Environment Canada issues freezing rain warning for Montreal

Feb 4 2019, 1:20 pm

Montreal is starting off the week under a freezing rain warning.

Environment Canada has issued an alert for Montreal that calls for “2 to 5 millimetres” of expected ice. Coupled with the city’s recent burst of snow, freezing rain could make for a nasty situation on the streets and the roads.

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“A low pressure system will track across Quebec today and Tuesday. Precipitation associated with this system will begin as snow this morning in Western Quebec and then quickly change to freezing rain,” reads the weather website’s warning. “They will spread toward regions of Centre Quebec later in the day. Eastern Quebec will see snow changing to freezing rain overnight tonight.”

The Weather Network

Regions in the Ottawa Valley and regions north of the St Lawrence River between Lachute and Quebec City could receive more than 10 millimetres of freezing rain throughout the day.

The warning was posted in the early hours of Monday morning and is in effect for the following areas:

  • Châteauguay – La Prairie area
  • Laval
  • Longueuil – Varennes area
  • Montreal Island area

Freezing rain warnings are issued when rain falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots could become icy, slippery and extremely hazardous.

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