12/25/2014 08:29 EST | Updated 02/24/2015 05:59 EST

Strong winds knock out power for 35K Quebecers Christmas morning

Weather conditions are making Christmas morning a little more difficult than most Quebecers would like.

High winds knocked out power for nearly 35,000 Hydro-Québec clients this morning, particularly in the Lanaudière region, the Laurentians, Montreal, Laval and to a lesser extent in the Montérégie and Outaouais regions.

By 8 a.m., the number of clients without electricity had dropped from 35,000 to about 24,000. 

Hydro-Québec said it hopes to restore electricity to everyone by late morning.

Many people living in the eastern part of the province and in the Atlantic provinces are having an icy Christmas due to rain, freezing rain and winds gusting up to 90 kilometres an hour in some areas.

Drivers, be careful

Motorists should take extra precautions on the road this morning. There is a heightened risk of hydroplaning in some parts of Quebec. In other parts of the province, the roads could be icy.

Up to 60 millimetres of rain could fall on Atlantic Canada, northeast Quebec, Quebec City and the Mauricie region.

Environment Canada is also calling for freezing rain in the Gaspésie, on Quebec’s North Shore and in some parts of New Brunswick.

Check Environment Canada’s website for a region-by-region breakdown of current weather warnings.