Montreal

First Quebec snowfall causing driving headaches

Quebec's first major snowfall is making driving difficult across the province Wednesday.

Drivers rush to put on winter tires

Wednesday's snowfall has made roads dangerous for drivers across Quebec. (CBC)

Quebec's first major snowfall is making driving difficult across the province Wednesday.

Provincial police said they received several reports of cars spinning off the road and minor fender benders Wednesday morning.

In Montreal, a driver lost control of his vehicle on Côte-des-Neiges Road, with the car ending up on its roof. Police could not confirm that the accident was caused by the snow.

There were at least two reports of trucks which had lost their loads on Quebec highways. One was in Vaudreuil, Que. on Highway 540, while another was on Highway 20 near Sainte-Hélène-de-Bagot, Que.

Environment Canada issued a weather warning and said the Montreal area should expect 5 to 10 centimetres of snow Wednesday, while some areas south of the city could see up to 15 centimetres.

Winter tire rush

The combination of mild weather during November and the Dec.15 deadline has many Quebec drivers scrambling to put on their winter tires.

At Alex Pneu et Mécanique in Montreal, there's a rush to get winter tires installed.

Mechanic Steve Arruda has dealt with the pressure for the past 15 years. He said it's the same old story.

"Everybody is last minute, every year, all the time," said Arruda.

Arruda said this year is especially busy because a mild November has led to procrastination.

Quebec Transport Minister Pierre Moreau said drivers should have put their tires on early.

"Nobody obliged people to wait until December 15th to put on winter tires," said Moreau.

Arruda said drivers may have to deal with long waits over the next few weeks.

"It's going to get done but they got to be patient. They got to realize that they're going to have to bring the car and leave the car over because to wait for it, you're going to be stuck here for a couple of hours," said Arruda.

Arruda said his garage can install as many as 100 sets of tires a day.