Weather not collaborating with Christmas shoppers this weekend

Montrealers needing to put the final touches on their shopping are facing an additional challenge only days before Christmas

Today's cold and rainy weather is making driving in and around Montreal a very hazardous task as many more centimeters of snow and icy rain are expected to fall on the island throughout the weekend.

Environment Canada has issued severe weather warnings for an area stretching from southern Ontario all the way to Prince Edward Island.

Despite completing snow removal operations on Friday, the City of Montreal will have over 1 000 trucks and the same number of employees working on clearing the snow throughout the day. Their work will continue into the night and Sunday if necessary.

Many Montrealers are expected to brave the weather today to continue their Christmas shopping. Montreal police spokesperson Simon Delorme says that police will be assisting traffic around major shopping centres, but drivers still need to be careful.

The STM has also put out an alert warning all wheelchair users that, due to current weather conditions, extending the ramp at certain bus stops may be impossible.

The storm has already led to dozens of delays at Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. Environment Canada suggests people in affected areas should consider delaying, or even cancelling, their travel plans.

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