Southern Quebec hit with April snowfall

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Southern Quebec hit with April snowfall

Southern Quebec was hit by a late-season snowfall Tuesday morning.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement Monday evening announcing heavy, wet snow for the island of Montreal, Laval, Longueuil, and Châteauguay—Laprairie areas.

A major weather system from the U.S. East Coast is behind the blanket of snow across the greater Montreal region, according to the weather agency. Temperatures will stay close to the freezing mark throughout the day.

Environment Canada advised drivers to be careful on the slippery roads.

Brennan Neill/CBC
Brennan Neill/CBC

But having snow in Montreal at this time of year isn't unusual, said André Cantin, a meteorologist with Environment Canada.

"Every, let's say five to 10 years, we may receive a fair amount of snow at the end of April so it's not something we've never seen," he said. "The spring has a lot of time to settle over the province."

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Ivanoh Demers/Radio-Canada

Just last year, on April 21, Montreal received five centimetres of snow.

In 2007, the city saw around 27 centimetres of snow from April 15 to 17, with the bulk of it — 18 centimetres — falling on April 15.

Ivanoh Demers/Radio-Canada
Ivanoh Demers/Radio-Canada

Around 15 centimetres fell on the Montreal region, but with the ground being warm, only about six to eight centimetres accumulated.

Wednesday's forecast is looking a bit brighter with a forecast of eight degrees for Montreal.

Ivanoh Demers/Radio-Canada
Ivanoh Demers/Radio-Canada
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