Sunday, December 27, 2009

Unsettled week ahead

The most recent rain and freezing rain event appears to be ending across the region with just light drizzle and fog left behind. Most region had an impressive 20 to 30mm of rain and freezing rain with more locally. Hundreds of accidents were reported on icy roads and there were isolated power outages and a few minor transformer fires in the Ottawa Valley. The problem this morning is huge puddles everywhere as the snow blocks drainage paths and the new rain and ice pools on roads. This will become problematic late Monday as an arctic front roars through the region with dropping temperatures. Speaking of that front it will drop a quick 5-10cm of snow in many regions of Ontario, Quebec, New York and Vermont accompanied by dropping temperatures and strong winds. It could be interesting travelling Monday across the area so keep that in mind. Despite all the precipitation that has fallen, today may be the better day of the next three for travel in Ontario and Quebec. In addition to the frontal snow, the lake machine will rev up again with the potential for significant squalls south and east of Lakes Huron, Erie and Ontario. That would include portions of the St. Lawrence Valley for a spell late Monday and early Tuesday from Brockville to Kingston. I will update this event later today. For the short term the ice is over and conditions are improving. Montreal is currently cloudy and 2C.

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