March came in like a lion, but there’s no sign of the lamb as a big winter storm is forecast to barrel into southern Quebec and drop up to 25 centimetres of snow on the Montreal region.
Much of Ontario will get hit by a mess of snow, ice pellets, rain and freezing rain Monday evening and into Tuesday, while southern Manitoba, including Winnipeg, is under an Environment Canada weather warning for blizzard conditions, with high winds and up to 15 centimetres of snow expected.
And they say spring is just two days away. Bah!
The Quebec storm is a result of two pressure systems converging over the province: a low-pressure system and another storm along the eastern coast. In Manitoba, the blizzard will be caused by a low-pressure system moving in from eastern North Dakota through Minnesota, Environment Canada reports.
Driving in Southern Ontario will be less than pleasant as the low-pressure disturbance moves northeast across Indiana into lower Michigan, spreading snow and ice pellets along with some freezing rain up as far north as Kincardine through Barrie to Cobourg. Eastern Ontario can expect “significant snowfall” Monday night and into Tuesday, with amounts as high 20 centimetres in parts of the province.
The Ottawa area could see as much as 15-20 cm of snow. “This should be a fairly decent snow storm,” severe weather meterologist Rob Kuhn told The Ottawa Citizen. “But we should see it tapering off tomorrow night, we hope.”
But the heaviest snow accumulations are forecast for Quebec, and quite likely the Maritimes, Accuweather predicts.
Parts of the U.S. Midwest saw heavy snow from the same system, with 15 inches reporter in Oklahoma and more than a foot in Missouri, The New York Times reports. The governors of Missouri and Kansas declared emergencies in their states.