HALIFAX - Nova Scotia Power restored power to tens of thousands of Nova Scotians Saturday after a heavy snowfall in the region.

About 43,200 Nova Scotia Power customers were in the dark mid-Saturday morning in more than 16 communities across the province, from Cape Breton to the South Shore.

Utility spokeswoman Bev Ware says at one point, 67,000 customers were without power.

But the utility posted on its website that the number had dwindled to 11,574 by Saturday evening.

The utility says some people may not have power until Sunday night as crews grapple with heavy, wet snow that has built up on tree branches, causing them to droop over power lines.

Nova Scotia Power says crews are also dealing with poor driving conditions and deep snow is making it difficult to access certain areas.