Monday, January 18, 2016

Cold week ahead for Montreal

The coldest air of the winter will sweep across Ontario and Quebec this week. (AccuWeather)
When we look back at the winter of 2015-2016, or what little there was of it, this may likely turn out to be the coldest week of the season for Montreal. A strong cold front has crossed southern Quebec early this morning with a decent shot of snow. Light snow is still falling in southern Quebec, and I expect most areas will see 5-10cm of the fluffy variety before it ends later today.

Winds will increase this morning out of the northwest up to 50km/h. Blowing snow will be a problem on the open highway, especially once you leave the city limits. Temperatures are about as warm as they are going to be today, around -9C (16F) currently. Combined with the winds today, windchill readings will be below -20C (-4F). The cold will continue into Tuesday with morning lows close to -18C (0F) and daytime highs no better than -10C (14F). Compared to last winter this seems warm, but not this year. Most of us are not accustomed to a week of -10C degree highs. Stay warm! Sunshine returns by late Wednesday but it will remain chilly most of the week.

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