Monday, January 17, 2022, at 21:59 – A major snowstorm that closed roads and caused collisions in parts of Quebec on Monday, and which also causes large accumulations for some, will settle through overnight, allowing for a break from the stormy weather Tuesday.
Like Ontario, Quebec was hit by a major snowstorm Monday, causing road closures on Highways 20 and 30 for several hours on Montreal’s south coast due to pileups. Conditions were quite poor, as heavy snow and windy winds provided poor visibility. Some areas collected more than 30 cm of snowfall. The good news is that snow will start to subside for most regions during the night, allowing for a break from the winter weather on Tuesday, although the morning commute is likely to still be affected by slippery roads. More about when you can expect the snow to end and what to expect for the rest of the week, below.
A powerful low-pressure system blew up southern Quebec with a winter outbreak on Monday, resulting in significant traffic disruptions, including road closures and collisions.
Here are some current snowfall amounts (Sunday night to Monday) from Monday night.
Gatineau has picked up 31cm so far, with 17cm in Montreal and 7cm in Quebec City.
Likewise, provincial police said there have been many accidents, including pileups with dozens of vehicles, forcing Transports Québec to close some highways on Montreal’s south coast, reported by CBC News.
The intense snowfall made the road staff struggle to keep up, which at times made travel almost impossible. Windy winds combined with heavy snowfall significantly reduced visibility at times.
The snow should start to subside for most communities by Monday night, but the wind will remain strong during this time, making it difficult to travel due to snow drifts.
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