Prepare to be cold. After the snow, the mercury will gradually drop across Quebec this week. An “extreme cold” warning should also be issued in many areas.
“It will be cold all week. In fact, as we go further into the week, it’s going to get colder,” summarizes Environment Canada meteorologist Katarina Radovanovic in a telephone interview.
He notes that it can be particularly cold “especially at night and in the morning.” We expect around -22 in Montreal on Thursday evening, then -27 on Friday evening. “As for the perceived temperature, we’ll probably be in the -35s,” M continuesme Radovanovic.
Such temperatures are at least “below normal”, but nothing “exceptional” about it, the meteorologist explains. “This is consistent with the pattern we see at the end of January,” he said.
5 to 10 centimeters of snow is also expected in most regions by the end of the day on Monday. But the rest of the week will be “relatively calm in terms of rainfall,” the expert notes.
Aside from the intermittent light snow expected on Thursday, the Montreal area should actually be sunny for most of the week, especially on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Clouds should return next weekend.
Difficult road conditions
By late afternoon, the Sûreté du Québec reported “a few minor collisions” and road trips, with road conditions difficult due to windblown snow on the roads. However, according to agent Catherine Bernard, no major accident scene occurred.
Meanwhile, the city of Montreal continued its third snow removal operation on Sunday, now that priority clearing of streets and sidewalks has been completed.
Larger quantities obtained in mainland France may extend the operation. “Thursday and Friday we had 30 centimeters, and we had 10 centimeters left. That gives 40 centimeters, whereas an average storm of 20 centimeters takes four days. There, for sure, more time will have to be counted. There will be enough for the week,” said city spokesman Philip Saborin on Sunday. agreed.
About 40% of the operation is “complete,” he said, but because there is still snow, the operation may be suspended and resumed overnight Sunday into Monday. “On residential streets, it may take longer to see the effect of loading. But we are doing it as quickly as possible,” assures Mr. Sabourin.
For snow removal trucks and critters to work, the city asks motorists to park their cars “at least 30 centimeters from the sidewalk,” which avoids any obstruction to crews’ work. Approximately 7,600 park and ride spaces are available free of charge, primarily for overnight, on-street parking restrictions. All information on this subject is published in the City of Montreal’s Info-Neige app.
Last week, on Thursday, Environment Canada recorded a total of 28 centimeters of snow at Montreal’s airport during a winter storm that had battered Quebec since the previous evening. Areas north of the St. Lawrence River, the Laurentians and Lanadier, as well as Estrie received 20 to 35 centimeters.
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