Friday, January 04, 2013
We have a much milder morning underway in southern Quebec as compared with 24 hours ago. Here on L'Ile Perrot the mercury is at a balmy -12C, compared with the -25C we had yesterday morning around this time. This is the warmest it has been in the last 24 hours. We have a cold front off to our northwest with radar showing some pretty potent snow showers and squalls along it. A snow squall watch has been issued for western portions of Quebec down to the Ottawa Valley. If these hold together they may reach Montreal later this morning. Before that we can expect partly cloudy skies with temperatures continuing to rise to near -2C. Look for only 2-4cm of snow with the frontal passage along with some gusty winds, especially here in the St. Lawrence Valley. Southwest winds may gust as high as 70km/h here in Montreal. Skies will clear out by morning with a chilly Saturday expected under sunny skies and steady temperatures around -9C. On Sunday a similar system as that of today will bring another round of light snow with moderating temperatures. Into next week it looks like milder air will try to invade the region by weeks end with perhaps a more potent storm system. This system will bring milder air with the risk of snow and freezing rain and even rain for some regions.