Winter Weather Updates

Boil Water Notice in TightsqueezeMost Recent Updates (6:00 p.m. Thursday)

  • A major water leak in the Tightsqueeze area is affecting customers of the Town of Chatham and the Pittsylvania County Service Authority (PCSA). Flooding in the Cherrystone Creek caused debris to break a section of a water line belonging to the Town of Chatham. Water pressure has deteriorated in the area due to the leak, which also affects customers of the PCSA because the PCSA purchases water from the Town of Chatham. A boil water notice is in effect for customers of both water providers in the Tightsqueeze area extending from Davis Road in Chatham through Tightsqueeze and along Dry Fork and Pleasant Gap Roads. The Town of Chatham plans to begin repairing the line in the morning, and customers are asked to continue preserving water in the meantime. 
  • In anticipation of additional freezing rain and drizzle overnight, all Pittsylvania County government offices, all branches of the Pittsylvania County Library, and the Pittsylvania County courthouse will operate on a two hour delay on Friday. 
  • Pittsylvania County Public Safety Director Chris Slemp is encouraging residents to be extra cautious when travelling overnight since the roads are likely to be slick. 
  • Pittsylvania County did see very little impact from today's winter weather, especially when compared to the ice accumulations that caused widespread power outages and fallen trees Friday into Saturday. We had extra dispatchers in the 911 center and had volunteers and public safety personnel on call throughout the county. Eleven fire departments are planning to reopen as warming stations tomorrow in the event that tonight's precipitation causes additional damage. County Public Safety staff will evaluate whether the warming stations need to open beyond tomorrow. 
  • The number of power outages after the weekend's winter weather continues to decline. There have been very few new reported outages today, and the number of Pittsylvania County customers currently without power is approximately 1,100. 
  • Eleven different Pittsylvania County Fire Departments are opening their doors from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today through Sunday. Head on out if you lose power and need a place to warm up and charge your electronics. Warming Stations Information

Emergency Communication Alerts

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You can get information in the following ways through CodeRED: 

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This service is provided by Pittsylvania County contracting with OnSolve, LLC. to use the CodeRED® system. You can either Click Here to Sign up for CodeRED or you can text the keyword PITTCO to 99411 and click on the link in the reply. Simply fill out the form to decide what types of alerts you would like to receive and how you want to receive them.

Power Outages

There are five different utility companies that operate in Pittsylvania County. Pittsylvania County does not provide power to our residents but does work with these utility providers when needed. Each territory experienced widespread outages during the ice storm on February 13 and are expecting widespread outages again. 

Here are updated numbers on the total number of Pittsylvania County customers that don't have power as of 9 p.m Wednesday: 

If your power goes out please use the online portals to report that to your utility company, NOT Pittsylvania County. Below are the phone numbers to report an outage to each of these providers: 

For those who don't have power and are using generators, please keep the following safety tips in mind: 

  • Disconnect the power coming into your home. If you don't disconnect your power before turning youGenerator Safety (1)r generator on, your generator power could backfeed into the utility company lines, creating an extremely dangerous situation for utility workers.
  • Place the generator safely outdoors. DO NOT place the generator indoors and place it at a safe distance from your home. This should be at least 15 feet away from your home to ensure that exhaust doesn't get inside. 
  • Keep the generator dry. This means that you should not use your generator while the snow and rain are still happening or your generator should be under an structure that can shield it from the rain, ice, sleet, and snow. 
  • Plug all equipment directly into your generator. You should use heavy-duty extension cords that have the voltage capacity to handle whatever appliances you are trying to power. Do not attempt to plug your generator into an electrical outlet in your home or otherwise wire the generator without the assistance of a professional.

Fire Stations Opening Their Doors

To assist Pittsylvania County residents that have lost power outages, the following fire departments will serve as warming stations Thursday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.:

Citizens are welcome to visit these stations to warm themselves up and charge electronics. Pittsylvania County is also considering opening shelters.

Safety Guidelines

Power outages were widespread across our region during this past weekend's storm, and Thursday and Friday's weather is expected to cause significant damage as well. Many Pittsylvania County residents' power outages will carry over into the new storm. Please keep the following safety guidance in mind: 

  • Prepare what you can. One of the best ways you can keep safe during a power outage is by doing some preparation before. Purchasing non-perishable food and water bottles, ensuring that you have enough blankets, and making sure your flashlights and other devices have fresh batters are good steps you can take. 
  • Set your generator up correctly. If your generator is not hooked up or placed correctly or if you do not disconnect your home from the power, you could seriously harm or injure yourself or the utility crews that attempt to restore the power. You can learn more about generator safety from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management
  • Be careful of carbon monoxide poisoning. Using a gas stove or any other outdoor stove to heat your home is a bad idea that could easily lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. It is also important that those who use a generator place it at least 15 feet from the home to ensure that carbon monoxide doesn't get in. 
  • Keep a close eye on perishable food. If you do lose power in your home it is important that you don't open your fridge or freezer to conserve the temperature. An unopened refrigerator can keep food cold for about four hours while a full freezer can keep the temperature for about 48 hours. If you are having doubts about whether your perishable food has gone bad then you should throw it out. 
  • Check on your neighbors. With significant power outages and downed trees to go along with slick roads, please do what you can to keep your community safe. Check on your neighbors and ensure that they are safe and have everything they need. 

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Other Informative Resources to Follow 

If you're looking to get up-to date information about the fallout from these winter storms please consult the following resources: 

Previous Updates 

3:00 p.m. Thursday

  • So far Pittsylvania County seems to have avoided the worst of the severe winter weather that was projected for our region. While some ice accumulation did occur throughout the county, we have not seen widespread damage or power outages like we did last weekend. There have been a few fallen trees and power lines, but our public safety staff and volunteers have been on standby and responded very quickly.
  • While there is not any additional precipitation projected for the remainder of the afternoon, snow, sleet, and freezing rain are all possible overnight. This would make for hazardous driving conditions in the morning.
  • The number of Pittsylvania County residents without power continues to decrease. As of 3:00 p.m. Thursday approximately 1,200 Pittsylvania County customers have no power, according to data from the five utility providers in the county.
  • Despite no new power outages the fire departments will remain open as warming stations for the rest of the day and most likely through tomorrow at a minimum.

12:30 p.m. Thursday

  • Pittsylvania County Public Safety personnel and volunteers from our stations have dealt with several downed trees and power lines throughout the morning. The damage has been spread out and sporadic. Most of the expected ice accumulation for our region has already taken place. As of noon this storm has not caused many additional power outages. Several hundred Pittsylvania County residents under Danville Utilities lost power due to a substation feeder going out of service, but that was quickly restored. 
  • The National Weather Service is currently predicting that Pittsylvania County could see up to one-tenth of an inch of additional ice accumulations. Additional snow, sleet, and freezing rain is possible this evening and into Friday morning.
  • Eleven volunteer Fire Departments remain open in the event that residents lose power and need somewhere to go. These departments are scheduled to be open until 8 p.m. today and 10-8 tomorrow through Sunday. 
  • Pittsylvania County Public Safety continues to encourage residents to stay at home if possible today due to slick roads. We are continuing to monitor the situation closely.

9:00 a.m. Thursday

  • Forecasts from the National Weather Service still show significant ice accumulations. Most of Pittsylvania County is projected to see somewhere between half and three-quarters of an inch of accumulated ice. We are already seeing significant ice and freezing rain, and road conditions are deteriorating. The National Weather Service is projecting that the majority of the ice accumulation will be finished around 2:00 p.m. today, but a freezing drizzle will continue through the evening. Attached is a graphic from the National Weather Service with updated ice accumulation forecasts. 
  • Pittsylvania County Public Safety Director Chris Slemp is encouraging residents to avoid travel today unless it is absolutely necessary. 
  • As of 9 a.m. Thursday roughly 1,700 Pittsylvania County customers remain without power from the previous winter weather on Friday and Saturday. 

9:00 p.m. Wednesday

  • The National Weather Service has continued to adjust forecasts, and the most recent predictions show ice accumulations between 0.5 and 0.75 depending on the area of Pittsylvania County. At this time, the eastern portion of the county is projected to be slightly worse than the west, but the entire county is expected to see widespread power outages and fallen trees as a result of the ice.
  • Many Pittsylvania County Volunteer Fire Departments will serve as warming stations over the next several days during the expected power outages. Unless otherwise posted, the following stations will remain open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (and more departments may be added to this list):

1 p.m. Wednesday:

  • Pittsylvania County government will be closed on Thursday, February 18 due to the severe ice storm that is projected to slam our region. 
  • The National Weather Service has placed Pittsylvania County under a storm warning from midnight tonight through Friday morning. The most recent projections show that Pittsylvania County can expect to see accumulations of between 0.5 and 0.75 inches of ice, to go along with some snow and sleet. The ice, which is expected to be more significant than this past weekend, will likely cause widespread power outages and downed trees.
  • As of 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, approximately 2,700 Pittsylvania County customers still do not have power as a result of last weekend's winter weather.
  • As of 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, the Virginia Department of Transportation reports approximately 27 different Pittsylvania County road closures due to downed trees and power lines.