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Up to 40cm of snow is expected in some places and may be mixed with freezing rain.

By late Thursday, the Laurentian and Lanatier regions had heavy snowfall.

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  • Environment Canada has warned that a low pressure area that originated in Colorado is moving towards Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces.

  • Rain began to fall in southern Ontario Thursday afternoon, forcing the cancellation of school transportation in some areas.

  • By late Thursday, the most significant snowfalls were in the Laurentians and Lanaudière, where traffic advised Quebec to be “extremely careful” on roads.

  • A low pressure system is expected to approach New Brunswick on Thursday evening. Between 15 and 25 cm of snow is expected in the centre, while 40 cm is expected in the north.

  • Calm before the storm

    While things looked calm in many places this evening, Radio-Canada meteorologist Walter da Cruz recalled that it was actually “a false calm before a real storm in the evening.”

    Rain that is already falling in parts of Ontario will soon reach Quebec. It will change to freezing rain before turning to snow overnight.

    In the Greater Montreal area, 15 to 20 cm of snow is expected on Friday. Motorists should be extra careful in the morning as windy conditions can cause snow on roads.

  • In New Brunswick, emergency operations organizations often remind residents to have electricity, running water or other essential items to support themselves for at least 72 hours before a storm hits.

  • Center de services scolaire des navigators in the south of Quebec announces Closing all its schools January 13 due to forecasted weather.

  • In Quebec, the areas most affected by the storm in the late afternoon were the Laurentians, Lanatier and Montreal’s north shore, said Sarah Benzatoon, spokeswoman for Transport Quebec.

    Notably, Past Mont-Tremblant and up to Mont-Laurier, the road is completely covered in snow In an interview to RTI, he explained that the visibility on the roads is also reduced.

    We have to drive very carefully, at least for the next few hours.

    A quote Sarah Pensadown, Quebec’s Transport spokeswoman

    She is calling on motorists across the province to remain vigilant on Friday morning. We know it will spread to other provinces. We know there will be episodes of high winds and freezing rain.

  • Flood risk in Nova Scotia

    New areas targeted by winter storm warnings in Atlantic provinces In Newfoundland and Labrador in particular, tens of thousands of centimeters of snow are expected from Friday evening into Sunday afternoon in the western part of the province.

    In Nova Scotia, Environment Canada has issued rain warnings: 40 mm in places Thursday evening into Saturday. These heavy rains can also cause flooding. As the ground freezes, it cannot absorb water, which runs off and stagnates in low-lying areas.

    Map of Environment Canada with areas highlighted in red.

    New sectors, particularly Newfoundland and Labrador, are being targeted by Environment Canada’s alerts.

    Photo: Environment Canada

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