From spring to winter in a day: Weather rollercoaster headed to Montreal this week

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After spring thaw, wild weather on its way to Quebec
WATCH: A blast of arctic air packed with high winds is making its way to southern Quebec Wednesday evening, with Environment Canada issuing two weather warnings for flash freezing high winds. Global’s Tim Sargeant has the latest details – Feb 28, 2024

Montrealers could experience somewhat of a rollercoaster when it comes to weather this week.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement Monday warning of a “broad low pressure system” that will bring “unseasonably mild temperatures and rain.”

According to the weather agency, the average high for this time of the year is around -2 C. On Wednesday, the city is expected to hit a balmy 15 C.

With warm temperatures and rain expected to begin on Tuesday and continue into Wednesday, any snow left on the ground is likely to melt away quickly.

“Water ponding may be significant in some places,” Environment Canada said.

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The springlike conditions, however, won’t last.

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“A vigorous cold front” will be making its way over the province Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, bringing with it a blast of winter weather.

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“As it passes, rain will change to snow, and strong westerly winds will develop,” the weather agency said.

The city could see a near 30 degree C drop in temperature on Wednesday with a forecasted high of 15 C and a low of -14 C.

With a sharp drop in temperatures, getting around could get tricky with roads and other surfaces quickly freezing over and becoming slippery.

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