December 20, 2018 1:26 pm
Updated: December 20, 2018 4:16 pm

Environment Canada issues freezing rain warning for southern Quebec

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Enivronment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning for southern Quebec.

The freezing rain is expected to begin late Thursday evening over the southwestern part of the province and make its way to areas of eastern Quebec Friday morning.

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The weather agency says between 10 to 20 millimetres of freezing rain is in the forecast, with areas just north of the St. Lawrence River expected to be the hardest hit.

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Officials recommend avoiding travel if possible, as ice buildup on roadways and sidewalks could make getting around difficult.

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The freezing rain will turn to rain on Friday and could lead to significant rainfall amounts.

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In Montreal, the forecast high for Friday is 8 C.

Smog warning in effect for Montreal

Environment Canada has also issued a smog warning for the greater Montreal area.

“High concentrations of fine particulates are expected and will result in poor air quality,” it said.

The weather agency says the smog should break late Thursday evening when freezing rain begins.

While the smog warning is in place, Montreal residents are asked not to use wood-burning stoves and ovens.

— With files from Global’s Kalina Laframboise

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