Howling winds calmed down this morning as the blizzard conditions that have gripped the region eased. A high wind warning with gusts predicted to hit 80 miles per hour ended at 5 a.m.

The winter of extremes is far from over. More storms are forming in the West and the National Weather Service expects snow to arrive again next week but not in the vast amounts that have fallen in three storms to hit Southwestern Virginia since Dec. 18.

Appalachian Electric Power is trying to restore power to nearly 9,000 customers in counties surrounding Floyd. Carroll County is hardest hit with 3,000 homes and businesses without electricity, followed by Roanoke County with 1,498 and Henry with 1,206.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says roads remain slick from overnight freezing and warn drivers to watch out for black ice.

Floyd County schools remain closed, along with school systems in most counties in the region.

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