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Snowfall warning lifted for Montreal area, snow continues

Montreal could see between 15 and 20 centimetres of snow. Sunday, March 10, 2019.
Montreal could see between 15 and 20 centimetres of snow. Sunday, March 10, 2019. Jonah Aspler/Global News

A snowfall warning issued for Montreal on Sunday morning was lifted Sunday afternoon despite the continued snowfall.

The warning, however, remains in place for much of southern Quebec.

Total accumulation in some regions could be between 15 and 20 centimetres.

Environment Canada is warning of strong winds, which could lead to blowing snow in certain areas.

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The weather agency is recommending modifying non-essential travel plans.

Several flights in and out of Montreal have been delayed or cancelled, and while Aéroports de Montréal has not issued an advisory, it’s always a good idea to check your flight status before heading out to the airport.

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Another issue to watch out for, according to Environment Canada, is snow accumulation on roofs.

In recent weeks, there have been several incidents across the province of roofs collapsing under the weight of snow.

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For its part, the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ) says that while our roofs are generally built to withstand the heavy snow of Quebec winters, it’s important to remain vigilant when snow accumulation is “exceptional or atypical.”

Signs to watch out for that could indicate stress on the structure include the following:

  • Cracks appearing on interior walls
  • Inside doors jamming or rubbing against the frame
  • Noticeable creaking noises
  • Warping or buckling of a ceiling

In case of multiple signs, the RBQ says the first thing to do is to evacuate the building and then take the necessary measures to have the snow removed from the roof.

While it’s possible to do the job yourself in some cases, the RBQ strongly recommends hiring qualified professionals to do it for you.

In Montreal, snow removal operations will begin Monday at 7 p.m.