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Forum News Service, Published May 02 2013

Storm dumps heavy snow, knocks out power in northwestern Wisconsin

HAYWARD, Wis. - A rare May winter storm brought heavy snow to northwestern Wisconsin on Thursday, with several towns reporting more than a foot.

Hayward in Sawyer County reported 16 inches of snow.

According to the National Weather Service, the snow was expected to wind down late Thursday, with a snow/rain mixture with possible freezing rain in today’s forecast.

The heavy, wet snow caused tree branches to down power lines, causing power outages. Xcel Energy crews had restored service to more than half of the customers who experienced outages. As of Thursday afternoon, 13,000 Xcel Energy customers in Wisconsin were without power. The total number of customers in Wisconsin without power was 30,000.

Including southeastern Minnesota, the number of customers affected in the two states was 54,000. Xcel Energy anticipated having most customers restored to service by Thursday night, but due to continuing weather factors and hazardous road conditions, all customers were not expected to be restored until the end of today.