Wea­ther sys­tem Mon­day causes icy start to first week back

Po­wer ou­tages af­fect ma­ny

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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.

PHOTO KRIS­TI­NA EDSON

Snow and ice clea­ring trucks were bu­sy sal­ting roads in the re­gion Mon­day in or­der to im­prove dri­ving and wal­king condi­tions.

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