(Hopefully) a last blast of winter coming

Spring officially arrives Thursday at 12:57 p.m. in Montreal, but by then, we should be dealing with a late-season blast of winter.

We're expecting another 5 to 10 centimetres of snow to begin Wednesday night and continue into Thursday morning's rush hour, and after that, snow should change over to rain as the temperature climbs above freezing.

By Thursday evening, the rain is expected to change back to snow as the temperature falls back.

As for the first week of spring — there's more snow in the forecast for Friday and Saturday, and then by Sunday, the sunshine returns, but it will be cold, with forecast highs at -6 and -3 for Sunday and Monday, respectively.

The normal daytime high for the third week of March is 4 degrees above zero.

The city of Montreal, meantime, suggests that their usual plan applies for dealing with this new storm — plows will be out on the streets and sidewalks once there are 2.5 centimetres on the ground.

For the moment, though, the city says if the forecast for up to 10 centimetres remains the same, there are no plans for another major snow-removal operation.

It suggests, too, that the job to clean up after last week's storm is just about complete.

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