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Marion prepares for upcoming winter weather

Marion weather preparation

MARION, Va. - Our StormTrack 5 team is following a winter weather system that may reach the eastern part of our viewing area.

We went to Marion, Va. on Friday to find out what they're doing to prepare for any snow and ice.

"We'll have a crew ready to come in as soon as that happens" said Ken Heath, with the Town of Marion.

Heath told us Marion has three trucks prepared to clear off ice and the fire department is ready to respond to any problems.

"Of course we have our volunteer crews ready to go," he said. "We have a heightened state of alert and we've also started  putting out our alerts."

They're warning people to stay storm ready on their website.

"The chance of us losing some power is probably pretty high," Heath told us.

"Ice is a whole lot more damaging to our facilities than snow is," said Isaac Webb, an American Electric Power (AEP) district manager.

Webb told us ice becomes a problem when it builds up.

"Any weak points structurally in our system add a tremendous amount of weight on power lines, then the structures themselves will start to break too," said Webb.

Chief meteorologist Dave Dierks told us the worst of this storm could produce up to half an inch of ice around, and east, of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Marion on the other hand, will get a little glaze at most.

Heath said it's better to be safe than sorry.

"We're telling people to go ahead now since it's going to be nice on Saturday, to prepare, to check the batteries in flashlights, to check your alternate heat sources, to check make sure they have a battery operated radio," he said.

Those are tools that will come in handy all winter long.

You can call the Virginia or Tennessee 511 lines for the most updated traffic information over the weekend.

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