Updated: Dec. 10, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
Posted: Dec. 9, 2013 at 7:50 a.m.

WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Thousands of people still are without power in the Washington area after two winter storms brought snow, sleet and freezing rain to the area.

Power companies say that many of the outages were caused by ice-coated trees that fell or sagged onto power lines Monday after the first storm iced over the region.

Dominion Virginia Power reports more than 5,000 customers in northern Virginia still don’t have electricity as of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Most of those are in Fairfax County.

Pepco says it has restored power to all of its customers in Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, and the District.

SMECO reports less than 10 customers in Charles County in southern Maryland are without power.

NOVEC says it has about 400 customers in the dark in Prince William County and more than 100 customers in Fairfax County are without power.

A second winter storm hit the mid-Atlantic region Tuesday, and although utility companies weren’t expecting the storm to cause further outages, they did warn that it could slow efforts to restore power to those affected by snow and ice on Sunday.

Dominion Virginia Power spokesman Dan Genest said customers should prepare for outages lasting multiple days because of the second storm.

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