Thursday, January 12, 2012

Storm 2 on the way

Snow clearing in Ottawa today (Ottawa Citizen)

Low pressure tonight near Cape Cod was responsible for the largest snowfall of the season here in Montreal. Snow started early this morning and has since tapered off to just a few flurries. Around 10 to 12cm of snow fell on Montreal along with gusty winds up to 50km/h. Roads were snow covered in the metro region and traffic moved very slowly. While a freezing rain warning was posted for Montreal, most of the icy precipitation remained southwest of the city along the southern St. Lawrence Valley. Ice accumulated up to 1/2 inch in places knocking down trees and some power lines from Brockville to Kingston. The ice caused havoc on the roads on both sides of the border with travel not advised for a period in Jefferson, Franklin and St. Lawrence Counties in New York. In Ontario numerous accidents forced the closure of the 401 east of Kingston at Joyceville Road.

At this time a winter weather advisory remains posted for southwest Quebec, northern New York and Vermont excluding the Champlain Valley for more snow, freezing rain and gusty winds starting overnight and lasting until late in the evening on Friday. The second storm, currently over Lake Huron, will slide across southern Quebec on Friday while deepening. Strong winds up to 60km/h from the northwest will cause blowing snow Friday across southern Quebec and usher in much colder air. The temperature will rise to 0C overnight and then fall to -11C by late Friday night. Another 10-15cm of snow is likely across portions of the region with 5-10cm in Montreal and Ottawa. More freezing rain is falling tonight in Ontario including Ottawa, as a result travel remains tricky.

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