Highlights / ice storm


Ice storm cuts power to over a quarter million homes

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 »

Environment & Animal Life, Health

Montreal warns of smog on ice storm anniversary

Officials in the city of Montreal have issued the latest of several smog alerts today and they hope to improve air quality by restricting the use of wood-burning appliances made popular after the devastating ice storm of 1998. Freezing rain »


Trudeau to visit New Brunswick areas hard hit by ice storm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit the Atlantic province of New Brunswick today following the ice storm disaster which left thousands of residents without power in its wake. Trudeau is expected to tour the Acadian Peninsula and visit emergency shelters set up »

Environment & Animal Life, Society

Canada history : Jan. 5, 1998 – the deadly ice storm of the century

For some people in eastern Ontario and southern Quebec the start of this new year was a worrisome case of déjà vu. On Tuesday, Jan 3, 2017, freezing rain fell throughout the region, but then fortunately stopped. Yesterday however, snow »


History- the deadly ice storm: Jan. 5, 1998

It has been called one of the worst natural disasters in Canadian history. Late on January 4, 1998, freezing rain began to fall in eastern Ontario and kept falling. As people throughout the region and into the northern US states and »

Environment & Animal Life, International, Society

Strong El Nino may bring ice storms

Eastern Canadians may be disheartened to learn that a very strong El Nino cycle may bring a warmer winter, and could also set the stage for nasty ice storms like that of 1998. The cycle is driven by warm water »

Environment & Animal Life

Bitter winter welcome to 2015

After a green Christmas for millions of Canadians, which saw virtually no snow on the ground in much of the southern parts of the country, 2015 has come in with a shocking reminder of Canadian winters. Indeed there are a »