RICHMOND--A winter storm has caused tens of thousands of customers in Virginia to lose power.

Appalachian Power says the heavy, wet snow has contributed to outages to at least 71,000 customers Thursday night in southwestern Virginia, while Dominion Virginia Power says at least 2,500 customers were without power.

The National Weather Service says a foot of snow is possible in the highest elevations of southwestern Virginia. Snowfall in the Blue Ridge Mountains should range from 5 to 10 inches.

Up to 6 inches are expected in a band running from Martinsville north to the Charlottesville area and 3 to 5 inches in metropolitan Richmond.

In Hampton Roads and the Tidewater region, snow will range from a dusting to a couple inches in locations such as Williamsburg.

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