Residents made the best of a bad situation after Canada was hit hard with freezing rain in parts of Montreal, Québec, and eastern Ontario this week.
The frozen precipitation transformed several paved roads into non-drivable ice skating rinks.
Instead of remaining stranded, people pulled out their skates. One man named Frederic Girard went viral over the weekend after his friend filmed him gracefully gliding down the street in a Montreal Canadiens hockey team jersey.
Before long, others were following suit and taking advantage of the free outdoor rink.
It wasn’t all fun and games, though, amid the intense weather conditions. According to CTV News, more than 12,000 people were left without power on Tuesday morning, causing a frenzy among work crews that were dispatched to try to restore power as quickly as possible.
There were also a slew of accidents on the slippery roads. The Sûreté du Québec reported approximately 100 collisions and off-road accidents following the storm.
Many people took to social media to warn others to stay indoors and avoid traveling for the sake of their safety.
Local roads are extremely slippery right now due to the freezing rain.— Chateauguay Citizen (@ChateauguayQc) December 26, 2016
Avoid travel if at all possible.
Very slippery on roads. Do not go out unless you have to.— Rob Lurie (@RLurieCTV) December 26, 2016
Although it is unfortunate that the storm caused so much chaos in its wake, it’s refreshing to see some residents were able to find a silver lining by using the frozen roads to their advantage, creating some fun in the process.
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