Environment Canada Is Now Warning Against All Travel In Southern Quebec As Roads Become "Extremely Hazardous"
Unless you plan on taking your dogsled, traveling this weekend is going to be a slippery mess.
This winter (or fall, really) started out as such a beautiful, snowy wonderland. I was so happy. But now, it’s clear we won’t be getting a white Christmas this year. Not only are we having a weekend that essentially feels like, but Environment Canada is now also telling people in Quebec it might not be safe to travel.
The warning covers most of southern Quebec, including the Montreal metro area.
TL;DR Environment Canada is warning people in Quebec that it might not be safe to travel, seeing as we're supposed to get a mess of freezing rain, regular rain, and snow dumped on us for the next three days.
Massive freezing rain warning in effect from the Ottawa Valley through the southern half of Quebec. Environment Canada calling for 10-20mm of ice near and just north of Montreal but I don't buy it. 1-3mm freezing rain more likely then all rain Friday. pic.twitter.com/rPJGsEs85h— Anthony Farnell (@AnthonyFarnell) December 20, 2018
The warning is in part because we can expect freezing rain coming in this evening followed by heavy rain and potentially some snow to top it all off. This weather is travelling in from the north of Quebec as a result of an abundance of moisture coming in from the Gulf of Mexico.
All this messy moisture is going to make for terrible road conditions, not to mention treacherous sidewalks and some dangerous airport runways.
Environment Canada is saying roads could become "extremely hazardous" and, as of this afternoon, "travel is not recommended.” The trajectory of this miserable weather begins in Southwestern Quebec and will move toward Central Quebec in the middle of the night. The eastern parts of the province will catch their share tomorrow morning.
While it seems like fun to have spring temperatures in December, the result is really just, and that’s looking like what Friday will shape up to be. Rain.
Saturday is going to have its share of snow but, again, it will be mixing with rain, guaranteed to cause a slushy, slippery mess.
To quote @cbchh: A "Triumvirate Of Trouble" weather-wise! 3 Lows = Alerts from EC stretch across every province this morning! https://t.co/VRnRbze8MX NL warnings should ease by this aft as winds ease off. #Freezing #rain threat for #Ottawa & #Montreal & #Regina amongst others. pic.twitter.com/pHiV6nif2V— Chris Murphy TWN (@MurphTWN) December 20, 2018
To top it all off, Environment Canada has also released a smog warning for Montreal. They believe it is likely due to an increase in the use of wood-burning fireplaces. The smog should dissipate at the end of this evening once the rain kicks in.
Read the entire Environment Canada warning here!