The return of the arctic cold after the storm

Photo: Jacques Nadeau Le Devoir
Montreal has received a few inches of snow during the storm, but it is especially the return of the cold weather that is striking.

Ski fans who are chomping at the bit in front of the fresh snow will have to be patient… or several layers of clothing. After the storm, a wave of polar cold hits Quebec, where temperatures felt frôleront sometimes -50 degrees in some places.


In total, thirty cities and regions are assigned on Friday, the reference to “extreme cold” by Environment Canada, including the Abitbi, the eastern Townships, the Outaouais, the Laurentians, Quebec and Lac-Saint-Jean.


The cold air and the “brisk winds” will cause a wind chill of -38 in southern Quebec. During the night, the temperature felt will be able to achieve “up to -49,” in the regions of the north-west, has warned the government agency. In Celsius, the minimum temperatures will be between -20 and -30 °, a summary meteorologist Jean-Philippe Bégin.


For this, Quebec will be able to thank the Arctic. “A depression [like a storm] turns in counterclockwise direction, thus brings air from the north-west,” summarized Mr. Bégin.


Only the eastern Quebec will continue to live the “intense storm” that affects the province, according to Environment Canada. By the end of the day, 20 to 40 centimeters will be fallen on the east of the territory, “and it certainly exceed 40 centimetres in some places,” said Mr. Smith, referring to the Bas-Saint-Laurent, Côte-Nord and the Gaspé peninsula.

Photo: Amir Levy Agence France-Presse
The north-eastern United States has also been hit by a cold air mass on Friday, which will still feel its effects at the end of the week.

In the long term — and from a sporting point of view, the combination of the storms and the cold weather could be paid. “It is rare that at this period there was much accumulation [of snow], without of rise in temperature,” noted Pierre-Luc Pelletier, in charge of the customer service at Ski Chic-Chocs in the Gaspé. In the wildlife reserve, the storm is not exceptional ; rather, it is the cold that keeps the snow on the ground for several weeks, that is. Still, Mr. Pelletier believes that the lined of this week will have brought a fifty inches of snow, which the skiers can enjoy as soon as the avalanche hazard will be removed.


Tides and evacuations in the Gaspé


On the gaspé peninsula, where winds of 90 km/h have hit a total of 24 people have been evacuated from their homes. The amplitude of the tides and the waves projected on the houses have put out on the street thirteen citizens of Matane and nine residents of Chandler, confirmed that the Centre of government operations. “The ice — and of the times, it is the rock or pieces of wood — rising, and is projected by the river. It can be a bastard, and even dangerous, ” commented Eric Houde, of the Directorate-general civil security.


But it can also be a unifier, has found the Chandleroise Isabelle Cyr. “At the hospital, the people have made [shift] doubles, then there are some that are made by ski-doo to troubleshoot them. It’s been a long that we saw it ! ” she launched. At the motel in Chandler, where she works, electronic / magnetic keys were left at the disposal of the citizens affected, so that they can get to hot in the rooms reserved for them. “Hosts of people, such as elderly people who were trapped in their cottage “, illustrated Ms. Cyr, as the snow started up again on Friday afternoon. At the height of the storm, ” you shall see nothing, neither sky nor earth “, she told. “It is equipped, but everything is closed : grocery stores, gas stations. Everything is closed in full. It’s been at least 20 years that we haven’t seen it. “


More than 700 km from her home, in the Lac-Saint-Jean, Jean-Claude Noël was also looking at a position that he has rarely seen. The resident of Saint-Bruno there is, however, not his first storm. “We do not lack !” he launched. “[The sector of Saint-Bruno], they call it the Bermuda triangle. […] This is agricultural land and there are no trees. The lake is 25 km wide, so the wind takes its strength. “


His home, he could see the truck fixed along the road 170. It has been closed for a dozen kilometres “that the world is not going to be put in misery,” observed Mr. Christmas, himself an ex-operator of heavy machinery at the ministry of Transport.


The road safety record of the Sûreté du Québec gave him because at the end of the day : no major accident had not been listed on the territory, where several roads were closed due to snow, blowing snow, and cold. A snowmobile buried by an avalanche in Sainte-Angèle-de-Mérici, Bas-Saint-Laurent, was, however, in a critical state at the end of the day.


Complicated for the planes and ferries


The situation proved more complex in the air and on the water. At the Montréal-Trudeau airport, dozens of flights were delayed or cancelled. Same situation at the Jean-Lesage airport of Quebec, where the tables of arrivals and departures were interspersed colors yellow and red, given to flights cancelled or delayed.


The activities of the ferries providing links Matane–Baie-Comeau–Godbout and the Quebec–Lévis were suspended for several hours. “It is being monitored hour by hour, according to the various parameters : winds, currents, ice and tides “, summarized the spokesman for the Société des traversiers du Québec, Maryse Brodeur. “You need to stay on the lookout “, she suggested that users of the ferry. On Wednesday, the ferry remained stuck for four hours in the ice between Quebec city and Lévis.


On the rails of the Windsor-Quebec city corridor and in the Atlantic provinces, the service has also been slowed down, announced VIA Rail. In Quebec, no less than three water main breaks have disrupted the routes of bus transport system of the capital. The Société de transport de Montréal, has warned users that it ” may be difficult to offer the service to bus stops accessible to people in wheelchairs “, while various other transit services have announced delays.

The storm in the Maritimes

In atlantic Canada, thousands of people woke up in the dark Friday morning, as the storm flooded coastal highways, tossed boats and toppled trees. According to Nova Scotia Power, 33 831 customers nova scotians were without power Friday, to 15 h. In New Brunswick, a fifty failures were touching in the middle of the afternoon some 4750 customers across the province, which has also received a lot of snow. Several homes of l’île-du-Prince-Édouard were also plunged into darkness. The winds caused a storm surge in Nova Scotia, the sea-flooding of the roads from Eastern Passage, near Halifax, until the county of Lunenburg, and leaving rocks and debris in its path. The storm resulted in the closure of schools for a second day in a row in some areas and disrupting air transport and by boat.