Saturday, January 15, 2022, 10:45 a.m. – A winter storm sweeping across the eastern United States this weekend will arrive in Quebec on Monday, bringing a widespread blanket of snow to the province, with some hefty travel implications expected.
Quebec’s first major winter storm of the season is upon us and will cause widespread snowfall across the province on Monday. In fact, it will affect much of central and eastern Canada next week. By the time the storm is over, hefty totals of 15-30cm are possible. There are special weather reports. Rapidly accumulating snow makes travel difficult, so drivers should pay close attention before hitting the road. The conditions can significantly affect rush hour traffic in urban areas. Meanwhile, the weekend will be quite chilly, with nighttime lows reaching into the -20s, even -30s for some countries. More about this impactful winter storm and the week ahead below.
THIS WEEKEND: ARCTIC CHILL GRIPS QUEBEC FOR STORM
The early winter storm headed for Quebec is building in the center of the United States. It will increase rapidly once it reaches the southeastern US on Saturday, eventually lugging the eastern seaboard all weekend.
Meanwhile, for Quebec, a high-pressure dome of extreme cold continues to dominate for Saturday and Sunday. Another cold night ahead as night lows dip into the -20s and even -30s over the northern sections.
MONDAY: SIGNIFICANT SNOW COMES TO THE SOUTH
Early Monday morning, the extremely cold air will interact with the approaching winter storm. There are special weather reports.
The snowfall will spread in the Ottawa Valley and the city of Montreal Monday morning and continue to spread further northeast into the St. Lawrence Valley into the early afternoon.
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A little mild air over the Eastern Townships may allow for some sleet or ice pellets from time to time — lowering the total snowfall in that area — where we generally expect 5-15 inches of snow.
The worst affected area is in the Ottawa region, right along the Ontario-Quebec border. Montreal is likely to see a tight slope in total snowfall, with an overall 15-30cm possible. Further north in the city, higher amounts will be visible. Snowfall rates fall Monday night.
In addition, strong winds combined with the snow can cause drifting snow, which would significantly reduce visibility. Commuters must expect significant travel delays.
TUESDAY AND BEYOND: TEMPERATURES FLUCTUATE BUT REMAIN COLD
After this winter storm, temperatures in southern Quebec will fluctuate a bit over the course of the week. By Tuesday, a northwesterly flow will return and temperatures will again drop well below season.
There will be a short warm-up on Wednesday, bringing the high temperatures into the single digits below zero. By the end of the week, colder air will pour in, pushing daytime highs back to double-digits below zero — significantly lower than the mid-January season.
A clipper system could bring another chance for light snow in the region on Wednesday. There will be another chance of snow in time for the weekend.
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