Massive Winter Storm For SE MN 03 May 13

This week’s massive snowstorm caused power outages across southeast Minnesota, and thousands are battling the continued wintery weather without power and heat today (FRI). But help is on the way. Rochester Public Utilities had around 1,000 customers remain without power overnight, and at the storm’s peak 10,000 customers were without power in the Med City. Rochester Deputy Emergency Manager Ken Jones says restoring power has been the top priority, and crews from Austin and Elk River utilities will step in to help this morning. Xcel Energy has just under 2,000 customers waiting for power to be restored, most in Minnesota and Wisconsin communities due east of the Twin Cities. The company has also brought in extra line crews to make repairs, and expects all customers to be back online sometime tonight. Snowfall totals across southeast Minnesota exceeded 17-inches in many locations. The storm largely missed the local area, with New Ulm only getting a half-inch of snow. Waseca got around 10-inches, and Owatonna received more than a foot of sloppy snow.