Strong Winds in the Albany area could cause Power Outages Today
As of 8am Monday the total snowfall accumulation at Albany International Airport was 4.3 inches, not a big storm by Northeast standards, but enough to cause some closings and delays.
The state Thruway Authority has also lowered speed limits on the Thruway between Albany and Syracuse to 45 mph.
The snow was part one of the storm. Part two will come later today as the National Weather Service is predicting some strong wind gusts up to 40 mph in the Albany area, with even stronger winds in Rensselaer County and Western Vermont.
With some heavy snow sitting on trees and branches, the strong winds could cause power lines to come down in some spots, the National Weather Service says to expect power outages.
As of 8:45, National Grid is reporting scattered outages in Rensselaer County.
A few reminders during a power outage:
- Keep your fridge and freezer closed
- DO NOT use a gas stove or oven for heat inside
- Disconnect appliances to avoid any electrical surges that may take place as crews are working to restore power
And some things to have on hand in case of a power outage:
- Several battery powered flashlights
- Extra batteries
- A cooler (use snow if you don't have any ice)
- First aid kit
- Battery powered radio or hand crank radio
- Duct tape
- Portable phone charger (make sure it's charged)
- Hand sanitizer and other personal hygiene items
- Non-perishable food items
- An all purpose tool, such as a Leatherman
- Q1057 app so we can get any vital info to you