This morning’s winter storm watch for Montreal has been upgraded to a warning.
According to Environment Canada, winter storm warnings are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather and elements are expected to occur at the same time.
“A low pressure system from the American Midwest will intensify over the Great Lakes,” reads the alert. “Snow associated with this storm will begin over the Outaouais and Montreal regions Tuesday afternoon, and will reach the Quebec City region by Tuesday evening. The highest snowfall amounts should occur over Metro Montreal to the Eastern Townships.”
The alert warns that 25 to 40 centimetres of snow is expected.
Additionally, the oncoming storm will be accompanied by strong winds which could result in “extensive blowing snow reducing visibilities to near zero.”
The alert, which was updated this afternoon, is in effect for the following areas:
Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over the aforementioned locations and the weather website urges travellers to stay inside if possible and to be diligent and safe while driving.