As Canadians we talk about the weather relentlessly, I just talk about it a little more! I hope to provide useful information to my family, friends and all those who simply enjoy talking about the weather. While I try to include information of interest from all over North America, my primary region of concern is the St. Lawrence Valley of Quebec, Ontario, and New York, as well as our neighbouring regions. This Blog is dedicated to my late father for inspiring my interest in weather.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Terrible day on Montreal - Quebec - Ontario highways
Firefighters examine the carnage on Highway 15 near St Adele. (Global News)
Strong winds along and behind an arctic cold front produced widespread blowing snow today. Near zero visibility in 60-80km/h wind gusts during the middle part of the day produced numerous accidents and road closures. Highway 15 south of Montreal near St. Philippe was the site of one multi-vehicle accident as was the Laurentian Autoroute north of Montreal near St Adele. The St Adele crash involved over 40 vehicles with numerous injuries, three critical. Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to free nearly 30 drivers. Late today another major collision closed Highway 132 on the South Shore near Matte Blvd in Brossard. Other major accidents were reported on Highway 40 west of Montreal, Highway 417 in North Glengarry, Ontario and the Highway 416 south of Ottawa. Two fatalities were reported in collisions east of Quebec City.