(2/21/14) About 65-hundred electric customers in Wisconsin were without power as of five this morning, as a massive snow-and-ice storm continues to pound the state.
Most of the outages are in northwest Wisconsin, where 7-to-9 inches of snow had fallen by midnight -- and it was still coming down. X-cel Energy reported around five-thousand customers in the dark as of five o'clock. Almost half of those were in the Eau Claire region. The Wisconsin Public Service utility had almost 820 customers out in northeast and central areas. Three-fourths of those outages were in-and-around Stevens Point. Wisconsin Power-and-Light reported almost 325 outages, mostly in Green Lake County. We Energies had almost 240 customers out, mostly in Waukesha County and the Whitewater area. The entire state continues to get strong winds. Gusts of 61-miles-an-hour were reported at Mayville in Dodge County yesterday. At five this morning, winds were still gusting to 40-miles-an-hour at Kenosha and Sheboygan. Much of the snow and strong winds are expected to clear out by noon today. Quiet-and-colder weather will then settle in for the weekend.