Environment Canada has lifted its freezing rain warning for the Montreal and Laval area.

Freezing rain warnings were issued overnight Sunday, a few hours after a blanket of snow began covering parts of the province.  With temperatures rising, it appears the Montreal area will be spared from the sheet of ice that was supposed to cover the roads.

Weather forecasts now predict rain or drizzle and a high of 4 C.

Winter storm warnings are still in effect for the Quebec City region.

Montrealers woke up to several centimetres of snow and a layer of ice which made the morning commute all the more difficult.

According to Environment Canada, a total of about 10 millimetres of precipitation fell overnight.

"People should plan ahead for their morning commute," said CBC weather expert Craig Larkins. "The combination of snow, freezing rain and rain could be treacherous."

The freezing rain should turn to drizzle this morning before noon and strong winds should diminish.

The low pressure system will be clearing this evening and make its way to northeastern Quebec, where five to 10 millimetres of rain is expected.

Some parts of Central Quebec could see up to 20 centimetres of snow throughout the day.  

Countdown for winter tires

Those who have not installed winter tires on their vehicles are being urged to do so quickly.

Quebec's Highway Safety Code requires vehicles to have winter tires from Dec. 15 until March 15.  People driving without them face fines of between $200 and $300.

According to Transport Québec, 38 per cent of accidents that took place during the winter months in 2005 involved at least one vehicle that did not have winter tires.

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The combination of snow and freezing rain covered the streets of Montreal. Drivers were asked to be careful on the roads. (CBC)