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Freezing rain warning in effect for greater Montreal area

Watch above: It was a cold, icy, rainy, weekend in Montreal and that left many slipping and sliding on the roads. Global’s Aalia Adam has more.

MONTREAL – Brace yourselves, Montreal, because the weather is taking a dip this weekend and the commute is going to be a slippery one.

Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning for Montreal, Laval and parts of the South Shore.

Check for regular weather updates and get your full weather forecast here.

Denis Thibodeau, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, says a major winter storm is heading towards the province, bringing a messy mix of snow and freezing rain.

IN PHOTOS: Montreal blanketed in white after first major snowstorm

About 10 cm of snow and ice pellets started falling Saturday afternoon with brief bouts of freezing rain overnight before turning into rain early Sunday morning.

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“Snowfall amounts between 15 and 25 centimetres with moderate to strong easterly winds will generate blowing snow that could be widespread,” said Environment Canada in a statement.

“Between 5 and 15 millimetres of ice build-up is expected.”

Temperatures are expected to hit the double digits late Sunday evening followed by a cold front moving from west to east bringing back cold temperatures, wind and snow flurries.

Watch below: Rachel Lau shares some of the best viewer pictures in this week’s Your Sunday Say

Power outages

According to Hydro-Québec, around 21,000 house were without power early Sunday morning across the province.

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In Montreal, about 7,333 customers were affected by the blackout with several areas of Montreal still without power.

Around 11,027 households were affected in the Montérégie, 15 in Laval and 2,079 houses were without power in Lanaudière.

The areas most affected are Châteauguay and La Prairie in the South Shore and Verdun and Pointe-Claire on the island.

For all updates from Hydro-Québec, click here.

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Treading carefully. The sidewalks are icy. Rachel Lau/Global News
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Treading carefully. The sidewalks are icy. Rachel Lau/Global News
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Some flights are cancelled due to the weather. Aalia Adam/Global News
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Some flights are cancelled due to the weather. Aalia Adam/Global News

Transportation

Provincial police are advising drivers to be extremely cautious on the roads.

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There were a few minor accidents overnight, but police say no one was seriously injured.

“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery,” said Environment Canada.

“Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas.”

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L'Ile-Cadieux. Elaine Serafini/Viewer
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Out side the window from the break room at work. Giovanni Vincenzo Curcio/Viewer
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Ice ice everywhere. Karen Cunningham/Viewer
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Monk Street, Ville Emard. Larry Sherry/Viewer
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It pretty but hard to scrape off the car!!. Lisa Wadup/Viewer
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Branches down in #NDG #storm. @Lorr333/Viewer
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The South Shore. Rose Foster
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Grocery shopping Montreal style!!!. Sandrine Campeau-Simeone/Viewer
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Our little one having a blast collecting 'glass ice!. Sandrine Campeau-Simeone/Viewer
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Morin Heights. Anisha Rangi/Viewer

Traffic: Check Montreal traffic and road conditions here.

Metro and bus services: Check STM service updates here.

AMT train services: Check AMT train line service updates here.

Pierre-Elliot Trudeau International Airport: Cancellations and delays reported. Before leaving for the airport, check your flight status here.

Air Canada has announced it will waive flight-change fees at Montreal’s Trudeau airport, as well as in Toronto and Ottawa.

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Snow clearing updates

The city of Montreal is deploying trucks to remove snow and spray salt on the roads.

The budget is expected to hover around $20M.

Are you trying to find a parking spot during Montreal’s massive snow-clearing operations? Check out the online parking spot map here.

Stay up-to-date on snow removal operations in Montreal by downloading the Info Neige MTL snow removal app here.

Share your photos and videos of the storm with us on Instagram or Twitter, post them to our Facebook page or email them here.

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