Monday, December 24, 2012

Quiet Christmas for Montreal - then a big snowstorm

Merry Christmas everyone. Thanks for reading and allowing me to share my passion for weather with all of you. I appreciate your comments and kind words all year long. Why not follow Santa tonight courtesy of NORAD. You can do so HERE.

It will be a quiet 48 hours in Montreal and eastern Ontario through Christmas Day allowing those who need to travel to do so safely. It is also a great opportunity to enjoy the nearly 50cm of snow that has blessed the ski areas north and southeast of the city this Christmas. Enjoy the Holiday and travel safely.

It won't be that way for everyone as a nasty winter storm is forecast to take shape over Colorado and dive into Texas before heading up the Appalachians by Wednesday. This storm will bring a serious threat for severe weather on Christmas Day from Louisiana and Arkansas into Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. There is an elevated risk of tornadoes in this region. On the north side of the system snow is forecast in the Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma. This snow will spread north and arrive in southern Ontario on Boxing Day and finally Montreal by the wee hours of Thursday morning. At this time it looks like a major winter storm for southern Quebec with upwards of 25cm (10 inches) of snow with strong winds and blowing snow for Montreal. Travel will not be advised on Thursday across Eastern Ontario and southern Quebec. There are lots of details to work out still, so look for a Christmas Day update tomorrow morning. One thing is certain, it will be snow. Cold weather is here right into the start of January.

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