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Safety tips from NorthWestern Energy as South Dakotans prepare for winter storm

Date: Jan 2, 2023

Sioux Falls, S.D. – Jan. 2, 2023 – Heavy snow and freezing rain are forecast in communities NorthWestern Energy provides energy service to in eastern South Dakota, with snow accumulations up to 12 inches in some areas.

Make sure to keep natural gas meters clear of snow and ice. Gas meters have a vent that regulates pressure. If snow piles up and covers the vent, it won’t work properly, which could lead to a service interruption.

Gently clear snow from natural gas meters, using a broom or your hands.

It is also important that all appliance exhaust vents are clear from blowing and drifting snow to keep them working safely.

Heavy snow, ice and strong winds can lead to downed power lines. Keep people, equipment and object at least 30 feet away from downed and low-hanging power lines. If you see a downed or damaged power line, keep your distance and immediately call NorthWestern Energy at 800-245-6977.

Find information about reporting outages and preparing an emergency outage kit at

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About NorthWestern Energy (Nasdaq: NWE)

NorthWestern Corporation, doing business as NorthWestern Energy, provides essential energy infrastructure and valuable services that enrich lives and empower communities while serving as long-term partners to our customers and communities. We are working to deliver safe, reliable, and innovative energy solutions that create value for customers, communities, employees, and investors. This includes bridging our history as a regulated utility safely providing low-cost and reliable service with our future as a globally-aware company offering a broader array of services performed by highly-adaptable and skilled employees. We provide electricity and / or natural gas to approximately 753,600 customers in Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska and Yellowstone National Park. We have provided service in South Dakota and Nebraska since 1923 and in Montana since 2002. More information is available on the company's Web site at


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