Winter settles in Montreal: several outputs of road, caroms on the 20
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 06:36
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 06:40
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The significant falls of snow are making it difficult to travel on the road network in the greater Montreal area. Many of the outputs of roads have been listed since Thursday morning.
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Traffic has been slowed on the road network in the metropolitan, especially on the South Shore, where motorists had to wait many minutes to get on the island of Montreal. Up to 20 centimetres of snow could fall by Wednesday in the Montreal area and 40 cm in the region of Quebec.
The regions of the Mauricie, Centre-du-Québec, Bois-Francs, Capitale-Nationale, Charlevoix, Côte-Nord, Gaspé and Rivière-du-Loup are the subject of a warning of a winter storm, then they can expect to receive between 20 and 40 centimetres of snow swept by strong winds.
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Two cannons on the 20
Two cannons involving more than twenty vehicles and heavy trucks have made a dozen minor injuries in an interval of about 30 minutes on highway 20, at the height of Saint-Apollinaire, in the MRC de Lotbinière.
PHOTO JEAN-FRANÇOIS DESGAGNÉS
According to the Sûreté du Québec, a first event occurred at about 13: 30 in the direction is in the sector from km 291, Saint-Apollinaire. Between 5 and 6 trucks and a dozen vehicles have been multiple collisions.
Highway 20 is completely closed in the area, where abundant rainfall makes the floor extremely slippery and the visibility was almost nil. The authorities have put in place ways to bypass.
A few school boards in the province have chosen not to open their doors today.
In the region of Quebec, the 49 schools of the commission scolaire de la Côte-du-Sud, as well as the private college Dina-Bélanger in Saint-Michel-de-Bellechasse, are closed.
Two specialized institutions of Québec, the école Saint-François and the Centre of psycho-pedagogical Quebec have also closed their doors for the day.
The school board of the Discoverers, for his part, announced that its schools remained open.
The garage owners in the province are likely to be busy today, since many latecomers have still not changed their tires. The application deadline is December 15. The changes to the Code of the road safety announced last week predict that the deadline will now be December 1st.
Environment Canada is calling for motorists to adapt their driving to road conditions. In many regions, the strong winds and blowing snow will make visibility almost zero.
The spokesperson of the CAA-Quebec, Annie Gauthier, also remember that good winter tires are not enough.
“Obviously the winter tires, but you also need to have good windshield wipers, there are that are designed for the winter with the blades, it is necessary to keep a good amount of windshield washer fluid, and keep it in the vehicle with a broom, and a shovel”.
– With Catherine Bouchard and Dominique Lelièvre