Two quick blasts of snow for southern Quebec
Wednesday, January 2, 2019, 12:05 PM - A fast-moving system will leave a trail of light snow in its path across southern Quebec on Thursday, making for some potentially slippery morning commutes. A second system passing by to the north will add to some snowfall totals into Friday, mainly north toward Quebec City. This little reminder of winter won't keep temperatures down for long, however; highs rebound to give us above average temperatures heading into the first weekend of 2019. We take a look at who'll see the most snow, and how warm it will get, below.
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- Two rounds of snow moving across southern Quebec through Friday
- General accumulations around 5 cm, higher amounts through the Laurentians
- Above-seasonal highs into the weekend before return to the cold
WATCH BELOW: A QUICK SKIFF OF SNOW THROUGH SOUTHERN QUEBEC
While it's now into its second month, the winter of 2018-19 has been a bit lacking when it comes to snowfall across much of southern Quebec, particularly in Montreal, where just shy of 15 cm of snow fell in December. Still a shovel-worthy amount, but pretty paltry when you consider the average for the city in December is almost 49 cm. This week's disturbances won't do much to bolster those totals for most, but we are looking at a swath of about 5 cm from the National Capital Region through the Eastern Townships with Thursday's clipper system.
Further north into the Laurentians and up toward Quebec City, a second round of snow will add to those totals Thursday night and Friday as another low slides by to the north. In particular, the Laurentians north of Quebec City could be the big winners when it comes to fresh snowfall, with some guidance suggesting in excess of 10 cm by the time snow tapers off early Saturday morning.
While extreme cold advisories dotted parts of northern Quebec into Wednesday, a warming trend is on its way into the province as we head toward the first weekend of the new year. Temperatures are expected to edge north of the 0 degree mark -- and land about 5 degrees above seasonal for early January -- starting on Friday.
Don't get too attached to those milder temperatures, though; by early next week, northerly winds return and push afternoon highs back down to seasonal -- and below zero -- again.