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EXTREME COLD | Hydro-Quebec asks customers to reduce electricity consumption during cold snap

Hydro-Québec is asking its customers to take a few steps to reduce electricity consumption in Quebec as a period of intense cold weather began Thursday night in most regions. The utility predicts that on Friday and Saturday, electricity demand could exceed the historical peak consumption, which was about 40,500 megawatts (MW) in January 2022.

Bus riders wait in the extreme cold in Montreal on Feb. 3, 2023, as extreme freezing warnings are in effect. (Olivia O'Malley/CTV News)

New work to begin Monday at the Highway 15/440 interchange in Laval

Construction of the new overhead ramp from Highway 440 westbound to Highway 15 northbound in Laval will begin next Monday and will take three years. The ramp repair is part of the second phase of the project to make the interchange safer and improve mobility. A redevelopment of the exit leading from Highway 440 westbound to Industriel Boulevard is also planned.

In 2019, a terrible pile-up occurred at the interchange of Highways 15 and 440 in Laval. A truck crashed into several vehicles on Highway 440, killing four people and injuring several others. CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

WEATHER | Extreme cold warnings blanket the province of Quebec

After an extremely mild month of January, the province is bracing for a blast of arctic air that will move in tonight and last until Saturday. Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued extreme cold warnings that covers most of the province with wind chills expected to be between -38 and -42 across the South and -50 across Northern Quebec. Top Stories