Already half of the snow that has fallen

News 14 January, 2018
  • Photo Agence QMI, Joêl Lemay
    A person braves the weather in a street in the neighbourhood of Villeray where he fell about 36 cm of snow in less than 24 h in the night from Friday to yesterday.

    Gilles Brien

    Sunday, 14 January 2018 01:00

    Sunday, 14 January 2018 01:00

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    With the storm yesterday, Montreal has already received more than half of the average amount of snow that falls in winter.

    The significant fall of snow that occurred yesterday is the fourth since the start of the cold season. It has increased to 134 inches, the total snow received this winter in the metropolis. In comparison, the average is 211 cm during a normal season. These 134 cm represent 63 % of the snow that falls on average in the city during a winter complete, according to the climate statistics.

    The storm that swept across Quebec is the largest snowfall this winter up to now. It could help to overcome the seasonal average, says meteorologist with Environment Canada, Yvan Côté, who also cautions, however, against an early conclusion.

    Season snow

    “There is a chance that it will be equal to or greater than the annual average, depending on what we will as a regime of precipitation in the next few months. But we seem to be in good road to have a season with enough snow “, he says.

    The passage of a cold front, vigorous combined with a depression up the coast of the united states has generated accumulations of 30 to 40 cm of snow in the valley of the St. Lawrence during the night and the day yesterday.

    In addition to strong winds causing blowing snow, the snow was preceded by freezing precipitation in many areas, worsening the road conditions in several areas.

    “We had a lot of snowfall of 3 to 5 cm since December, almost every 2, 3 days,” explains the meteorologist Amélie Bertrand Environment Canada.

    Ice jams on the rivers

    The fall in temperatures after the thaw of Friday has caused several ice jams in rivers and alerted authorities. The water level was declining in several of them that remained, however, under the supervision of the civil Security.

    • At Pike River, the river Pike is out of his bed causing the evacuation of 13 homes.
    • In Bromont, the Yamaska river has flooded nine residences.
    • In Dundee, in Montérégie, in a river out of its bed, and the authorities have conducted several evacuations, without specifying the number.
    • In Saint-Liboire, in Montérégie, a creek overflowed and flooded a fifty residences.
    • Quebec, Sherbrooke, Becancour (see page 2) and several other municipalities have also been affected.

    – With the collaboration of Vincent Larin

    36 cm: The island of Montréal is known accumulations, the most important of Quebec during the storm that swept the province from Friday night to yesterday.

    – 40 °C Combined with winds, values of cooling, curling of the – 40 °C will affect some regions today, including the Laurentians and the Abitibi region where Environment Canada has issued warnings yesterday.

    – 15 °C: The maximum normal for this time of the year is – 6 °C in the regions of Montreal and Quebec, but the mercury will struggle to stay under the bar – 15 °C today and tomorrow.

    See the weather conditions the next few days