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Quebecers face dangerous conditions with up to 20 mm of freezing rain set to fall

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a car parked on the side of a road: Be careful when driving on icy roads this morning — the freezing rain has been falling since Sunday afternoon and isn't stopping any time soon. © Simon-Marc Charron/Radio-Canada Be careful when driving on icy roads this morning — the freezing rain has been falling since Sunday afternoon and isn't stopping any time soon.

​A messy mid-April mix of ice pellets and freezing rain fell overnight, leaving some roads and sidewalks slippery and dangerous in most of southern Quebec.

And it's not going to let up any time soon, according to Environment Canada.

Much of the province is under a freezing rain warning, with between 10 and 20 millimetres expected to fall by this evening.

A number of flights to and from Montreal have been either delayed or cancelled. To check the status of a flight, consult Trudeau airport's website or check with the airline directly.

About 20,000 Hydro-Québec customers are without power, mainly in the Outaouais and Montérégie regions.

In a tweet, Hydro said it has been monitoring the situation since Sunday, with crews ready to repair downed electrical lines if needed.

Transports Québec says it will be ready with snow-clearing and salting equipment for highways.

The weather will improve somewhat as the week goes on, although it won't be sunny for awhile:

The last time a storm like this hit Quebec in mid-April was in 2007, according to Boily.

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