Friday, January 27, 2017

Colder weather arrives this weekend in Montreal

Colder air along with snow flurries and squalls are forecast through Saturday in Montreal. Les than 5cm of snow is expected in the city, with as much as 10cm across the hills to our south.
After Tuesday's mess, the weather has settled down this week. Temperatures have remained very mild for late January, in most cases above freezing since Wednesday. Slightly colder air will begin to cross the Great Lakes and arrive in southern Quebec starting today. That cold air will be accompanied by gusty west winds and occasional snow flurries. Some of the snow showers may be on the heavy side, enhanced by moisture streaming off the Great Lakes. The best chance for the heavier squally weather, will come from the noon hour through midnight today. We are not expecting a large amount of snow in Montreal, likely 3cm in the valley locations with up to 10cm across the hills to our south. Gusty west winds up to 50km/h may cause some blowing and drifting snow. The temperature is mild this morning, at 0C (32F), but will slowly drop through the day down to -4C (25F) tonight. Progressively cooler air will arrive over the weekend, with more flurries. Expect a high of -2C (29F) Saturday and -5C (23F) Sunday.

If your travels take you towards Toronto or south into western New York, lake effect snow is expected off Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Some locations will see well in excess of 50cm over the next three days. The heaviest snow is forecast to fall south of Buffalo and Watertown, New York, as well as east of Georgian Bay.

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