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Extreme cold loses hold on east


How cold was it? Cold enough for eyelashes to freeze in Montreal on Monday. It was -17°C before the wind chill.
How cold was it? Cold enough for eyelashes to freeze in Montreal on Monday. It was -17°C before the wind chill.

Lisa Varano, staff writer

January 25, 2011 — What a difference a day makes. Tuesday is much more bearable than Monday in Ontario and Quebec. But it's still very cold in the Maritimes.

Frozen in Val d'Or, Quebec
Frozen in Val d'Or, Quebec

Is it over yet? For Ontario and Quebec, yes. Not quite for the Maritimes.

The brutal cold that gripped the eastern half of the country is losing its hold on central Canada on Tuesday.

Toronto is back to seasonal after feeling like the Arctic for the past few days. But it was still a cold -- and snowy -- morning in Ottawa and Montreal, which were feeling below -25 with the wind chill. It's warming up later in the day.

People in the Maritimes also woke up to another cold day on Tuesday, particularly in northern New Brunswick, where it felt like -35 with the wind chill. Not far from Halifax, about 7,000 Nova Scotia Power customers were without in heat the Bedford and Sackville areas on a frigid morning. Schools were closed.

Won't need as many layers for an afternoon walk on Tuesday
Won't need as many layers for an afternoon walk on Tuesday

“Temperatures will be rising in the Maritimes throughout the day Tuesday and Wednesday,” says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

“But it's the calm before the storm on Wednesday with a low coming from the United States. This nor'easter could dump 10 to 20 cm of snow on the Maritimes.“

In Ontario, the remainder of the week will be seasonal in southern parts of the province. Toronto's high on Tuesday is forecast to be -2°C.

About three centimetres of snow fell in the Toronto area on Monday, and some of it has since turned to slush. Police say roads were icy during the morning commute, when a chain-reaction accident closed most of Highway 403 near Brantford.

By next week, an Arctic high could drop temperatures in Ontario again.

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