Strong spring storm brings heavy rain to Quebec, ice and snow to the north

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Strong spring storm brings heavy rain to Quebec, ice and snow to the north
Strong spring storm brings heavy rain to Quebec, ice and snow to the north

Severe weather warnings have dropped for western parts of Quebec and the upper St. Lawrence, but the lower St. Lawrence and eastward were still in the thick of it late afternoon Friday, as a strong spring storm moved through. The storm's effects have included showers, strong winds reaching or even exceeding 90 km/h for some areas, and snow for northern areas. More on the impacts of this developing storm, below.

WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Strong spring storm system sweeps across Quebec Friday, bringing powerful winds and a swath of heavy rain

  • Risk of ice accretion and heavy snow for areas to the north

  • Widespread threat for damaging winds gusts

FRIDAY: HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG WINDS DOMINATE

The rain associated with this potent spring system pushed across the Ottawa Valley and into Quebec by Friday morning, becoming heavier through the day and set to continue into the evening hours.

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By the time all is said and done, between 20-40 mm of rain is expected across much of the south including the Saint Lawrence Valley. There will be a slight risk of embedded thunderstorms from this system, raising the chance of some areas seeing locally higher amounts.

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ONQCRain (2)

"This amount of rainfall will produce a flooding risk, across a region that has been abnormally dry through March," warns Weather Network meteorologist Michael Carter.

The rain, heavy at times, may also cause significant ponding of water on the roads.

To the north, a band of snow will produce 10-20 cm of accumulations, with the risk for ice along the transition zone.

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ONQCSnow (2)

This heavy precipitation will be accompanied by gusty winds as well, with widespread gusts near 50 km/h across the south, and much higher values through the lower Saint Lawrence valley including Quebec City, where wind warnings are in place for gusts up to 90 km/h.

"High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break," says Environment Canada in the warning.

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QCGusts (1)

Be sure to check back for the latest updates on this developing system for Quebec.