Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Light to moderate snowfall for Ontario & Quebec

The power is coming back on in Atlantic Canada after a winter storm walloped the region with winds in excess of 100km/h and over 30cm of snow on Sunday and Monday. Heavy rain and high surf affected  Nova Scotia. Search efforts also continue for the Miss Ally, a 13 metre fishing boat that went missing during the height of the storm late Sunday off the Nova Scotia coast with 5 on board. (CBC)
A series of low pressure areas will bring a mixed bag of winter weather to portions of Ontario and Quebec over the next few days. Today we have low pressure lifting northeast across the central Great Lakes and into Ontario. This system will push a warm front up the St. Lawrence Valley later today with light snow spreading into eastern Ontario and Montreal by late today. The snow will continue overnight and mix with some rain or freezing rain along the US border. Temperatures will warm to near the freezing point in southern Quebec and above south of the border into New York and west into the GTA. Snowfall amounts will range from a trace near the US border to around 5cm in Montreal and as much as 10cm north and west of the city. A strong cold front will cross Ontario today and into Quebec by Wednesday with gusty winds, up to 90km/h in Ontario and 60km/h in southern Quebec. Some decent snow showers are expected along the front with blowing snow and perhaps another couple of centimeters accumulation. Temperatures will cool off behind the front with highs of -3C on Wednesday. The balance of the week looks unsettled with more snow flurries and temperatures close to the normal high of  -3C.

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