Montrealers dig out and snow removal begins in aftermath of winter storm
Montrealers are digging out and snow removal is underway in the aftermath of the winter storm that slammed the province with more than 35 centimetres of snow Tuesday night.
About 1,000 city workers are out on the streets to clear the snow. Snow-removal operations kicked off at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
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“We already received 40 centimetres of snow,” said Philippe Sabourin, City of Montreal spokesperson.
“That’s huge. That represents 20 per cent of an entire winter in one night.”
He added that it will cost about $40 million to remove the snow from the streets. The snow removal operation is expected to take at least one week.
Numerous flights have been cancelled or delayed at Montreal’s Pierre-Elliott Trudeau airport.
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Flights to Toronto, Quebec City and Halifax are the most seriously affected, as well as those to northeastern U.S.
So far, flights heading to the south seem to be leaving as scheduled. Officials are advising passengers to check with their airline before heading to the airport.
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With the build-up of snow along side the highways, and the blowing snow clogging up ramps and exits, Quebec provincial police are warning drivers to be careful on the roads.
“Reduce your speed, keep your distance from the cars ahead of you and make sure your windows and lights are cleared,” the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) said.
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In Quebec City, about 20 accidents have been attributed to the weather.
“Luckily, the majority of these accidents did not lead to severe injuries,” said Mélanie Jobin, spokesperson for the force.
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More than 50 of 72 school boards across the province declared a snow day.
“It’s lovely to look at, but certainly inconvenient when both your kids are at home for the day,” said Deric Davis, an NDG resident.
Heavy snow and blowing snow are expected to ease as the system continues on toward the eastern parts of the province, where a total of 15 to 25 centimetres of snow is expected, accompanied by strong winds and blowing snow.
“Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations,” said Environment Canada.
“Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow.”
Throughout the next week, a total of 3,300 workers are expected to take part in snow clearing operations.
— With files from The Canadian Press
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