April snowpocalypse? Snow big deal

Posted By: Richard Deschamps · 4/12/2013 1:18:00 PM

We're seeing some messy winter weather in southwestern Quebec today, but it's not nearly the major storm we were expecting.

Yesterday, Environment Canada was reporting anywhere from 15 to 30 centimetres of snow for Montreal, but as things stand now, we're expecting only about 5 to 10 centimetres of snow to fall, mixed in with some ice pellets and freezing rain.

More snow, however, is expected in the Laurentians, the Outaouais and in the Eastern Townships, where they're expecting snowfalls of anywhere between 15 to 20 centimetres.

Provincial police are reporting that north of the city, dozens of cars have been skidding off the roads in the slick conditions, and there are at least two serious injuries to report in separate accidents.

In Rawdon, one motorist is in critical condition after striking a pole, and in St-Calixte, east of St-Jerome, rescuers are using the Jaws of Life to free an injured man from his car.

André Cantin with Environment Canada says that while the heavy snow warning has ended for the Montreal area, this storm system will continue to bring us lots of precipitation into the early morning hours of Saturday.

"We will definitely get a lot of precipitation, mixture of snow, ice pellets and a slight risk of freezing rain, especially later on this afternoon," Cantin says.

He points out that in any case, whatever falls today will likely be melted before the weekend is out. The forecast for tomorrow calls for cloudy conditions with a chance of showers, and a high of 7 in Montreal.

A high of 9 is expected Sunday, and we're looking at double-digit highs right through the beginning of next week.

Photo: Andrew Peplowski (CJAD)

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