Sunday, March 17, 2013

Winter won't leave Montreal alone

The carnage left behind after brief snow squalls caused a 20 care pileup on the 401 near Prescott, Ontario on Friday afternoon.
Late season snowstorm on the way for Ontario & Quebec
Sorry for the lack of updates lately but I have been a little "under the weather." Many of us here in Ontario and Quebec are, as we have just had it with a winter that won't go away. As I write this blog this morning it is -9C outside my house, more typical of January not 3 days before Spring arrives. The high today will only be -5C, the normal should be plus 3C. We had several snow squalls move across eastern Ontario, southern Quebec and Vermont on Friday afternoon. The combination of brief heavy snow and strong winds created multiple major accidents across the region. The biggest closed down the 401 at Prescott, Ontario for over 15 hours after 20 vehicles were involved. Several injuries were reported, two critical in  nature. This perhaps was just a sample of what lies ahead this week.

Another big snowfall is on the way for New England, Quebec and eastern Ontario. Two low pressure areas one over the northern plains, and the second forecast to develop Monday off the Delaware coast, are forecast to move towards the region. This will be a complex system as they all have been this winter. Look for a heavy wet snow to develop late Monday and last into Wednesday morning. At this time we are looking at perhaps 20cm of snow for the region. There is the potential of even more if the second system turns out to be stronger. There are lots of details to work out, but for the time being, expect wet snow and poor travel on Tuesday. One thing is certain it will be snow as cold air and below normal temperatures are here for the week ahead.

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