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This storm could leave it behind up to 40 centimetres of snow.
Jeanne Corriveau and
13 February 2019
Quebecers will have to bring out their shovels Wednesday and many schools will be closed because of the storm that battered the region as a whole. This storm could leave it behind up to 40 centimetres of snow.
The first flakes had not yet fallen in on Tuesday afternoon that the authorities, both the ministry of Transportation of Quebec the City of Montreal, were on the alert.
The storm began in the southern Ontario Tuesday morning and then move to Quebec.
The memories of the A-13
Nearly two years after the storm of march 2017, during which hundreds of motorists were stuck on highway 13, the minister of Transport, François Bonnardel, has reported that it would monitor the situation. “I’m going to follow closely the evolution of the storm […]. If it is possible to postpone your travel, please do so ! If not, adjust your driving “, he wrote on his Twitter account in mid-day Tuesday.
With snow removal crews already on high alert, Montreal has also recommended to the citizens to reduce their travel and telework to the extent possible. “We are ready to face this storm,” said Jean-François Parenteau, manager of citizen services at executive committee.
I’m going to follow closely the evolution of the storm […]. If it is possible to postpone your travel, please do so ! If not, adjust your driving.
— François Bonnardel
The teams began the pre-wetting of abrasives, on Tuesday afternoon. Operations “massive” clearing will be carried out to measure the snow fall. When the precipitation has ceased, the load of the snow will begin, presumably starting Thursday morning.
This storm comes after several bouts of rain and frost, who have left on the sidewalks in montreal as plates of ice that are difficult to dislodge. They will disappear under the snow. “The snow is much easier to manage than the ice,” admitted Jean-François Parenteau. “Our winters are becoming more complex. What is difficult, what are the variations of temperature. “
Schools closed ?
The school board announced their decision to close their establishments early in the morning, between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., when the weather conditions deteriorate.
The school Board in the Heart-of-Vallées, Gatineau, did not wait for the snow and has made it known as early as 16 h Tuesday that its schools would be closed and that the transportation would be cancelled. The Commission scolaire des Trois-Lacs, in the region of Vaudreuil-Soulanges, has followed suit shortly after.
In the city, the school Boards of Montreal, Marguerite Bourgeoys and the English Montreal had warned the students, parents and teachers that their schools would be closed. It will be the same including the commssions school of Laval, des Affluents, des Patriotes, des Grandes-Seigneuries, des Laurentides, de la Seigneurie-des-Mille-Îles and Marie-Victorin.
More often, activities are suspended at the University of Montreal, McGill University, the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), including the campus in Laval, Terrebonne, Longueuil and the West island of Montreal, and Concordia University. It is the same to the Université Laval and the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO).
In contrast, the University of Sherbrooke announced that educational activities and administrative are available as usual on our three campuses. The Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) had not yet announced at 6: 45 am.
Snow storm on the province: what you need to know
In the end of the night, Wednesday, the conditions were difficult on the main roads of the west and the south of Quebec. Transport Quebec reported that highways were snow-packed and visibility ranged from fair to zero on the highway 5, 10, 15, 19, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 50 and 55. It is the same on the roads 116, 132 and 138. In several places, the winds have caused the formation of blades of snow on roadways.
Many flights to cities in ontario and the us have been canceled Tuesday at the Montréal-Trudeau airport. A similar situation was observed at the Toronto Pearson international airport.
For its part, VIA Rail has warned that its train connections may experience delays.
The Société de transport de Montréal and the Société de transport de Laval expect delays in respect of their bus networks. The same goes in particular for the réseau de transport de Longueuil and of the Capital, Quebec city.
With The canadian Press