Appalachian Power restored electricity to our house at 3:37 p.m. this afternoon — one day, five hours and 32 minutes after it went out on Sunday morning and more than two days before the estimate of restoration by 1159 p.m. Wednesday.

For 44,484 others in APCO’s service region of 1,038,568, the wait continues for those affected by the severe Spring winder storm that left up to 19 inches in some parts of Southwestern Virginia.

For some, the wait might still be two or three days.  Others may get the same pleasant surprise that arrived when we heard our generator shut down while power remained on.

When we bought our home here in Floyd County on Dec. 1, 2004, completing a move from the condo where we lived in Arlington County for almost 24 years, a whole house automatic generator topped the list of items we wanted to purchase.

My time living in Floyd County during my high school years showed the value of having a generator to provide power and not lose meat in the freezers, have ice clog water pipes, or not have heat and water.

Our first Generac kept power running at our house for more than a week when ice and snow took down electric lines in 2006 and saved our water pipes and food several times.  We retired it in 2015 and replaced it with another Generac.

It proved its worth earlier this month when the wind storm that hit our area took out power in much of the county and kept power to our home for 11 hours and 43 minutes.  This time, it was 29 hours and 32 hours.

For Floyd County, the Tuesday school schedule calls for two hours late opening Tuesday.  Floyd County’s Circuit Court is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. with regular hearings set at 9:30 p.m.  The Board of Supervisors meets for its regular second session of the month at 7 p.m. at the county administration building on Oxford Street in Floyd.

Light freezing rain and drizzle leads Tuesday’s weather forecast with a projected high of 46 and an overnight low of 40.  Wednesday’s forecast by the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Blacksburg calls for a high of 68 with an overnight low of 53.  Thursday: High 89, low 51 and Friday (Good Friday) high 59 and low of 39.  Easter Sunday should come in with a high of 60 and a low of 40.

Keep your fingers crossed.  Spring may have finally arrived.