Go home weather, you’re drunk.
The current snowstorm, potentially the biggest of the winter, is just the latest turn in a hectic few weeks of weather for Canada.
Alternating periods of above and below-average temperatures have already decimated city roads and sidewalks, which are about to be hit with up to 45-50cm of snow.
Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold weather alert for Kugaaruk, Nunavut,Toronto, Quebec,Ontario, Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver .
People have been advised to stay indoors, especially younger children, older adults, individuals with chronic illnesses and outdoor workers due to high risks of hypothermia and freezing.
In fact, if snow accumulates as much as expected between Friday and Saturday, parts of Canada could end up breaking a 101-year snowfall record for March.
Environment Canada has predicted that these days Canada will going to by powerful 60 cm snowstorm this week.
After receiving 15cm of snow yesterday, Montreal broke a 101-year-old snowfall record for March 10th. Not since 1918 has the city seen this much snow on March 10th, just going to snow, I mean show, that Montreal is not free from winter yet.
Snowfall of 40 cm or higher is possible in what is being called a “large winter storm” with strong winds, major rainfall “in excess of 50 mm” and the potential for freezing rain, said Environment Canada.
Newfoundland and Labrador are under an extreme coldweather alert with wind chills reaching a possible -55 C, but the province may be spared the worst of the storm.
Environment Canada has issued special weather statements detailing the “intense winter storm” for southern Quebec, which could see “very strong and frigid northerly winds” and blowing snow” that reduces visibility and making roads slippery.
“This storm should invade the province of Quebec,” the department said. “The most affected areas should be those located near the American Border and Atlantic Canada.”
Northern Quebec will likely escape the storm but parts of the region will see wind chill values near -58 C on next week.
ONTARIOEnvironment Canada warned that parts of the province could see 40 centimetres of snow fall by Friday morning, with slightly more in the areas immediately surrounding the Great Lakes.
It says parts of northern Ontario can expect windchill values as low as -55.
“This bitterly cold Arctic airmass will remain in place through the weekend and possibly into next week,” said Environment Canada.
A weak system is cruising over central Alberta Friday, dropping snow over the QEII and Yellowhead, including the City of Edmonton and cool rain showers near Calgary and Drumheller through the morning hours. The rain/snow mix will spread east across central Saskatchewan, mainly along the Yellowhead between Lloydminster and Saskatoon throughout the day, leaving scattered flurries across Alberta. Beware: This is just a teaser before the main event.
“In B.C., the forecast is a lot milder thanks to Pacific air moving in,” said McEwan, though it will still be wet and windy over the next few days.
Several parts of BC have been hit with the most intense snowstorm we’ve seen this season.
Vancouver is going to get the heaviest snowfalls and snowiest day in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada will be Friday Morning. Several school districts, universities, attractions and more all across the Greater Vancouver area will close down because of the snow, and many parts of the city have gone into shutdown mode.
The northern Dempster Highway region of the Yukon will see blizzard conditions Friday with “visibility near zero,” according to Environment Canada. “Travel is expected to be extremely hazardous due to reduced visibility.”
A few areas of Nunavut will hit with wind chills near -55 C Friday evening. “Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill,” says Environment Canada.