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Live coverage: Montreal announces snow removal operation from Wednesday

Stay with us all day for our slippery coverage of the first significant snowfall in Montreal. Questions / comments? ariga@postmedia.com


10:45 am: cold front

The snow will be followed by cold.

The expected maximum today: minus 4 Celsius.

According to Environment Canada, the temperature will plummet to -12 ° C overnight, with a wind chill of -22.

It will be an icy morning tomorrow.

On Wednesday at 7 am, Environment Canada's forecasts predict a temperature of minus 11 ° C and wind chill of minus 19.

The good news: the weather will usually be sunny.

Let's get back to the bad news: the latest forecasts are based on a high probability of flurries Thursday and Friday.


10:30 Meanwhile at the Omni


10h10 Total: 20 centimeters

It was not really a storm – about 20 centimeters of snow fell on Montreal Monday and Tuesday.

The snow has now decreased and Environment Canada has lifted its snow warning for Montreal.

But it was early enough, even for Montreal.

The average snowfall in Montreal in November is only 19 centimeters. (The month with the heaviest snowfall? January, with an average snowfall of 50 centimeters.)

Montreal normally receives about 210 centimeters of snow between November and April.

Here is an overview of the amounts of snow in other regions of Quebec.


9:50 am in Wonderland of the winter?

Gazette photographer John Mahoney is capturing the aftermath. Here are some photos.

A tractor removes snow from the sidewalks of the Lachine borough.

John Mahoney /

Montreal Gazette

Vitali Obraztsov removes snow from his car in the Lachine borough.

John Mahoney /

Montreal Gazette


9:35 am: Snow removal starts at 7:00 am on Wednesday

Let the search for another parking spot begin.

Jean-François Parenteau, the head of the Montreal Executive Committee on Snow, announced that a snow removal operation would begin at 7 am Wednesday.

He says it's the first time the city has collected snow.


9:30 Roadside Assistance

CAA-Quebec says it has handled 1,000 calls since midnight, with the regions of Estrie and Beauce particularly affected.

They also offer good advice, for those who may have forgotten what it's like to drive in the winter.


9:20 Snow removal?

Avoid the crush – download the application that alerts Montrealers of snow removal operations in the city.

You can download the iPhone version here and the Android version here.

Mayor Valérie Plante will hold a press conference later this morning. We will probably know if the city will collect snow yesterday and today.

That the complaints about snow removal begin … (this is a satirical thread of Twitter):


Yoo-hoo, here we are

Please plow your vehicle before driving.


9 am Some scenes


8:45 am Be careful there

It's a difficult journey this morning.

The authorities are also asking motorists to be patient with snow plows.


8:40 am: Live in N.D.G.

Gazette journalist Jason Magder walks the streets of N.D.G. and discusses snow with pedestrians and motorists. He came across a disturbing scene: a sidewalk plow stuck in the snow.


8 in the morning

Montreal is digging its first major snowfall of the season. The roads are slippery, some schools are closed and several flights are delayed at Trudeau Airport.

Twelve inches of snow fell Monday, and another two to four should fall Tuesday morning, followed by high winds.

A snow warning remains in effect for some parts of Montreal.

"The morning commute should be particularly difficult because of the rapid accumulation of snow on the roads," which makes travel difficult, said Environment Canada in a warning issued at 4:30 am.

"Visibility can be suddenly reduced sometimes by heavy snow."

As roads are slippery and many drivers still do not have snow tires, the authorities are asking them to be extra careful on the roads if they have to go out.

Quebec drivers have until December 1 to install winter tires.

Some schools are closed, others warn that school buses could be delayed.

The Montreal Oral School for the Deaf and the Avant-garde said that no classes would be held on Tuesday.

In addition, at the Eastern Townships School Board, all schools and centers will be closed, including day care.

The Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Board of Montreal and the Commission scolaire des Grandes-Seigneuries de Montérégie have stated that their school buses will be delayed due to the poor condition of the roads.

Several departures are delayed at Trudeau Airport. The airport recommends that passengers check the status of their flight directly with their airline.

The Mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, said the city was ready for the snow.

She made this comment after the city apologized for a slower than normal response to snow and ice dust that left roads and sidewalks slippery in places Monday morning.

The Montreal Transit Corporation has warned commuters that city buses could be slowed down by snow Tuesday. He urged users to check the real-time location of buses on his website or transit apps.

Exo, the provincial agency that operates commuter trains in the Montreal area, also warned travelers, suggesting that train platforms and parking lots could be slippery.

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