Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Still mild in Montreal

Deep low pressure remains north of the St. Lawrence Valley this morning with mild air in place in Montreal. We are well above normal at 3C this morning and L'Ile Perrot was as warm as 6C overnight (43F). Needless to say lots of melting is occurring, at least in the city. There remains plenty of icy spots around in residential areas and many parking lots. Ice was a problem also this morning north of Montreal across the Laurentians where may schools are closed for the day. The weather will slowly improve today with dropping temperatures to around 0C by days end and perhaps a few flurries or snow showers. Winds will be gusty out of the west, but no real cold air is on the horizon. It will drop to -6C tonight and remain there on Wednesday, but that is normal for late January. The next threat for precipitation will occur overnight Thursday and early Friday.

Above: Storm damage in Alabama on Monday (The Birmingham News)

Yesterday's storm had a nasty cold front that brought a rare January round of severe weather to the southern US. Alabama was particularly hard hit once again with over 200 homes destroyed, 100 injuries and 2 fatalities. Every county in the state is under a disaster declaration for storm damage. The storm that hit Clay, Alabama in the wee hours of the morning was an EF-3 according to the National Weather Service, very strong at any time - let alone at night in January.

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