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Most power restored after heavy, wet snow damage

RHINELANDER, Wis. (WXPR) -- Most everyone has electricity again after the heavy, wet snow Tuesday night and Wednesday morning brought down power lines.  Wisconsin Public Service was able to restore power to more than 6,000 Northwoods customers by late Thursday afternoon. 

Leah VanZile from Wisconsin Public Service says the heavy snow slowed the crews from reaching problem areas.  "With the snow, it did make drive times a little bit longer. Getting into some of the backroad areas that hadn't been plowed yet really added on some time to get those outages restored. Thankfully our crews were able to work efficiently and safely." Most areas had power restored by 5 p.m. Heavy wet snow blanketed an area from northern Minnesota and Wisconsin into the Upper Peninsula. Some places saw more than a foot of snow mainly north of U.S. Highway 8.

VanZile tells us much of the region had outages.  "We did have outages in the Rhinelander area and down into the Pelican Lake and Monico, over to the Crandon and Argonne areas. The majority of the outages took place north of the Rhinelander and Crandon line."

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