'Excessive' November snowfall about to wallop Quebec

08 Nov 2018 3:20 PM | Smart About Salt (Administrator)


Quebec by no means is a stranger to November snowfall, but what's about to happen is "excessive" even by the province's high and hearty standards. A merging of two systems will bring heavy snow and strong winds to parts of the province this weekend with additional and several rounds of snow to follow. More on the hefty totals and the widespread long range threat, below.


  • Major low pressure system brings widespread snow over Quebec starting Friday
  • Strong winds set to blast eastern regions through the weekend with dangerous travel expected in blowing snow
  • Active storm track in the long range forecast, eyes on another significant system next week

Watch below: Timing the rain and snow


"An active storm track is pairing perfectly with some air from Siberia, which will bring temperatures well below seasonal for November," says Weather Network meteorologist Tyler Hamilton. "When you look at the entire province, there's not a single region in Quebec that will be spared from these early season November snow's over the next seven to ten days."


Over this upcoming weekend, two systems will merge together bringing strong winds and heavy snow to parts of Quebec. This is an Alberta clipper that "joins forces" with a major low pressure system stateside that deepens and strengthens as it tracks northward.

The storm moves in from the southwest on Friday, gradually spreading eastward through Friday night, prompting Environment Canada to issue a special weather statement for the region, warning drivers to consider "modifying non-essential travel plans."

For areas north of the St. Lawrence, between 10-15 cm of snow is expected with greater amounts up to 25 cm possible over the higher grounds of central and eastern Quebec. This system will be a messy one for many areas, including the city of Montreal, which will see a messy mix of precipitation as the warm front lifts north of the area.

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"Eastern Quebec will also be affected by strong winds gusting between 70-90 km/h on Saturday and Sunday," says EC.

This could mean power outages and treacherous road conditions coming to the area with blowing and drifting snow through the weekend.

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As the storm departs late Saturday night, another system is set to track up the U.S. eastern seaboard early to mid next week, potentially bringing more heavy snow on the northwestern side of the system.

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