Harsh cold snap expected for the new year

Ushering in the new year unfortunately won't mean welcoming warmer weather. The season's second cold snap is slated to hit Montreal by Tuesday.

According to Environment Canada meteorologist Maxime Desharnais, there's a system moving in from the Great Lakes over the next 36 hours that's expected to bring us some snow.

But there's more to it than that, he says. "We are looking at temperatures that are really cold, colder than average at this time of the year. We're expecting highs around -15 C to -20 C and morning lows of -20 C to -25 C."

He added that though this is not the first cold snap of the winter, it's certainly going to be the harshest and longest one. It's expected to last from Tuesday through to Sunday.

"We're from Quebec, we think we're used to this cold weather. But every time it hits us, it always takes us by surprise," Desharnais added with a chuckle. "We have to adapt to it."

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