Most power restored from weekend outagesby Tim Nelson, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — More than 10,000 Twin Cities Xcel Energy customers remain without electricity Monday morning, after a heavy snowfall downed trees and power lines over the weekend.
Utility officials say the heavy snow brought down branches onto service lines around central Minnesota starting Saturday.
Xcel Energy spokesman Tom Hoen says the utility is working to get the power back on as quickly as possible.
"We still have everybody available out working this morning," Hoen said. "I think the weather sounds like it's going to be good today. That will allow our guys to knock the rest of these down today."
About 200,000 Xcel customers lost power at some point over the weekend.
Connexus Energy provides power to seven counties, including Anoka. Some 14,000 Connexus customers lost service at the height of the storm.
Connexus spokesman Tim Berg tells KARE-TV the company brought in additional crews from northern Minnesota who worked around the clock.
Parking restrictions also remain in effect in Minneapolis in the wake of the storm. Day Three snow emergency rules mean no parking on the odd side of most streets.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)