Thursday, 22 January 2015

Calm weather for Montreal - fierce storm hits Labrador

Heavy snow buried Labrador City and Wabush Tuesday and Wednesday halting all travel. (The Weather Network)
The weather is tranquil in southern Quebec, but cold this morning. We have another -20C (-4F) morning on L'Ile Perrot, but I must be getting acclimatized because it did not feel that cold walking the dog. Winds are light, expect sunshine today with some passing clouds and a high temperature near -10C (14F) in metro Montreal. High pressure remains in control into early Friday before a weak trough of low pressure brings us some very light snow Friday evening into Saturday morning. Skies will clear for the weekend with a mild Saturday followed by more cold weather for Sunday and into next week. The cold weather will be with us through the end of January and into February looking at the long term prospects. No major storms are expected at this time in Montreal or eastern Ontario through next week.

A winter storm will affect New York and Boston this weekend northeast into Atlantic Canada, but miss southern Quebec.
The storm track has been deflected further south into the middle Atlantic states. Low pressure this weekend will bring a swath of 15-30cm (6-12 inches) snowfall from West Virginia into Atlantic Canada. It could be the first big snowfall of the season for places like New York and Boston. At this time the storm will stay well south of Quebec with no impacts expected.

Labrador Blizzard
The storm that affected southern Quebec on Monday with snow and rain strengthened and brought a fierce winter storm to Labrador and western Newfoundland. Nearly 80cm of snow fell in Wabush with businesses and schools closed across western Labrador. Travel and any form of transportation was nearly impossible with winds gusting over 70km/h. Temperatures are frigid behind the storm with -43C this morning in Labrador City. The region now has over 150cm (60 inches) of snow on the ground in many places. Roads between Wabush and Churchill Falls were closed Tuesday but reopened Wednesday despite less than ideal conditions. It will remain frigid this weekend.

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