GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4)– The second winter storm in a week packed another punch to Northern Colorado. More than 4,600 people were without power Wednesday morning in Greeley, along with another 1,000 in the region.
By Wednesday afternoon, Xcel Energy crews had restored power to all but 598 customers in the Greeley area.
Xcel had 35 repair crews working in the region. Once again the main culprit was downed power lines because of heavy snow that snagged tree branches and brought down tree limbs.
Although thousands of customers without power seems like a big number, but it was far fewer than last week’s storm.
“Basically broken branches, broken poles, downed line. It was a lot friendlier this time around,” said Sturgeon Electric spokesman Erik Cox.
Another interesting challenge to crews in Greeley. Snow, packed by the wind, was blown into traffic lights so drivers couldn’t see the light change. Street crews cleared the snow by hand. It happened to many North-facing lights in Greeley, Fort Collins and Windsor.