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Montreal Is Under A Snowfall Warning & Facing 'Harsh Weather Conditions' This Week​

"There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas." 🌨️

MTL Blog, Associate Editor
​ Pedestrians walking on Monkland Avenue during a snow storm.

Pedestrians walking on Monkland Avenue during a snow storm.

Predictions are that February is going to be brutal, and Montrealers will get a taste of that this week. Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for Montreal and surrounding areas with meteorologists forecasting that the city will be hit with up to 25 cm of precipitation and strong winds, as of Wednesday and through the end of the week.

Blowing snow is of particular concern and the government agency warns that drivers and pedestrians should "prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions." Visibility will likely be reduced having a particular impact on rush hour traffic.

The harshest weather will likely hit on the evening of January 25 and continue through the morning of January 26. An Environment Canada graph shows strong winds and heavy snowfall will make travel in and around Montreal particularly difficult on Thursday morning. The storm will then shift further east, impacting travel in Quebec City well into the afternoon.

Montrealers could face gusting winds of over 40 km/h on Thursday morning, warns MétéoMédia. When most people wake up, there will already be a 15 cm blanket of snow to clear off cars and walkways.

"In the greater metropolitan area, the temperature will favor dry and light snow which will be particularly dangerous," the weather outlet concludes.

The storm is apparently stemming from weather patterns brewing in the Southern U.S., including Texas, Louisiana and Florida, which are all under a severe tornado watch.

Fortunately, Friday through the rest of January is looking sunny (albeit cold) so you can enjoy some clear skies before a frightful February begins.

    Sofia Misenheimer
    MTL Blog, Associate Editor
    Sofia Misenheimer is an Associate Editor for MTL Blog focused on gas prices in Montreal and is based in Montreal, Quebec.
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