Widespread blackouts in Quebec due to freezing rain

MONTREAL — Crews are working to restore power for 1,114 Hydro-Quebec customers in the Montreal area who were still without electricity Monday afternoon at 5 p.m. ET because of freezing rain over the weekend.

The public utility company said 4,259 households remained without power as of noon Monday.

More than 150,000 customers had initially lost power, primarily in Montreal and suburbs to the west and south of the city.

Hydro-Quebec said most customers should get power back by end of day Monday; a full list of power outages reported by region can be found here.

Environment Canada ended its freezing rain warning for the Montreal area late Sunday afternoon, but maintained a special weather statement into the evening. No warnings were in effect for Montreal on Monday morning.

It said winds of up to 80 kilometres an hour, combined with ice buildup on tree branches and power lines, could cause them to break and make the situation worse.

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The freezing rain comes after about 20 centimetres of snow fell on the Montreal area on Saturday before the temperature began to flirt with the freezing mark.

About 50 departures and 65 arrivals at Trudeau Airport in Montreal were delayed because of the poor conditions. Quebec City’s airport experienced similar problems.

With files from Global News

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