Memories of Ice Storm 1998: 1
As I alluded to in a recent post, we were hit by freezing rain storm from Dec 20-23. The area around Magog, North Hatley, Sherbrooke, Knowlton and Bromont were among the hardest hit, along with southern Ontario and New Brunswick. We received 30mm+ (1.2″) of freezing rain in 3 days along with the 15 cm (6″) of snow from the Friday night. We were out of power from midnight Sunday until late Monday evening but were fortunate. Some areas, including my grandmother’s town, lost it for 6 days and some remote areas only got it back for New Year’s. Also, once we got power back on Monday, it stayed on. Many went through sporadic outages as the ice fell and wind blew.
We ventured out on Monday once the roads were passable. Driving down Highway 55, the birches were bowed over, some even onto the road. On the smaller roads, the trees created a tunnel effect, spurring my husband to drive swiftly under the ones just above the roof of the car. In Ayer’s Cliff, we counted 5 large trees on power lines. Yet, the freezing rain was patchy. The main part of Stanstead had no ice on the trees when we visited on Monday. On the other side of town in Beebe, the ice was almost 2″ thick. The scariest drive was just on the other side of the Beebe border; but Newport itself, along with Derby Line, had no accumulation.