Lineman continued to work throughout the day Wednesday restoring power after freezing rain coated everything in ice, bringing down trees and power lines throughout the area.
Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative, around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, reported 6,292 customers were still without power in Frederick County. SVEC has 18,932 customers in Frederick County.
An exact time frame of when everyone will have power restored is unknown.
“We currently do not have an estimated time, given the widespread nature of the outages. We should know more as the day goes on,” said Preston Knight, public relations spokesperson for Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative.
There remained two customers without service in Shenandoah County on Wednesday, where SVEC has 11,009 customers.
The downed lines were the result of trees on lines, weighed down by ice, Knight said.
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative reported that as of about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, it had 760 outages in Warren County. REC has 11,298 customers in that county.
“Most of the remaining outages are concentrated in the mountainous region of Warren County. Due to unsafe conditions, crews responded only to emergency situations overnight. This morning, crews from REC’s Blue Ridge and Culpeper offices redeployed with assistance from crews in the Cooperative’s Eastern Region,” wrote Casey Hollins, REC director of communications in a prepared statement.
The utilities aimed to restore all service to their customers by the end of the day Wednesday as long as high winds along the ridge do not occur and slow down efforts.
Dominion Energy, as of about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, had 386 outages in Shenandoah Valley, mostly in Clarke and Loudoun counties. On Tuesday, there were about 2,000 customers in Shenandoah County out of service with power restored Tuesday evening, said Samantha Moore, Dominion Energy spokesperson. Dominion has 192,667 customers in the county.
The forecast through next week calls for temperatures in the 50s and possibly the 60s today through Friday. On Friday night, however, temperatures will drop with possible lows in the 30s, said Luis Rosa, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, Sterling office.
There is the potential for a light snow event on Saturday, he said.
The freezing rain and sleet could make a repeat showing. Early weather projections show snow, sleet and freezing rain for Tuesday and possibly Wednesday, Rosa said.