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Winter storm leaves thousands without power in rural areas around Rolla

Power lines run alongside a rural road in southern Phelps County. This area was among those that saw power outages due to the heavy snows the fell On January 24-25, 2023.
Jonathan Ahl
St. Louis Public Radio
Heavy, wet snow in rural areas around Rolla led to thousands of power outages.

Wet, heavy snow with accumulations of up to 7 inches have left thousands without power in rural areas outside Rolla.

Intercounty Electric Cooperative Association is the primary utility provider for parts of 10 counties in south-central Missouri. As of midday Wednesday, the co-op was reporting almost 8,000 customers without power.

“Heavy wet snow is causing outages across our service territory. All crews are working hard to restore power,” the company posted on its Twitter account.

Most of the outages were in Texas County, with more than 4,000 customers without electricity, and Dent County, where more than 2,400 homes and businesses were affected.

Additional outages were reported in Phelps, Pulaski, Crawford and Shannon counties.

Jonathan Ahl is the Newscast Editor and Rolla correspondent at St. Louis Public Radio.