Friday , June 18 2021

Montreal dug as a heavy winter storm crosses the countryside

Climb out to see what is called the worst storm of winter so far.

But then stay firm indoors if possible, as residents of Quebec are warned that heavy snow and fierce winds make dangerous driving conditions.

At 9 o'clock in Montreal, 35 centimeters grew, and in Quebec 21 centimeters. And a few more.

Montreal Mayor Valeri Plante told Radio Canada that the crews are working hard to dig the city, but the conditions are exceptional and it will take some time to clear the snow.

"Our team is working on cleaning the sidewalks and streets and all operations will continue during the day," Court said. Jean-François Parento, Member of the Executive Committee responsible for snow operations.

"We'll probably start charging tonight and tomorrow morning.

He told the CBC in Montreal dawn that the crews were out all night and "generally pretty good." Salt spreads during snow cleaning, he added.

After the snow removal operations started in the evening, he said it was important for people to respect the temporary signs of no parking to avoid difficulties and delay workers.

Snow covers the ice spots and once the snow is removed, the crews will break the ice and disperse abrasives until the spring thaw, he said.

The storm absorbs much of the province

Environment Canada warns of the conditions of winter storms from Gatino to the Eastern Settlement and the Lak-Sien-Jean region.

The conditions brought "visibility to almost zero," said the environment in Canada.

The wind gusts reached 42 km / h at night in the Montreal region, but it was much worse in Quebec City, with a steady wind of 48 km / h and a breeze of 71 km / h.

As the sun rose in the city early on Wednesday, many residential streets in Montreal were still under the snow and many sidewalks had not yet been cleared.

Authorities warn drivers to adapt to conditions, slow down their traffic and ensure that their cars are completely clean from snow.

Montreal encourages residents to rely on public transport instead of driving. Montreal Transit Authority (STM) spokesman Philippe Derry says about a quarter of the bus lines are delayed by 10 minutes.

"Give yourself more time when you move," he said. "Check out our website and mobile site to see the location of your bus and you will know exactly when it will arrive."

An accordion bus ran into a snow bank on Wednesday at Papineau Avenue and had to be towed.

A STM bus collided with a snow bank on Wednesday at Papineau Boulevard in Montreal and crashed. A little later she was removed. (Radio-Canada)

Most provincial schools are closed for the day.

Flights from and to Trudeau airport in Montreal and Jean-Lesage Airport of Quebec City are delayed or canceled.

Hydro-Québec reports some power interruptions in Montreal, Quebec City, Lower Saint Lawrence and Chaudière-Appalaches.

Concerning the closure of main roads, Highway 20 and Highway 132 between Quebec City and Montmani are closed in both directions.

Residents of Quebec City woke up on streets covered with freshly fallen snow on Wednesday. (Julia Page / CBC)

Further east, Highway 138 is closed by Tarusak in Charlevoia to Forestville.

The ferry between Quebec City and Levis has been canceled until further notice.

Carnaval de Québec in Quebec canceled daytime activities.

Now what?

Good news – the worst is over. Most of the snow fell at night, and conditions are expected to ease this morning.

Its heaviest snow fell at a speed of 4 centimeters an hour.

By the end of the evening is expected to 40 centimeters.

A warm front, marked along with the snow, will raise the temperature to around the freezing zone.

This storm is competing with some of the biggest ones to hit Quebec in recent memory.

In March 2017, the province received 39.4 centimeters for two days, holding hundreds of vehicles on Highway 13 in the west end of Montreal.

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