Environment Canada issues a snow squall watch for Montreal

Jan 16 2019, 4:27 pm

Environment Canada has issued a weather alert for Montreal for the second time in as many days. The weather website has issued a snow squall watch for Montreal and its surrounding areas.

A snow squall is a sudden heavy snowfall that consists of strong and gusty surface winds.

It is similar to a blizzard but is localized.

“Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably; changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common,” says Environment Canada. “Travel may be hazardous due to sudden changes in the weather.”

The website says that a vigorous cold front could produce snow squalls over several areas today.

The watch alert was posted on Wednesday morning and is in effect for the following areas:

  • Châteauguay – La Prairie area
  • Laval
  • Longueuil – Varennes area
  • Montreal Island area
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The Weather Network

Wind gusts could reach speeds of 57 km/h, according to The Weather Network.

Environment Canada urges citizens to monitor weather alerts and updates and to be safe when travelling outside.

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