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Eastern Canada ice storm causes delays at Winnipeg airport

Ice is shown on tree branches as Toronto was hit by an ice storm in Toronto Sunday.


Ice is shown on tree branches as Toronto was hit by an ice storm in Toronto Sunday.

Expect flight delays heading east out of Winnipeg today.

Thanks to the severe ice storm that hit Eastern Canada Saturday, flights heading into and coming from markets such as Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal are experiencing delays.

Officials confirm the storm is causing a slight headache and inconvenience for travellers trying to get home for the holidays, so patience and planning is advised.

"What we would advise for people travelling today is to check our website ( before you head out," said Felica Wiltshire, spokeswoman at the Richardson International Airport.

"Check the arrivals and departures. If you’re planning to pick up family at the airport, just double-check to make sure their flight isn’t delayed."

Some flights out of Eastern Canada have been cancelled, while others are seeing delays in the one- to three-hour range.

Most carriers are handling the situation quite well, Wiltshire added.

"We’re noticing that (the ice storm) is affecting flights across the board," she said. "But it’s not too bad. Sometimes, when a major hub like Toronto is experiencing issues, it has a trickle-down effect across the country.

"Our advice is just check our site or the specific airline before you come down. That information is being updated all the time."

Free firewood is offered up by a roadside in Oakville, Ont., Wednesday, Dec.25, 2013. The branches fell from trees damaged during last weekend's ice storm.
A hydro crew from London, Ont. works to remove fallen branches from a power line at a house in Oakville, Ont., Tuesday.
A man steps over downed power lines near Dufferin Grove Park in Toronto on Sunday.
An Air Canada jet is de-iced at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Halifax on Sunday. Much of Eastern Canada has been affected by the adverse weather, with rain, freezing rain and snow disrupting Christmas travel.
People clear snow from around their cars on a street in Montreal on Sunday.
A man walks by trees heavy with ice in Kingston Ont., on Sunday.
A vehicle that was smashed by a falling tree bow near Dufferin Grove Park is covered in ice in Toronto on Sunday.
John Szacs scrapes the ice off his car near Dufferin Grove Park in Toronto on Sunday.
A power line lies tangled in a broken tree branch on a residential street in Toronto on Sunday.
Icicles hang from a downed power line on a residential street in Toronto Sunday. Over 250,000 people face up to 72 hours without electricity after a heavy storm.
An ice-covered statue of Al Waxman is seen in Toronto's Kensington Market Sunday.
A downed power line is tangled up with a fallen branch near Toronto's Trinity Bellwoods Park Sunday.
Pedestrians navigate a closed-off Soudan Ave. in Toronto after an ice storm caused havoc, knocking down trees and power lines in much of the city on Sunday.
A pedestrian ducks under a frozen tree on S. Clair Ave. in Toronto after an ice storm caused havoc and cut power to much of the city on Sunday.
Ice is seen on tree branches in Toronto Sunday.
Ice-covered tree limbs block a road in northern Toronto Sunday.

Updated on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 12:04 AM CST: Adds slide show.

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