HERE COMES THE SNOW: Ontario braces for white weekend
There is a risk of heavy snow and snow squalls for a large part of Ontario on Friday, and the snow could last and linger into Saturday morning according to the Weather Network.
Travel may be difficult for parts of Ontario including Highways 401 and 402 around London and Sarnia throughout Friday and into Saturday with 20-40 cm of snow expected.
Well Toronto, we hope you like snow. Because as many of you have surely noticed by now, you’ve got a lot of it!
The Toronto area was subjected to record-breaking early snowfalls that may leave commuters in a temporary daze, as sidewalks and roads have quickly become snowy in a hurry.
Monday morning saw a winter weather travel advisory from Environment Canada, which has since been lifted, but was nonetheless pounded by snow overnight.
Toronto’s Pearson airport was blanketed by nearly 14 centimetres of snow, over four times the previous record set in 1983.
According to 680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor, windchill will “make it feel like -15 C on Tuesday and will dip further to -22 overnight.”
An incredible video out of Monteregie, Quebec of a gas station collapsing has made its way on to Twitter.
The footage is almost unbelievable, but when you consider that some parts of Quebec are getting winds of nearly 100 km/h, it starts to make a bit more sense.
Take care of yourself out there, boys and girls! These winds are expected to “damage buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows,” and “loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage.”
Francis Labbé, a spokesperson for Hydro-Quebec, says that over 900,000 Quebecers will likely be without power over the weekend due to extreme weather which caused significant damage.
“Prepare for the worst by hoping for the best,” Labbé said.
He added that customers further away from cities will likely be affected for longer and Hydro-Quebec works day and night to fix the problem.
“In some cases, it will be fast […], in other cases, where one is in more isolated environments, more distant, it could take more time,” he said.
According to TVA Nouvelles, 770,206 clients were reportedly without power by noon Friday. This number increased to 960,469 people without power by 2:00 p.m. Labbé says that Hydro-Quebec faced 2,157 interruptions due to weather conditions. This is after an ice storm which left roughly 1.5 million people without electricity.
Approximately 300 Hydro-Quebec teams have been deployed, as well as many subcontractors to address the damage and interruptions caused over the week.
Public Safety has recommended that citizens experiencing serious electricity problems should contact their municipalities, and take necessary safety precautions, such as stocking up on ready-to-eat food, to make it through the weekend.
Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante has invited her city’s residents to participate in trick or treating a full day after Halloween, on Friday, Nov. 1.
Plante, who has served as mayor of Quebec’s largest city since 2017, made the announcement via a Twitter “Weather advisory”.
“Weather advisory: I invite Montrealers to participate in Halloween on Friday, due to the announced rain and violent winds tomorrow,” stated Plante. “Happy picking candies!”
Plante is right about heavy rain. Parts of Quebec are expected to recieve as much as 70 mm of percipitation, meaning that any potential trick-or-treaters would have to make sure they wear their rain coats, or switch their costumes to something involving a yellow poncho.
What Plante is wrong about, though, is the violent winds. According to Weather.com, Thursday’s winds are projected to hit a measley 6 km/h. Luckily, the Weather Network decided to correct Plante in a reply, stating that the strong winds are actually forecast for Friday, the proposed new day for Montreal’s Halloween!
And wow, are they ever. Weather.com predicts that winds will hit a peak of 43 km/h during the day, then most likely slowing down to 21 km/h by 6 p.m.
But 24 hours to postpone Halloween just isn’t enough! Most of the replies to Plante’s tweets were mostly from upset parents, who now felt obliged to take their kids out a day later than expected, all because of some rain.
But what this really means is that the most ambitious kids on the block will now be able to go out for two Halloweens. Hear that kids? Dress up twice, and collect as much candy as you can over a two day period!
Other cities in Quebec and Ontario were also debating delaying Halloween a day as well.