A winter storm blowing over southern and eastern Quebec on Tuesday and Wednesday is likely to cause hell on the roads in the coming hours.
Environment Canada has issued “winter storm” and “storm surge” warnings with high winds of up to 100 km per hour in some areas.
Areas south of the St. Lawrence River are particularly affected by dangerous winter conditions. Estimating 20 to 40 centimeters of snow by Wednesday makes travel difficult, if not dangerous in places.
In Montreal and its northern crown, the accumulation of 10 to 20 cm, combined with snow, produces strong northeasterly winds that make snow and pavement slip and traffic difficult.
In Quebec City and on the north coast, 20 to 40 centimeters of snow will fall by Wednesday as storm surge warning calls for high water levels and large waves near the coast, causing flooding.
For example, for eastern regions such as Estre, Bass-Saint-Laurent and Gaspeci, heavy snowfall of 30 to 50 cm is expected, but winds of up to 100 km per hour will clear some areas and produce snow.
According to a warning from the Federal Agency, “visibility is sometimes abruptly reduced during heavy snowfall.”