At about 4:00 am, environment Canada released a freezing rain alert.
Starting at midnight and continuing into Wednesday, we will see a prolonged period of freezing rain, and by the end of it all, we might get stuck with a 10 millimeter thick sheet of ice all over the city.
So be prepared, because tomorrow we'll be seeing all the traditional Montreal chaos: Car crashes, buses getting stuck, and people slipping and injuring themselves. Last time this happened, the police actually started asking people to stop calling 911. So who knows what'll happen his time.
Quebec's ice storm of 1998, I remember like it was yesterday. I was sitting in my first 9th grade French class back after the Christmas Holidays, when we were all told to go home because the freezing rain was getting out of control. What came after was in my memory, a really fun time because we had 2 weeks off class, where I played about 400 hours of Pokemon Blue. That said, our family had access to a generator for most of it, so we were pretty lucky. For many thousands of other people in the province of Quebec, however, that was not the case and it was an almost unreal ordeal. This video truly illustrates the devastating impact the experience was many Montrealers.
When Montreal stood still and the country watched.
You may think last month's ice storm was bad, but that 'lil whirlwind of icy snow was nothing compared to the maelstrom of winter winds that was the 1998 North American Ice Storm. Remembered as The Great Ice Storm of '98, for good reason, the icy tempest was a combination of smaller storms that formed into one giant beast of epic proportions. Ravaging parts of Ontario and Quebec, the storm caused major damage to trees, power supplies, and even people, with 35 fatalities. Not so fun fact: the ice storm forced the deployment of over 16, 000 Canadian forces personnel, the largest since the Korean War.
No city in the storm's path was sparred, with Montreal receiving a huge wintery blast of damage. If you were in the city during the ice storm of '98, than you remember how intense it was. If you weren't, consider yourself lucky. Either way, remember all the damage done to nature and the city in our collection of photos documenting the aftermath of the Great Ice Storm of '98 in Montreal.
The clean up crew
Dem trees got pwned
Beware of falling frozen trees
Still lookin' pretty Montreal
Do you have a crazy '98 ice storm story? Tell us about it in the comments below!