Environment Canada has issued a "Special Weather Statement" due to the insane wind that is whipping through Montreal and the surrounding areas today.
The winds are expected to reach at least 80 km an hour and the repercussions are blatantly obvious: there's trash everywhere, people are practically getting blown over and visibility is seriously reduced on many major roadways.
TL;DR Wind and blowing snow are whipping through the Montreal and surrounding areas and are expected to reach speeds of at least 80 km per hour. Trash is being strewn throughout the city and roads are rapidly closing due to accidents caused by reduced visibility. Pictures and videos below.
Blowing snow continues to be a major problem across southern Quebec this afternoon, resulting in numerous road closures. Check Transport Quebec @Qc511_Mtl for more details. #qcstorm pic.twitter.com/Q1emW8rdGo
As the tweet above shows, many roads are facing closures due to reduced visibility. The wind has caused blowing snow and there have been several accidents, including the one linked above.
An MTL Blog reader sent the video below to us showing the mass amounts of trash being blown around the outside of their apartment.
Ain’t going out in the wind, my little ass ain’t about to be thrown around
If you've been outside at all today, you know exactly what these Twitter users are talking about...
When I left the metro this morning I was greeted with salt and tiny stones right to my face. Worst.
#Montreal Wind gust above 70km/h (74.1km/h) - Update
The wind in Montreal could drag me two streets away
Not only has the wind been crazy in the city, but it's also been rocking the South Shore since early this afternoon..
Several highways have been closed, in fact, due to "harsh weather conditions."
Outside our front door.
Be safe out there, folks!
not in Montreal pic.twitter.com/1MFynQJU0M
Wind causes blowing snow that can seriously reduce visibility, particularly when you're travelling at highway speeds.
If you could hear this wind in Montreal pic.twitter.com/YiKD8ji9KV
Yesterday in Montreal included rain, freezing rain, periods of sudden, heavy snow, and HAIL. All in the span of maybe 6 hours. Today is crazy wind and blowing snow. Doesn’t feel like spring is anywhere near here either. 🤷♀️
If you live in the city and don't have to commute home today, be grateful! While the wind is fierce, it's a lot less dangerous to be on foot than on the highway.
And, as always, send us your photos and videos of your Montreal moments either on our Facebook or Instagram page @MTLblog.