Sliding nowhere fast: Montreal's weather cocktail packs a morning-after punch

Highways seem passable — for the time being — while sidewalks, where they can be found, are at best treacherous. 

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Published on: January 23, 2018 | Last Updated: January 23, 2018 7:08 AM EST

A woman takes shelter from freezing rain under her umbrella on Dr. Penfield Ave. one year ago, on Jan. 24, 2017. John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette

Highways seem passable — for the time being — while sidewalks, where they can be found, are at best treacherous. 

Montreal woke up Tuesday to a city covered in a coat of ice and a weather forecast that includes a freezing rain warning and calls for more of the same over the course of the day. All Montreal area school boards — the English Montreal School Board, Lester B. Pearson School Board, Commission scolaire de Laval, Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board, Riverside School Board, Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys and the New Frontiers School Board — closed their schools and offices for today. 

While the start of métro service was delayed slightly early Tuesday, all lines were functioning normally as of 6:45 a.m. There were no immediate reports of disruptions to STM bus service, but road and sidewalk conditions virtually guarantee delays over the course of the day and will likely affect handicapped transportation services.

Montreal area highway conditions, while not ideal, were far better than those on Montreal city streets. While main thoroughfares had been plowed overnight, the ensuing freezing rendered road surfaces treacherous. Side streets were more problematic and sidewalks — particularly on downtown side streets — were either unplowed over covered a heavy layer of ice.

At Trudeau airport, scores of departures scheduled for this morning were cancelled or delayed and the outlook was just as grim for arrivals.

Montreal area commuter trains serving the Candiac, Deux-Montagnes, St. Jerome and Vaudreuil-Hudon lines were reporting no problems with operations as of 7 a.m.

This story will be updated.

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