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Montreal to launch snow-removal operations on Thursday as winter storm continues

Heavy snowfall is headed to southern Quebec on the last day of 2019.
Heavy snowfall is headed to southern Quebec on the last day of 2019. Getty Images

The City of Montreal is planning snow-removal operations on Thursday as a late December storm continues to descend on southern Quebec.

The winter weather has brought about 15 centimetres of snow as of Tuesday afternoon and snow will continue to fall until Wednesday morning, according to city officials.

Montrealers should take note that snow-removal crews will be out clearing the streets as of 7 a.m. Thursday. The city said it will first remove snow from hospitals, major streets and access points to public transit.

As part of the job, about 2,200 trucks will remove snow from 10,000 kilometres of the city streets during the week.

“It could be a bit slippery in the intersections,” said city spokesperson Philippe Sabourin. “So slow down your speed and pedestrians must stay away from our operations.”

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The storm has also led to delays and cancellations at both the Montreal and Quebec City airports.

While the worst part is over in Montreal, a spokesperson for the Montreal Trudeau International Airport reports that 50 flights have been cancelled on New Year’s Eve due to the weather.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for several regions in Quebec, including the Laurentian, Lachute and Quebec City areas.

A heavy accumulation of snow is making for a slow drive on roads and highways across the province. The Sûreté du Québec is asking the public to be careful if they get behind the wheel.

“Keep your distance and above all adapt your driving to the weather and road conditions,” the provincial police force said in a tweet.

Passengers unhappy after flight rerouted to Montreal amid winter storm
Passengers unhappy after flight rerouted to Montreal amid winter storm

— With files from Global News’ Dan Spector, Gloria Henriquez and the Canadian Press