Friday, February 27, 2009
At 9am the front is crossing eastern Ontario southwest towards Sarnia. It is 8C in Windsor and only 0C in Sarnia. That gives you an indication of the rapid drop in temperature that occurs with the passage of the front. In eastern Ontario it is 7C in Kemptville and 10C in Cornwall. Montreal is currently at 5C. Look for temperatures to plummet to -5 to -10C by this evening with any rain changing over to light snow and ending rapidly. Any wet surfaces will freeze quickly, keep this in mind if you are travelling this afternoon in Ontario or tonight in Quebec.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Storm 2 that was being shown by some computer models to become a big weather maker for Montreal is now expected to take a path further east out in the Atlantic Ocean. It should completely miss Montreal but will affect the Maratimes on Sunday. Our weekend weather will be fair and chilly.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
After a sunny day today and quite mild it looks like stormy weather is on the way. The first system is a warm front that is poised to bring Kemptville and Montreal milder air and a little light snow into early tomorrow morning. Just a centimetre or two is possible mixed with some light rain. The sun may even make an appearance in the afternoon with temperatures rising to 6C. That system will be followed by a stronger storm moving north from the Midwest US. This storm will pass to our west on Friday and produce about 10mm of rain with very mild temperatures.
Saturday will be a fair and chilly day before another storm, this one a powerful coastal system moves north along the Atlantic seaboard. This system will follow a path similar to last weeks storm, with the heaviest snow falling to the east and tapering off rapidly as you move west towards Kemptville. Speaking of last weekends storm it was quite a weather maker. Montreal was on the western edge of the coastal storm and we still managed 21cm of snow and several hours of visibility below 1 kilometre. The precipitation fell for over 36 hours with strong winds and low visibility making travel difficult. A major accident near St. Zotique on the 20 closed it for several hours Monday night. The storm was far worse towards the east with portions of Vermont receiving 60cm. In Maine, New Hampshire and New Brunswick over 65cm of heavy wet snow occurred. The fierce winds and heavy snow toppled trees and power lines in Maine with over 140,000 customers without power at the height of the storm (photo above). Crews from as far as Vermont have been called in to help restore power. As of today about 20,000 customers remain in the dark.
Monday, February 23, 2009
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Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
February 18, 2009 — The eastbound lanes of Highway 401 near Summerstown are expected to be closed most of today. Fire fighters are battling a blaze after two transport trucks collided just after 6am this morning. Police say both drivers suffered minor injuries. The O.P.P. say a transport carrying furniture and store products caught fire after colliding with another big rig. Traffic detours are in place as that section of the highway is expected to be closed for a better part of the day.
In addition snow is beginning to fall from Cornwall to Kingston. Road conditions are very changeable. The snow is moving east and should start in Montreal early this afternoon.
Now the details: Low pressure in Illinois will move towards Toronto tonight while a second system takes shape in Tennessee. The two will provide mild air and precipitation to the region. Close to the Great Lakes most of that precipitation will fall as rain. Further north in the Ottawa Valley and Montreal it will be wet snow. The snow will start this afternoon, with the heaviest snow falling this evening before tapering off to showers and flurries by Thursday morning. Winds will be gusty up to 50km/h especially in the St. Lawrence Valley. Travel may be difficult this afternoon and overnight in eastern Ontario and Southwestern Quebec with low visibility and snow covered roads. The same is true across upstate New York and northern Vermont where Winter Weather Advisories are posted. Winter Weather Advisories are issued for 8-15cm of snow or ice for the event.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
This week we will see a return to a more stormy pattern. It has been almost snowless this month after so much of the white stuff in January. Montreal has had only 1.6cm of snow while Ottawa has recorded 1.4cm. This is well below the normal up to February 16th of 43cm and 46cm respectively.
The storm this week will take shape in the Mississippi Valley and move northeast towards Lake Ontario. Plenty of warm air will accompany the system so it will not be an entire snow event. Snow will spread across Ontario and Quebec on Wednesday with about 10-15cm falling from Kemptville and Ottawa east towards Montreal. The snow will then mix with freezing rain and possibly rain by Thursday morning before changing back to snow and ending late Thursday. This system is quite complex so the forecast is subject to change. It will be messy for driving from mid week through Friday so keep this in mind.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Above: The full snow moon sets over Montreal. The best I could do yesterday was this salt truck waiting for the freezing rain to start. Below: AP Photo of Tornado damage in Oklahoma.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
At left: Interstate 94 in North Dakota during freezing rain and fog there yesterday. The same system will affect us today.
The freezing rain is spreading across eastern Ontario this morning and moving into the Ottawa Valley and the St. Lawrence Valley. Look for the rain to overspread the Montreal region by noon. It may be fairly steady for a few hours, with 2-4 mm of ice accumulation expected. All school buses across the eastern Ontario region from Brockville to Ottawa and east to the Quebec border have been cancelled today as a result of the freezing rain. Freezing rain warnings are in effect for all our regions from Kingston and Smiths Falls east towards Montreal and the Laurentians.
Monday, February 09, 2009
Friday, February 06, 2009
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Monday, February 02, 2009
At 7:28am this morning in Punxsutawney, PA for the 123rd year Phil came out and made his prediction. Sadly for those of us who are fed up with winter, the news was not good. Stock up on washer fluid and patience as it looks like another 6 weeks of winter and not an early spring, he saw his shadow.
Meanwhile Sam in Nova Scotia and Wiarton Willie in Ontario are still preparing their predictions. More to follow. The real forecast today is for very mild conditions with highs close to 0C in Kemptville and Montreal.
Sunday, February 01, 2009
Below: The big cleanup continues on the West Island from Wednesday's 25cm.