Monday, October 19, 2015

Ideal Federal Election Day weather for Montreal

The first frost and hard freeze occurred this weekend in Montreal. Snow even fell across southern Quebec. The weather will warm up starting today. (ValleyWeather Photo)
 After an unseasonably cold weekend, we start the work week frigid on L'Ile Perrot and across southern Quebec. I have -6.8C (20F) at 7am here on L'Ile Perrot, that is about 9 degrees below the normal low for mid-October. St Jovite is -11C (12F) and Trudeau Airport -5C (23F). The cold comes on the heels of a wintry weekend that saw measurable snow in many locations. Heavy wet snow, up to 15cm, streamed off the Great Lakes and into central Ontario near Georgian Bay in the Grey and Bruce regions. Snow also piled up in Oswego County in western New York. Early season snow also dotted our region from the Eastern Townships into the Laurentians. Several robust snow showers even briefly covered the grass in and around Montreal both Saturday and Sunday.

The seasons in contrast as several centimetres of snow fell around Lake Huron and Georgian Bay on Saturday making travel less than ideal. (twitter @vaughanweather)
The good news is temperatures should begin to rebound today with sunshine for the most part and warmer highs near 8C (48F).  Weather will not affect your ability to vote here in Quebec, as this will be the best weather day of the week for Montreal. The balance of the week looks unsettled with several frontal systems affecting our region starting tonight. Clouds will be on the increase with showers possible overnight. Low temperatures will be much milder tonight with the mercury actually rising to 11C (52F) by Tuesday morning. Tuesday will be windy and mild with showers and highs above normal near 13C (55F).

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