Incoming Winter Storm To Dump Freezing Rain & 20 cm Of Snow On Montreal This Week
Just when it started to feel like spring...
- A Special Weather Statement has been issued by Environment Canada that impacts nearly all of Southern Quebec.
- The incoming storm has the potential to bring snow, freezing rain and near-zero visibility due to strong winds.
- For details of the statement and the Montreal weather forecast for this week, take a look below.
Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement due to the weird Montreal weather headed our way this week. As of right now, this is not a sure warning of weather to come, due to the unpredictable nature of the incoming system, but is a notice that Montreal and much of Southern Quebec could be in for some nasty weather, including a winter storm that looks like it will arrive on Wednesday of this week.
According to Environment Canada, a "major low pressure system from the United States will affect Southwestern Quebec beginning Wednesday," and it's looking like it will spread, heading eastward through to Friday.
This low pressure is apparently threatening to bring "heavy snow over most areas, with amounts upwards of 15 centimetres that could reach 25 centimetres over some areas."
But it gets worse.
That snow is going to "quickly change to rain over Extreme Southern Quebec late Wednesday with the risk of freezing rain during the changeover."
Take a look at the areas affected across Quebec as well as Montreal's weekly forecast below.
In addition to the snow, Environment Canada is warning that this storm will be accompanied by strong winds that will result in "blowing snow over exposed areas."
Above you can see just how far-reaching this storm is threatening to be, as nearly all of Southern Quebec is currently under this Special Weather Statement, as noted by the areas in grey.
The areas highlighted in red above, namely Beauce, Montmagny, L'Islet and Quebec City are currently under a Smog Warning, but are included in the Special Weather Statement, as well.
Below is the weekly forecast for Montreal, where you can see the snow/rain mix slated for Wednesday and Thursday.
Environment Canada notes, "as the system nears and its track becomes more precise in the next few days, further information will be communicated."
When this information arrives, we will also keep you updated as to how this storm plays out and if it will continue into Friday or the weekend.
For now, Environment Canada is warning drivers that they should "expect poor driving conditions due to low visibility and quickly accumulating snow or water on roads. Motorists should consider advancing or postponing their travel plans."
You can see the full Special Weather Statement here.