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Ice storm hits Oshawa and GTA

By Aly Beach/The Oshawa Express

Oshawa was hit by a messy ice storm over the weekend, affecting most of southern Ontario and some parts of Quebec.

According to Environment Canada, Oshawa saw 9.7mm of precipitation on Saturday, and 18.2mm on Sunday.  Other nearby places experienced 20 to 30mm of rainfall.

Oshawa PUC says there were no reported outages on Saturday but they had around 10 sporadic outages on Sunday afternoon and evening caused by trees and ice buildup. They say they had no more than 300 customers without power at one time.

There were power outages on Monday in rural Oshawa, caused by tree damage. Later on Monday, Oshawa PUC announced power to the areas affected by the storm were 100 per cent restored.

Durham College, Durham’s Trent University location and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) all closed over the weekend. Trent University and UOIT were forced to cancel weekend exams due to the unsafe weather conditions. Schools opened back up on Monday and exams continued as scheduled.

As of April 16, the Civic Recreation Complex outdoor fields and tracks are closed and the city’s network of recreational trails are closed due to ice.

The forecast predicts the rain and freezing rain will continue into the week. The Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA) is warning people to stay away from streams and creeks due to rising water level.