Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Snow & freezing rain tonight for Montreal

Hydro workers continue to restore power in Maine and New Hampshire after the Thanksgiving Day snowstorm knocked 200,000 customers into the dark. Crews from across New England, Atlantic Canada, Ontario and Quebec arrived to help. The worker above, Larry Page, is from New Brunswick working in Bow, New Hampshire. AP Photo
We are cold this morning in metro Montreal, the coldest morning this season so far. The temperature here on L'Ile Perrot is at -15C (5F) almost 20 degrees colder than it was Monday morning. Along with that is a biting northeast wind pushing the windchill value down to -23C. It will be a cold day in southern Quebec and Ontario with temperatures around -5C (23F) for a daytime high. The good news is we will have bright sunshine and it will remain dry.

This evening the weather will begin to deteriorate, setting us up for a messy commute Wednesday morning. Low pressure and a warm front will approach form the Ohio Valley with a period of snow, sleet and freezing rain forecast for the entire region. Precipitation will begin this evening and change to rain in Montreal by mid morning Wednesday as the temperature rises back above the freezing point to a high of 4C (39F). The wintry mix could accumulate 5cm to as much as 8cm (1-3 inches) in some locations. A winter weather advisory is now in effect for all of New York and New England. We do not have such a level of weather warning in Canada, however be prepared for icy and snow covered roads overnight and early Wednesday across the area.

Any leftover rain will change back to flurries by late Wednesday in Ontario and Quebec as we take another dive down in the temperature department. Thursday looks windy and cold at this time, -3C, as the roller coaster ride I mentioned late last week continues.

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