Quebec: Lingering freezing rain, ice, snow will make for tricky travel Sunday

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Quebec: Lingering freezing rain, ice, snow will make for tricky travel Sunday

After a prolonged period of freezing rain overnight Saturday, some 50,000 Hydro One customers are still without power Sunday afternoon. Travel has been difficult, with a section of Highway 20 between Lévis and Montmagny closed early Sunday and several flight cancellations and delays reported.

Roads will remain slippery through the day but precipitation will taper off by the evening hours, when the system departs the province. Latest details and timing, below.

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  • Freezing rain, ice pellets continue in southern areas through Sunday morning; switching to snow by afternoon
  • Gusty winds may push frozen branches onto power lines and roadways
  • Precipitation moves out of Quebec Sunday night
  • Stay up-to-date on the ALERTS in your area


After a persistent period of freezing rain and ice pellets, which will have lasted for up to 12 hours for some areas through Sunday morning, precipitation will change to snow in the afternoon. Any travellers along the busiest highways in Quebec should still be prepared for slippery conditions through the day.

"Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Ice buildup may cause tree branches to break," warns Environment Canada.


Through the duration of the storm, precipitation has been predominantly snow for northern and eastern communities away from the St. Lawrence. Some locales are on tap to receive 30-50 cm of snow through Sunday evening.

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The province will gradually dry out through Sunday evening as the system departs the region.

Check back for updates as this system treks through the province.