Winter storm knocks out power, closes schools in Quebec
Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 6:26 PM - A prolonged period of freezing rain has taken its toll on roads and power lines across southern Quebec. Some areas saw up to 10 hours of freezing rain with significant ice accretion reported.
About 13,000 Hydro-Quebec customers woke up to no power on Wednesday morning as a result of the storm, with the Montérégie region being the hardest hit. There were also outages in Montreal, the Outaouais region, the Laurentians and in central Quebec, though Hydro-Quebec had all but a few hundred outages restored by the evening.
But though all warnings had dropped as the day wore on, treacherous travel conditions remained as plunging temperatures left everything encased in ice.
"All day Tuesday in Montreal temperatures hovered around -3oC and in some residential areas where the snow was not completely removed from the streets, all that freezing rain was absorbed by the snow," says Patrick DeBellefeuille from The Weather Network's sister station MétéoMédia. "Now the temperature has dipped more than 10 degrees and everything is frozen solid."
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Another warm-up is on the way for southern Quebec for the end of this week and weekend before a transition back into an extended period of below seasonal temperatures that will dominate the rest of February and potentially into March.
"There's a potential for February to be a memorable month for winter weather, especially from the Great Lakes to Atlantic Canada," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.