Photo cred - Alistair Howard
Don't get too pleased the temperature is rising above the zero mark today, because with slightly warmer weather comes a whole new kind of weather woe. With the skies to warm to produce snow, but still cold enough to effect precipitation, the Montreal area has been issues an official freezing rain warning from Environment Canada.
According to Environment Canada'sonline alert, "ice build-up due to freezing rain is expected or occurring" caused by a warm front hitting Quebec's southern border this morn.
Freezing rain is expected to persist along the St. Lawrence River, with strong northeasterly winds ushering in a lot of cold air close to ground level, which creates ideal conditions for freezing rain. About 2 to 10mm of freezing rain is predicted, and is expected to continue into tomorrow/Christmas eve.
A second insurgence of warm air is expected to come in from the Gulf of Mexico on Christmas, which will then cause even more rain to fall. Temperatures will likely be around 10 degrees, so its likely this will just be rain of the regular variety, and not the freezing kind.
As you're probably already aware, "freezing Rain Warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces," so be certain to drive extra careful on icy/slippery roads, or when walking on the sidewalk.
Are you looking for more? Click here for 10 Ways A Montrealer Can Survive Any Slippery Wintery Situation >
For more on all things Montreal, follow Michael on Twitter @MDAlimonte