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Winter weather blasts Central, Atlantic Canada – Canada – CBC News

Winter weather blasts Central, Atlantic Canada – Canada – CBC News.

Snow plows prepare to clear slushy streets in Toronto on Monday as forecasters warn freezing rain will turn roads in much of Southern Ontario into ice paths. Snow plows prepare to clear slushy streets in Toronto on Monday as forecasters warn freezing rain will turn roads in much of Southern Ontario into ice paths. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

Prairies deep freeze

Prairies deep freeze 2:33

Newfoundland power update

Newfoundland power update1:24

Storm hits Atlantic Canada

Storm hits Atlantic Canada2:18

 

 

The relentless weather is causing misery this morning across much of Canada, with southern Ontario hit with freezing rain, wind-chill warnings in some parts of the Prairies and 30,000 Newfoundlanders still in the dark after a mass power outage on the weekend.

 

 

In Ontario, parts of the province were hit with massive snowfalls, while other areas, including the Toronto region, were pelted with snow and freezing rain.

 

CANADA/Both drivers and pedestrians in Toronto are being urged to be aware of a possible flash-freeze in time for Monday’s rush hour. (Devaan Ingraham/Reuters)

“In southern Ontario, that temperature is starting to drop and quickly,” CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland said Monday morning. “That slushy mix on the roads is icing up quickly.”

Both drivers and pedestrians are urged to be aware of a possible flash freeze during the morning commute. A flash-freeze warning comes when a steep temperature drop causes water from rain or melted snow to quickly freeze.

The weather wreaked havoc at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Monday morning, with hundreds of flights cancelled or delayed. Both Air Canada and WestJet advised customers to check their flight status before heading to the airport.

Due to weather, please check with your airline for delays or cancellations and give yourself extra time to get to the airport safely.

— Toronto Pearson (@TorontoPearson) January 6, 2014

“I wasn’t five minutes here at the airport before people started telling me horror stories of being stuck on an airplane for hours on end,” CBC reporter Linda Ward said from the airport.

“Passengers are telling me their planes just couldn’t get to the gate because of so many cancelled planes, so it’s definitely a very frustrating scene here this morning … The people who were on those planes [are] very angry, very tired, very hungry … They say all in all this was just a horrible travel experience.”

Environment Canada extended wind-chill and flash freeze warnings for the Toronto area on Monday morning, warning temperatures will feel as cold as –35 C to –40 C Monday night and into Tuesday morning.

A mix of snow and rain in Toronto, and snow further north, produced hundreds of accidents on the roads and highways Sunday evening, including one crash in Brampton that left one man dead.

Local school boards warned parents to check online Monday morning to see if any schools cancelled classes for the day. The Toronto Catholic District School Board said it would release a decision by 6 a.m. ET and the Toronto District School Board warned of potential closures.

Much of Quebec was also facing adverse weather warnings Monday morning. Environment Canada issued winter storm, freezing rain and wind warnings for most of the province.

Storm wallops Atlantic Canada

The winter weather blast also left much of Atlantic Canada under weather advisories.

  • Police advise motorists, including all officers, to stay off the roads as dangerous whiteout conditions brought on by snow and wind continue to lash much of Atlantic Canada. Here, a pedestrian in Halifax braves the blizzard.
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“Atlantic Canada is a real mess … where I see the risk of freezing rain continuing this morning as a warm front pushes north,” Scotland said.

“For much of the Maritimes, this will switch over to rain through the morning and early afternoon … and further east warnings are out for Newfoundland who deal with this mess tonight through tomorrow — gusty wind, freezing rain and heavy rain.”

Environment Canada issued freezing rain warnings for most of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Nova Scotia was under freezing rain and rainfall warnings, while Newfoundland was under freezing rain, blizzard and wind warnings.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, about 30,000 Newfoundland Power customers were still without electricity Monday morning after a power plant went offline in the latest power problem to hit the province in recent days.

Residents and businesses throughout the province were told to conserve energy as the province grapples with rolling power outages.

As generation becomes avail. from @nlhydro we are continuing to add customers. Conservation is still extremely important. #darknl

— Newfoundland Power (@NFPower) January 6, 2014

Aging infrastructure, a terminal station fire and a blizzard that ripped through the province Friday night combined to overburden an already stretched electricity grid, according to Premier Kathy Dunderdale.

At the peak of the power outages Saturday morning, about 190,000 customers were in the dark, Newfoundland Power said.

Prairie deep freeze

Meanwhile, much of Saskatchewan and Manitoba are under extreme wind chill warnings, where residents are facing temperatures that feel as cold as –40 C with wind chill.

“To the east, wind chill warnings are out from Hanna in eastern Alberta through southern Saskatchewan [and] Manitoba,” Scotland said.

“Across this warned area, current temps are well into the – 30s C with wind chills well into the – 40s.”

The potentially record-low temperatures are heightening fears of frostbite and hypothermia.

“Persons in or near this area should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions,” warns Environment Canada.

Hibernia platform oil leak curbs production – Newfoundland & Labrador – CBC News

Hibernia platform oil leak curbs production – Newfoundland & Labrador – CBC News.

A leak at the Hibernia offshore rig in mid-December has caused a decrease in oil production.A leak at the Hibernia offshore rig in mid-December has caused a decrease in oil production.

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An oil leak at the site of the Hibernia offshore platform on the Grand Banks off the coast of Newfoundland has resulted in a significant downturn in oil production.

Workers reported a small leak on Dec. 18. Hibernia management company officials said it happened in a valve that is part of the rig’s offloading system. Only 10 litres of crude oil spilled at the time, and no oil sheens were spotted on the water at that time.

However, on Dec. 27, oil was discovered in the ocean once again, and a further investigation revealed the valve was leaking. The small sheen was rapidly dispersed by heavy seas, and by Jan. 3, it was no longer visible.

As a result of what was observed, Hibernia has shut down the transfer of oil to tankers, and the company says it has “significantly” cut back oil production.

Crews have been arranged to fix the leaking valve as soon as the weather permits.

Statoil may choose between Alberta, N.L. oil projects – Business – CBC News

Statoil may choose between Alberta, N.L. oil projects – Business – CBC News.

Statoil's Leismer project began producing in 2011 and the Norwegian company has plans to expand it, but may have to prioritize Canadian projects.Statoil’s Leismer project began producing in 2011 and the Norwegian company has plans to expand it, but may have to prioritize Canadian projects. (YouTube)

Statoil might have to choose between developing properties in the Alberta oilsands and an offshore find off Newfoundland because of rising costs in the industry.

Stale Tungesvik, president of Statoil Canada, says its Norwegian parent company will decide in February which of the Canadian projects will go ahead.

“We invest more than ever, but we see that it’s much more costly to develop one barrel of oil today than it was earlier,” Tungesvik said in a briefing with reporters Monday.

He said Statoil has to prioritize which projects to develop, because the oil available is more difficult to extract.

Crude oil prices are sitting at about $100 US a barrel, but that’s the equivalent to $30 several years ago, he said.

“Today, $100 a barrel is the same as $30,” he said, adding “the easy barrels” are gone.

Tungesvik said he would prefer to go ahead with projects in bothAlberta’s oilsands and off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, but that may not happen.

“When that will hit us some place in Canada, I’m not sure yet. I’m still fighting for doing both, so that’s my kind of position.But there is the bigger picture. There has to be some changes,” he said.

In August, Statoil and partner Husky Energy Inc. announced a huge offshore oil discovery about 500 kilometres northeast of St. John’s.

It’s the company’s third find in the Flemish Pass Basin in the North Atlantic and promises between 300 million and 600 million barrels of recoverable oil.

It also has plans to develop the Corner oilsands in Alberta and is mulling an expansion to its Leismer property, which began production in January 2011. Both Corner and Leismer have regulatory approval to produce up to 40,000 barrels per day.

 

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