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Swath of snow blankets Quebec and impacts commutes

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 7:02 AM - A storm with its origins in Texas will blast southern Quebec with widespread snow on Wednesday. The system will track south of the international border, with an impact on the afternoon and evening commutes for southern and central Quebec on Wednesday.

Weather Highlights

  • Texas Low brings widespread snow to southern Quebec Wednesday. Around 10 cm likely through the day before moving out Wednesday night
  • Afternoon/evening commute looks to be highly impacted by the snow
  • Highest snowfall accumulations in Quebec likely in the Eastern Townships with 10-15+ cm
  • Late week system could bring additional snow through the weekend

The heaviest band of snow, luckily, will fall south of the border, but a widespread 5-15 cm is expected across Quebec, with the highest amounts accumulating in the Eastern Townships, where snowfall warnings are in effect for 10-15+ cm of snow.

VIDEO: Timing of the snowfall across Quebec

"Snowfall begins in the Ottawa/Montreal area through mid-morning on Wednesday, continuing through the afternoon hours, then ending from west to east through the mid evening hours," says Weather Network meteorologist Nadine Hinds-Powell. "By Wednesday overnight, the back edge of the snow will pull away from the Gaspé Region."

Snow will begin for Quebec City in the afternoon hours, continuing for the evening and early overnight period.

Expect a slower afternoon/evening commute as most roads will be snow-covered across the region.

Long Range Outlook

"As we head towards mid-February we expect a brief pause in the pattern that has been delivering Arctic air to the region," says The Weather Network's meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.

"Milder air from the Southeast U.S. will attempt to surge into our region on a couple occasions next week bringing the potential for rain and possibly freezing rain with one or two systems.  However, this breakdown in the pattern certainly does not signal an end to winter. We can already see a couple of trends in the global pattern that signal a return to a colder pattern sometime during the final 10 days of February and likely continuing deep into March," Gillham adds.

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