- A record Montreal snowstorm brought hazardous winter road conditions a little earlier than expected.
- There have been some reports of accidents.
- Many drivers are still without winter tires.
An overnight snowstorm that blanketed Montreal caused a series of headaches this morning, delaying traffic, flights, and closing schools across the city. The first major snowfall of the year covered Montreal in 20 centimetres of snow. City crews were working overnight to clear the roads and sidewalks of snow. Snow removal operations will begin Wednesday.
The morning commute was treacherous for drivers and several school boards in the Eastern Townships cancelled classes. Schools in Montreal remained open, however.
Along with the snow, Montreal will also experience a cold spell with temperatures reaching around -20 overnight and into Wednesday morning. Many drivers still don't have snow tires and that's creating a bit of havoc on the streets.
The SPVM and the City of Montreal recommend that people avoid using their cars to get around if they don't have winter tires installed. The SAAQ says that drivers could face a $60 fine if they don't drive carefully in winter conditions.
Naturally, people were frustrated this morning and will be throughout the day. Snow removal contracts don't begin until November 15. Mayor Valérie Plante hopes that Montrealers will be patient and said that it's the first time in years the city has seen this much snow this early in November.
In fact, according to YUL Weather Records, it's the first time since 1980 that Montreal has seen this much snow so early in the season. The STM also warned people that bus service might be slowed down on Tuesday and Wednesday.
This morning, on the corner of Gouin and des Sources in Pierrefonds, a light pole fell onto the street and landed on a couple of cars. No one was injured.
In Montreal, only one school was closed as opposed to several in the Eastern Townships. That region got hit a lot harder than Montreal last night, seeing over 25 centimetres of snow.
People are annoyed of course but it's business as usual for winter in Montreal. Unless this is your first winter in Montreal, the conditions should come as no surprise.
Translation: The most American thing you'll see today: a Coca Cola truck stuck in 20cm of snow that fell last night in Montreal.
Drivers should note that some snow removal operations will begin overnight and Wednesday morning. People should be aware that "no parking" signs will be up in some neighbourhoods and should prepare accordingly.
Translation: Montreal triggers snow removal. Watch for the arrival of the parking signs: our teams will be able to clear your street faster. Winter in the city, let's go!
If you're travelling, make sure to check if your flight hasn't been delayed.
Expect to be digging out of the snow these next few days! Be careful on the roads out there, folks.
Translation: Rush hour is going to be tough this morning. If you have to move, make sure your headlights and lights are clear. Slow down and keep your distance. #Prudence on the network.
Take public transit when you can and get those winter boots out! We're in for a loooong week, Montreal.