|Near-blizzard conditions were observed along the St. Lawrence River north and east of Montreal. A section of Highway 20 east of Quebec City was closed from Levis to La Pocatier, most of Wednesday morning. (Transport Quebec)|
|Other parts of southern Quebec, Ontario, Vermont and New York had more freezing rain than snow. (Black Forks Towing Photo)|
Where the Quebec Weather Centre made a big mistake on this particular system was upgrading its status to a blizzard. A blizzard is the worst type of winter storm, very few achieve this status, and this system was never that strong from the onset. At best, marginal blizzard conditions might have occurred for an hour or two in the dead of night, and a winter storm warning would have covered that scenario just fine. All the neighbouring weather offices chose to use that type of warning to cover this storm. I have been writing and following weather in the St. Lawrence Valley since I was 12, which would date back to 1978. In all those years, I don't recall Environment Canada here in Quebec issuing a blizzard warning regarding any potential snowstorm.
In any event, milder weather is on the horizon and Spring is close at hand. If you believe the extended forecast, it looks like an early, very warm spring, starting as soon as next week.