Monday, December 10, 2012

Freezing rain for Montreal

Highway 40 in Montreal is at a standstill this morning with a truck on its side at Morgan Road.
In the wee hours of the night at around 2am, Environment Canada here in Quebec finally agreed with all the other forecast offices and amended their forecast. As I suspected from the start, Montreal will have more liquid precipitation than snow, see previous blog entries! The city had anywhere between 3 and 5cm of snow overnight with about 2.5cm here on L'Ile Perrot. The precipitation, at least here at my home, switched over to freezing drizzle around 3am. The same is true across Eastern Ontario where Ottawa is -5C with freezing drizzle.

Snow clearing operations overnight in Montreal. (
A freezing rain warning is in effect this morning region wide. We have freezing drizzle falling at the moment with a temperature sitting at -2C. Another push of moisture is moving into southwest Ontario and will arrive by mid morning. At that time temperatures will likely be above freezing here in metro Montreal as we head to 4C for a high. In any event roads are slushy and slippery with a freezing mist still in the air. Winds are gusty as well in the 40km/h range. Low pressure today will lift northeast from the Great Lakes just north of Montreal with a warm front currently crossing the area. This evening a cold front will usher in much cooler air for the overnight with a low of -9C. Any leftover precipitation will switch to snow flurries so roads may be slick once again tonight.

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