Winter storm on its way for southern Quebec

Montreal and other regions are expected to get up to 25 centimetres of snow by the end of the weekend. Image Source: CBC


Environment Canada says freezing rain, snow and cold temperatures in store for weekend

Buckle up, Quebec: a messy winter cocktail is on its way.

Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for most of southern Quebec, including Montreal, the Eastern Townships, Lanaudière and the Quebec City area.

The cold will make its return overnight Friday, dropping to -10 C by Saturday.

The weather agency says the rain will change to freezing rain then to ice pellets and snow overnight Friday.

By Saturday, the snow will intensify and some regions are expected to get up to 25 centimetres by the end of the weekend.

The wintry conditions will make for a tricky drive as snow accumulates and the cold sets in. Highways, roads and sidewalks could become slippery.

Flash freezes and deep chill

Some regions in the southern half of the province are also under a flash freeze warning.

Environment Canada warns that a cold front is coming to areas such as the Laurentians, Gatineau and Mont-Laurier.

With the sudden drop in temperatures, water accumulation, slush and snow will quickly freeze on the ground.

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Environment Canada has issued a flash freeze warning for several areas in southern Quebec. It will make surfaces slippery and icy. (Charles Contant/CBC)

Highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will be become icy and slippery.

The weather agency has also issued an extreme cold warning for areas such as Abitibi and Matagami, where it could feel as cold as -40 starting this evening.

An extreme cold weather warning is issued when there is a higher risk of frostbite and hypothermia.

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