Thursday, January 16, 2014

Winter to slowly return to southern Quebec & Ontario

After December and early January, it appeared that we were in for an old fashion winter with lots of snow and cold, and then the thaw happened. Here we are halfway through January and Montreal has recorded 3.8cm of snow, less than 2 inches. We have also had about 35mm of rain, not a very typical January so far. What makes it even more bizarre was the frigid stretch to start the month followed by this prolonged period of well above normal temperatures, including yesterday as we hit 2C, the normal high is -6C for Montreal.

Today will be mild once again at 0C as more clouds and limited moisture prevail over the region. The dull, almost useless weather will last right through the weekend with warmer than normal temperatures, lots of clouds and very little snow. A few weak systems from the Prairies will move across the region with nothing more than a few flurries. By the middle of next week much colder air will filter into Montreal with highs by Thursday of only -17C. However no major snow events are on the horizon at this time.

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