A nasty storm brought freezing rain and strong winds to southwestern Quebec on April 8, 2019 downing branches, trees and electrical lines. Power failures affected more than 310,000 homes and crews worked all night to try to restore service.
Bad memories revived
The storm brought back memories of a gargantuan ice storm in January 1998 which toppled electrical pylons, paralyzing Montreal and Ottawa and affecting parts of four provinces for days, and in some areas, months. Temperatures hovered around 0 C making it hard for people to stay warm in most homes where electricity is needed to heat or to trigger oil and gas heating systems. Over 600,000 evacuated their homes. Vehicles were destroyed, the military was called in and Montreal’s water filtration plant reportedly came within a hair of shutting down. Nearly 1,000 people were injured and 35 died.
Snow coming next
While yesterday’s storm hit a smaller area, it caused damage and disruptions and the closure of many schools.
Areas north and northeast of Montreal were hardest hit.
And nasty weather is not over. A weather warning was issued for the same region for the coming five to 15 centimetres of snow.