(Montreal) Freezing rain alerts were issued Tuesday morning by Environment Canada for several regions of southwestern Quebec, but those of Montreal, the Laurentians to Mont-Laurier, Lanaudière and part of Montérégie should be the most affected.

10 to 20 millimeters of ice will fall in these regions starting Wednesday morning and throughout the day. Surfaces will become icy and slippery, and the federal agency adds that tree branches and electrical cables could break under the weight of the ice.

In the Outaouais, Estrie and Centre-du-Québec regions, 5 to 10 millimeters of ice should accumulate. In Mauricie, Quebec and the Chaudière-Appalaches region, freezing rain is also expected, but the quantities were not yet determined Tuesday morning.

In most areas, northeasterly winds of 40 kilometers per hour gusting to 60 kilometers per hour will accompany the freezing rain.

Environment Canada announces a significant rise in temperatures for Thursday.