The frost stuck to the trees may be pretty to look at, but Sask Power crews can’t wait to see it go.
Between Friday evening and Monday morning, the power utility’s outage centre had received 25,000 calls.
Sask Power spokesperson Jordan Jackle said the prolonged fog and lack of sunshine has taken a “significant” toll on the grid across the province.
“What happens is that frost builds up and adds significant weight to the lines. The lines can get so much weight on them that they can actually break, or they can just actually break the attachments on the pole.”
Jackle said compared to a big outage during the summer storm season, these outages involve fewer customers in smaller pockets, adding they’ve had to rotate crews through the weekend to avoiding fatigue.
Jackle said there’s little they can do until the sun shines to melt the frost.
People can report an outage or fallen power lines by calling the Sask Power at 310-2220. The Crown provides a map showing the status of all reported power outages across the province.