12/15/2013 10:28 EST | Updated 02/14/2014 05:59 EST

First snowstorm of season batters Quebec

Montreal and all of southern Quebec can expect 15 to 30 centimetres of snow over the next 24 hours as a severe winter storm blows through the province.

Environment Canada has winter storm warnings across Quebec, and there are blowing snow warnings in effect for Saguenay, Baie-Comeau, Forillon National Park, Gaspé and Percé.

Transports Québec spokesman Bruno Lacombe said that road conditions across the province are expected to get worse as the day progresses.

Updates on road conditions are available at Transports Québec's website.

Lacombe reported zero visibility, ice and drifting snow on Highway 40 east of Trois-Rivières. Zero visibility conditions are also affecting the region east of Sherbrooke, he said.  

Intensifying northeasterly winds over the course of the day will further reduce visibility on roads across the province. Lacombe said avoid driving if you can.

If you have to drive, give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.

Flights arriving and departing from Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport are experiencing delays and a number have been cancelled.

Travellers can get more information on flight arrivals and departures here.