Environment Canada has issued a rare flash freeze warning for Montreal.
The weather in Montreal is currently hovering above zero at 3ºC, but “temperatures are forecast to fall rapidly,” according to the weather website. “Ponding water, slush, and any falling precipitation will freeze as the temperature drops.”
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Montreal is expected to deal with a 15ºC swing between now and nightfall as the temperature is slated to drop to -12ºC tonight, a quick and chilling turnaround.
Flash freeze warnings are issued when a rapid drop in temperature is expected, that can cause water from rain or melted snow on streets and sidewalks to quickly freeze.
Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery, as per Environment Canada.
The warning was issued this afternoon and is in effect for the following areas:
- Châteauguay – La Prairie area
- Laval area
- Longueuil – Varennes area
- Montréal Island area
Environment Canada urges citizens to closely monitor weather alerts and to remain diligent when travelling outside.