Snow lovers, rejoice! Snow haters... sorry, have to be the bearer of bad news. It's looking like parts of Southern Quebec could be in for up to 35cm of snow before the weekend arrives, which could make for some very messy driving on Thursday and Friday. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Montreal along with several other regions. Southern Quebec weather has a storm brewing that looks like it will be tracking east out to the Maritimes, as well, after it makes a dump on Montreal.
In Southern Ontario, some regions are only expected to see 5 to 10 cm of "snow and ice pellets," starting Thursday and continuing into Friday.
However, in Southern Quebec it looks as though the snow will start early Thursday morning and continue into Friday bringing between 15-25 cm.
The Eastern Townships, however, are really in for it.
If you've been considering a ski trip lately, this weekend is shaping up to be powder heaven.
Up to 35 cm are expected to fall on the Eastern Townships, making it the perfect weekend to hit the slopes. Some of the best and most accessible skiing in Quebec can be found in this region, so I'm sure folks out there are going to be welcoming the dump!
Regions expected to see up to 35 cm include Brome-Missisquoi, Coaticook, Cookshire, Granby, Waterloo, Lac-Mégantic, Mont-Orford, Lake Memphrémagog, Richmond, Sherbrooke, Thetford Mines and Weedon.
I can think of at least 4 hills — Mont-Orford, Bromont, Owl's Head and Sutton — who are likely embracing this huge incoming dump of snow...
Regions further south may be less pleased, as Environment Canada warns "freezing rain is possible Thursday night and into Friday morning over areas near the American border."
Montreal and surrounding areas, including Châteauguay, La Prairie, Laval, Longueuil, and Varennes, should be safe from the freezing rain and ice pellets, however the immense amounts of snow will likely make travel conditions "difficult," Environment Canada warns.
If skiing isn't your thing, there are still plenty of activities you can partake in this weekend to make the most of the huge snowfall.
I know if I don't manage to make it to the slopes, I'll be up on Mount Royal getting my toboggan on. Plus, there's tubing near the Beaver Pavillion if you don't have your own sled.
Les amis de la montagne also rent out equipment like snowshoes and cross-country skiis, plus they provide instruction so you can go off and explore the mountain on your own... or go with a group and get a guided tour!
You can keep up with Environment Canada's special weather statement by following #QCStorm on Twitter or