Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Potential east coast storm to remain south of Montreal

It was another cold and windy morning in Montreal on Tuesday. Winds should ease and skies clear out for the balance of the week. (ValleyWeather)
 Tuesday was another cold and blustery day across southern Quebec, but with less snow than Monday. The snow on Monday measured between 8-15cm across the region. Strong winds produced widespread blowing snow that made the morning rush hour a mess in Montreal. The snow also made travel off island dangerous at times with numerous accidents reported. A major collision along Highway 20 near St Hyacinthe involving several trucks and cars, resulted in the death of a woman in her 50's. Along with the wind and snow, there has been biting cold, some of the coldest temperatures this winter. Windchill readings this morning were close to -30C (-22F) in Montreal.

Traffic was slow once again on Tuesday across southern Quebec, but nothing like the two hour commute on Monday. (ValleyWeather)

Now for the good news. Forecasters are following a potential developing winter storm south of the border. The system, affecting the west coast today, is forecast to move across the deep south and then intensify along the North Carolina coast. At this time heavy snow, strong winds and coastal flooding are a possibility from North Carolina to southern Maine. It looks like the system will remain well to our south as high pressure controls the weather in southern Quebec. Expect clearing skies this evening with temperatures around -15C (5F). Wednesday through the upcoming weekend looks dry and sunny at this time with temperatures at or slightly below the normal daytime high of -6C (21F) and low of -15C (5F). The east coast storm will likely be big news as the weekend approaches with 30-60cm (1-2 feet) of snow quite possible from Washington to Boston. Keep this in mind if your travels take you into the US Northeast.

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