Hydro-Québec employees are still trying to restore power to thousands of customers in regions north and west of Montreal.

As of 8 a.m. on Wednesday, the company said an approximate 4,300 homes and businesses were still without power in the Laurentians, Outaouais and Lanaudière regions.

Last Friday's 50-centimetre snowfall cut power to about 130,000 customers.

More than 800 Hydro-Québec employees – some on snowmobiles and snowshoes – were working over Christmas Day to help fix power lines that feed individual homes. Work on the primary network was mostly completed Tuesday.

Isabelle Nuckle, a spokeswoman for the public utility, said the work is taking longer than expected because many hydro poles need to be replaced.

With files from The Canadian Press