A winter storm batters southern Quebec on Monday as students return to school

Students returning to class on Monday could experience 15 centimeters of snow or more, with Environment and Climate Change Canada issuing a winter storm warning for most of southern Quebec.

Snowfall is expected to start early in the morning and last all day until evening. This will be the result of a low pressure system traveling north from the US east coast.

In total, up to 25 centimeters of snow could fall in the Montreal, St. Lawrence Valley and Outaouais regions, and up to 35 centimeters in the Laurentians, Lanaudière, Mauricie, from Quebec and Charlevoix.

Wind gusts of up to 70 kilometers per hour are also expected to accompany snow in these areas.

Parts of Ontario could receive up to 50 centimeters.

The cold gives way to snow

“Surfaces such as highways, roads, sidewalks and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to snow accumulation,” the Quebec warning said.

“Visibility will suddenly drop to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow.”

The storm forecast comes after much of Quebec experienced extremely cold temperatures for the past few days.

Saturday morning temperatures plummeted to -24°C in Montreal, and felt like blistering -37°C with the wind chill factor.

But a mild high of -3 C is expected for Monday.

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