Monday, January 09, 2017

Another messy winter storm for Ontario and Quebec

Low pressure will move across the central Great Lakes and towards James Bay on Tuesday. (AccuWeather)
Another winter storm is taking aim at southern Quebec and Ontario late this evening. As with most of the storms so far this winter, the system will be passing well north and west of Montreal. This will place the entire region on the warm side of the storm. Monday was very cold across southern Quebec, with the morning low here on L'Ile Perrot at -23.4C (-10F). The cold air remained with us for the entire day, but should moderate overnight and Tuesday. The temperature will rise above 0C on Wednesday in Montreal, and may be as warm as 5C (41F) on Thursday.

 Low pressure will move across the upper Midwest and into the central Great Lakes. An elongated warm front will approach southern Quebec on Tuesday, with snow developing by afternoon and persisting to around midnight. A quick 5 to 10cm is possible in Montreal, with greater amounts north of the city. Precipitation will mix with rain late Tuesday night before tapering off on Wednesday. Widespread winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories are currently in effect for southern Quebec, Ontario and northern New York. No warnings have officially been posted for Montreal.

Another factor with this storm will be very strong  south and southwest winds. The wind will increase quickly on Tuesday and gust to 70km/h in the St. Lawrence Valley. Even stronger winds, over 90km/h, are possible in the Richelieu and Champlain Valleys. Yet another storm will arrive Thursday, with more rain forecast for Montreal, before cooler air arrives Friday.

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