|Above: Images from the historic snowstorm. (CJAD & The Montreal Gazette)|
|Plowing Boulevard Perrot on Thursday afternoon. (ValleyWeather)|
We managed to break three records in one day at Trudeau Airport on Thursday. The snow fell from about 4am to 4pm so in 12 hours we set a new 24 hour record, monthly record and all time record. The previous day record was 37.8cm set in 1969. The monthly record was 41.2cm set in 2005 and finally the big one the all time snow record of 43.2cm set in March 1971 was broken late in the day as we reached 45cm of snow. This brings our monthly snow totals, in what had been a dry fall, up to 81cm. On average December sees about 48cm of snow in Montreal. Other snow totals included 33cm at Brockville, 27cm at Kemptville, and up to 53cm south of the city towards Champlain, New York. For comparison, I measured 40cm (14 inches) on my driveway here on L'Ile Perrot. I could not find a location that was not affected by the wind. I have drifts in my backyard three feet high!
This morning it is calm and chilly but the precipitation is over as the low moves into Nova Scotia. It will be a partly cloudy day in Montreal with temperatures steady near -4C. Another Nor'Easter will move off the coast of Cape Cod on Saturday with another 2-4cm of snow possible for Montreal. Beyond that we get a bit of a break before a strong cold front arrives New Years Eve, and we start 2013 on the cold side.