After 48 hours of continuous snow, Montrealers dig themselves out

MONTREAL — Lydia Nammour lives in Cote-St-Luc. Usually she runs her car down to the Provigo on Sherbrooke Street and Cavendish to do her shopping, but after an unusual winter storm dumped almost 30 cm of snow on Montreal — and boxed Nammour’s car in her garage — she made the trek to NDG on foot.

“It’s very bad for the first snow, eh?,” she said. “Very very bad.”

According to Environment Canada, most winter storms drop snow over a period of between six to 12 hours. Montreal’s first major winter storm was unusual in that it snowed continuously for about 48 hours, throwing a white blanket over the whole city.

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Clearing the snow won’t happen overnight.

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“It’s going to take about five or six days, depending on the temperature and the weight of the snow,” said city councillor Anie Samson.

The city has started a pilot project, creating an app called that tracks snow removal efforts in five boroughs.

“For us, it’s a way to help to tell people to move their car before we have to remove them,” Samson said.

Stay up-to-date on snow removal operations in Montreal by downloading the Info Neige MTL snow removal app here.

Meanwhile, residents in NDG were busy digging themselves out of the snow when Global News talked to them.

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“It should be too bad, just this little mountain here to get out of,” said Travis McLaren, who was trying to dig his minivan out of his driveway. He was pointing to a small hump of snow left by the plow that cleared his street.

Paul Gulotta, another NDG resident, catalogued what his day removing snow looked like going forward.

First, his steps. “That takes a good 10-15 minutes. Then another 10 to 15 minutes for the car… and I’ve got a driveway that leads to a garage.”

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Gulotta said it was a pretty long day of work.

“It really looks beautiful,” said Sarah Richardson, another NDG resident.

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