Residents around the WDBJ7 viewing area are preparing for potential high winds Wednesday.
If you live in the New River Valley, you will be the first in line to deal with this severe weather.
Around noon Wednesday, it was misty in the New River Valley with calm winds.
"I think it's unusual but not unprecedented. We've seen temperatures in the 60's and 70's before in January and then sharply drop back to more normal conditions,” Phil Hysell of the National Weather Service said. “The one quote I've always been told is normal weather is abnormal. We rarely reach our average high and average low in a typical day so it's unusual but no unprecedented."
APPALACHIAN POWER PREPS
Since the derecho last year, many people worry about power outages when high winds are in the forecast.
We spoke with Appalachian Power spokesperson on Tuesday morning.
Crews have been very busy the past few weeks, dealing with power outages related to snow and ice. Burns said there was far more concern for the recent snow and ice than these strong winds. Winds are being forecast between 40 and 60 mph. Appalachian Power crews are concerned about isolated wind gusts that could reach up to 75 mph.
At the Pine Tree Trailer Park, the derecho brought down trees and damaged homes in June.
Since that time the management has cut down many of the neighborhood's large trees.
There are several tree stumps from where trees once stood before the derecho.
Residents in this community were without power for upwards of a week after June's derecho brought down trees and limbs.
One resident here tells us that her home was so badly damaged, they didn't move back in until November.
Another man says he has his generator ready just in case.
Both are glad some of those larger trees aren't here to cause any damage just in case the storm lives up to its hype.
The City of Danville is also preparing for the high winds, which could cause isolated power outages from downed trees and power lines.
“The ground already is saturated, and with additional rain and high wind, we expect to see trees down and falling across power lines, causing isolated outages,” Ken Ashworth, director of the power and light division, said Wednesday morning.
Ashworh has placed additional line workers on standby.