A winter storm hit eastern Canada, causing a power outage, a frozen flash warning


The winter storm that hit the Atlantic Canada over the weekend and Monday morning has caused lightning warnings and floods, as temperatures dropped across the region, with warnings of extreme cold in other parts of the country.

The east storm also carried ice pellets, freezing rain and snow – forcing many flight cancellations, flooded roads, school closures and advice on trips across the Maritimes.

In New Brunswick, several offices and universities delayed opening after rain left several roads in Saint John submerged with water filled with ice.

CBC meteorologist Tina Simpkin said there were thick snow pockets, with a total accumulation of about 35 centimeters in the entire province.

Environment Canada predicts busy and pellet ice or freezing rain in New Brunswick this morning, turns into snow in the afternoon with winds blowing up to 40 km / hr, and chill temperatures as low as -50 C.

Thousands of NB Power customers also went in the dark Monday morning – with more than 1,300 customers still without electricity.

This video was taken by Liz Fulton on the corner of Rodney and Ludlow on the west side of Saint John. People tried to find a drain to clean it but covered with ice. 1:01

Marc Belliveau, a spokesman for NB Power, said that the freezing rain caused trees and branches to make contact with electric cables.

"We will return to restoration efforts at dawn, but poor road conditions are a problem now in the areas that are accessed," he said.

Even though the storm moved eastward, said Simpkin, it produced rain in the eastern part of the Maritimes.

"Cold air moves behind the system and the temperature will drop below freezing this afternoon [Monday]," he says.

"A lot of cleaning I am sure will happen in the next 24 [to] 48 hours. "

Simpkin said that although other areas were not included in the Canadian flash freeze warning environment, all Nova Scotia land masses would see a rapid drop in sub-zero temperatures.

Freezing temperatures over the past few weeks have made the soil frozen, even as temperatures rose to double-plus numbers on Sunday, resulting in flooding in some areas.

On Prince Edward Island, puddles of water can quickly turn into frozen ice in an instant. (Francois Pierre Dufault / Radio-Canada)

The Halifax area receives about five centimeters of snow on Sunday before the rain begins, totaling more than 50 millimeters.

All rain to frozen ground caused local flooding in some areas, forcing the City of Halifax to close one of the ramps from the MacKay Bridge.

Streets, sidewalks covered in water

Heavy rain over frozen ground caused flooding, which closed Barrington Street from the MacKay Bridge ramp on Monday morning in Halifax. (Paul Palmeter / CBC)

On Monday, the temperature is expected to drop once more before many surfaces have the chance to dry out.

Temperatures had crept below zero in southwest Nova Scotia before 7am Monday.

Wild fluctuating temperatures in Eastern Canada on Sundays, from -42 C in Fontages, Que., Up to as high as 12 C in Greenwood, N.Sc, according to Environment Canada.

On Prince Edward Island, storms brought 11 centimeters of snow and 13 millimeter of rain to Charlottetown Airport on Sunday, and the rain that followed the snow was a problem.

The temperature rose to 8 C last night, and the roads, roads and sidewalks had been covered with water.

Temperatures are expected to drop to -6 C by evening and -13 C overnight, triggering a rapid freeze warning from Environment Canada.

"The condition is slippery. With the rain we experienced yesterday, it was difficult to maintain the road," Simpkin said.

Newfoundland faces Monday's wind and rain warnings, with a 20 mm rainfall forecast for the southern coast, along with 50 km / h winds blowing to 80 and even 100 km / h in some areas.

Extreme cold warnings for Ontario, Quebec

All schools in New Brunswick are closed on Monday because winter storms are still ongoing in all provinces. (Colin McPhail / CBC)

In other parts of the country, Ontario and most of Quebec are under extreme cold warnings.

Environment Canada says the value of cold winds from -30 C to -38 C will last all morning in parts of Ontario.

Ottawa-Gatineau remains trapped in a brutal cold grip in January, with Monday's forecast calling for the highest temperature of -17 C and winds that would make conditions feel between 10 and 20 degrees cooler.

The low Monday night is expected to drop to around -27 C, and that means it only takes a few minutes for frostbite to enter.

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Cold overnight winds are expected to drop at –36 C.

In Toronto, the cold isn't over yet.

Monday will bring a bright and high sky -12 C, but with cold winds, it will feel more like -33 C in the morning and -20 C in the afternoon.

In the morning, the cold had prompted the cancellation of school buses around the Greater Toronto Area, with the council worried about students waiting outside for their buses.

Environment Canada also warned about the risk of frostbite, saying exposed skin can freeze in just a few minutes.

Winter festival canceled

The Montreal area was pelted with 25 centimeters of snow for the weekend, and low temperatures remained Monday.

Environment Canada has called for a period of mild snowfall during the day to late afternoon, with the lowest temperature of –20 C.

However, with cold winds, the weather agency warns it can be as cold as -33 C with the risk of frostbite.

The city even canceled a festival dedicated to snow on Sunday.

The city said suspending Fete des neiges at the Parc Jean-Drapeau because of snowy, windy and cold weather and dangerous conditions on the Quebec road.


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