Scattered Outages Possible Due to Snow Loading Especially in Southern Vermont, GMP Urging Customers to Stay Alert to Changing Conditions
COLCHESTER, Vt. – Forecasters are calling for a storm to bring at least one foot of snow across most of Vermont starting early Thursday through Friday afternoon. Some of the snow may be heavy and wet along with the possibility of icing, especially in the southern part of Green Mountain Power’s (GMP) service area, and that could take down trees and power lines. GMP is urging safety for customers as some scattered outages are possible and any travel could be difficult during this regional long-duration storm.
GMP’s field forces are prepared to respond along with external help to supplement GMP crews if needed.
“We track multiple forecasts for days in advance so that we can be in the right place to respond as quickly as safely possible for our customers. The weight of the snow will be heavier and icing will be possible before the temperatures drop Thursday night into Friday morning, and that’s when some outages are possible. We want customers to be alert to the changing weather conditions and always stay far away from any downed lines or trees as they could still be energized. Call us to help,” said Mike Burke, GMP’s Vice President of Field Operations.
To prepare for storms any time of year, GMP recommends customers have some basics on hand including:
- a charged cellphone
- the GMP app on your cellphone
- flashlights with fresh batteries
- bottled water
More storm preparation tips are available on GMP’s website. The GMP app is a great way to report outages, track power restoration times, as well as manage your GMP account from your cellphone. For medical emergencies, always call 911. You can also report outages by calling GMP at 888-835-4672, and through GMP’s online Outage Center.
About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 270,000 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 2021, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) honored GMP as a nationwide leader in energy transformation, and in 2019 GMP earned the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award from the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine.
Kristin Kelly, Green Mountain Power
The weight of the snow will be heavier and icing will be possible before the temperatures drop Thursday night into Friday morning, and that’s when some outages are possible.Mike Burke, GMP Vice President of Field Operations