Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Winter storm affecting Quebec

The forecast... sunny and 21C, oh wait that was last year! No record warmth this March.
This year: snow & blowing snow, very poor travel, delays and cancellations at Trudeau Airport and a pile of school closings including the Lester B Pearson School Board and the Townships Board among others.

Highway 40 on the West Island this morning - snow covered and windy.
The actual forecast has winter storm warnings posted from Cornwall to Quebec City, south and east into New York and New England. A decent amount of snow has fallen on L'Ile Perrot overnight with between 5 and 10cm on the ground. Another 10-15cm or up to 6 inches more is likely by the time the storm tapers off early Wednesday. Gusty northeast winds are blowing the snow around the valley this morning. It will be slow going no matter where you are heading today with roads snow covered and visibility low. Temperatures will be in the 0 to -3C range across the area for highs.

Low pressure over Michigan has pushed a warm front just south of Montreal that is the focus for the snow at this time. That precipitation will taper off as a second low pressure area begins to develop along the Atlantic Coast. That storm will move towards Cape Cod today. It will send more moisture north later today with perhaps another 5cm for Montreal overnight. Storm totals will fall into the 20-30cm range from Montreal south with over 30cm possible in Vermont.

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