Tuesday, December 18, 2012

More snow for Montreal

Large wet snowflakes are falling on L'Ile Perrot this morning. (ValleyWX)
The radar is lit up like a Christmas tree this morning as those big wet flakes in Montreal show up rather well. It has been snowing for the last couple of hours having changed over from rain here on L'Ile Perrot at about 5am. We are sitting right at the freezing point, 0C (32F) as are most locations across the St. Lawrence Valley and to our north. Just south of the city it is rain and temperatures in the 1 to 3C (33-38F) range. Low pressure will move from western New York down the St. Lawrence Valley today with lots of moisture. Most of that will fall in the form of wet snow from Montreal north and west and rain from the city south. Those places that see snow, could see a fair amount  therefore a snowfall warning is in effect for the northern metro areas of the city with winter storm warnings for the Laurentians and Quebec City. Amounts will generally be in the 10 to 25cm range (4 to 10 inches). The snow will mix with rain at times in the city which could limit the final totals.
Snow clearing on Monday in Kirkland, Quebec. (ValleyWX)
Yesterday was quite a wintry day in the Montreal with a persistent northeast wind keeping the precipitation as freezing rain or snow. About 10cm of snow fell in many areas of the city. As it stands my entire neighborhood is white so at least here we are in line for snow cover on Christmas Day. It will turn mild with rain by Friday as another very strong storm heads for the region. However dropping temperatures, wind and snow will develop by late Friday into Saturday, so if you have travel plans be sure to stay tuned to later forecasts.

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