Snow, rain hit Quebec in first major storm of the season
Freezing rain, snowfall warnings ended in most parts of southern and northern Quebec
People living in southern Quebec, including Montreal, woke up to at least 10 centimetres of snow today and faced a slushy commute as Mother Nature delivered the first blast of winter-like weather .
Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport recorded 13 centimetres of snow on the ground Wednesday morning, and about 10 millimetres of rain.
The city's downtown area accumulated a little less snow — 8 centimetres.
As temperatures rose Wednesday morning, the snow turned to rain in much of the Montreal region.
Some flights in and out of Trudeau Airport were also delayed or cancelled.
Environment Canada has ended its snowfall warning for most of western Quebec, but parts of eastern Quebec — including Sept-Îles and the Gaspé — are still facing storm surge and rainfall warnings.
The storm caused power outages across the province, leaving more than 10,000 homes without power.
Most of the blackouts were in the Laurentians, where up to 25 centimetres of snow and more than 20 millimetres of rain fell.
By Wednesday night, more than 2,000 Hydro Québec customers were still without power.
Conditions are expected to turn drier and much colder by Thursday.
“The winds will pick up Wednesday night into Thursday — 60 to 70 km/h. It will be sunny Thursday, but much colder — with the winds, it will feel like -18. It will feel more like mid-December,” CBC weather specialist Frank Cavallaro said.
This storm marks the first snowfall accumulation for the Montreal area this season. Last year, the first accumulation occurred on Nov. 28, when about two centimetres of snow fell.