Forecasters Predict Heavy Wet Snow and Potential for Strong Winds Starting Early Saturday
COLCHESTER, Vt. – Green Mountain Power (GMP) is reminding customers to be alert to the forecast, as meteorologists say there is a growing likelihood that precipitation heading towards Vermont may fall as heavy, wet snow with the potential to take down trees and power lines, causing scattered outages. Mid and high elevation areas along the spine of the Green Mountains from Washington County south are at risk with Southern Vermont currently in the bullseye of this winter storm, according to the latest weather models which increase the possibility of outages.
“We want customers to be safe. We follow multiple forecasts so we can alert customers, and to be able to respond as quickly as we safely can,” said Mike Burke, Chief of Field Operations at GMP. “If lines are down, you should always assume they are energized and stay far away. Downed trees can also have lines tangled in them and customers should also stay well away for safety.”
In preparation for any storm, some good items to have on hand are a fully charged cell phone, bottled water, battery-powered flashlights, emergency phone numbers, and a plan of where to go if you were to need to leave your home. For medical emergencies, call 911. You can find more storm safety tips on GMP’s website. You can report outages by calling 888-835-4672, through GMP’s online Outage Center, and through GMP’s app.
About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 266,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and is partnering with them to improve lives and transform communities. GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. GMP earned a spot on Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in the World list four years in a row (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020). In 2019 GMP was honored by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine with the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award.
Kristin Kelly, Green Mountain Power
If lines are down, you should always assume they are energized and stay far away. Downed trees can also have lines tangled in them and customers should also stay well away for safety.Mike Burke, GMP Chief of Field Operations