Power outages from ice storm linger in northern NY

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — More than a thousand utility customers in northern New York may have to do without twinkling Christmas lights thanks to last weekend's ice storm.

National Grid reports more than 1,700 homes and businesses remain without power on Christmas Eve. About 1,300 of them are in Jefferson County and the utility had no estimate of what time the lights would be back on.

The utility says customers in St. Lawrence County and near Buffalo and Niagara Falls should have their power restored by late Christmas Eve.

The weekend storm produced more than an inch of ice in parts of western and northern New York, bringing tree limbs down onto power lines. About 50,000 utility customers across the upstate region lost power.