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Montreal freezing rain warning: severe weather alert

A hazardous mix of precipitation including snow and ice pellets is expected into Thursday morning.

Written by
Laura Osborne

After a start to the year with unusually warm weather, a severe weather alert by Environment Canada has been issued for Montreal, Vaudreuil, Richelieu and the Eastern Townships. 

We’re talking about ice pellets, freezing rain and snow. 

Photograph: Alison Slattery

Between two and five millimetres of precipitation is initially expected for parts of Quebec, along with a mix of rapidly accumulating snow and ice pellets to follow that could  bring up to 15 centimetres.

What is a freezing rain warning?

Freezing rain warnings are issued when precipitation falling in sub-zero temperatures creates ice build-up and icy surfaces, resulting in icy, slippery and hazardous conditions. If you're planning a day trip, or some cross-town shopping, Environment Canada is suggesting sticking to essential travel.

This special weather statement may dampen skiing, skating and other outdoor winter plans, but there are plenty of ways to enjoy Montreal snow, rain or shine—whether you're eating at one of the year's best restaurants (or best new restaurants), grabbing a cocktail (or mocktail) at one of the city's best bars or enjoying one of Montreal's many family-friendly activities.

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