Thursday, January 17, 2013
Vigorous winter storm rolls into Southwest Virginia (with radar and gallery)
Kyle Green | The Roanoke Times
A commuter on a moped heads down Campbell Avenue in Roanoke this afternoon.
Matt Gentry | The Roanoke Times
Didier Dobrowolski (right) pushes a rental car with two others from Radford on snow-covered Marshall Drive in Christiansburg today.
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Power outages reported in Southwest Virginia: APCO outage map
Appalachian Power is reporting significant power outages in Roanoke County and other areas of Southwest Virginia.
Here's a breakdown of reported outages (as of 9 p.m.):
>> Roanoke: 4,375
>> Roanoke County: 6,368
>> Botetourt County: 2,492
>> Montgomery County: 7,633
>> Giles County: 6,426
>> Pulaski County: 8,262
>> Floyd County: 3,648
Schools announce closings
Roanoke County schools and Roanoke City Public Schools will be closed Friday, school officials have reported. Closings have also been announced for Salem City Schools and Craig County schools.
All departing flights canceled at Roanoke Regional Airport: Check flight status
Both runways are closed at Roanoke Regional Airport. The airport said it closed the runways at 5:45 p.m., because of rapid snow accumulation and poor braking action.
All departing flights have been canceled. They are working on the runways, keeping open the possibility that eight scheduled arriving flights could land after 8 p.m.