Montreal slowed but not stopped by overnight snowstorm


The city of Montreal announced that snow-clearing operations would begin at 7 a.m. and start in neighbourhoods in the eastern half of the city.

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La Presse Canadienne

Published Jan 26, 2023  •  2 minute read

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Montrealers woke up on Thursday to a 24-centimetre blanket of snow, traffic delays and the promise of more precipitation over the course of the day.

But students on the island of Montreal who went to bed expecting a snow day were disappointed, as all school boards and service centres remained open. Apart from predictable delays and cancellations at Trudeau airport — as a weather system that stretched across Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes made itself felt — the most immediate problem faced by Montrealers early Thursday was digging themselves out before temperatures plummet on Friday.

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As of 7:30 a.m., road conditions on Montreal Island saw Highways 20 and 40 on the West Island snow-covered while conditions on both thoroughfares improved west of Highway 15. Highways 10 and 30 on the South Shore were snow-covered and conditions varied on Highway 132 while Highway 20 was reported as being partially covered with snow.

Wind gusts are expected to reduce visibility on roads between the Quebec-Ontario border and Quebec City. Motorists are advised to adapt their driving to road conditions and expect longer delays than usual during the Thursday morning rush hour.

Environment Canada had forecast 15 to 25 cm of snow for multiple regions in the province including Montreal, the Laurentians, the Mauricie and Beauce regions and the Eastern Townships.

The city of Montreal announced that snow-clearing operations would begin at 7 a.m. and start in neighbourhoods in the eastern half of the city.

Dozens of flights were cancelled or delayed early Thursday at Trudeau airport and Jean-Lesage airport in Quebec City and travellers are advised to confirm their flight status before heading to the airport.

There were no immediate reports of accidents or injuries due to the snowfall.

The forecast for Thursday calls for an additional 5 cms. of snow over the coure of the day. Blowing snow is expected in the morning followed by local blowing snow this afternoon. The forecast high is minus 3 C. with a windchill near minus 13.

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