Ice storms in Canada, Alerts issued

Ice storms in Canada, Alerts issued

Some 36,000 homes and businesses in British Columbia lost power due to ice storms in western Canada on Saturday, and workers rushed to restore service before nightfall as forecasters predicted extremely cold temperatures across the nation.

Electric utility BC Hydro warned on Twitter that conditions remained hazardous in the affected area of southwestern British Columbia, which is known as Fraser Valley, due to downed power lines.

Canada is suffering from the same blast of Arctic air that sent much of the U.S. Northeast and Midwest into a record-breaking deep freeze.

The cold spell, which began before Christmas, has prompted the Canadian government to issue weather alerts for much of the nation, from British Columbia in the west to Quebec in the east.

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