Freezing rain coats roads; halts air traffic at Montreal airport

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    Courtesy for Rey Mena

      Southwestern Quebec is seeing yet another weekend of whacky weather.

      Temperatures around the freezing mark and heavy precipitation have layered highways, side-roads, and parking lots with a thick coat of ice that will surprise any driver.

      Officials halted operations at Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau stranding passengers, because planes couldn’t land or take off safely.

      Airport officials can’t predict exactly when operations will fully resume.

      “I’m missing my exams,” said Nadesh, a frustrated passenger. “Everything is full until Monday.”

      A few flights began to take off and land at 9:01 a.m., but if you do have travel plans, best to check your flight status ahead of time. 

      Relief is expected later Saturday as the temperature is supposed to rise above freezing.

      Environment Canada issued heavy rainfall warnings up to 35 millimetres for areas north of Montreal, including Lachute, Gatineau, Mont-Tremblant, the Maurice, Drummondville and Sherbrooke. Freezing rain warnings for the city itself warned of up to 10 millimetres.

      Wind will come into the mix in the Richelieu Valley, where forecasters predict gusts will reach 90 kilometres per hour.

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