A storm is coming to the east of the country

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A storm is coming ;takes to the east of the country

Winter storm warnings were issued Thursday morning by Environment Canada for most areas of Quebec along the St. Lawrence Valley, as well as for northern and central New Brunswick and western and central Prince Edward Island.

A low pressure system from Colorado is moving towards Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, warns Environment Canada. Winter storm, snow and freezing rain warnings have been issued for many areas.

Precipitation is expected to begin Thursday afternoon over southern Ontario, where school transportation has already been canceled in some areas.

It will then move along the Lawrence Valley to the Maritimes, passing through southern Quebec, where 15 to 25 cm of snow is generally expected.

In Montreal, Laval and on the South Shore, for example, the snow will intensify on Thursday evening and continue on Friday, warns Environment Canada. It could then mix with freezing rain.

“Rapid snow accumulation may make it difficult to move around in some areas. Be prepared for changing and rapidly deteriorating road conditions.

—Environment Canada

In Quebec, many regions located in the St. Lawrence Valley are subject to winter storm alerts or watches. These are issued when several bad winter weather conditions are forecast simultaneously, explains Environment Canada.

Aimed by a special weather report, Estrie should however receive more rain than snow, it says.

Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Lac-Saint-Jean should be spared, as well as northern Outaouais, the Laurentians, Lanaudière and Mauricie. Similarly, the Laurentides Wildlife Reserve should not be affected by the weather phenomenon.

Conversely, Gatineau, Charlevoix, Saguenay, part of Bas-Saint -Laurent and Gaspésie could receive more than 25 cm of snow. Heavy rainfall is also expected on the North Shore, although this has not yet been quantified.

In any case, the depression that will hit Quebec by the end of the week will be followed by a period of good weather. In Montreal, for example, Environment Canada predicts three days of sunshine, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The depression is expected to reach New Brunswick Thursday evening. In northern and central parts of the province, the storm will show up first as snow and then freezing rain on Friday evening. Precipitation will taper off early Saturday morning.

15 to 25 cm of snow is expected in central New Brunswick, while the north could receive up to 40cm. Conversely, the depression will mainly bring rain to the south of the province. Up to 50mm could fall in St. Stephen, Grand Mahan and Charlotte County.

Snow and freezing rain also expected Friday and Saturday in Prince Edward Island, while Nova Scotia will be largely spared from the phenomenon.

With information from La Presse canadienne

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