If you were forced to leave your house this weekend, you were probably hit with the harsh Ontario weather that plagued much of the province. Thankfully, the storm has, for the most part, left most of southern Ontario on Monday. However, that doesn’t mean that it didn’t leave its mark. Hours of freezing rain and over 20 millimetres of ice build-up in areas such as Shelburne and Hopeville resulted in a collage of surreal Twitter posts depicting an icy tundra on Monday morning.
Hydro One also reported on Sunday that more than 11,000 of its customers went without power, a large chunk which were residents of Kincardine and the northern GTA.
Toronto road closures were also set in place due to flooding on Saturday, and officials were forced to shut down the southbound Don Valley Parkway from Bloor Street to the Gardiner Expressway.
An onslaught of freezing temperatures on Sunday quickly turned Saturday’s flooding into an icy nightmare.
It was so bad that some areas of the province looked as though they had entered a second ice age, and anyone caught outside was forced to take cautious steps as not to slip.
In fact, the storm was so icy that Ontarians couldn't help but take some photos to showcase just how brutal the storm actually was.
Popsicles Branches For Days
Ice Storm in Shelburne Ontario! https://t.co/5n4eLWopYY— James Sinko (@James Sinko)1578811733.0
I don't know about you, but I prefer when mother nature doesn't take making popsicles into her own hands.
So Much Ice
The Shelburne, Ontario area got hit hard by this weekend's #icestorm Here are some images taken this afternoon.… https://t.co/PQFw07AHQL— Michael Donly (@Michael Donly)1578887120.0
Nothing says "don't get out of your car" like a frozen road sign on an icy road.
Arctic Tundra Vibes
From Belwood, Ontario. The freezing rain has switched over to snow/ ice pellets 🥶 Anyone else who is experiencing t… https://t.co/BNP0OmUbfR— Codi (@Codi)1578825018.0
I think we all agree to file "Arctic Tundra Vibes" as something we never want to experience in Ontario ever again.
When It Rains, It Pours
New Hamburg flooding https://t.co/YEhPcQEunP— Nate Leis (@Nate Leis)1578838075.0
Maybe it's time to grab your canoe! Some roads were completely covered in water across Ontario as the storm continued to press on.
Frozen Trees Everywhere
#ONStorm https://t.co/cIli18HblY— Janina Lucci (@Janina Lucci)1578840997.0
If anyone ever asks you to go out for brunch when the forecast calls for freezing rain, just show them a picture of this. Enough said.
Many scenes like this around The Shelburne area this morning. #ONStorm https://t.co/me2A3iMdlN— Brad Lemaich (@Brad Lemaich)1578839349.0
I think Shelbourne should get ultimate complaining rights for this storm. Broken branches could be seen across the area as trees froze over.
Seriously, Those Poor Trees
Extensive tree damage in the Shelburne area! #ONStorm #onwx #IceStorm2020 https://t.co/8BtlPXoIdM— David Piano (@David Piano)1578838534.0
If you ever wondered what's the bad side of rapidly freezing an entire tree, this is it.
It Looks Like Narnia
@weathernetwork close to 24 hours later...ice pellets on the freezing rain and now snow. Again, may the winds not b… https://t.co/rrrZkbVeZQ— Kimberley Briggs (@Kimberley Briggs)1578843897.0
All we need is a jolly goat-man and we are set!
"Whoops," Downed Power Lines
Whoops. Power lines lying low entangled a plow south of Shelburne. @weathernetwork #onstorm https://t.co/dxQsN4amap— Mark Robinson (@Mark Robinson)1578846123.0
Downed powerlines would explain the reason why many were left without power during the weekend storm.
So Much Water
Took these photo's at the Egerton Street bridge in #LondonOntario around 1:30pm on Sunday, January 12th 2020 to sho… https://t.co/9JltrMN7Cm— Occupy WSIB (@Occupy WSIB)1578856687.0
Have you ever wondered what an entire month's rainfall would do to the province if it all fell on one day?
Now, That's Just Unsettling
Damage in Shelburne #ONStorm https://t.co/AVaZOWJvW3— Tricia Moon 🎵🎹🎶 (@Tricia Moon 🎵🎹🎶)1578857229.0
Here's a tip on how to make a forest extra creepy — layer it with ice.
Imagine Warming Up Those Cars
@cstclair1 The view from the Silver Dart Arena in Petawawa, Ontario, January, 12, 2020. 8am during a big storm https://t.co/KzN66Lm828— Andrew Riddell 🇨🇦 (@Andrew Riddell 🇨🇦)1578886076.0
You might want to grab an extra pair of mitts because it looks like you got some scraping to do.
A Relaxing Day In The Park
Well, at least the geese are having a good time!
Let's Shoot Some Hoops!
Canadian basketball, First basket wins!!! #IceStorm #OnStorm #CanadianBasketball #Basketball https://t.co/NjNqU4bSCF— Kriztoper 🇨🇦🏳️🌈 (@Kriztoper 🇨🇦🏳️🌈)1578868476.0
If you're trying to be active during this harsh weather, you might want to pick a different sport.