BALTIMORE (WJZ)–Baltimore Gas & Electric Company is closely monitoring an approaching weather front that will likely bring heavy, wet snow and wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour across the majority of its central Maryland service area on Wednesday.

Snow accumulations are forecasted to reach between six to 15 inches.

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Coupled with high wind gusts, heavy, wet snow can cover tree limbs, electric delivery equipment and power lines, and cause power outages.

BGE is making an initial request for up to 500 out-of-state utility workers through the mutual assistance networks. Just as the company is preparing field crews and employees to respond to potential power outages resulting from the forecasted weather, BGE reminds its customers to take the time now to make preparations.

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“While the forecast for Monday and Tuesday remains mild, we expect conditions to drastically change with the approaching winter storm that will likely impact BGE’s service area on Wednesday and Thursday,” said Jeannette M. Mills, vice president and chief customer officer for BGE. “The safety of our employees and customers is our top priority, and in periods of sustained high wind, it may be unsafe to operate bucket trucks. Customers should prepare for the possibility of extended power outages in the event that the snowfall causes treacherous road conditions, which may delay crew travel and restoration times. We appreciate our customers’ efforts to prepare in advance for adverse weather and to assist BGE in identifying and reporting outages and downed wires.”

Customers can report power outages from mobile phones and devices through the company’s new mobile website at bge.com or by calling 877-778-2222. 

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Customers can find information on preparing for natural disasters and other emergency events at bge.com.