Monday, January 23, 2017

Snowfall Warning for Montreal

The death toll has risen to 18 after tornadoes swept across the southeast US this past weekend. (
Snowfall Warning in effect for metro Montreal, the Laurentians, and regions along the St. Lawrence Valley. Expect 15-25cm of wet snow and ice pellets Tuesday.

Heavy snow is forecast for southern Quebec Monday night and Tuesday, as a moisture laden system moves north along the eastern seaboard. The strengthening storm is part of the same system that launched deadly tornadoes over Georgia and Mississippi this past weekend. The death toll has risen to at least 18 after several major tornadoes swept the region. This included an EF-3 tornado, with winds in excess of 135mph near Albany, Georgia. Widespread damage was reported in several communities.

The storm will move north towards Cape Cod on Tuesday and then into Atlantic Canada by Wednesday. Snow mixed with freezing rain and ice pellets is forecast to begin this evening in southern Vermont and New York and spread north towards southern Quebec and eastern Ontario overnight. The bulk of the snow will fall Tuesday, with 15 to 25cm likely in southern Quebec. Less snow is expected south of Montreal, with more of a mix in those locations. Winds are increasing this morning out of the northeast up to 50km/h today and 60km/h in the snow on Tuesday. Temperatures will remain at or just slightly below freezing during the storm. Expect very poor driving conditions across out area for the Tuesday morning commute.

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