Messy winter weather cocktail closes schools, grounds Montreal flights
Weather system is now moving eastward, will bring 10-35 cm of snow to parts of Quebec
Cities and towns along the St. Lawrence River are bracing for high winds and winter storm conditions as a weather system that brought snow, freezing rain and strong winds to the Montreal area heads eastward.
Areas in the Gaspé and Quebec's North Shore are expecting from 15 to 35 centimetres of snow as well as windy conditions.
In the Montreal area, the warmth has turned the precipitation to rain but there is a wind warning in effect, with wind gusts of up to 90 km/h expected.
Some schools in the Laurentians, North Shore and Gaspé regions have closed for the day.
The slushy and windy conditions caused a transport truck to flip on its side on Highway 20 near Sainte-Julie earlier this morning.
In Quebec City, slippery roads led to several accidents. The Matane–Baie-Comeau–Godbout and Entry Island–Cap-aux-Meules ferries are not running due to the weather.
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Officials at Trudeau airport are advising travellers to check their flight status with their airline before heading to the airport.
Many flights to and from cities along the Eastern Seaboard have been cancelled or delayed.
Weather conditions: We recommend to double-check your flight status with your airline before heading to the airport.—@aeroportsMTL
The high winds are also being blamed for knocking out power to thousands of Hydro customers across the province, mostly in the Montérégie, Laurentians and Montreal areas.
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