<b>Winter weather whacks Canada </b>
Last Updated Mon, 26 Jan 2004 15:56:31
TORONTO - From coast to coast, Canadians were contending with frigid temperatures and, in some areas, blizzards on Monday.
By late morning, every province had issued at least one weather warning. Some of the worst-affected regions of the country were:
The province was suffering an ongoing deep freeze; temperatures dropped to –31 in Calgary and –36 in Edmonton.
Heavy snowfall and high winds wreaked havoc on the weekend.
In Calgary, a massive water main break left about 100,000 residential and business customers without water.
Crews had to use a boat to rescue several motorists at a submerged intersection on Sunday.
Poor weather conditions were blamed for several fatal accidents across the region.
A major snowstorm swept across the southern part of the province from the central U.S. with winds gusting up to 88 kilometres per hour. It was expected to dump between 15 and 45 centimetres of snow by Tuesday night.
Strong east winds were expected to cause whiteout conditions along Lake Ontario, and driving was expected to become hazardous.
Environment Canada predicted the storm could become the worst in recent memory.
The cold kept school buses off the road in much of northern Ontario.
Temperatures were forecast to remain below –20 until Tuesday.
Flood waters caused by ice jams on Riviere des Prairies, between the island of Montreal and suburban Laval, threatened the homes of more than 1,000 people.
Newfoundland and Labrador
The region was slammed by a blizzard that blocked roads.
Schools closed as the temperature dropped to –35 with a wind chill of –50.
Written by CBC News Online staff
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