Thursday, 27 November 2014

Take a ride on the temperature roller coaster Montreal

Heavy wet snow left nearly 100,000 customers in the dark in New Hampshire. 
(New Hampshire Union Leader Photo)
We missed another storm, that makes 4 already in this young season for metro Montreal. Winter has raged across wide portions of North America this November and yesterday was no different. A strong Nor'Easter moved from Cape Cod into Atlantic Canada overnight producing a wide swath of heavy wet snow. Amounts in excess of 15cm (6 inches) fell in Vermont and the Townships with 25cm (10 inches) or more from Albany, NY across southern Vermont and into New Hampshire, Maine and New Brunswick. The weight of the snow brought down tree branches on power lines with widespread power outages reported. Nearly 200,000 customers were without power in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine with another 40,000 in New Brunswick. The weather also resulted in the cancellation or delay of over 4000 flights on the busy day before US Thanksgiving. On the roads it was no better with several major accidents and at least one fatality in Maine.

The ground is white in Lacolle as snow missed Montreal but did fall along the US border. (Quebec 511)
The snow never quite made it to Montreal, in many cases showing up on radar but evaporating before hitting the ground. However the ground is white south of Montreal from Lacolle east into Sherbrooke and the Townships. Not even one flake fell on L'Ile Perrot. Roads are in good shape this morning if you are heading south into Plattsburgh or Burlington. There are slick spots but the crews have done a tremendous job. Towards Sherbrooke and Stanstead roads are still snow covered as the snow is still falling there.

Temperature Roller Coaster
Montreal will now hop on the temperature roller coaster for a ride many of us don't want to be on. I am not a fan of weather like this to be quite honest. Today and Friday we will be near normal around 0C (32F) for highs. That will be followed by -2C (28C) on Saturday but plus 8C (48F) on Sunday and plus 12C (54F) on Monday. However by Tuesday a cold front will drop us back down to -8C (18F). The trend will then repeat itself next week. A few flurries are possible tonight into Friday morning and then again Saturday night. Showers are likely Sunday and Monday. No majors storms on the horizon at this time.

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