Late Season Nor’Easter Leaves Thousands Twin Tiers Residents Powerless
The late season snow storm that was predicted by the National Weather Service to dump several inches of heavy, wet snow on the Twin Tiers starting overnight April 18 is living up to its potential.
In addition to several inches of wet snow hampering travel in the region, there are numerous reports of trees and wires down across roadways and even on homes and thousands of power interruptions.
Winter Storm Warnings remain in effect for the Twin Tiers until noon April 19.
In the Triple Cities, heavy rain at 11 p.m. Monday turned to large, wet snowflakes and had already accumulated two inches by 1 a.m. and another half inch before 2 a.m.
The heavy snow is being blamed for bringing down power lines and trees all over the region. Broome County Emergency Services officials have been fielding one call after another concerning trees across roadways, power lines down on houses and widespread interruption of power.
As of 3 a.m. April 18, New York State Electric and Gas had reported 9,321 customers in Broome County without power. That number had jumped by over 4,000 from an update minutes earlier. Over 2,700 NYSEG customers in Chenango County, close to 2,200 in Delaware County and over 700 in Tioga County at that time were also without power.
In that update, NYSEG was anticipating restoration times for many customers before 6 a.m. but some areas of Chenango and Tioga Counties were anticipated to be without service into the early morning hours. Those restoration times are prone to change very frequently as service comes back on and other areas go out.
The latest listing of power outages and estimated restoration times can be found at nyseg.com/
Residents are being advised to avoid travel if possible through midday when conditions are expected to improve. Motorists who do have to go out should do so very early to take into account road conditions but also hazards like trees and wires that could be brought down by the heavy snow through the day.