Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Heavy snow and ice Wednesday could fell trees, power lines in Rockville
The combination of heavy, wet snow and a coating of ice will create conditions favorable to trees and limbs falling, and power outages. Temperatures will be the critical factor in the ultimate accumulation totals by nightfall Wednesday. This will be another serious test of the "new" Pepco system. With 48 hours of advance notice, the utility will have no excuse to not have called in backup workers from out of state. As a multi-state operation, Pepco parent Exelon has even more resources within its own nationwide workforce than the old Pepco did, so again, there will be no excuses.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has urged residents to check their home emergency kit, and to prepare a plan for power outages.