Friday, February 24, 2012

Heavy wet snow

Highway 20 approaching L'Ile Perrot during the evening commute Friday. (ValleyWX Pic)

The steady wet snow continues to fall in and around Montreal at 8pm this evening with about 10-15cm on the ground here on L'Ile Perrot. Winds have lightened up quite a bit in Montreal down from the 30-40km/h range during the evening commute. They are forecast to increase once again overnight as the storm system passes to our south and off to the east of Montreal with gusts over 50km/h possible. Winds on the backside of the system have increased significantly with gusts up to 80km/h being reported along Lake Erie and Ontario. This includes a gust to 72km/h at Hamilton and close to 70km/h in Toronto. The storm has had far reaching effect with heavy snow in New York and across New England, and severe weather up and down the east coast from New Jersey to Florida. There were reports of tornadoes in the Carolina's and Virginia today. There were even some thunderstorms along the cold front near Albany, NY and into southern Vermont. Meanwhile heavy snow has prompted winter storm warnings for all of southern and eastern Quebec into Atlantic Canada where up to 30cm is forecast on Saturday.

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