Residents across a huge swath of the U-S and eastern Canada are hunkering down for a massive winter storm that’s packing snow, ice, and high winds. The storm is moving up the Eastern Seaboard, leaving thousands of cancelled flights, closed schools and warnings of power outages and flooding. Environment Canada says the system will hit southeastern Quebec and the Maritime provinces later this morning, and then Newfoundland and eastern Labrador. Strong winds and between 15 and 30 centimetres of snow are expected before turning to ice pellets or rain tonight.
While the east coast is bracing for a snow storm, northern Ontario and northwestern Quebec remain under an extreme cold warning. Environment Canada is forecasting wind chill values near or below minus-40 through until this morning, and again tonight overnight and Friday overnight. And a special weather statement has been issued for all of southern Ontario, with an extreme-cold snap dropping temperatures to minus-30 in many places beginning tonight into Friday, and again Friday night into Saturday.
Romaine lettuce will be hard to find at some Canadian restaurant chains for a while due to a deadly outbreak of E. coli bacteria. Boston Pizza International has suspended the sale of romaine lettuce at its locations in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada, and Sobey’s is pulling 300 romaine lettuce products from its grocery-store shelves nationwide. The Public Health Agency of Canada says one person has died and 41 other E. coli cases are under investigation in five provinces in the eastern half of the country.