Storm litters Quebec streets with downed trees, billboards
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 8:39 AM - Thousands are without power after a massive spring storm, with winter's fingerprints all over it, took a heavy toll on Quebec on Wednesday. Everything from winter storm to storm surge warnings were in effect at times through the day with up to 40 cm of snow blasting parts of the province. An active and winter-like pattern continues to take hold with more snow and below seasonal temperatures persisting through the weekend.
- Gusty winds, blowing and drifting snow still expected through Thursday morning
- Strongest wind gusts abate west to east through Thursday morning and afternoon
- Clipper system to bring additional snow through Friday with below seasonal temperatures persisting
Powerful winds litter city streets with trees, billboards
Wednesday's potent Colorado Low left a path of destruction across southern Ontario, bringing heavy rain and snow as it pushed across Quebec. Between 20-40 cm of snow was reported through Quebec City and the Gaspe, while totals stayed below 10 cm for the city of Montreal.
The wind impact however, was widespread as peak gusts up to 90+ cm were recorded through the overnight and early morning hours. As of 7 a.m. on Thursday, more than 31,000 Hydro-Quebec customers were still without power with about 12,000 of them in the Montérégie region, including the areas of Longueuil, Roussillon and Brome-Missisquoi.
Additional snow, below seasonal temperatures
Gusty winds and blowing/drifting snow could make for more difficult through Thursday before another storm brings additional snowfall to parts of southern Quebec Thursday night. Computer model guidance has been somewhat back-and-forth with this system, but it seems likely that the province will see at least a glancing blow from this clipper.
"During Thursday night, a clipper will strengthen as it tracks through the Great Lakes," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham. "This will bring another round of gusty winds and a reinforcing shot of arctic air. In addition, a period of snow is likely during Thursday night and into Friday."
A general 5 cm of snow is possible for southern areas, including the city of Montreal. Temperatures will also remain much colder than seasonal, resembling conditions more typical of late February.
"We expect that a warm pattern will develop for May, but at this point it looks like we will really struggle to have any persistent warmth during April," adds Gillham. "It looks like the second half of April will bring back and forth swings in temperature, (typical of spring) but the final numbers will tip to the cold side of seasonal."