Saturday, December 29, 2012

More snow for Montreal

Clearing the snow on L'Ile Perrot. (Valley Weather Photo).
A deepening coastal storm near the Outer Banks is expected to lift north and east towards Cape Cod later this afternoon and then into Atlantic Canada. This system will bring a decent snowstorm to portions of southern New England along with near blizzard conditions over sections of western Nova Scotia and southeast New Brunswick as well as PEI. Montreal and southern Quebec as well as eastern Ontario will remain on the western edge of this system with snow expected to develop this afternoon and taper off by Sunday morning  Accumulations of 5cm are forecast for Montreal with as much as 10cm along the US border and in the Eastern Townships. Winds will increase out of the northeast today up to 30km/h, and along with the fresh snow, this may cause some visibility issues. In addition to the snow, it will be cold with highs of only -9C and cold windchill values in the minus teens. On Sunday as the storm pulls into Atlantic Canada, look for strong northwest winds between 30-50km/h over southern Quebec, producing considerable blowing and drifting snow along highways off island. This may make travel less than comfortable. It will however be sunny, but cold. On Monday another arctic front will introduce more cold weather along with some snow late in the day. That will be followed by the coldest air so far this winter with lows possibly colder than -20C in southern Quebec by New Years Day.

Digging out: the cleanup continues in Montreal. (The Montreal Gazette).

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