Winter is just around the corner and even if you're lamenting the loss of warm sunny days, you can't deny that Montreal knows how to do winter right. From our Christmas markets and extreme weather to our snowy slopes and outdoor rinks, winter in the city is truly magical.
But even though we'relooking forward to winter, we really wanted to hear what you all think. So, we took to Instagram and asked "what are you looking forward to the most about winter?" And you folks didn't disappoint!
We collected close to 200 replies and even though we asked for serious answers only, a lot of you gave us some silly ones. But we forgive you, because one of you reminded us of the simple, yet chaotic pleasure of watching cars slide down an icy hill.
EPIC! Crazy Car Pileup in Montreal. Bus Police and Snowplow!
Here's what Montrealers just like you are looking forward to the most this winter.
An overwhelming number of you were most excited about Christmas and all Christmas-related things. We're talking twinkle lights, we're talking jingle bells, we're talking holiday markets, gift-giving, elves and even Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Montreal LOVES Christmas. And is it any wonder why? This city bloody knows how to do Christmas right and goes all out on the holiday cheer.
Love it or hate it, you're gonna see some snow in Montreal this winter (you might even be seeing some right now!). But honestly, it seems like most of you quite enjoy the snow and all the snowy activities that you can enjoy.
A few newcomers to the city said they're looking forward to seeing it covered in white for the first time.
Some of you seem to only hate snow because it makes you look cool.
So our suggestion is to embrace the fluffy stuff and take full advantage of it. Up for a bit of sledding?
While you could theoretically do it all year round, there's something special about ice skating in the winter.
It's one of the most quintessential winter experiences and makes for a perfect date. Montreal is silly with beautiful outdoor skating rinks too, which is probably why so many of you picked skating as your favourite winter activity.
Mother Nature is starting the week off with a bang for Montrealers, with 15 to 25 centimetres of snow expected on Monday.
This heavy load of snow coming our way led Environment Canada to issue a winter storm warning for various parts of the province, including Châteauguay - La Prairie area, Laval area, Longueuil - Varennes area, and Montréal Island area.
The federal government department warned that "the snow combined with strong northeasterly winds will give near zero visibilities in blowing snow over these regions," so driving could be difficult to navigate today because of the copious amounts of snow on surfaces and the difficulty in vision by it blowing all around.
In a press release on Sunday, Quebec's Ministry of Transportation also warned locals about the "strong winds and cold temperatures" making their way to different regions in the province.
Being extra cautious on the roads is heavily advised. "Drivers will need to exercise caution and adjust their driving to the sometimes changing road conditions on any given stretch of road. Drivers are also encouraged to postpone non-essential travel."
But, rest assured that Ministry of Transportation crews will be working in full force today to do their best to reduce the impact of the winter storm.
The poor weather conditions are expected to continue into the evening. So if you don't have to leave the house today, it may be best not to.
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As if we weren't suffering enough from the bitter cold and semi-lockdown, Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement as a winter storm approaches Quebec.
The system could dump as much as 25 cm of snow on parts of the province through Monday, according to the federal weather agency. The Weather Network, meanwhile, predicts totals could reach 30 cm.
Environment Canada says a low-pressure system is set to gain strength as it moves up the U.S. East Coast on Sunday and Monday and could become a "significant" weather event by the time it crosses the border.
The band between Gatineau and the Charlevoix region could get the most snow, while areas south of the Saint Lawrence River could see a mix of snow, rain and freezing rain, according to the forecast.
Strong winds could further reduce visibility. The Weather Network expects "hefty impacts to travel."
Low temperatures on Saturday have also prompted Environment Canada to issue a series of extreme cold warnings for regions north of the Saint Lawrence River.
In the Parent and Gouin Reservoir areas of northern Mauricie, for example, Environment Canada says windchill values will be between -38 and -43 Saturday night into Sunday morning.
In Montreal, the Saturday afternoon windchill value is -31 with a daily high of -18 and a low of -22. Sunday isn't much better, according to the forecast, with a high of -17, a low of -18 and a morning windchill value of -32.
Montreal, you've almost made it through another doozy of a week. But don't fret because another week means another weekend. The weekend is an opportunity to do fun things that can cheer you up and make you feel better about the world, but in order to find them, you actually need to leave your apartment.
So get your butt off the couch. Might we recommend showering? And then try one of these activities! Whatever you're up to this weekend, here's hoping it brings some light back into your life.
Take Advantage Of The Last Free Weekend To Visit The McCord
Address: McCord Museum, 690, rue Sherbrooke O., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: To celebrate its 100th birthday, one of Montreal's favourite museums gifted us 100 days of free admission, which comes to an end this week. Take advantage of free art, culture and Montreal history while you still can!
Why You Need To Go: Parc Jean Drapeau offers some of the coolest winter activities, like cross-country skiing, sledding, a skating trail and more, proving to the world that no one does winter quite like Montreal!
A man was found dead inside an encampment in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce as Montreal temperatures dipped well into the negative double digits.
SPVM spokesperson Véronique Comtois said police received a call at around 6:00 p.m. Monday evening to check on the health of an unhoused individual near rue Saint-Jacques and highway 20 in Montreal's Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood.
Officers found the man unconscious in what Comtois described as a small shelter. She said he was in a state of hypothermia.
The man was brought to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The SPVM says the coroner has taken over the investigation into the cause of death.
Preliminary information suggests the man had lived in the area for years, Comtois said.
Environment Canada has issued extreme cold warnings for much of southern Quebec. In areas south and east of Montreal, it's expected to feel like -38 with windchill.
In the metropolis itself, the forecast calls for a high of -19 C with a windchill between -33 and -28 on Tuesday.
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