditions are predicted to worsen overnight.

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