High winds led to more than 3,000 customers in Boulder losing power overnight Thursday into Friday, and while the lights were back on across most of the city by morning, forecasters are calling for a blustery start to the weekend in advance of possible snow Saturday night.
Boulder saw sustained winds up to 40 mph and gusts as high as 89 mph late Thursday night, according to the National Center for Atmospheric Research, with continued high winds through Friday.
Among the damage caused by the forceful winds was the loss of power to about 3,400 Xcel Energy customers, according to company spokesman Gabriel Romero. The outages were mainly due to winds blowing debris into power lines, he said.
Romero said no power poles were downed, so in most instances crews simply removed debris from the power lines, quickly reducing the number of affected customers to about 300 by 7 a.m. Friday.
"They were generally pretty easy fixes," Romero said.
Saturday is expected to get off to a breezy start, with gusts as high as 28 mph possible, according to the National Weather Service.
It is expected to be mostly sunny with a high temperature in the upper 40s, before conditions cool off after dark, dropping temperatures into the 20s and opening up a slight chance of light snow.
No significant accumulation is called for in the forecast.
Sunday should be partly sunny, with a high of 48 and an overnight low of 27.
After a week of sustained windy conditions, Sunday should finally bring relief, with only mild 6 mph winds called for in the afternoon.
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