Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Powerful winter storm to graze Montreal - hit Townships hard

Strong low pressure will move into Maine on Friday. Montreal will be on the western edge of the storm, with 10 to 15cm of snow forecast.
Strong low pressure is forecast to rapidly develop off the middle Atlantic coast Thursday, and move into southern Maine by Friday. At this time, the low pressure center is forecast to bomb out, lowering the central pressure dramatically in less than 24 hours. A swath of very heavy snow will impact the Eastern Townships of Quebec, as well as New Hampshire, Maine and central New England. Some locations may see well in excess of 30cm (1 foot) of snow by Friday afternoon. Expect travel delays across the entire region. Warnings are in place from New York State into Atlantic Canada.

Montreal will be on the western edge of the storm, with 10 to 15cm of snow expected by Friday morning. The bulk of the snow will fall late Thursday through midnight.Winds will increase late Thursday into Friday, with gusts from 40 to 70km/h likely in the St. Lawrence Valley. These winds will cause blowing snow, making travel dangerous east and southeast of Montreal. Travelling along Highway 10 towards Sherbrooke will become very dangerous late Thursday, if not impossible. Temperatures will remain below freezing throughout the period, with lows into the minus teens tonight and highs Thursday and Friday near -3C. More snow is expected on Saturday as another low pressure area approaches from the Great Lakes.

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