Quebec threatened with heavy snow despite 'springing' forward this weekend

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Quebec threatened with heavy snow despite 'springing' forward this weekend
Quebec threatened with heavy snow despite 'springing' forward this weekend

After being graced with mild, and even record-setting warm conditions on Thursday, parts of Quebec will jump right back into the heart of winter, as tumbling temperatures and two rounds of snow blast through the region this weekend.

The first round will move into western sections of the province Friday afternoon, while bursts of snow will spread across areas along the St. Lawrence River through the evening hours, lingering across the Eastern Townships into the overnight.

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ONQCSnow (1)

"As the snow moves through each region there will be the risk for whiteout conditions to develop rather quickly as frontal snow squalls and wind gusts of 40-60 km/h move through," warns Weather Network meteorologist Matt Grinter.

The wind gusts will help to create blowing snow, reducing visibilities even after the snow has fallen.

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QCWind

"A similar setup will occur Saturday evening for northeastern Ontario and western Quebec, but holding off until the overnight hours for the St. Lawrence region and the Eastern Townships," Grinter adds.

Each round will bring a varied amount of precipitation, as these bands of snow will be convective in nature. In all, each round could bring a dusting of snow, up to 5-10 cm. The heaviest bands of snow look to move in between Montreal and Quebec City, and then into the Eastern Townships, where snow squall watches are in place.

"Visibility may be significantly and suddenly reduced to near zero," says Environment Canada in the snow squall watch. "Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve."

NEW RECORD WARMTH FOR MARCH

On Thursday, daytime highs soared to new record values, including for the city of Montreal that reached 11.7°C, beating out the old record set in 2012. Meanwhile, Quebec City hit 10.9°C, smashing a 100+ year record of 10.6°C set on the same day back in 1898.

Conditions will gradually improve as the weekend wears on, though temperatures will take quite the tumble, despite the abundant sunshine that's expected. The colder conditions will continue into next week, especially for southern Quebec, with near seasonal values dominating through the mid-March mark.

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QCTemps

Be sure to check back for the latest updates on the persistent winter fight across Quebec.