Covered with heavy and sticky snow over southern and western Quebec
Snowfall should be expected. intensify in the late afternoon in the greater Montreal area.
The depression coming from the eastern United States must leave between 15 and 30 centimeters in places over Quebec.
The snow expected for several days is falling on the Outaouais, Montérégie, Estrie, Laurentians and the Montreal region, where accumulations of 15 to 30 centimeters of snow are expected, depending on the region, over the next 24 hours. .
Snowfall is expected to continue through Saturday evening.
Heavy and sticky snow due to temperatures hovering around the freezing point, however, makes it difficult to travel on the roads, where the road surface is slippery in places and visibility is reduced due to the snow at times heavy with winds of 30 to 50 km/h.
Snow may mix with freezing rain in places.
Traffic is slow on the road network, especially in the greater Montreal area, where new snowfalls, sometimes heavy, are expected Friday evening. The road is also snow-covered on the outskirts of large cities and on expressways, especially on the North Shore, in the Montreal region, where caution is required.
Outings traffic and collisions were reported throughout the network during the day, but no major accidents have been recorded at this time.
Car traffic being less important than usual on this Friday; no major traffic jams are currently being reported on the network in the metropolitan area.
Precipitation should, however, intensify during rush hour this evening in the Montreal area and in Estrie.
Winter is setting in in southern Quebec.
“It's not a big storm where people are told: “Stay at home”. The message with this kind of weather is: “Take your time, plan more time and adapt your movements”. »
— Marie-Ève Giguère, meteorologist at Environment Canada
Montreal Airports also reports numerous flight delays.
The vast majority of schools were open in Quebec while school transportation was canceled in Eastern Ontario.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who had a meeting scheduled for this morning with François Legault, in Montreal, also opted for caution by postponing the meeting due to weather conditions that disrupted his flight to Montreal.< /p>
Heavy, sticky snow is perfect for shaping traditional snowmen.
According to Environment Canada, the depression coming from the east coast of the United States should leave 20 to 30 centimeters of snow in Estrie by Saturday.
The greater Montreal area should receive 15 to 25 centimeters of snow.
Mauricie, Lanaudière and the Laurentians should also inherit total accumulations of 15 to 20 centimeters .
Further east, the snow should start late in the evening in the Quebec region.
Unusually, the Thousands of delegates gathered at COP15, at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal, were treated to an information session on Thursday on snowfall and the basic precautions to take during such weather conditions, many of them d' between them having never experienced a snowfall in their lives.
As for snow removal, the City of Montreal intends to honor its reputation as a northern city.
We are ready! We have representatives from all over the world with COP15. We will not disappoint them, promises Philippe Sabourin, spokesperson for the City of Montreal. We are the best snow plows on the planet. We will deliver the goods.