The damp, heavy snow brought down wires, knocking out power to more than 17,000 people at one point or another. Along with all of those homes that have been without power for much of the day in Pittsford, Penfield and Perinton, a number of businesses were affected.
RG&E officials say the heavy snow on tree branches is to blame. Fallen branches caused damage to four poles and knocked down 49 power lines throughout the area.
Crews spent the day repairing those lines, making sure power was restored to thousands of families before the holiday. RG&E has been preparing for the storm for a couple of days. They even called in crews from Buffalo, Utica and Lancaster to help.