The winter storm barreling through Minnesota is blamed for the loss of power to thousands of utility customers in the Rochester area.
Rochester Public Utilities confirmed that about 3,000 customers were without power Thursday evening.
The outages came at a time when snow was falling at a rate estimated at an inch or two per hour. The utility expects power lines were snapped by the weight of the snow or by downed tree limbs.
But in some cases it's pretty clear what caused the outage. When an electrical transformer explodes, that can't be good. A resident who captured such an explosion on video sent it to KAAL . It's sparked quite a reaction online.