- After countless officials in Quebec made announcements to postpone Halloween, we now have some serious weather Warnings from Environment Canada.
- Several regions will be seeing rain, wind and snow in Quebec today and into tomorrow morning.
- Take a look at the regions affected below.
Yes, it's true, Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante has decided to postpone Halloween thanks to the incoming Quebec weather that has Environment Canada issuing Rainfall and Snowfall warnings for countless regions across the province.
This province-wide storm track that is headed east and right for Quebec has caused several towns to consider postponing Halloween tonight, October 31st, for tomorrow, Friday, November 1st, instead.
I can't help but feeling like... shouldn't we do this every year that Halloween isn't on a Friday? Wouldn't we all be better off if, like May 2-4 weekend, we just held it on whatever date was actually most convenient? I guess I inadvertently got my wish this year, although I can't say I'm excited about this incoming weather.
Particularly because there are a handful of regions in Southern Quebec that may also see snow tonight, though it seems Montreal will be spared that special kind of suffering.
But regardless of snow, it looks like the entire province is in for some serious wind and rain, which is why Environment Canada has issued these warnings for the regions below.
Below is a map of the country, provided by Environment Canada, that shows areas which are currently under some kind of weather watch or warning.
The yellow signifies a Weather Watch... but that swath of red across Southern Quebec? That's for a Weather Warning... which is what we are currently under in Montreal, as well as many of the surrounding areas.
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Below is a list of the regions that are currently under some kind of Weather Warning in Quebec, along with what kind of weather Environment Canada is warning for in the region:
- Abitibi - Snowfall
- Baie-Comeau - Rainfall
- Beauce - Rainfall
- Blanc-Sablon - Rainfall
- Charlevoix - Rainfall
- Chevery - Rainfall
- Chibougamau - Snowfall
- Drummondville - Bois-Frain - Rainfall & Wind
- Eastern Townships - Rainfall
- Kamouraska - Rivière-du-Loup - Trois-Pistoles - Rainfall
- La Véendrye wildlife Reserve - Snowfall
- Lachute - Saint- Jérôme - Rainfall & Wind
- Lanaudière - Rainfall & Wind
- The Laurentians & The Wildlife Reserve - Rainfall
- Les Escoumins - Forestville - Rainfall
- Manicouagan River - Snowfall
- Matane - Rainfall
- Mauricie - Rainfall & Wind
- Metro Montreal - Laval - Rainfall & Wind
- Minganie - Rainfall
- Montmagny - L'Islet - Rainfall & Wind
- Natashquan - Rainfall
- PArent - Gouin Reservoir - Snowfall
- Québec - Rainfall & Wind
- Richelieu Valley - Saint-Hyacinthe - Rainfall & Wind
- Rimouski - Mont-Joli - Rainfall
- Saguenay - Rainfall
- Sept-Îles - Port-Cartier - Rainfall
- Témiscamingue - Snowfall
- Témiscouata - Rainfall
- Vaudreuil - Soulanges - Huntingdon - Rainfall & Wind
Regions with snowfall warnings are expected to see anywhere from 15 to 25 centimetres of snow today and into Friday.
Below is a tweet sent out yesterday by Environment Canada showing the storm tracking into the province, along with the expected rainfall amounts.
In their Warning for Metro Montreal and Laval, Environment Canada explains that heavy rain is expected and that the ground, which is "already near saturation" may not be able to absorb more rainfall, meaning flooding is possible.
They also anticipate that "a total of 50 to 80 millimetres of rain is expected," in Montreal in particular, by Friday morning.
There is also a Wind Warning in effect, with "southwesterly winds" that will "reach up to 90 kilometres per hour beginning Friday morning."
Above is the weekend forecast for Montreal, which shows that by Friday evenings the rain should have subsided, meaning that if we are postponing Halloween, it could be for the best.
And, it looks like we're in for a pretty nice weekend, too.
Stay safe and dry out there, Québeckers!