Danville preparing for forecasted snow, sleet, and ice

Roads are clear in Danville Saturday afternoon ahead of the storm. (WSET)

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- The city of Danville is working to keep their residents safe as the first winter storm of 2019 kicks off.

Danville will be under a winter storm warning until 7:00 p.m. Sunday.

Snow, sleet and freezing rain are all in the forecast for the Southside over the next 24 hours.

About an inch of snow is expected to fall overnight, which will then transition into one-tenth to three-tenths of an inch of ice. This will make for extremely dangerous road conditions.

Danville residents in need of shelter can call the non-emergency line at (434) 799-5111, option 8.

Crews from Public Works will be starting 12-hour shifts at 7:00 p.m. Saturday.

You your home or business is without power, you can call Danville Utilities at (434) 773-8300.

When there are a number of outages, crews normally address areas with the largest number of outages first.

Danville Utilities says customers should be aware of several factors as the storm progresses:

"During the power restoration effort there are times when crews must temporarily shut off power to an area to make repairs. Once major lines serving a neighborhood are repaired, power may be on at some houses and off at others because of additional damage to lines and equipment serving those homes. Some houses may have electric service when others do not because houses may be on different lines or circuits.

Each outage has different circumstances and some may take longer to identify the source of the problem. Widespread damage makes it more difficult to accurately predict when a particular customer's power will be restored.

Customers using medical devices must make other arrangements in the event of a power outage and temporarily go to a location or medical facility that does have power. For customers unable to make other arrangements, they should call the non-emergency number for the Emergency Communications Center. That number is (434) 799-5111, option 8. The center will notify one of the participating agencies to meet the need."

Remember: If there is a downed power line, call 911 immediately.

Stick with ABC 13 to get the latest on this storm's forecast and power outages.

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