Monday, 9 February 2015

Below normal temperatures for Montreal

Snow covered roads and poor visibility greeted drivers off island on Sunday. (ValleyWX Photo)
The front that brought us around 10cm (4 inches) of snow on Sunday has now settled south across southern New England. Places like Boston and Albany are getting more heavy snow today with already 30cm on the ground in places. Thousands of flights are delayed or cancelled for the third week in a row as the relentless parade of storms continues. Once finished with New England the storm will move into Atlantic Canada giving them another major storm.

Montreal will see just a few flurries today, with little additional accumulation expected. Gusty northeast winds will persist. On Sunday the wind reached as high as 60km/h, and combined with the cold and snow, made for terrible road conditions. Numerous accidents were reported again, including a major one on the South Shore near Drummondville. The wind also made it feel as cold as -30C (-22F) in Montreal. Today will be no different with the high struggling to reach -13C (9F) along with a 50km/h wind. It will warm slightly for Tuesday and Wednesday, up to -8C (18F) or so, but another round of snow is on the way for mid-week. A clipper system will follow the same track across the Great Lakes and New England giving Montreal and southern Quebec another 5-10cm of snow late Wednesday into Thursday. Once that system clears the region Friday, strong north winds and bitter cold will arrive with some of the coldest air of the winter expected. Highs will be near -18C (0F) with lows as cold as -25C (-13F). It will at least be sunny next weekend.

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