Montreal Braces for Slower Snowfall on Thursday

Montreal Braces for Slower Snowfall on Thursday
Montreal Braces for Slower Snowfall on Thursday

A snowfall warning has been maintained in the Montreal area as forecasters predict continued snow and moderate winds Thursday.

However, the snow is expected to be much milder than Wednesday night’s massive winter storm, which blanketed the city and left Montrealers trudging through evening errands.

An additional five centimetres are expected through the morning in the Montreal area, as well as Châteauguay – La Prairie, Laval, and the Longueuil – Varennes area.

Snow-clearing operations began Thursday morning at around 7 a.m., starting in the city’s east end. Snow removal operations will begin Friday morning, the city confirmed.

“The main priority today is to plow the snow away out of your sidewalk, your street,” said city spokesperson Philippe Sabourin. “In the coming days, expect the city to come with the blower machine. We will need 3,000 employees to complete the operation. and with more than 30 centimetres, it means we will need more than five days to complete the loading operation.”

Dozens of flights were delayed or cancelled early Thursday morning at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and at Jean Lesage in Quebec City.

Crisp, sunny conditions are expected on Friday, as temperatures are expected to sit around seven degrees.

There’s a 60 per cent chance of flurries on Saturday, though temperatures will likely rise to a mild two degrees under cloudy skies.

More snow is expected Sunday, with a high of minus five.

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