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Storm causes power outage for 12,000 in Wyo, 170,000 in Utah

Snow wilts trees and power lines on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Thousands are without power Tuesday after a powerful winter-like storm rolled through the west on Monday night.

According to Rocky Mountain Power, as of noon today there were still 12,000 people in Wyoming without power, 3,000 people in Idaho, and 170,000 without power in Utah.

The bulk of Wyoming outages are in Evanston, Rock Springs and Casper, according to RMP. At noon today around 2,100 customers in the Casper area were without power, according to the RMP map.

The snowstorm dumped 17 inches of snow on Casper Mountain overnight, according to the National Weather Service in Riverton. The heavy snow on trees still in full summer bloom caused limbs to crack, taking down power lines with them.

Powerful wind gusts up to 100 mph were recorded in the Salt Lake City area in Utah, causing trees and power lines to topple.

Temperatures are expected to dip well below freezing tonight, according to the NWS. A low of 25 degrees is expected for the Casper area.

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