Friday, November 20, 2009

Weekend Forecast

An active but fairly weak weather pattern is upon us this Friday morning. A frontal system has produced some rain and drizzle this morning in Montreal. This will slowly taper to showers for the balance of the day. Strong southwest winds will develop along and ahead of the associated cold front and will produce gusts up to 70km/h in the St. Lawrence Valley by noon. Skies will remain cloudy tonight and most of Saturday before high pressure gives us a clear and cool night Saturday. Sunday at this time looks sunny before another system moves of the Atlantic Coast. Temperatures this weekend will be near normal with highs near 5 or 6C and lows just below freezing. Any fog that forms Saturday night could freeze on surfaces, keep this in mind when driving. This week, ice fog in Montreal resulted in several serious accidents. SLOW DOWN!
The system that is currently taking shape along the Gulf Coast will be another decent storm for the eastern seaboard. At this time the system is forecast to move along the gulf this weekend and up the east coast of the U.S. on Monday. Montreal will remain on the extreme western flank of the precipitation. From 1-3 inches of rain is expected along the track with gusty winds and high surf, but nowhere near as bad as Ida was last week. However keep in mind that tremendous damage was done to the dunes and beaches, and any high surf is causing problems in the Carolina's north to New Jersey, especially the Outer Banks.

More information on this storm over the weekend. Be safe.

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