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Quebec calls a snow day as winter storm rolls into the province

Province trades cold snap for winter wallop on day schools were set to reopen

A woman pulls a child in a sled through a park while it is snowing heavily.

Most areas with a winter storm warning from Environment Canada will receive 15 to 25 centimeters of snow.

Photo: La Presse canadienne / Graham Hughes


Regions across the province are hunkering down as Quebec is walloped by a winter storm expected to dump up to 30 centimetres of snow in some regions.

Environment Canada has issued snowfall and winter storm warnings for most of Quebec, with anywhere between 10 and 30 centimetres expected, depending on the area.

The snowfall began early Monday and is expected to last throughout the day into the evening, with up to four centimetres per hour falling in Montreal in the morning. The storm is expected to move east, hitting the Quebec City region by midday.

Wind gusts of up to 70 km/h are expected to accompany the snow.

We expect poor visibility conditions because of the heavy snow and winds that will cause blowing snow, said Environment Canada meteorologist Jean-Philippe Bégin. We expect blowing snow everywhere.

Drivers are being advised to stay off the roads whenever possible.

Major school boards and service centres across the province announced schools would be shut down for the day (new window), though some opted for online learning. Quebec schools were supposed to return to class Monday after a delayed start due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The storm is the result of a low-pressure system travelling north from the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, and comes after much of Quebec has experienced extreme cold temperatures for the past several days. 

Saturday morning, temperatures dipped to –24 C in Montreal, and felt like a blistering –37 with the wind chill factor.

A balmy high of –3 C is expected for Monday.

CBC News