- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Appalachian Power is moving resources to Roanoke and other parts of its service area ahead of the worst winter storm of the season.

The utility said Wednesday it has moved about 60 line mechanics into Roanoke, which could see up to 14 inches of snow before the storm is over. Lynchburg and Martinsville are also forecast to receive 10 to 14 inches of snow, and both are within Appalachian Power’s service area.

Despite the threat of heavy snow, the utility’s vice president of distribution operations says he’s confident the power company’s system “will hold up well.”

Phil Wright said that’s because of pre-planning efforts and the absence of wind.

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