With heavy snow expected, utility crews across northern New York and parts of Vermont are getting ready for what could be hours of repair and restoration work. With a series of severe weather events in recent years, power providers across the region have updated their plans to get ready for and respond to weather, and in some cases, man-made disasters. The New York Power Authority CEO, Gil Quiniones, spoke to WAMC about those changes. He says after Tropical Storms Irene and Lee, the Power Authority came up with 26 recommendations to improve communications during storms as part of its Lessons Learned Project.
Schools are closed and state offices in Vermont delayed the start of the work day today. But the snowstorm that rampaged up the Atlantic coast is being met with typical New England pragmatism in Vermont and New York.
On an 11am conference call with the media, Governor didn't give the "all clear" just yet, but he did say "Mother nature has moved on somewhat" and the snowfall is pretty much over across the state. He said his decision to close roadways between midnight and 5 am turned out to be the right call - there were weather-related fatalities - Authorities say a 71-year-old woman suffering from Alzheimer's disease has frozen to death after she wandered away from her rural western New York home.
An already busy winter weather season continues in New York and New England.
A winter storm warning is in effect as up to a foot of snow is expected through Friday morning for the Capital Region, Vermont and western Massachusetts. Luigi Meccariello is a meteorologist in the National Weather Service’s Albany office.
Ice is building up on trees and bringing down power lines in northern New England, leaving thousands of homes and business in Vermont and Maine without electricity.
Vtoutages.org lists more than 16,000 outages, most across northern Vermont. In Maine, Bangor Hydro Electric reported about 11,500 outages Sunday morning, mostly along the coast, and Central Maine Power was working to restore power to about 450 customers, most of them in York County.
Another shot of wintry weather is heading for the Northeast, with a foot or more of snow possible in New England.
The snow and ice storm is expected to slow weekend travel by air, rail and highway and has utilities and airports on alert.
The National Weather Service says 6 to 12 inches of snow are expected from Saturday to Sunday in New England. Up to 14 inches are possible along the Maine coast but as little as 2 inches on Cape Cod. Areas north and west of New York City and interior Pennsylvania also could get 8 inches or more.