The early morning snow didn’t stick to roads for most of the Finger Lakes, but the heavy, wet snow that did remain in trees, many of which still have lots of leaves, could be to blame for a spate of power outages in towns surrounding Ithaca this afternoon.
New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) reports nearly 1,800 customers in Tompkins County are without power, with a total over 3,100 throughout their service area. Around Ithaca, the affected customers are primarily in the towns of Caroline, Dryden, and Danby, including customers in Brooktondale, Freeville, and Slaterville Springs.
Wet snow tends to weigh down branches that still have leaves, which can lead to stooped or broken branches disrupting power lines.
If you come across a downed power line on a roadway or sidewalk or on your property, don’t assume the cable isn’t live. Call NYSEG at 800-572-1131 to report downed lines.
As of this writing, NYSEG estimates power will be restored to most of the affected areas by about 4:45pm.