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Thousands Lose Power Ahead of Sunday's Ice

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Lightning can be seen just outside of Lynchburg early Friday morning. Lightning can be seen just outside of Lynchburg early Friday morning.
Ice Sunday could be nearly 1/2" thick on trees and power lines, with areas along and north of Lexington getting up to 1" of ice. Power outages are possible Sunday. Ice Sunday could be nearly 1/2" thick on trees and power lines, with areas along and north of Lexington getting up to 1" of ice. Power outages are possible Sunday.

UPDATE: 2:30 p.m.

Campbell Co., VA - Power has been restored to the Campbell Couny and Floyd County areas.

According to AEP Spokesperson Teresa Hall, the outages were caused by an equipment failure and not believed to be directly related to the weather.

Storms were moving across the area during the time of the outages.

UPDATE: 7:00 A.M.

Campbell County is reporting 2,092 power outages.  Floyd County is reporting 1,489 power outages.  Also, Franklin County is reporting 235 power outages.

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Campbell Co., VA - Warm and humid air for December ahead of a powerful cold front allowed for storms to develop overnight, knocking out power to thousands.

At one point, in Campbell County alone, nearly 3,200 people lost power. In Floyd County, over 5,400 people were in the dark early Friday, according to AEP's website.

ABC 13's lightning detector confirmed the storms had formed, along with several viewer reports that the power had gone out near the same time.

Temperatures well into the 60's, some 20 degrees above normal, helped create the energy to fire up the storms.

During the day Friday, more showers and even storms are possible, as very cold Arctic air moves into the area.

In fact, locations just north of Lynchburg will fall into the 40s during the day Friday, while just a few miles to the south, temperatures will still be in the 60s to near 70. (see photo) That's a difference of 30 degrees over just one county!

The colder air will continue moving in this weekend, giving the area a wintry mix of snow and sleet to start early Sunday morning, before changing over to ice and freezing rain for most of Sunday into the early afternoon.

More power outages are possible, especially along and north of 460 Sunday, with freezing rain likely to weigh down lines, trees, and their branches for many areas Sunday.

Travel may be tricky early Sunday in spots as well, mainly on bridges and overpasses. 

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