Saturday, March 12th 2022, 9:56 am – Heavy snow and strong wind gusts will spread across Quebec Saturday, with a potent winter storm pushing through, likely to disrupt travel.
Winter is showing Eastern Canada it still has plenty of life left this weekend. A mighty winter storm is barreling through Quebec with hefty amounts of snow and blustery winds Saturday, likely to complicate travel in many locales, especially eastern sections. Motorists are urged to postpone non-essential travel. By the time conditions improve Sunday morning, eastern areas could see 15-30 cm of snowfall. More on the timing and impacts, below.
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SATURDAY: WINTER STORM INTENSIFIES, DIFFICULT TRAVEL LIKELY
An intense winter storm will ramp up in Quebec Saturday as it continues pushing east across Central and Eastern Canada. Winter storm warnings are in place.
“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow,” Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) said in its warning.
Light snow will persist into the evening hours for areas along and east of the St. Lawrence River, but will show signs of easing for southern sections, including Montreal, in the afternoon. Heavy snow north of Quebec City and the Eastern Townships will perist into the evening.
This will be a long-duration event that will last for 18-24 hours. Persistent snow and intense snowfall rates will threaten travel across the affected areas. In addition, beginning Saturday evening, strong winds combined with the snow could lead to significantly reduced visibilities locally.
We can expect less than 5 cm across the Montreal area, 5-10 cm for Quebec City with higher totals toward the south and east. Between 15-30 cm of snow is forecast for the Eastern Townships, with the highest totals anticipated for the Gaspe Peninsula.
Weather conditions will gradually improve on Sunday.
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