Of course these double-digit temperatures were too good to be true. To the surprise of absolutely no one familiar with the province's spiteful spring meteorological mood swings, Météomédia forecasts a surprise April snow and rain storm in southern Quebec this week. Montreal will be spared the worst of the snowfall "but the northwestern and eastern parts of the province could receive up to 20 cm," Météomédia writes.

Its forecast animation shows the collision of two systems right over Quebec, bringing snow from the west and rain from the south, and maybe even producing a few nasty spots of freezing rain.

Montrealers can expect between 10 and 20 mm of rainfall.

As the new single system moves east Friday, it will also produce strong winds, reaching 70 km/h around the Gaspé peninsula and 50 km/h in and around Montreal.

So, unfortunately, grey skies will blanket the city once again, thwarting whatever springtime temperature gains we've made this past week.

This is what the incoming system looks like:

The weekend forecast for Montreal is slightly more encouraging.

Temperatures won't hit positive double-digits but at least the sun will be out. On Saturday, there will be a high of 6 C.

But the storm will hopefully be winter's final goodbye.

The Weather Network previously forecasted higher than average April temps in southern Quebec and Ontario, writing that "while everyone will see back-and-forth swings in temperature, Western Canada will likely tip to the cold side of normal, while the Great Lakes region to the western Maritimes are expected to be warmer than normal."

We can dream.

Despite incoming warm weather, however, the municipal and provincial governments insist that Montrealers avoid all public gatherings.

Failure to do so is punishable by fines of between $1,000 and $6,000.

Stay tuned for more news.

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