What you need to know about the storm

Photo: Jacques Nadeau Le Devoir
The metropolitan area is expected to receive 2 to 4 cm of snow and gusts of up to 60 km/h.

The winter storm announced sweeping over Quebec, mainly in the east. On Friday morning, several roads were closed and dozens of flights were cancelled due to strong winds and significant blowing snow.

The most recent forecasts from Environment Canada indicate that the mercury will oscillate throughout the day between -17 and -20 °C in Montreal and Quebec city, with a chill factor of -30.


The metropolitan area is expected to receive 2 to 4 cm of snow and gusts of up to 60 km/h. The intermittent precipitation to snow and blowing snow are also expected in the Old Capital.


The most affected regions — the Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie and Côte-Nord — should receive between 20 and 50 cm, as well as gusts of 70 to 90 km/h, which rise up from the blowing snow.

Southern Quebec is also expected to receive 5 to 10 cm, while the north-west will be completely spared.

What is the state of the roads?

The roads of eastern Quebec are still the most affected by the storm. Several sections of highway 20 and highway 132 were closed to trafficFriday morning due to the difficult weather conditions.

See road conditions in Quebec

The public transportation is affected?

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) has indicated that service users with limited mobility may be complicated by the conditions.

Weather forecast: it could be difficult to offer the service to bus stops accessible to wheelchair users. #stminfo T

— STM (@stminfo) January 5, 2018

On the South Shore of Montreal, the réseau de transport de Longueuil reported delays to be expected.

Please note that because of the temperature, the hov lane of the Champlain Bridge is closed. Some delays are to be expected. We thank you for your understanding

— RTL_info (@RTL_info) January 5, 2018

According to the ministry of Transport of Quebec, the ferry from Rivière-du-Loup, Matane, quebec, Tadoussac and Montmagny were locked.

Via Rail Canada has itself stated that ” all trains in the Windsor-Quebec city corridor and Atlantic canada may suffer delays because of speed restrictions and operational problems caused by the extreme winter conditions “.

Thursday, Orléans Express had announced that a series of delays, cancellations or interruptions of the course were to provide for bus routes connecting Rimouski and Rivière-du-Loup to Quebec city and Montreal.

May you be deprived of electricity?

Hydro-Québec reported a quarantine service disruptions in Quebec in the morning, Friday. Hundreds of users were left without electricity in the regions of Laval, Côte-Nord and Bas-Saint-Laurent.

And the airports?

Photo: Olivier Zuida The Duty

Travelers vacancy will need to be patient. At theMontréal-Trudeau Airport, thirty flights were canceled Friday, and a dozen flights were delayed at around 8am.

Several cancellations and delays were also listed at the Jean-Lesage airport.

What is the situation elsewhere in the province/country?

Tens of thousands of people woke up in the dark Friday morning after a powerful storm had swept through atlantic Canada, flooding of coastal roads, ballottant boats and toppling trees with winds worthy of a hurricane.


According to the Nova Scotia Power 125 000 homes nova scotians were toujoursprivés electricity Friday in an area ranging from one end to the other of the province because of winds gusting up to 140 kilometres per hour that have shaken the region in the night from Thursday to Friday.


In New Brunswick, more than 130 outages were affecting 11,000 customers across the province, which has also received a lot of snow. L’île-du-Prince-Édouard, too, was largely plunged in darkness.


The winds caused a storm surge in Nova Scotia, the sea flooding of roads since the transition in Eastern, near Halifax, until the county of Lunenburg, and leaving rocks and debris in its path.