Colorado power outages: Heavy snow forces 9,000 to lose power in Colorado

More than 9,000 people lost power Sunday morning in northern Colorado as a winter storm dumped heavy, wet snow along the Interstate 25 corridor from the Wyoming border to Denver.

Xcel Energy reported 7,817 people in Weld and Larimer counties were without power as of 8:30 a.m. Sunday. Most of the outages were in Greeley, Fort Collins and Eaton, according to the company’s outage map.

Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association customers also lost power Sunday morning, with outages concentrated near Berthoud and west of Fort Collins, according to the association’s outage map. The co-op covers 2,000 square miles of service territory in Larimer, Weld, and Boulder counties.

“We currently have roughly 1,350 members out of power sporadically across our system,” the association posted on its website. “Snowfall intensity has picked up with light winds out of the north. Lines and trees are loading up with heavy wet snows and getting together causing outages.”

The association said crews are out and “making progress” despite the tough conditions.

Power outages are possible all along the Front Range, the National Weather Service say, because heavy snow can bring down tree branches onto power lines or accumulate on the lines themselves.

Xcel Energy reported no widespread outages in Denver as of 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

Energy providers warned people to stay away from downed power lines and to assume any downed line is energized.

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