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Storm to dump 30-40 cm of snow, bring gusty winds to eastern Quebec

Sunday, December 6th 2020, 8:56 am - Substantial amounts of snowfall could fall on parts of eastern Quebec through Monday, with possible accumulations totalling up to 50 cm.

Eastern Quebec is still on the hook for quite a bit of snowfall Sunday, with the system not expected to depart until Monday morning. The Gaspe Peninsula area, in particular, is looking at an additional 30-40 cm of snow, which may bring its weekend total to 50 cm by the time it ends. Strong, northerly wind gusts may reach 60-80 km/h, making for treacherous driving through the overnight hours. As you head west towards Quebec City, accumulations drop off dramatically, with less than 5 cm of snowfall left for the capital and Eastern Townships. A closer look at what's left, below.


WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Heavy snow persists in eastern areas Sunday
  • Additional 30-40 cm for Gaspe Peninsula, less than 5 cm for Quebec City, Eastern Townships
  • Chilly, but fair weather, early next week

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SUNDAY INTO MONDAY: HEAVY SNOW CONTINUES, FREEZING RAIN, STRONG WINDs

A large chunk of Eastern Canada is still reeling with the effects of this potent storm Sunday, with heavy rains and heavy snow lingering in parts of Atlantic Canada. Eastern Quebec will see heavy snow and strong winds persist through the day.

What's left of the swath of heavy snow will remain largely confined to the far eastern sections of Quebec, mainly in the Lower St. Lawrence and Gaspé Peninsula regions, Sunday. This area can expect an additional 30-40 cm of snow to drop through Monday. Snowfall, freezing rain and winter storm warnings remain in effect.

The drop in accumulations between those areas and Quebec City will be quite sharp. The capital itself, along with the Eastern Townships, is in line for less than 5 cm of additional snowfall during the same time period.

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The combination of snow and strong winds will cause blowing snow locally, reducing visibilities to near zero. Expect hazardous driving conditions in the hardest-hit areas. Wind gusts of 60-80 km/h will linger through the overnight hours.

While the heavy snow will wind down in the evening, there may be some sea-effect snow Monday morning for areas near the St. Lawrence as a result of the northerly winds.

LOOK AHEAD: FAIR, BUT CHILLY EARLY NEXT WEEK, BUT WARMUP LOOMS

Beyond this storm, a fair and seasonably chilly start to next week but then trending milder mid- and late-week. No storms are expected through next Friday. As we head into mid-December, we will transition into a colder, but near seasonal pattern for a week or so.

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"We should also see some more active weather. However, it is too early to know if any snow that falls during mid-December will stick around until Christmas," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.

A milder pattern over the eastern U.S. will attempt to push back into Quebec during the week leading up to Christmas.

Be sure to check back we continue to monitor this weekend's storm.

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