Several Montreal school boards have announced schools will not be open Wednesday due to the major winter storm that has hit the region.
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The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) has confirmed that all schools, adult centres and the central head office will be closed.
The Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) has sent a message home to parents notifying them that schools and centres will be closed.
“Please note that due to the current weather conditions we are experiencing, all schools and all adult and vocational centres of the board are closed to students and staff members,” the message reads.
All daycare services, after-school and evening activities are cancelled, but should resume Thursday.
The Montreal Oral School for the Deaf will also be closed.
WATCH BELOW: Winter hits Montreal
The storm that crept up through the eastern seaboard hit Montreal mid-afternoon Tuesday.
About 20 to 40 centimetres of snow is expected to fall.
Environment Canada recommends postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve, saying visibility could be reduced to near zero at times in the heavy and blowing snow.
An estimated 50 cars were involved in a pile-up on Highway 10 at 4 p.m. near Magog, about two hours from Montreal.
Poor visibility and slippery conditions are being blamed for the accident, closing the highway and sending 11 people to hospital with minor injuries.
Here are a few tips, provided by Public Safety Canada, to safe during the winter storm:
Fog, black ice, slush or snow-covered roads can make driving dangerous.
Drive slowly and leave plenty of distance between vehicles.
Fill up on winter washer fluid and replace wiper blades that streak.
Make sure there is enough windshield washer fluid in the reservoir and that it is rated up to -40°C.
Carry an extra jug in the vehicle.
Top up on gas
When driving in bad weather, think cautiously, plan ahead and make sure you have enough fuel.
Keep the fuel tank at least half full.
See and be seen
Clear snow from the hood, roof, windows and lights.
Clear all windows of fog or ice.
If visibility becomes poor, find a place to safely pull off the road as soon as possible.
Get an emergency car kit
Public Safety Canada advises that the basic emergency kit for cars should include the following items:
- Non-perishable food
- Plastic water bottles (change every six months)
- Extra clothes and shoes
- First aid kit (including a seatbelt cutter)
- Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush
- Candle in a deep can and matches
- Crank flashlight
- Whistle (to attract attention)
- Road maps
- A copy of your emergency plan
You can also keep these inside your trunk:
- Sand, salt or cat litter (non clumping)
- Antifreeze/windshield washer fluid
- Tow rope
- Jumper cables
- Fire extinguisher
- Warning light or road flares