Snow, ice, freezing rain coming for Montreal

The severe weather warning in southwestern Quebec continues.

For the Montreal area, we're expecting anywhere from 15 to 30 centimetres of snow and ice pellets during the day on Sunday, with some freezing rain thrown in for good measure — especially south and east of Montreal.

In the Eastern Townships, we're expecting 10 to 30 millimetres of freezing rain.

And all this, accompanied by northeasterly winds gusting up to 90 kilometres an hour in some places.

Severe weather warnings stretched all the way from southern Ontario to Prince Edward Island.

The weather office is advising people in the Montreal area to consider delaying or cancelling travel plans, as road conditions may deteriorate quickly.

Transport Quebec says they have their crews out plowing the streets and highways, but they've been playing catch-up with the elements.

The STM is advising people on their Twitter feed to expect delays with bus service — and has a rather blunt piece of advice for those using adapted transit: "we suggest that wheelchair users travel another time."

There are dozens of delays and cancellations at Trudeau airport, particularly involving flights going to and coming from Toronto, which has been hard-hit with a najor freezing rain storm that has knocked power out to hundreds of thousands.

Via Rail, meanwhile, has issued a travel advisory for its Montreal-Toronto and Toronto-Ottawa routes. The rail carrier is advising people to expect delays, because of fallen tree branches and ice on the tracks. There are no cancellations to report.

And the storm system has brought about significant power outages in some areas — though not close to the hundreds of thousands of people who are in the dark in southern Ontario.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, Hydro-Quebec is reporting roughly 45,000 clients are without power province-wide. The majority of them are in the Eastern Townships, where they're been dealing mainly with a freezing rain event.

On the island of Montreal, there remains a dark pocket in Outremont, where about 500 customers are without electricity. That's down from about 1500 at noon.

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