Monday, February 11, 2013

From the Blizzard of 2013 to rain & ice

Coastal damage in Nova Scotia from the Blizzard of 2013
The snow is over as the Blizzard of 2013 has swept into the North Atlantic this morning. In its wake we have damaged coastal infrastructure, thousands without power and 1-3 feet of snow from Ontario and southern Quebec across New England, Atlantic Canada and finally Newfoundland. Montreal remained on the northern edge of the storm with 15-25cm (6-10 inches ) across the city. Power is slowly being restored to the nearly 1 million customers that lost it, including 650,000 in New England. Utility crews from across the region, including 65 teams from Hydro Quebec are in New England helping to restore power. So far more than half have been brought back on the grid.

The storm took a parting shot at Newfoundland yesterday with heavy snow and hurricane force winds up to 145km/h. The snow fell fast and furious with 53cm recorded at Gander.

Abandoned cars remained on Sunday morning as the clean up continued on the Long Island Expressway in New York. (AP Photo)
This morning we await the next system, a low pressure area moving across the central Great Lakes. It will produce snow and wind across Minnesota, Wisconsin and into northwest Ontario. Montreal and eastern Ontario will remain on the warm side of the storm with light snow and freezing rain changing to rain this afternoon. We are currently at -10C but will warm above freeing to 2C (36F) by late this afternoon. Freezing rain warnings are in effect for the Ottawa Valley and eastern Ontario as well as points north of Montreal. School bus service for the second consecutive work day has been cancelled in eastern Ontario. Look for any precipitation to change back to flurries tonight before ending. Overnight lows will be in the -1C range. Amounts today will be light with up to 2cm of snow and perhaps 5mm of rain.

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