Expect power outages, high winds during this weekend’s storm

12 January 2024- Another winter storm is set to hit the area this weekend, marking the third in just under a week. While the first brought snow, the latter two have had and are set to have much less solid precipitation hit the area.

Sleet, snow, and rain are set to come through the area but crucially to watch for are strong winds. The National Weather Service from State College, PA says that Central PA will be in a Wind Advisory from 7a to 9pm, Saturday, January 13th.

According to the NWS, West-Southwest winds are expected throughout the day around 20-30 miles per hour, with gusts exceeding 45 to 55mph possible at points.

Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects, like lawn furniture or other tools and items left outside. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may occur.

Gusty Southeasterly winds later this afternoon and early tonight will peak between 40 and 45 mph. A 6 to 8 hour lull in the wind will occur late tonight before the stronger gusts develop during the late morning and afternoon hours on Saturday.

In Pennsylvania, the most common utilities provider is First Energy, the company that runs WestPenn Power and Penelec.

Should you experience a power outage due to weather, WestPenn advises that you should text OUT to 544487 or report your outage online.

If you do experience a power outage, make sure to have flashlights or battery-powered lanterns at the ready. Candles are good, too, but open flames do present a fire hazard. If you have a generator, make sure the power coming into your home is disconnected. If it isn’t you risk power from the generator being sent back into the powerlines, posing a risk for responding workers and techs.

Report all downed powerlines to relevant authorities and make sure to remember to bundle up!