Northern Power Outage, All that tens of thousands of people really wanted for Christmas was to have their electricity back after fierce ice storms brought down power lines in a wide swath from Michigan through parts of upstate New York to frigid New England and Canada.
More than half a million customers have lost power since the ice storms, coupled with fierce winds, toppled the power lines, beginning Saturday. Repair crews from utilities across the region, helped by out-of-state workers, toiled to repair the damaged lines, but by Wednesday morning, several hundred thousand customers were still without power.
Repair crews were helped by calm weather Wednesday, while freezing temperatures meant that much of the region was able to enjoy a white Christmas. Light snowfall fell from the northern Plains to New England, although in Michigan, the so-called lake effect caused heavy snow in some spots, according to the National Weather Service.