As the polar vortex made temperatures plummet Tuesday, Jan. 29, several thousand homes and businesses in the southwest metro lost power for a few hours because of a snapped line, an Xcel Energy spokesman said.

John Marshall with Xcel said at 6 p.m., an electrical outage hit about 5,000 customers. This was at the outset of a night in which the National Weather Service reported a wind chill dip to -55 degrees.