Snow clearing will get underway Montreal this evening as a major winter storm continues to make its way across the province.
By 4 p.m., freezing rain warnings had ended for much of southern Quebec, however winter storm and storm surge warnings were still in effect for areas including the Capitale-Nationale and Chaudière-Appalaches regions, the Charlevoix, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Lower North Shore and the Gaspé.
The storm forced hundreds of schools across the province to close Monday.
Snowfall amounts of 20 to 40 centimetres are expected through Tuesday evening along the Lower North Shore by the time the storm is done.
In the greater metropolitan area of Montreal, about 13 centimetres of snow fell on Monday, according to city officials.
Drivers are being warned to be very careful on the roads. People heading out on foot are also advised to be careful as sidewalks and passageways are slippery and waterlogged.
Environment Canada senior climatologist Dave Phillips says the snow shouldn't stick around too long in many areas of southern Quebec.
"It's kind of just a wake-up call," he said. "If you don't like it, well you should feel good because on Saturday it's going to be six degrees."