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Thousands lose power in North Idaho from heavy snow

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 10:18 p.m.

Slushy sidewalks along North Division Street are slowly melting off in the mild temperatures Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, though frigid temps are expected by the end of the week. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Slushy sidewalks along North Division Street are slowly melting off in the mild temperatures Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, though frigid temps are expected by the end of the week. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Thousands of North Idaho residents were without power Wednesday morning as heavy snow downed power lines.

Snow was highly variable, according to the National Weather Service, but some locations received as much as a foot of snow.

Northern Lights Electric, which covers mostly rural areas in Bonner and Boundary counties and parts of western Montana reported that more than 9,000 of its customers lost power; 4,643 still were without power by Wednesday evening.

Avista reported that roughly 1,441 of its customers were without power Wednesday morning, though that number had fallen to just over 100 by the evening.

Pend Oreille Public Utility District just over the state line in northeastern Washington also reported numerous power outages.


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