Weather system Monday causes icy start to first week back
Power outages affect many
Alow pressure system that swept across Québec Monday delivered extreme weather conditions that included freezing rain, high winds and a dangerous layer of ice over everything. The system also saw temperatures fluctuate from plus-five degrees during the day, to minus-sixteen at night. Ice covered roads and sidewalks during the first day back to school and work for many made walking and driving extremely difficult, while the ice and wind were also blamed for leaving about 14,000 Hydro-Québec customers without power in the Montérégie, Montréal, Laurentides, Québec, and Estrie before the weather system headed toward Eastern Québec. Meanwhile, homeowners were warned to guard against encountering frozen pipes during such weather fluctuations, which are expected to continue this week.
Snow and ice clearing trucks were busy salting roads in the region Monday in order to improve driving and walking conditions.