Havre snowstorm

Paula Brady captured this picture of her yard at her home in Havre on Monday where as much as 15 inches of snow fell. NorthWestern Energy reported as many as 5,000 people were without power for part of Monday night into Tuesday morning. Trees had not lost leaves so the heavy, wet snow snapped branches and toppled trees, which, in turn, took down many area power lines. 

Photo courtesy of Paula Brady

GREAT FALLS — NorthWestern Energy crews are hard at work to restore power to 9,000 northern Montana customers who were put in the dark by a large snowstorm.

The Great Falls Tribune reports 27 crews fanned out over a 90-mile stretch from Havre to Malta. NorthWestern spokesman Butch Larcombe said that as of Wednesday afternoon, power had been restored to 7,750 customers, leaving 1,250 still without power.

Larcombe said the worry now is that high weekend winds could cause trees already weakened by wet heavy snow to come crashing down.

Larcombe said more than 300 power poles are down in the impacted area.

The snowstorm hit northern Montana's Hi-Line on Monday and Tuesday.

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