Spring storm brings down trees, knocks out power across Quebec

Strong winds created a mess along the streets of Montreal and left thousands of homes without power Thursday morning after a spring storm ripped through Quebec.

Blast of winter weather brought heavy rain and thick snow to most of province

While Montreal was mostly spared from the snow, late-night winds of up to 90 km/h brought down trees and billboards across the city. (Alain Béland/Radio-Canada)

Strong winds created a mess along the streets of Montreal and left tens of thousands of homes without power Thursday morning after a spring storm ripped through Quebec.

The blast of winter weather brought heavy rain and thick snow to most of the province Wednesday.

The storm hampered commutes, cancelled flights, and closed schools and major roads for the day.

At its peak, more than 65,000 Hydro customers had no electricity, most of them in the Montérégie, including the areas of Longueuil, Roussillon and Brome-Missisquoi.

The messy mix brought up to 40 centimetres of snow to some areas, including Quebec City and the Gaspé.

While Montreal was mostly spared from the snow, late-night winds of up to 90 km/h brought down trees and billboards across the city.

Late Thursday morning, skies gradually cleared as Environment Canada lifted all weather warnings for the province.
Highway 116 in Lévis was 'like a skating rink' on Wednesday morning. (Geneviève Poulin/Radio-Canada)

With files from Radio-Canada