Environment Canada is expecting up to 10 millimeters of freezing rain to fall during the day Sunday.
According to Hydro Quebec, over 200 homes are without power in the Monteregie. No outages have been reported in the Montreal area so far.
As temperatures rise above zero later this afternoon, the freezing rain is expected to taper off into rain, which will continue throughout the week.
Around 8 p.m. Saturday, a freight truck skidded on black ice while driving Route 117, near Lac-Pythonga, in the Outaouais.
The diversion created a pileup on the road – a bus, and then multiple vehicles collided with the truck.
Lenny Colesio walks along Elmhurst Ave. in Montreal, on Sunday, January 4, 2015 where the power was out. John Kenney / Montreal Gazette
Freezing rain slickly coated roads and sidewalks across southwestern Quebec overnight, and Environment Canada warns this downpour is due to continue Sunday morning.
The agency’s alert for Montreal and the surrounding areas now forecasts between two and five millimetres of freezing rain.
Hydro-Québec is listing a few minor power outages across its network, but as of 8:30 a.m. none of them are in Montreal.
Temperatures in southern Quebec are expected to climb above the freezing point on Sunday and Monday. As that happens, the freezing rain is expected to give way to simple rain.