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Environment Canada issues winter storm watch for Montreal

DH Montreal Staff Jan 18, 2019 1:21 pm

As if the dangerous cold in the city isn’t enough to deal with, Environment Canada has (literally) tossed a winter storm onto the pile.

At 3:40 pm this afternoon, the weather website issued a ‘winter storm watch’ for Montreal and its surrounding areas.

“Snowfall amounts possibly exceeding 15 centimetres, strong winds and blowing snow are expected,” according to Environment Canada.

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An intense storm will track across New England on Sunday and then across the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Monday. It will affect Southern and Central Quebec on Saturday evening, according to Environment Canada. Sunday will bring “significant snowfall and strong winds causing blowing snow.”

In addition, cold temperatures will provide favourable conditions for the development of black ice on roads.

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Environment Canada expects the roads to be “hazardous” due to reduced visibility in some locations. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery.

The winter storm watch is in effect for the following areas:

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

Winter storm watches are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together.

Environment Canada urges citizens to monitor weather alerts and updates and to follow the storm as it develops.


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