Friday, 30 January 2015

Breezy & cold Superbowl weekend in Montreal

The calm before the snow...The setting sun illuminates this lighthouse along the frozen shores of the St. Lawrence River in Lachine on Wednesday. (ValleyWX Photo)
A clipper system is moving across southern Quebec this morning with light snow. A good 10cm will be the final tally in Montreal, with as much as 15cm north and south of the city. Roads are snow covered this morning but temperatures are mild, currently at our high for the day of -4C (25F). The snow will taper off by noon with dropping temperatures and gusty northwest winds. The wind will be between 30-50km/h for the balance of the day creating areas of blowing and drifting snow as well as low windchill values across southern Quebec and Ontario. A windchill warning is in effect for the US side of the St. Lawrence Valley as well as portions of New York and Vermont. With temperatures dropping to -22C (-8F) tonight and winds in excess of 30km/h, the windchill will be dangerous, as low as -33C (-28F) in Montreal and Ottawa.

The weekend will be sunny but cold with highs only near -15C (5F) and lows down to -22C (-8F) in Montreal. The cold will last well into next week with well below normal temperatures forecast. The only good news, the rain falling in Phoenix, home of the 2015 NFL Superbowl, will stop in time for Sunday's big game. It will be sunny at game time with a forecast high of 19C (67F). GO PATS!

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