Montrealers woke up to bitterly cold temperatures on Monday, and then they suited up to dig out their cars ahead of their morning commutes to work and school.
More than 21 cm of snow fell over the weekend as strong winds and blowing snow battered eastern and central Canada.
It took some Montrealers more than an hour to find their cars under the mountains of snow.
“You have to do it once, twice, three times to get the hang of it,” said NDG resident Patrick Beaudin.
“After that, it’s like diplomacy. You have to move the snow away in certain ways so the neighbours won’t complain, the snow plows won’t complain and you have to understand that by the end of the day, your car would have moved and someone will have taken your space.”
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While it may not be the biggest storm of the century, Environment Canada spokesperson Michelle Fleury said it was one of the coldest.
“It’s very rare that we get heavy snow with temperatures below -15 C,” she said.
The last time the city was pelted with more than 20 cm of snow in -15 C weather was in 1920.
Many roads remain icy as city crews work to clear snow off the streets.
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The city confirmed snow removal operations will begin at 7 p.m. Monday.
“In total, we have to cover 10,000 kilometres of street and sidewalks, that’s a huge challenge,” said city spokesperson Philippe Sabourin on Sunday.
“It’s the equivalent of 18 times back and forth Montreal-Quebec.”
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