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Power return expected for 12,000 Colo. customers

Power return expected for 12,000 Colorado customers as Front Range cleans up from snowstorm By The Associated Press

DENVER (AP) ' About 12,000 homes and businesses along Colorado's Front Range are still without power following a fall snowstorm that downed trees and power lines.

The outages are in metro Denver and Boulder and in Greeley, Fort Collins and Loveland to the north.

Most of the outages are in areas covered by Xcel Energy, the state's largest utility. It expects to have power restored to most customers by Friday afternoon.

In Loveland, the municipally owned utility said service has been restored to all but 16 customers, most of them in Big Thompson Canyon.

The storm that began Tuesday and continued Wednesday brought about 6 inches of snow to Denver and about a foot to Greeley.

Some cities are helping people dispose of all those down trees that snapped under the heavy snow.

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