Winter has struck once again with heavy snow and strong winds Tuesday, forcing schools to close and hampering commutes across southern Quebec.
Environment Canada had issued a snowfall warning for several regions including Montreal, Quebec City, Gatineau and the Eastern Townships.
“Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions,” the weather agency wrote. “Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.”
The Sûreté du Québec is asking drivers to be prudent and to properly clean off their cars before heading out on the road.
“Slow down and keep your distance,” the provincial police force said in a tweet.
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The Société de Transport de Montréal, the regional transit authority for the city, warns that hazardous road conditions could mean bus delays.
The blast of wintry weather brought up to 20 centimetres of snow to Montreal, where most school boards have closed for the day.
Mayor Valérie Plante says snow removal will kick off at 7 a.m. Wednesday. She is asking residents to respect parking restrictions as the operation gets underway.
The city was spared the worst of it, though. Areas like the Eastern Townships will see up to 30 centimetres of snow.