Friday, February 15, 2013

Snowstorm for eastern Quebec

Light snow is falling across eastern portions of the island of Montreal this morning as a clipper system races off to the east. L'Ile Perrot had around 2cm overnight, most of that falling in a burst just before 6am. Local roads are slippery but temperatures are very mild, right at 0C (32F), so melting is occurring on the main highways. Skies will be cloudy for the most part today as winds increase out of the west and temperatures level off or slowly fall. Tonight should be clear and cooler than it has been across the region with lows on either side of -10C. The weekend for the Montreal metro region and points west looks great with lots of sunshine, but chilly. Off to the east and southeast it will be a different story as a coastal low takes shape and moves northeast towards Atlantic Canada. This storm will be well offshore so I don't expect anything for Montreal on Sunday at this time, except a passing cloud or two. Some light snow is forecast across New England, but amounts will be light. The heaviest snow and strongest winds will occur in eastern Quebec and across New Brunswick where up to 20cm is possible.

Last weekends snowstorm in New England prompted Hydro-Quebec to send 50 crews to Massachusetts to help restore power to more than 600,000 homes and businesses. There is always so much negative attention given to the province of Quebec in the media. Yesterday this brief note was published in the Montreal Gazette, so I though I would share it here. These guys work long hours in difficult and dangerous conditions to keep the power on. Kudos to them, nice job.

As a resident of Wareham, Massachusetts, U.S.A., I would like to extend my sincere thanks for all the help Hydro-Qu├ębec crews gave us during our blizzard and severe electrical outage this past weekend! What a great feeling it is to know that we can all come together across borders and cultures to help one another. Your crews were very professional and you were well represented. It’s something me and my family will not soon forget!
Christopher Childress Sr
Wareham, Mass.

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