The Weather Network – Heavy snow and ice fall threatening travel in Quebec this weekend


Friday, December 11, 2020, 6:30 p.m. – Location will play a key role in the types of precipitation involved in a disorderly storm moving towards Quebec on Saturday.

Freezing rain, snowfall and winter storm warnings cover southern Quebec ahead of the weekend, as a messy moisture-laden system is set to roll over eastern Canada. Quebec’s turn will come later on Saturday, with rain, snow and periods of freezing rain on the menu during this system, depending on location. More information on the timing and impact below.


  • Texas trough enters Quebec on Saturday, with impacts through Sunday
  • Precipitation begins as mostly snow, changing to freezing rain and then rain in the south
  • Heavier snow expected for central and northern sections of the province, non-essential travel not recommended


Much of Quebec will be affected by the Texas Depression, which is expected to set in by Saturday afternoon, bringing a messy mix of rain, snow and ice through to Sunday.

“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots can become icy and slippery. Be prepared to adjust your driving for changing road conditions, ”Environment Canada said in a freezing rain warning for Montreal.

The precipitation appears to start as snow in the southern and central sections of the province on Saturday, with the threat of a transition to freezing rain by the evening, which could last several hours before temperatures rise and the ice does not turn into direct rain.

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“The thickest snow crosses the upper Ottawa Valley, then stretches east to Quebec and Saguenay,” said Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham, adding that 15 to 25 cm and more could fall on the hardest hit areas by the time it subsides. Sunday.

As the track of the trough remains uncertain, storm totals could be adjusted as the system gets closer. Snow and freezing rain warnings may also be issued for this storm, so it is important to stay up to date on weather reports in your area.

Quebec snow

Be sure to come back for the latest updates on this weekend system.


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