Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy 2010

Above: Cleaning the snow on Ile Perrot today.
Below: AP Photo of the NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park in Boston.

Happy New Year...year 6 of my weather blog and year 31 of keeping weather data is underway.

Today was quite snowy across the region with a good 4 to 7cm accumulating here on Ile Perrot. The snow was very light and fluffy. The reason for this snow is a low pressure trough draped across the region. The main pulse of energy will move off the New England coast tonight and join forces with a developing storm east of Maine. This low pressure area will retrograde into the Gulf of Maine on Saturday before moving back east out to sea. The result will be steady snow late Saturday into Sunday morning. Winter Storm Watches have been hoisted for Vermont and all of upstate New York including the counties bordering our regions. No watches on this side of the border at this time. It appears the snow will remain light but steady for Montreal. By the time the weekend ends a good 15-30cm will accumulate across the area. Winds will pick up as well gusting to 50km/h especially in the Quebec City region. Travel may become difficult late Saturday in snow and blowing snow.

This has been a very changeable forecast and a storm that has not followed any of the rules, so things may still change yet. We should know more by tomorrow morning.

• The NHL Winter Classic was played at historic Fenway Park in Boston today. Despite predictions of stormy weather, it remained calm and mild during the game with near perfect conditions. Over 38,000 fans watched the Bruins beat the Flyers 2-1 in overtime. It was quite the event to watch at the old ballpark.

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