Icy conditions led to a number of power outages across the Northern Shenandoah Valley on Tuesday.
At 3:20 p.m. Tuesday, the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative had 418 outages in Shenandoah County, 657 outages in Warren County and 4,362 outages in Frederick County.
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative reported 1,364 outages in Warren County and 30 in Frederick County, and Dominion Energy reported 90 outages in Shenandoah County and one outage in Warren County.
Preston Knight, a public relations representative for the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative, said that the outages were largely caused from tree limbs hitting power lines.
"For the most part, it's ice bringing down tree limbs and then those trees bringing down our lines," Knight said.
The power outages particularly affected western Frederick County, Knight noted. Because the southern part of the valley was largely left unscathed from the storm, he said the electric cooperative sent crews from its southern district up north to respond to the outages.
"All of our crews from our southern district in Staunton, Rockingham County are pitching in up in the northern part of our territory, too," Knight said. "So we're doing what we can."
But Knight said around noon that outages could be somewhat prolonged because of how widespread they were and because crews in some areas might need to wait until conditions become safe enough for them to go up and work on power lines.
Although the icy conditions left a number of houses without power in the region, Lt. Bo Hall of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office said the weather had a relatively low impact on the Sheriff's Office's work as a whole.
Hall said there were a number of tree limbs on the roads and that deputies responded to one vehicle crash caused by the slick conditions. The crash was a minor fender bender and didn't result in any injuries.
"We've had a few tree branches...down, and we had one motor vehicle crash resulting from the slick road," Hall said. "Other than that, we haven't had much of anything."
With the icy conditions, Warren County Public Schools and Shenandoah County Public Schools both closed on Tuesday. Frederick County Public Schools ran on a two-hour delay and dismissed classes early at Orchard View Elementary School because that school had a power outage.
Following the icy conditions, the valley is set to have windy weather today. Brian Lasorsa, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Shenandoah and Warren counties should see wind gusts of between 30 and 35 miles per hour. In the Blue Ridge Mountains, gusts could be as high as 40 or 45 miles per hour.
"It will be pretty windy tomorrow," Lasorsa said at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
After Wednesday's gusty weather, temperatures will rise to the 50s on Thursday and Friday before a cold front moves in on Friday.
That cold front could mean more wintry weather this weekend, although Lasorsa cautioned that there is a lot of uncertainty in weather that far in the future.
"Obviously, the exact details are highly uncertain this far out, but there's at least a chance for some wintry weather next weekend," Lasorsa said.