Rain, freezing rain, powerful winds hit Atlantic Canada, causing road closures and widespread power outages
Monday, January 13, 2014, 11:40 AM -
A low pressure system that formed over Ontario intensified as it tracked across Quebec on Sunday.
The low continued to push into Atlantic Canada bringing rain, freezing rain and powerful winds.
Between 20-80 mm of rain was reported through the weekend resulting in localized flooding and road closures in some places.
Swollen rivers in Newfoundland heightened the risk for ice and tree jams as well as flooding along waterways and bridges.
The city of Corner Brook reported it closed its Main Street bridge over flooding concerns, while elsewhere, the RCMP was warning against travel on the Trans-Canada Highway in the Deer Lake area, due to icy conditions and flood risk.
More than 20,000 customers in Nova Scotia were without power early Sunday as heavy rain and damaging winds hit the area.
Wind gusts over 100 km/h were reported in some areas, strong enough to rip shingles off the roofs of some homes.
In New Brunswick, several hours of freezing rain were reported in southern regions, before changing over to rain on Sunday.
The freezing rain coupled with melting snowbanks, made for treacherous driving in some cities.
Traffic was halted in some sections of the Trans-Canada Highway and a number of accidents were reported as well.
Much of Atlantic Canada can expect the balmier temperatures for the start of the week, with numerous places seeing daytime highs several degrees above seasonal.
An additional 5-15 mm of rain is also forecast through Tuesday.
With files from the Canadian Press