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Hydro-Quebec crews were gradually restoring power on Sunday afternoon after a spring snow storm caused tens of thousands of outages across the province.

As of 4 p.m. there were just over 5,600 clients without power across the province, down from over 30,000 early Sunday morning.

Hydro-Quebec spokesman Jonathan Cote says the weight of the snow sent tree branches bending and crashing down onto power lines.

He told The Canadian Press on Sunday morning that he didn’t believe there were many “major repairs” needed to restore power.

The Lanaudiere region north of the city had the largest number of customers without power as of Sunday afternoon, with 3,444 customers still in the dark.

Environment Canada said several parts of the province reported significant snowfall over the previous 24 hours, including the Laurentians with 15 to 20 cm and the Lanaudiere with 20.