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'Brown' or 'dirty' snow could cause power outages along Wasatch Front

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Posted at 7:19 PM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 10:10:55-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Rocky Mountain Power is warning customers that winter storms coming into Utah could cause power disturbances Friday.

At the beginning of February, large areas of Utah witnessed "brown snow," which was caused by snow that picked up dirt and dust as it fell.

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Not only did the snow coat cars and streets in dirt, it also caused minor power disturbances. People said they witnessed their lights "flickering" as the snow fell and through the evening of February 5.

The pollutants and dust in the snow coated equipment and was slightly conductive, which resulted in "arcing and sparking, creating power interruptions," the company said in a press release.

In an attempt to prepare for more winter storms, RMP reports they have been power-washing transmission line insulators via helicopter.

As the company works to continue to clean remaining contaminated equipment, they also want to warn customers to be prepared for power interruptions as heavy snow and rainfall make their way through Utah over the next 24 hours.