Snow, freezing rain expected to cause messy morning commute

Multiple weather warnings are in effect across southern Quebec as a blast of winter will hit the region, bringing snow, freezing rain and rain.

Montreal expecting 5-10 cm of snow, Laurentians could get 10-20 cm

Environment Canada has issued warnings across southern Quebec for Wednesday, including snowfall and freezing rain warnings. (iStock)

Multiple weather warnings are in effect across southern Quebec as a blast of winter will hit the region Wednesday, bringing snow, freezing rain and rain.

A snowfall warning in Montreal and the Eastern Townships is expected to bring five to 10 centimetres of snow, just in time for Wednesday morning's commute.

In the Laurentians and Quebec City, more snow is expected: 10 to 20 centimetres.

A freezing rain warning is also in effect for the southern part of the province for Wednesday morning.

The areas of southern Quebec that are shaded in red are under a snowfall and freezing rain warning for Wednesday. (Environment Canada)
CBC Montreal weather specialist Frank Cavallaro says that after 8 a.m., gradually rising temperatures will cause the snow to switch over to freezing rain.

Anywhere between two to four millimetres of freezing rain is expected.

By mid-morning, the ice pellets will switch over to plain rain.

"You'll need your snow brush in the morning and your umbrella in the afternoon," Cavallaro said.

Wednesday's expected daytime high is near 6 C.

Check travel plans

Road surfaces are expected to be slick during the morning commute. Drivers should top up on windshield washer fluid and keep their distance from the vehicle ahead of them.

Travellers with plane, train or bus tickets are advised to check ahead for delays or cancellations.

Orléans Express released an advisory Tuesday evening, stating that if some parts of the province get heavy snowfall, it could affect its coach bus service.

Orléans Express warned that buses scheduled to leave from Montreal, Rivière-du-Loup or Quebec City and  heading eastbound for New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, could be cancelled or delayed.


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