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Montreal snowstorm cause school closures, flight delays

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A semi-trailer slid off the road along Highway 30 near St. Bruno, just outside of Montreal on March 19, 2013.

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.

For a full list of school closures, click here

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.

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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.

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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.

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A semi-trailer slid off the road along Highway 30 near St. Bruno, just outside of Montreal on March 19, 2013.
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Snow covered benches in Dorchester Square in downtown Montreal.
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Snow covered bench in Montreal after the snowstorm on March 19, 2013.
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A glimpse of the top of the Mary, Queen of the World, Cathedral in downtown Montreal.
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A before and after snapshot of Montreal after it was hit with nearly 15 cm of snow on March 19, 2013.
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Boucherville after getting nearly 15 cm of snow on March 19, 2013.
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Montreal's Bixi bikes were covered in snow after the city was hit by a March blizzard.
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Visibility was low on Tuesday morning after a snowstorm hit Montreal on March 19, 2013. Photo from viewer Faisal AlSakit ‏.
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Boarding the plane directly from the gate at Trudeau Airport after Montreal was hit with a spring blizzard on March 19, 2013. Photo from viewer Lee Brown.
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Getting around with a stroller was a challenge after the spring blizzard. Photo from viewer Erica Cloutier.

The AMT was reporting delays on the Candiac-Montreal line and reduced speed for the Deux Montagnes train.

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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.

Check the status of your flight before leaving for the airport here. 

We’d love to share your snow pics on the news and online – upload them to Ground Force here – or email them to us here.

– With files from The Gazette

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