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Following two weeks of above-normal temperatures, Monday morning had many people in Quebec asking, “What was that?”

This weekend’s chilly temperatures were a reminder that winter still hasn’t lost its grip on the province.

On Sunday, the maximum temperature for Montreal was 13.4°C. The normal for this time of  year is 19 degrees. There were even signs of snow and frost in some parts of the Montreal area.

But at least the city won’t have it as bad as some parts of Quebec. Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings for northwestern Abitibi and Matagami regions, which are expecting another 2 centimetres of snow Monday afternoon and near zero visibility.

There are currently frost warnings in effect for much of much of southern Quebec, including the Montreal and Laval areas. So, if you did any early planting, you may want to protect fragile plants that could be damaged or killed by frost.

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But don’t worry: the summer-like weather is right on the heels of this cold snap. Tuesday’s high in Montreal will be 15°C and Thursday, although rainy, will bring a temperature of 21°C. Even Matagami will see a  high in the mid-teens by the end of the week.

Montrealers reacted to the idea of snow with our usual humour – check out some of the responses on social media.

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