Dominion Virginia Power crews have restored power to more than 61,000 of the 181,000 customers affected by the severe storm still passing through Virginia.
Up to 18 inches of heavy, wet snow has fallen in the northern two-thirds of Dominion's service area, and the forecasts call for continued snowfall and increasing winds as the day progresses.
Storm restoration began as soon as conditions allowed crews to work safely.
Dominion crews from less-affected areas of the state and from utilities in nearby states are assisting in restoration efforts in the western Piedmont, Shenandoah Valley and Northern Virginia areas, where the impact of the heavy, wet snow — nearly twice as wet as typical snow — was most severe. Subsequently, strong winds are bringing additional damage to wires, utility poles and pole cross arms.
The company will update its website with information about the storm restoration as it becomes available.
The highest priority for power restoration is always given to public safety and emergency facilities such as hospitals, emergency 911 call centers and municipal water pumping stations.
Dominion (NYSE:D) is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of about 27,500 MW of generation. Dominion operates one of the nation's largest underground natural gas storage systems and serves retail energy customers in 15 states.