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The Opposition Liberals say they will be questioning the Tory government response to the ice storm. (Shane Fowler/CBC)

New Brunswick's Liberal Opposition leader says he'll be questioning the Tory government's response to an ice storm that caused widespread power outages once the legislature resumes in February.

Brian Gallant says residents he's spoken to have expressed concerns about how quickly the province's emergency measures organization reacted after the storm hit about a week ago.

He says some people are also raising questions about a lack of regular tree-trimming around power lines that could have prevented outages.

NB Power says about 250 crews from the Maritime provinces, Quebec and the United States are working to reconnect roughly 6,000 customers in southwestern parts of the province — down from 12,000 on Saturday.

The Crown-owned utility says it's hoped most customers will be reconnected by late Tuesday or early Wednesday, but that could change depending on how a winter storm forecasted for Sunday affects ice-laden trees.

Environment Canada says up to 25 centimetres of snow is expected in southern New Brunswick before it changes to rain and freezing rain overnight.