GMP to the rescue!

Green Mountain Power headed to Long Island to lend a helping hand with more than 20,000 power outages during the biggest snow storm of the season there last weekend. Courtesy photos
Green Mountain Power headed to Long Island to lend a helping hand with more than 20,000 power outages during the biggest snow storm of the season there last weekend. Courtesy photos

More than 50 Green Mountain Power line workers, supervisors, safety personnel and mechanics headed to Long Island last weekend to help restore power when a massive snowstorm hit the mid-Atlantic region.

New York City Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Saturday and issued a travel ban for the city starting at 2:30pm that ended at 7am Sunday.

Many to the south of Vermont are still digging out from the deadly Winter Storm Jonas. Cuomo called the storm historic. The travel ban in place has been lifted, but New Yorkers should still avoid unnecessary travel and use caution, he said in a press release.

“Our southern neighbors are facing potentially devastating damage, and we are so pleased that we have workers ready and able to help them in their time of need, just as they help us when we are hit with big storms,” said Dorothy Schnure, GMP spokesperson before the deployment. “Our
crews have the skills, experience and strong work ethic that always make them a welcome addition to crews in other states.”

Utilities from New York to Washington, D.C., called for the assistance of nearly 700 workers from utilities not affected by the storm.

“We work hard every day to provide reliable power to Vermonters, but we take great satisfaction in helping our sister utilities when they are facing such a significant storm,” said Schnure.

Weather in the Champlain Valley leading into the weekend will be mostly sunny, with highs near 30 and lows around 20 degrees, according to the US National Weather Service Burlington. Winds will be westerly and mild.

Saturday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. Winds will be from the southwest at a clip of 5 to 7 mph. Saturday night there is a 40 percent chance of snow showers.

Sunday will be mostly cloudy with a high near 37 degrees and a 30 percent chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37.

Please send your weekend weather photos to Lynn@WindRidgePublishing.com.