A winter storm expected in Quebec

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Given the snowfall and winds, the blowing snow is expected on the roads during the end of the week.

After they have experienced polar temperatures during the Holiday season, and then a warm spell the last few days, Quebec is preparing to find not only the cold, but also the sleet, the snow and blowing snow for the end of the week.

Environment Canada has issued a warning of a winter storm for several sectors of the Québec and warnings of extreme cold to certain regions, including Abitibi, the Outaouais, the Laurentians and the Saguenay—Lac-St-Jean.

After close to 10 degrees Celsius on Friday, the temperatures descenderont into effect gradually, until it reaches approximately -20 degrees Sunday.

A combination of particularly difficult conditions is to be expected in Charlevoix, Estrie, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Mauricie, Lanaudière, in the Gaspésie region in the Québec city region and in the greater Montreal area.

“It is anticipated a substantial drop in temperatures, freezing precipitation and snow over the next 24 hours “, reports Environment Canada.

With the temperatures dropping, the rain will change to freezing rain Friday night, and then sleet and snow during the night. 15 to 30 cm of snow are expected in Quebec, according to the regions. The valley of the St. Lawrence river is expected to be particularly affected.

Transport difficult

Given the snowfall and winds are important, with gusts of 40 to 50 km/h, blowing snow is expected on the roads. The Société de transport de Montréal is advising its users to plan their trips in advance given the expected climate conditions.

☔❄⚠ Difficult winter conditions are anticipated during the next hours. Plan your trips in advance and be careful! ? https://t.co/NXu1FziEnI

— STM (@stminfo) January 12, 2018

Given the “fluctuation temperature” planned, Emergency Health recommends the same to the inhabitants of Montreal and of Laval “to avoid going out of their home to the extent possible” and calls for caution when moving.

At the airport Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau of Montreal, several flights are already canceled or delayed. See the list of departures and arrivals.

Elsewhere in Canada

In the rest of Canada, the climatic conditions are not much brighter. The extreme cold is expected in the Prairies and in northern Ontario until Sunday morning, the blizzard will affect some regions of Nunavut, and heavy rain or freezing is expected in several provinces of eastern canada, including New Brunswick.

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