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Freezing rain slicks roads in eastern Canada

Staff writers
December 22, 2011 — People in parts of eastern Canada had to contend with slippery roads on Wednesday, thanks to prolonged periods of freezing rain.

Freezing rain on a choke cheery tree in Nepean, ON
Freezing rain on a choke cheery tree in Nepean, ON

A deadly snow storm that's been hammering the U.S. hasn't been as powerful on this side of the border.

Still, some parts of eastern Ontario and Quebec had to deal with prolonged periods of freezing rain on Wednesday. In some cases, that led to an icy commute.

Freezing rain was reported in places like Peterborough, Ottawa, Gatineau, Montreal and Fredericton. According to people in the area, it was difficult getting around on both roadways and sidewalks.

In anticipation of the icy commute, school buses in both the Ottawa English and French Catholic and public school boards were cancelled Wednesday morning. By the evening, some cities had seen about 9 hours of freezing rain.

“The freezing rain is causing damage here in southern Quebec,” said Meteo Media's Suzie Poisson in Montreal. “In Ottawa, more than 40 accidents have been reported. And here in Montreal's downtown it is very slippery. People are doing their Christmas shopping, but really have to be careful not to fall.”

The system will continue to push into southern New Brunswick Wednesday night where the risk of freezing rain will persist through early Thursday.

Motorists are reminded to adjust their driving habits and prepare for slick conditions on the roads.

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