Ontario gets hit again with blast of snow, freezing rain

Heejung Kim clears the snow from a parking lot in St. Catharines, Ont., on January 2, 2014. (Julie...

Heejung Kim clears the snow from a parking lot in St. Catharines, Ont., on January 2, 2014. (Julie Jocsak/QMI Agency file photo)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:23 PM ET

In keeping with this winter's wicked cycles, much of Canada is expected to be under a deep freeze Tuesday after being hammered with snow and freezing rain Monday.

Wind chill warnings from Saskatchewan to Quebec said temperatures Tuesday could feel as low as -50 C.

"Temperature records for today, Tuesday and Wednesday are all at risk," Environment Canada meteorologist Geoff Coulson said Monday.

While each winter has its own character, Coulson described this year's as very active, with blasts of cold air arriving from the Far North, along with storm systems blowing through.

"A bit of a January thaw" is setting up for the weekend in Ontario, he said, with highs expected to reach as high as 3 C in some places.

That's already happening in Atlantic Canada where, rather than snow and cold warnings, residents are dealing with flooding worries, as 25 mm of rain was expected to fall overnight.

Other areas are dealing with heavy winds. Environment Canada warned of gusts up to 130 km/h in Les Suetes, N.S., Monday night.

The latest warnings came only hours after half the country started digging itself out from its most recent winter blast, which included more piles of snow and flash-freezes in some areas.

Flights on Monday out of airports in Toronto, Waterloo Region, Hamilton and Ottawa — particularly to the northeastern U.S. — were cancelled or delayed due to the weather.

Driving was treacherous in spots along Hwy. 401 during the morning commute, as some parts were slippery from rain that was quickly freezing over, and other areas were snow-covered except where vehicles had cleared a path.

Blizzard conditions hit the Georgian Bay area.

In Newfoundland, about 5,000 were still in the dark midday Monday after a storm knocked out power on Thursday. Newfoundland Power said rolling outages in the St. John's and Avalon areas were to be expected because it couldn't meet the demand.

But temperatures were a freakishly warm 5 C in southern Quebec on Monday, causing havoc on the roads. Melting snow combined with freezing rain and 90 km/h winds sent vehicles crashing into ditches while pedestrians tumbled on sidewalks.

About 50 cars were trapped on a road in the Montreal suburb of Laval, unable to move because of thick ice.

Rivers of snow melt blocked roads across Quebec on Monday morning, including Montreal's busy Metropolitan Expressway, tying up rush-hour traffic.

Some areas of Quebec were expected to receive up to 35 mm of rain.

About 30,000 Hydro-Quebec clients were without power across the province Monday.

In Ottawa, the wacky weather combinations have led to the closure of the Rideau Canal Skateway because of unsafe conditions.


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