MONTREAL – Spring may be less than two days away, but mother nature didn’t seem to get the memo. Montreal is facing one last blast of snowy, blowy, wet weather.
Environment Canada issued a weather warning calling for 15 to 25 centimetres of snow in the Montreal, Laval areas and up to 50 centimetres in the Eastern Townships and Beauce.
The weather has caused the closure of several schools and school boards in the Montreal area.
The Lester B. Pearson School Board announced cancellation of all classes at its schools, including adult and vocational centres and all daycares. John Abbott College has been closed, as well as Riverside School Board on the South Shore.
However, the English Montreal School Board is “open for business today,” as well as all schools within the Commission scolaire de Montréal and the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeois. The Commission scolaire Marie-Victorin, on the South Shore, remained open, except for the Greenfield Park International School.
The City of Montreal is encouraging commuters to use public transport due to slick road conditions. As of 6:30 a.m., the amount of snowfall was estimated at 2.5 cm and 1,000 pieces of snow-removal equipment were hard at work on the roads and sidewalks.
There were no significant metro disruptions reported by the STM, however due to road conditions, wheelchair access has been temporarily cancelled along the regular bus routes and bus users are advised to expect some delays.
The AMT was reporting delays on the Candiac-Montreal line and reduced speed for the Deux Montagnes train.
Transport Quebec has rated road conditions on the TransCanada Highway as “passable.” Motorists are asked to drive with caution as road conditions could deteriorate rapidly.
Flight arrivals to and departures from Trudeau Airport have also been affected by the weather.
– With files from The Gazette