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National Weather Service issues Friday night black ice warning

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Trees had to be cut off rural roads in Ashe County on Jan. 18, after days of heavy rain and
heavy wet snow combined with high winds brought down trees all across the area, according to
BREMCO Director of Public Relations Renee Whitener.

Originally published: Jan. 18, 2013
Last modified: Jan. 18, 2013

Adam Orr

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement urging caution on high country roads Friday night. 
"Black ice and slick roads are expected tonight," according to the statement. "Roads are expected to be slick again tonight as the melted snow refreezes after dusk in most locations. Temperatures are going to stay below freezing into Saturday morning."
For those who must travel, the NWS recommends drivers to use caution, and slower speeds. 
The news comes as some Ashe residents prepare to spend another night without electric service.
"Days of heavy rains coupled with a heavy wet snow and high winds last night caused soil to loosen and trees to fall onto power lines in some locations, especially in Ashe County where the majority of outages occurred," said BREMCO Director of Public Relations Renee Whitener Friday afternoon. "The heavy wet snow also pulled down power lines, causing system damage that led to outages. Currently, 2564 remain without power in Ashe County. Due to the extent of damage, full outage restoration in Ashe County may not be complete until late Saturday. Members are advised to take precautions for safety and warmth as linemen work to restore power as quickly and safely as possible." 
If you have not reported a power outage, BREMCO asks to please call the cooperative's Power Line at 1-800-448-2383. 
"If you see a downed power line, please stay far away and call the cooperative to speak to someone about its location by calling 1-800-451-5474," said Whitener. "To check outage status at any time, Blue Ridge Electric provides an online outage map at http://www.BlueRidgeEMC.com where news releases and safety tips can also be found. Updates are also available at the cooperatives social media sites at http://www.facebook.com/blueridgeemc and http://www.twitter.com/blueridgeemc."

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