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Nearly 15 cm of snow and sleet are expected in Montreal with strong winds by tomorrow.
The winter storm predicted for a few days has finally arrived in Montreal: a thick white carpet covers the ground and the snowfall that began Tuesday afternoon is intensifying. Snow will most likely be accompanied by sleet over the next few hours, followed by freezing rain overnight.
Caution is therefore advised on the roads due, among other things, to reduced visibility and slippery roads. The sidewalks and cycle paths in the metropolis are also likely to be slippery.
Starting this evening, 1,000 employees and as many devices will cover 6,000 km of sidewalks, 4,000 km of pavement and more than 700 km of tracks bicycles of the City of Montreal in order to spread abrasive and flux, indicated the spokesperson for the City, Philippe Sabourin, at a press briefing at the beginning of the afternoon. Hundreds of mechanics will also be at work to deal with equipment breakdowns.
The sloping streets will subject to increased surveillance in order to intervene quickly by spreading abrasive or flux, if this proves necessary.
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Teams of pruners are also in alert mode in order to react promptly if strong winds and ice cause damage in the urban forest.
Wednesday, the rising mercury will bring rain, but at the start of the day, conditions will surely be difficult for those who have to travel. The City encourages them to use public transportation (bus, metro and taxi) and to obtain tickets in advance. As for those who can stay sheltered and work from home, Mr. Sabourin encourages them to do so.
We invite everyone who can to telework, to stay warm at home. If you have to make essential trips, use public transportation.
A quote from Philippe Sabourin, spokesperson for the City of Montreal
According to Environment Canada, nearly 15 cm of snow and sleet with strong winds is expected by tomorrow morning. A period of freezing rain is forecast late night or early Wednesday morning, before precipitation changes to rain.
If you must take the road, find out before leaving about the state of the road and visibility conditions, make sure your vehicle is well prepared for winter driving and completely remove snow from your vehicle ( windows, mirrors, roof, hood, headlights and license plate).
While you ride , adapt your speed according to the conditions, keep a safe distance between vehicles, make sure you are visible (turn on your headlights!) and be patient in the presence of machinery operators.
For travelers who must take off from Montreal by tomorrow, Montreal-Trudeau Airport (YUL) invites you to check the Check your flight status with your airline before traveling and allow enough time for your journeys to and from the airport.