A winter storm has hit Greater Montreal, causing several accidents on the roads.
“Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow,” warns Environment Canada.
“Winter driving calls for extra care, even in normal winter conditions. Snow and ice can reduce tire traction on roads, and heavy or blowing snow can make visibility poor.”
Areas affected include:
- Châteauguay – La Prairie area
- Longueuil – Varennes
- Montreal island
According to Environment Canada, heavy and heavy blowing snow “will hit much of Southern and Central Quebec.”
Experts explained the weather is caused by a low pressure system developing over the central U.S., then making its way to the coast of New England.
About 15 – 25 centimetres of snow are expected to fall through ’til Wednesday evening, especially in the Eastern Townships and the Beauce region.
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Here are a few tips, provided by Public Safety Canada, to safe during the winter storm:
Fog, black ice, slush or snow-covered roads can make driving dangerous.
Drive slowly and leave plenty of distance between vehicles.
Fill up on winter washer fluid and replace wiper blades that streak.
Make sure there is enough windshield washer fluid in the reservoir and that it is rated up to -40°C.
Carry an extra jug in the vehicle.
Top up on gas
When driving in bad weather, think cautiously, plan ahead and make sure you have enough fuel.
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Keep the fuel tank at least half full.
See and be seen
Clear snow from the hood, roof, windows and lights.
Clear all windows of fog or ice.
If visibility becomes poor, find a place to safely pull off the road as soon as possible.
Get an emergency car kit
Public Safety Canada advises that the basic emergency kit for cars should include the following items:
- Non-perishable food
- Plastic water bottles (change every six months)
- Extra clothes and shoes
- First aid kit (including a seatbelt cutter)
- Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush
- Candle in a deep can and matches
- Crank flashlight
- Whistle (to attract attention)
- Road maps
- A copy of your emergency plan
You can also keep these inside your trunk:
- Sand, salt or cat litter (non clumping)
- Antifreeze/windshield washer fluid
- Tow rope
- Jumper cables
- Fire extinguisher
- Warning light or road flares