Thursday, February 09, 2012

Cold weekend on the way

It will be a very mild and pleasant end to the work week today and Friday as high pressure noses into the region from the Ohio Valley. Southwest winds will push the temperature just above the freezing point in Montreal along with abundant sunshine. It will cool only to -5C tonight. Late on Friday a strong cold front will approach southern Ontario and Quebec likely sliding across the St. Lawrence Valley by the early evening hours. The front will be accompanied by gusty winds and some brief heavy snow flurries or squalls. A quick 2-5cm of snow will likely accompany the front followed by a flash freeze up making roads very icy by evening. Along with the snow and wind will be plunging temperatures as the cold air surges into the region. Temperatures will fall into the minus teens by Saturday with a gusty northwest wind. A second front will cross the area late Saturday with a reinforcing shot of Arctic air. Sunday will be sunny, windy and very cold with high temperatures staying in the minus teens and wind chills below -20C. It will warm next week with perhaps some snow by Tuesday.

Above: I thought I would post one more image from the great Northeast Blizzard of 1978. It is a street that many from Montreal and Quebec are familiar with, Ocean Blvd in Hampton Beach during the aftermath of the storm. This link has some great stories HERE.

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