Environment Canada Warning: Montreal To Be Hit By Extreme Blowing Snow

It’s Thursday, which means we’re far enough into the week to warrant yet another weather alert for Montreal. 

This time around, Environment Canada is issuing a “Snow Squall Watch” for the Montreal area

In the words of the government body in charge of coordinating environmental policies and alerts, “a cold front will sweep across these regions late this afternoon or this evening.”

Environment Canada then warns that “snow squalls could accompany this front and significantly reduce visibilities” due to all the blowing snow. 

And, in case you were wondering, “snow squalls” are essentially just that, blowing snow. 

Or, to be more precise, “a sudden moderately heavy snow fall with blowing snow and strong, gusty surface winds” according to the U.S. National Weather Service. 

Don’t take the Snow Squall Alert lightly, however, as Environment Canada says the blowing snow could “suddenly” reduce visibilities to “near zero.” s

But it’s not just blowing snow covering up your windshield you need to be worried about. 

Apparently, after the cold front has passed, “temperatures will fall gradually, but significantly,” says Environment Canada. 

The sharp drop in temperatures could result in ice patches, making travel even more treacherous.