Environment Canada 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’s similar to a blizzard but is more localized.
“Snow squalls cause weather conditions to vary considerably; changes from clear skies to heavy snow within just a few kilometres are common,” reads the alert. “Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.”
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The alert was posted on Wednesday morning and is in effect for the following areas:
- Châteauguay – La Prairie area
- Longueuil – Varennes area
- Montreal Island area
Environment Canada urges citizens to monitor weather alerts and updates and to remain diligent when travelling outside.