MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Officials with Xcel Energy said crews are out in full force trying to restore power to thousands who had it knocked out late Thursday night after our latest winter blast.

At the height of the storm Thursday night, officials said as many as 58,00 customers in Minnesota and Wisconsin lost power.

As of about 10 a.m. Friday, nearly 500 outages still have about 4,400 customers in Minnesota and 5,000 in Wisconsin without power. Minnesota’s outages include 2,100 customers in the east Twin Cities metro and 1,300 in the west metro. Freezing rain, sleet and heavy, wet snow combined with high winds has snapped tree branches and caused downed power lines.

Xcel Energy crews are working as fast as they can and went through the overnight hours attempting to restore service. Officials said rough conditions have also created new outages.

Customers are reminded to stay away from any downed power lines and call Xcel Energy to report an outage at 1-800-895-4999.

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