Has Spring sprung?
As what appears to be Spring settles in for at least a five-day run this week, electric customers in Patrick County and Roanoke city remain without power from more than 24 hours of sustained high winds which downed trees and electric lines throughout Southwestern Virginia.
At one time, thousands were in the dark. On Monday morning, Appalachian Electric reported 469 powerless in Roanoke and 315 in Patrick County, a drop from Sunday’s outages that totaled more than 3,000 at one point.
Some wind remained Monday morning, driving a temperature that stood at 36 at 6:30 a.m.to a wind chill of 24 but the mercury is expected to climb to a high of 68 for the first work day of the week and then into the 70s for the following three days before dipping to about 69 with rain on Friday.
Winds, which gusted into the 50s at times over the last two days, are expected to average about 11 Monday, 12 on Tuesday and then single digits for the rest of the week.
Nest week is forecast to be a little cooler with daytime highs in the high 60s and low 60s and night time lows in the 30s and 40s.
Is winter finished with us?
Don’t bet on it.
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