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Winter weather storm creates icy commute for Quebecers

01/06/2014 07:31 EST | Updated 03/08/2014 05:59 EST
Quebecers heading back to work after the holidays faced a slippery commute in Montreal and much of southern Quebec.

The freezing rain warning has been lifted for the Montreal area, but drivers are still being warned to take extra care today as roads are covered with ice and slush.

The weather is also causing difficulties for assisted transport. Montreal's public transit corporation is reporting that city buses are having trouble deploying their bus ramps.

A wind warning is also in effect for Montreal and Laval, where winds are expected to gust up to 90 kilometres an hour this morning.

Icy roads contributed to multiple overnight collisions. In the Eastern Townships, a transport truck carrying gasoline flipped into a ditch.

As crews attempt to remove the truck, part of Highway 10 eastbound near West Bolton is closed to traffic this morning. 

Transports Quebec says crews have emptied the 50,000 litres of fuel that was being carried by the truck.

School closures and flight cancellations

The Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport faced a number of weather-related issues overnight and early this morning. Temperature fluctuations caused an air conditioner to leak on Monday morning, soaking a section of the airport.

The freezing rain prompted the airport to suspend its operations overnight. Operations have resumed this morning.

Passengers are still being advised to check their flight status since there have been multiple delays and cancellations.

The winter storm also led to multiple school closures in the Laurentians, Lower Laurentians and Lanaudière regions. For a full list of closures this morning visit the CBC Storm Centre.

Hydro Québec is reporting close to 33,000 outages across the province. The majority of them are concentrated in Mauricie, the Eastern Townships, the Laurentians and Montreal. 

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