BOSTON (AP) — Utility crews raced Saturday to restore power to tens of thousands of customers across New England and New York after a powerful storm dumped 2 feet of snow in some locations.
More than 160,000 customers in New England were in the dark in the afternoon and another 20,000 were without power in New York as heavy snowfall brought tree branches onto power lines, according to poweroutage. us, which tracks outages across the country.
Restoration efforts were complicated by snow still falling in some places, making travel dangerous. Doug Foley, president of Eversource’s electrical operations in New Hampshire, said snowy roads made it difficult for workers to reach communities to assess damage and make repairs.
“We are still experiencing system damage in parts of the state where heavy, wet snow continues to fall, and hundreds more crews are coming to New Hampshire to support our restoration efforts,” Foley said in a press release sent by e-mail.
As of Saturday afternoon, Eversource had restored power to nearly 61,000 customers in New Hampshire since the storm began, but another 40,000 remained without power, according to the utility.
Green Mountain Power, which serves customers in Vermont, said more outages were possible there as temperatures were not expected to warm enough over the next two days to melt the snow.
“Clearing downed trees to get to outage sites has been slow and difficult,” Mike Burke, vice president of field operations for the utility company, said in a statement.
More than 2 feet of snow was recorded in parts of Vermont and western New York, and many communities in the region saw more than a foot, according to the National Weather Service.