For Immediate Release
Utility prepared for possibility of snow, sleet and freezing rain
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Pepco is closely monitoring today's winter storm. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for parts of the Washington Metropolitan Area and all of Montgomery County from this morning through Monday morning.
Weather forecasts are still changing, but some predict snow accumulations of up to 2 inches followed by an inch of rain throughout parts of the Pepco region. We also expect wind gusts of up to 15 mph. A Winter Storm Warning means there is also a potential for a mix of sleet and/or ice. Pepco is preparing for the worst of the forecasts.
Snow, sleet and freezing rain can bring tree limbs into contact with power lines to cause power outages. This wintry mix can allow trees already weakened by previous storms to fall onto power lines and equipment to cause power outages. Outages can also occur due to drivers skidding into utility poles along wet and/or icy roads.
Pepco will have line and tree crews available, and the Call Center will be staffed overnight if needed. In addition to internal crews, Pepco has hundreds of overhead line contractors already working on the system available if needed.
Customers are asked to please call in any outages and stay away from any downed wires. To report outages and/or downed wires, please call 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662), follow the prompts, and ask for a call back to confirm that power has been restored. Outages also may be reported through pepco.com or through our mobile app.
Some tips for Pepco customers to prepare: