Power mostly restored in Woodbury; schools closed
Going was slow Friday morning around the east metro, though most of those who were without power just hours earlier in Woodbury had seen the lights – and heat – go back on.
The remaining Woodbury Xcel Energy customers without power numbered about 200 as of Friday morning, according to the utility company's website. A powerful winter storm dumped several inches around Woodbury and the metro area. Late Thursday, high winds accompanied the snowfall, which may have contributed to some outages.
The utility company issued this statement in response to the outages, which affected thousands in the Twin Cities:
“Xcel Energy crews continue to restore power to customers in Minnesota and Wisconsin hard hit by the severe winter storm,” the statement read at 9 a.m. Friday. “At this hour, crews are working to restore service to an estimated 13,800 customers in Minnesota and 7,200 customers in Wisconsin. Xcel Energy cautions customers to stay away from downed power lines and report their location at 1-800-895-4999.”
The statement said that Xcel crews have been beset by “challenging road conditions” throughout southern Minnesota down to the Iowa border.
South Washington County School Supt. Keith Jacobus cancelled classes Friday, citing poor road conditions and high winds. Schools and activities were closed, but all essential employees were asked to report. Other Twin Cities districts also closed or started late Friday.
It’s the sixth school closure for District 833 this year. School Board members said earlier this month that if there was a sixth closure, the district may use April 18 as a make-up day. The district said an announcement would be made about the make-up day.
Though plows got through in many areas, driving remained treacherous throughout the Twin Cities. According to the Department of Transportation, State Patrol troopers were responding to multiple crashes around the metro – many of which occurred on Interstate 94.
No final snowfall totals were available for Woodbury, though a trained spotter in Hudson reported 7.5 inches there. River Falls, Wis., received nearly a foot of snow.
The National Weather Service forecast now calls for colder temperatures to linger for the next several days:
Areas of blowing snow. Mostly sunny, with a high near 17. Breezy, with a west wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Patchy blowing snow before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 2. Wind chill values as low as -13. West wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 15. Wind chill values as low as -16. West wind around 15 mph.
Partly cloudy, with a low around -2. Wind chill values as low as -16. West wind 10 to 15 mph.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 14. West northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
Partly cloudy, with a low around -5. West northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
A 20 percent chance of snow after 7am. Partly sunny, with a high near 10. West northwest wind around 10 mph.
A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -7. West northwest wind around 10 mph.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 9. West wind around 10 mph.