Outage and Storm Status

If there's a storm causing outages, we'll provide updates on the situation here.

Incident: Hazardous Winds and Snow

Status Updates 

Noon on Sunday, January 16, 2022

  • Preparing and Monitoring: We're preparing for hazardous weather in all areas of the state that could cause damage to the electric system and power outages late Sunday into Monday afternoon.

    • This storm is expected to bring rain to the Boston area; snow turning to rain in
      MetroWest; and four to 12 inches of snow in western Massachusetts. 
    • The strongest wind gusts will be associated with a squall line expected to pass through Massachusetts between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m., though hazardous gusts will also occur before and after this period. 
    • Peak gusts during squalls could reach 80 mph on Cape Cod and the Islands; 75 mph south of Boston; and 60 to 65 mph in the Berkshires, metro Boston and MetroWest.
    • More than 260 external distribution crews, as well as additional external staff, have been obtained to support response to this storm.

2:30 p.m. on Friday, January 14, 2022

  • Preparing and Monitoring: We're preparing for and monitoring two weather systems that have the potential to cause damage and power outages this weekend.

    • Peak wind gusts of up to 70 mph are forecast for Cape Cod and the Islands Friday afternoon into Saturday morning. Gusts could also reach 50 mph south of Boston and 40 to 45 mph in the Boston and MetroWest areas. Winds at these speeds can bring down trees and tree branches, damaging electric lines and equipment. 
    • A period of extreme cold is forecast to follow on Saturday. The extreme cold forecast for Saturday may heighten the impact of any outages, and we are making staffing plans to support a timely response.
    • A second storm, beginning Sunday evening and continuing into Monday afternoon, is forecast to bring hazardous wind gusts to all areas of the state, as well as elevated sustained winds. 
    • Peak gusts could reach 65 mph on Cape Cod and the Islands; 55 mph in the Berkshires, metro Boston, and south of Boston; 50 mph in MetroWest; and 45 mph in lower elevations of western Massachusetts. This storm is also expected to bring rain to the Boston area; snow turning to rain in the MetroWest area; and four to 10 inches of wet snow in western Massachusetts.