Snowy Saturday at the end of recess

March starts with snow: up to 20 centimeters of snow is expected on Saturday in southern Quebec, to the delight of motorsports enthusiasts and the despondency of motorists.

Fresh snow should fall over the south of the county from Friday night into Saturday. Snow is expected to reach about 15 cm in Montreal. It is expected that the intensity of precipitation will increase towards the south of the province, on the border with the United States, where snow is expected to reach 20 cm.

A snow alert has been activated for Estrie, Gatineau, Montreal, Laval, Richelieu Valley, Saint-Hyacinthe and Vaudreuil-Soulanges regions.

Guillaume Peron, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, warned that gusts of 40 to 50 km/h could sometimes complicate road conditions.

Precipitation is expected to weaken during the day on Saturday.

The meteorologist confirmed that snowfall in March is not abnormal. Temperatures in the coming weeks are expected to fluctuate around freezing. “We can still get snow,” he notes. Winter is not over yet! »

Snowy winter

“Meteorological winters,” meaning the months of December, January, and February, have been particularly snowy in certain areas of Quebec this year, Mr. Peron notes.

In Montreal, 200 cm of snow fell during these three months, while the average is 140 cm.

In terms of temperatures, February appears to have remained within seasonal standards, after an unusually mild December and January, says the meteorologist.

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