Friday, February 22, 2013

More precipitation for snow weary Quebec

I need spring!
With March just around the corner, it appears we are well entrenched in winter 2012-2013. The wind has finally eased this morning after 48 hours of blowing snow, making me think I was back in Saskatchewan. Drifts are 2 and 3 feet high in open spaces with snowbanks towering over residential streets.The blowing snow was a nuisance in the city but very problematic on area highways, especially the 20 west to the Ontario border and the 15 and 30 on the south shore. Final accumulations from the two day event ranged from near 20cm (8 inches) in metro Montreal up to 40cm across the Townships and 60-100cm in the Gaspe region and eastern Quebec. This morning it is calm and rather mild compared to Thursday morning with a temperature of -6C. Today will be sunny and calm with mild highs of 0C (32F).

Snow blown by 60km/h west winds continued on Thursday afternoon on the West Island of Montreal.
We now await the next storm system moving from the central US plains into the Great Lakes. This storm is very strong bringing blizzard conditions across Kansas and Nebraska. It is however expected to weaken while a second system develops along the US east coast and moves well east of Cape Cod. Both storms will be far enough from Montreal as to not produce a major storm. However we are looking at snow developing Saturday and lasting into Sunday with 5-10cm (2-4 inches) expected, perhaps more once again across the south shore. It  will be breezy, but not like the intense wind we just had, perhaps in the 20-40km/h range. Temperature will be mild, so the snow will be wet, also cutting down on the blowing and drifting. More snow is expected next week as yet another storm heads towards the northeast.

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