From 15 to 40 cm expected | A second winter storm in a few days

A second winter storm in just a few days hit Quebec on Saturday. Up to 40 centimeters of snow are expected in certain regions, particularly north of the St. Lawrence River, to the delight of fans of the cold season.

“I’m a big fan of skiing, so it’s really cool that it’s snowing so much like that this week,” says Élise Larouche, who was doing her shopping on the Plaza Saint-Hubert at the time. The Press the crossing. “With the metro nearby, it’s still super easy to get around, especially since it’s a really pleasant area that’s becoming more and more family-friendly,” she notes.


Elise Larouche

Almost everywhere, customers flocked to the commercial artery at the start of the day despite the heavy snow. “Of course with the stroller, it’s a little more complicated, especially going to daycare. Sometimes it’s a bit of a battle,” says Amanda Truscott with a smile on her face.


Amanda Truscott

That said, the mother mainly sees the positive behind the two consecutive snowfalls that occurred this week, Wednesday and Saturday. “We take the train when it snows too much and we avoid taking the car when it’s not necessary, so things are going relatively well. Otherwise, for the rest, we make the most of this beautiful snow. »

Coming from Longueuil for an appointment with the hairdresser, Stéphane Bronner was very happy with his winter experience.


Stéphane Bronner

“The sidewalks are all in all fairly well cleared of snow, I think, even if there are always some where it is more difficult. Above all, you can park easily as there are fewer people on the roads. You always have to be careful and adapt, but overall, things are going very well today,” he says.

Variable conditions


A blanket of snow covered the streets of Montreal on Saturday.

According to current forecasts, around fifteen centimeters of snow are expected in the Montreal region and almost everywhere in southern Quebec during the day on Saturday, with strong winds causing blowing snow in places. Rapid accumulation of snow could make travel difficult in some locations and snow could be mixed with rain in the afternoon.

“We have very variable conditions in the Montreal region. It rains in Saint-Hubert and it snows in Dorval. It’s cut with a knife,” explained Environment Canada meteorologist Simon Legault.

The Outaouais was expected to receive up to 30 centimeters. In the Quebec region, the heavy precipitation was also accompanied by gusts of up to 80 km/h, causing intense blowing snow. A winter storm warning was still in effect shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday morning in Quebec, where 20 to 30 centimeters of snow were forecast.

Once again, the brunt of the storm affects the north of the river with between 25 and 40 centimeters between Montreal and Quebec. To the south, it’s more rain and slush.

Simon Legault, from Environment Canada

According to him, “what is especially remarkable is that we have two very similar broadsides in terms of precipitation over a period of only a few days”. “Snow will accumulate in several regions. It is here to stay,” he illustrated.

Estrie fared a little better, having received light snow during the night, notably in Sherbrooke, but it was mainly the strong winds from the southeast, accompanied by gusts of 90 kilometers per hour, which caused problems on Saturday morning. These winds are similar to those that occurred last Wednesday.

In Trois-Rivières, in Mauricie, Environment Canada forecasts on Saturday morning showed an accumulation of 25 to 40 centimeters of snow, with strong winds and blowing snow. Conditions should improve at the end of the day.

It is the regions of Bas-Saint-Laurent and those near Quebec that should be hit harder by the storm, which will make travel dangerous.

Several winter storm and storm surge warnings were still in effect in the Charlevoix region as well, where dangerous winter conditions are expected later in the day. For example, in Baie-Saint-Paul, we expect 25 to 40 centimeters of snow, strong to violent winds and blowing snow. It’s the same thing in Baie-Comeau and on the North Shore, where higher than normal water levels, large waves and sea ice near the coast are expected Saturday afternoon .

Dangerous winter conditions were also forecast in Gaspé later in the day. The storm will bring 15 to 30 centimeters of snow, strong winds and blowing snow. There too, winds will blow from the east gusting to 90 kilometers per hour, especially in exposed places.

Difficult travel, canceled flights

The roadway was partially covered in Montreal and Montérégie, but road conditions were more difficult on Saturday, around 9:30 a.m., on the northern crown of Montreal, in Laval, in the Laurentians and Lanaudière, where the Ministry of Transport and Mobility The long-term forecast reported snow-covered roads and reduced visibility in places.

The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) reported a few road accidents on the main roads of Montreal and Laval, mainly causing material damage.

Visibility also began to deteriorate near Quebec City and Chaudière-Appalaches, where the SQ also reported a few road trips, sometimes causing injuries, but nothing serious. The road was snow-covered, with reduced visibility, in Beauce, the MTQ data also specified.

Several flights were delayed at Montreal’s Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport and a few were canceled, especially towards the United States.

Some breakdowns

The number of homes without electricity doubled in the space of two hours on Saturday morning. Around 1 p.m., Hydro-Québec reported that more than 5,000 customers were without power, mainly in Capitale-Nationale, Centre-du-Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches and Estrie. The Mont Sutton ski resort, in Estrie, has also announced that it will be closed for the day due to a power outage and strong winds expected until the end of the morning. It is also the fifth day of winter that the station has had to close, something unprecedented for the organization.

With The Canadian Press


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