Happy Spring? Freezing rain causes blackouts in Ontario

Weather warnings issued for Quebec and Atlantic Canada

A woman walks up Citadel Hill through a mix of snow and freezing rain in Halifax on Monday, March 21, 2016. A storm system known as a nor'easter is bringing rain, freezing rain, and snow to many of the Maritime provinces with a snowfall warning being issued for parts of Nova Scotia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

A woman walks up Citadel Hill in Halifax on Monday, March 21, 2016.  (Darren Calabrese, CP)

Freezing rain across southern Ontario caused power outages that continued into Friday and prompted weather warnings in parts of Quebec and the Atlantic provinces.

Tens of thousands hydro customers across southwest Ontario were still without power Friday afternoon as repair crews tried to stay ahead of outages due to freezing rain that coated wires and tree branches with ice.

Hydro One’s online outage map shows about 47,000 customers without power.

PowerStream, which services communities north of Toronto, was working to restore power to some 12,000 residents and businesses.

Freezing rain warnings were issued for parts of Quebec and Atlantic Canada as the storm tracked east.

Environment Canada said significant ice build up and long-lasting periods of freezing rain are anticipated Friday in northern New Brunswick, with a mix of freezing rain, ice pellets and snow expected elsewhere in the province.

Northern Nova Scotia and P.E.I. can also expect freezing rain before the low-pressure system moves towards Newfoundland.

The national weather forecaster says parts of Newfoundland can expect a period of freezing rain of up to six hours before tapering off Saturday morning.

The icy weather meant an extra-long weekend for thousands of students across southern Ontario heading into Easter weekend.

Classes and buses were cancelled at three southern Ontario school boards Thursday, while many others across the province cancelled buses but left schools open.

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