|Hydro Ottawa poles were snapped in half after 9 hours of freezing rain across the National Capital region. (Hydro Ottawa Photo)|
In Ontario, the storm was much worse. Over 80mm of frozen precipitation (rain and ice pellets) fell on Toronto over 24 hours. A peak wind gust of 98km/h occurred at Billy Bishop Airport. In Ottawa and Gatineau, 9 hours of freezing rain deposited 28mm of ice. Power was out to over 60,000 homes in the region, including 44,000 on the Quebec side of the border. The ice snapped hydro poles in half in Ottawa. The Ontario Provincial Police reported hundreds of accidents over the weekend and Monday as a result of the late season storm. The Toronto Blue Jays baseball game was postponed Monday night due to ice falling from the CN Tower onto the roof of Rogers Centre.
The same storm was responsible for heavy snow across the central Great Lakes. Wiarton, Ontario reported 39.6cm of snow, while Green Bay, Wisconsin was hit with their second largest snowstorm ever, 24.2 inches. You have to go back 130 years to March 1-2, 1888 for the largest storm, 29 inches. On the warm side of the storm, widespread severe thunderstorms stretched from Arkansas to the Carolinas. Several tornadoes occurred as well as large hail. Widespread damage was reported, along with multiple injuries and at least four fatalities.