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Nearly 36,000 homes without electricity in Quebec

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In Quebec, more than 100,000 customers are without electricity due to snowfall.

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Nearly 36,000 Hydro-Québec customers were without electricity across the province around 7 p.m. Sunday. Roads were also closed due to severe weather conditions.

The Mauricie region is the most affected with 23,713 customers without electricity. Followed by the regions of Capitale-Nationale (6578), Chaudière-Appalaches (3337), Centre-du-Québec (794) and Laurentides (521).

According to Hydro-Québec spokesperson Gabrielle Leblanc, it was mainly branches weighed down by the snow which broke and damaged the electrical network.

Teams were mobilized very early this morning and there are others who will be added. The forces on the ground will be quite significant during the day, she said on ICI RDI on Sunday morning.

Ms. Leblanc added that the number of affected customers should also vary during the day since snow continues to fall in several regions of the province.

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The spokesperson, however, did not comment on restoration times, saying instead that Hydro-Québec will keep customers informed on its website and on social networks.

In the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec region, more than 20 centimeters of snow have fallen since the night from Saturday to Sunday.

Two to four centimeters of snow are expected for the rest of the day. Precipitation will fall as snow mixed with rain.

In the Capitale-Nationale and Chaudière-Appalaches regions, Environment Canada has issued rain and snow warnings.

Generally speaking, 25 to 35 centimeters of snow have already fallen and nearly 10 additional centimeters are possible before the end of the precipitation, mentions this federal agency on its website in its most recent update.

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Wet snow complicated travel in the Quebec region on Sunday.

The snowy roadway complicated travel in Quebec City. RTC buses are experiencing significant delays due to difficult conditions on the roads. Expect a 15 to 20 minute delay on lines 800 and 801.

Finally, for the Eastern Quebec sector, a winter storm alert affects the Gaspé Peninsula, the interior and Baie-des-Chaleurs. Environment Canada is forecasting up to 40 cm of snow from Sunday to Monday morning.

The Acadian Peninsula, the Chaleur region and the Miramichi region , in northeastern New Brunswick, also expect up to 40 cm of snow, accompanied by gusts that will affect visibility on the roads.

Snow could accumulate at a rate of 2 to 4 cm per hour overnight from Sunday to Monday. Precipitation could persist until Tuesday.

Conditions are slowly improving on the roads in Quebec. Routes 175 and 169 are officially reopened to traffic after closing between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Route 175, in the Laurentides wildlife reserve, was closed in both directions between kilometer 226, in Laterrière, and kilometer 74, in Stoneham.

As for the North Shore, an accident also caused the closure of Route 138 at the Manicouagan River, near Baie-Comeau, in both directions. The road was closed around 2:30 p.m. and will remain inaccessible indefinitely.

Traffic is also prohibited for heavy vehicles on Route 138 between Baie-Comeau and Godbout in both directions due to weather conditions.

According to Quebec 511 , most of the roads in Saguenay are snow-covered or partially snow-covered. Routes 172 and 170 in Bas-Saguenay are in the same condition. The Department of Transportation says heavy snow falling in the region is complicating snow removal operations.

It's difficult for our snow removal teams to be able to remove it so quickly. Snow sticks to our machinery.

A quote from Émilie Laure, spokesperson for the Ministry of Transport

It can also cause a lot of slush . So, you really have to be vigilant when you take the road, because obviously, you can be carried to the side of the road in these conditions, she warns.

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