GREEN BAY - Some parts of our area experienced power outages. At one point more than 3,500 customers were dealing with the dark. Power has been restored to all but about 600.
It seems even the robins thought winter was in the past. While they make do with snow-covered branches, other snow covered branches created more work for Wisconsin Public Service.
"Our guys are equipped to go out in these types of conditions and fix the problems that are happening," said Lisa Prunty, WPS manager of public relations. "What we are watching for is the heavy snow that is on the trees, the tree limbs fall, they go on the lines and the lines break."
WPS says the company didn't do any special preparation for the storm.
"Even though it's been horrific weather we actually are always prepared for this type of situation. So for us this is just a normal day. Or I should say for our linemen it's just a normal day. So things are going well," explained Prunty
But will they stay well?
"I think as long as the winds are still gusty it is a little bit of a concern but I think the worst has passed," said FOX 11 chief meteorologist Patrick Powell.
"We're always concerned about the amount of snow that's on the trees right now because that's the issue. And if it does get colder than we have to worry about the ice on the lines as well," said Prunty.
WPS says the weight of ice on power lines could make them snap.
FOX 11's severe weather expert says some power lines may be caked with a slushy mix that may freeze, but is hopeful wind will help take care of things.
"I would think the wind would be knocking a lot of that, helping to shed the snow off the trees and bring some of the weigh off of them," said Powell.
Making things for those on the ground and in the air, a bit more manageable.
WPS says, if you come across a power line that is down, or drive your vehicle into a power pole, do not get out, and do not touch the line. If you are in the WPS coverage area in that situation, you should contact WPS at 1-800-450-7240.
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