Grab your skates! Freezing rain incoming for areas of Southwestern Quebec

Grab your skates! Freezing rain incoming for areas of Southwestern Quebec
Woman, 35, dead after Outaouais highway pileup
Roads and sidewalks in many areas of southwestern Quebec transformed into veritable ice rinks overnight due to freezing rain – and its not over quite yet. 

Environment Canada is expecting up to 10 millimeters of freezing rain to fall during the day Sunday.

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.

According to Hydro Quebec, over 200 homes are without power in the Monteregie. No outages have been reported in the Montreal area so far. 

Freezing rain slickly coated roads and sidewalks across southwestern Quebec overnight, and Environment Canada warns this downpour is due to continue Sunday morning.

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. 

Lenny Colesio walks along Elmhurst Ave. in Montreal, on Sunday, January 4, 2015 where the power was out. John Kenney / Montreal Gazette

The diversion created a pileup on the road – a bus, and then multiple vehicles collided with the truck.

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.

Quebec provincial police say a 35-year-old woman has died after a pileup on Highway 117 near Lake Pythonga in the Outaouais, about 350 kilometres northwest of Montreal.

"People did not adapt to the slippery road conditions," said Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Sgt. Claude Denis.

One person in another vehicle was transported to hospital in Montreal with serious injuries, but police don't believe that person's life is in danger.

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