STERLING – Power outages affected thousands of customers in the Sauk Valley during the winter storm Monday night, ComEd reported.
In the Harmon area, about 350 customers were still without power late in the afternoon.
"There were broken poles and downed lines," ComEd spokesman John Schoen said.
In the morning, an outage still affected 94 customers in the area of Freeport and Science Ridge roads in Sterling, but power was restored by afternoon.
In some areas of Sterling, lights repeatedly flickered Monday night. In other places, such as near Locust Street and LeFevre Road, power went out for minutes at a time.
The outages affected 4,000 residents in both Whiteside and Lee counties, including in Sterling, Dixon and Milledgeville, Schoen said.
"Wind caused trouble with the system," he said.
ComEd crews are working in harsh conditions, with the temperature in the teens and winds at 25 mph.
"We try to keep our people safe while they're doing their work," Schoen said.
Highs are expected in the 20s today and the 30s the rest of the week. The chance of snow is at 80 percent Thursday.