Ice could cause problems for power customers, crews

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Utility crews around the Tennessee Valley are once again on standby, with another round of winter weather expected.

The current threat of ice is of greater concern to utility companies than snow or rain, since it's more likely to lead to power outages.

Harry Hobbs, a spokesman for Huntsville Utilities, says the company is as prepared as possible.

Officials are closely monitoring the forecast and a severe weather program is ready to be implemented, if necessary.

Customers are urged to follow the standard winter weather recommendations of guarding their homes against drafts and letting water drip from an inside faucet to prevent pipes from freezing.

Should a power outage occur, they are also encouraged to report it. Huntsville Utilities customers should call (256) 53-LIGHT. That's (256) 535-4448.

You can also monitor any outages within the Huntsville Utilities system on the company's website. A link to an outage map may be found on the top of the homepage.

Officials say they will also provide updates on Facebook and Twitter.