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Ontario Provinces Facing Severe Freezing Rain Weather Conditions

While some celebrate the Easter holiday this weekend, plans may have to be postponed due to the severe weather conditions in parts of Ontario. 


As the spring season approaches, Ontario residents aren’t quite sure what to expect next.


Environment Canada announced warnings and special weather statements for areas in British Columbia, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.


A wind warning was issued today for provinces in B.C. such as East Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii, and Sunshine Coast.


Residents in these areas of B.C. are experiencing strong winds with expected damage, power outages, and objects carried by the high winds - posing possible injuries.


Since April has begun, residents can expect “spring showers” but aren’t necessarily planning to have extreme weather conditions such as this.


Environment Canada also released special statements for the province of Fraser Valley, Abbotsford in B.C. reporting hazards throughout the weekend of continuous rainfall, rising freezing levels, and melting snow causing flooding levels to increase and pose risks.


The Northwest Territories such as Sachs Harbour and Ulukhaktok, have blizzard warnings in effect. Conditions in both areas include strong winds and poor visibility, as blowing snow will continue throughout the night.


Environment Canada suggests postponing travels because of extremely hazardous driving conditions with poor visibility. Plans with family and friends for the Easter holiday may have to be rescheduled for residents until it is safe to travel.


Strong winds up to 100 kilometres per hour are reported for Ulukhaktok and 80 kilometers per hour is reported for Sachs Harbour according to Environment Canada.


Nunavut’s province, Cambridge Bay, is experiencing 10 to 15 centimeters of snowfall overnight with strong winds up to 60 kilometers per hour. Environment Canada reports expecting rapid changes in traveling conditions.


Thursday morning a furious ice storm hit Ontario’s eastern provinces, such as Quebec and Ottawa, with freezing rain.


A nearby resident made a post on Twitter Thursday morning of photos and videos showing damages from the ice storm in Quebec. The resident @CanadaKenyaDad wrote a caption saying many people are currently without power.


The Ottawa Fire Services Twitter account posted a video Wednesday night of the hydro power lines sparking on fire, due to the heavy iced tree branches covering the lines. 


As the video was from a recent emergency call, the Ottawa Fire Services captioned their video by encouraging everyone to stay away from all wires.


The news release provided by Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc. reports that Ottawa’s hydro company is still working on restoring power to its customers in the city of Ottawa. 


The report also said that from the time of 4:30 p.m. EST, about 8,500 customers carry on without power in the city of Ottawa.


The Hydro Quebec website currently has a warning that reads, “Power outages caused by the freezing rain.” The website reports 30,846 customers remain without electricity 226,992 customers and 657 interruptions have happened with Quebec’s Hydro company.


As the restoration process is a multi-day fix in Ottawa and Quebec, residents are eager to have power restored for the long weekend.


Edited by Kavya Venkateshwaran

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