The Suburban Weather Page

Stephen Balena blogs on current weather with the latest forecasts, warnings and statistics for Montréal and Southern Quebec. Stephen has been writing about the weather on his own blog, Valley Weather, since 2005. He has been documenting the weather in the St. Lawrence Valley since 1979.

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Retrograding low pressure south of Nova Scotia will be responsible for increasing clouds and precipitation in Montreal on Thursday. Typically precipitation moves from west to east across the Montreal region, but every now and then we see it move up the Saint Lawrence Valley from the Atlantic…

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As if nerves were not shaken enough these days, a minor earthquake rattled southern Quebec at around 3:21 AM Sunday morning.

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After a bright, sunny and cold weekend, milder temperatures are on the way for Monday, along with some wet snow. The snow should begin late Monday and end early Tuesday, with only 1 to 3cm expected for Montreal.

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UPDATE 8AM, Friday, March 13: Rain Warning for Montreal and Laval: Temperatures have warmed above freezing and the threat for freezing rain is now over for Montreal. However an area of heavy rain over eastern Ontario will move into southern Quebec this morning. Expect 25 to 40mm of rain by e…

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The biggest weather event in Montreal history to date is the 1998 ice storm. There is no disputing that fact. Montreal has also had the Decarie flood from severe thunderstorms in July 1987 and the March 1993 Superstorm that paralyzed the Eastern Seaboard and dumped over 40cm of snow in Montr…

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3:30PM Update: Freezing Rain Warning remains in effect for Montreal, Lachute, Laurentians and Lanuadiere: Temperatures are slowly warming above freezing from southern portions of Montreal south and west, where predominately rain will be falling this evening. Freezing rain warnings remain in …

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8PM Update: The snowfall warning for Montreal has expired. As forecast, heavy rain changed to heavy wet snow early this morning, and persisted most of the day. Nearly 10mm of rain fell here on Ile Perrot, quickly followed by at least 10-15cm of snow. We still have some decent areas of steady…

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8:30AM Update, Tuesday, February 18: The snow has finally started in Montreal, arriving a couple of hours later than expected. Precipitation will become briefly moderate over the next few hours. A general 5 to locally 10cm is possible today in the city, with more north of Laval. Expect snow …

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Update 11:00AM, Thursday, February 13: The arctic cold front has passed though Ottawa, and the temperature has fallen quickly from -3C (27F) at 9am to -9C (16F) at 11am. Extreme cold warnings are now in effect for all of southern and eastern Ontario for windchill readings as cold as -35C (-3…

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11AM Update: Locally heavy snow prompted a late snowfall warning from Environment Canada this morning for Montreal. The heaviest snow is now off to the east of the city, with just a little light snow left before precipitation ends early this afternoon. The warning should expire shortly. Mont…

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8:45PM Update: The winter storm warning will expire shortly for Montreal, as most of the precipitation has moved off to the east of the city. It was quite a storm for the entire region, with 30 to 40cm falling over the last 36 hours. Just a few flurries remain into the overnight period, alon…

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High pressure is cresting over southern Quebec on Thursday, with clear and seasonable weather expected for Montreal. January 2020 is just about done, and it was a warm one to say the least. The average temperature through January 29, was -5.5C (22.1F), well above the normal of -9.7C (14.5F).…

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Special Weather Statement in effect for Montreal, southern Quebec and Eastern Ontario for 10-25cm of snow and blowing snow from late Saturday into Sunday.

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A magnitude 3.7 earthquake rattled a portion of southern Quebec early Monday morning. The quake struck at 5:38 am and was centred close to Ormstown near the American border, 62 km southwest of Montreal. The quake was felt across the Montreal region and as far north as St. Eustache and Riguad…

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12PM Update: All weather warnings have expired for the region, and the threat for freezing rain is over. The last of the snow flurries should taper off this afternoon. Montreal was very fortunate as we received mostly rain and sleet as opposed to freezing rain. Such was not the case on the S…

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10:30 PM Update: The temperature in now down to 0C (32F) in Montreal, with light freezing rain falling. The good news is that 37mm of rain has already fallen, so the amount of freezing rain should be less. Warm air held on a little longer than expected. However we are still looking at 15 to …

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Whether you like it or not, there will be little in the way of snow on the ground for Christmas morning in Montreal. With the temperature hovering around 7C (45F) Monday afternoon, most of the snow is now gone, with the exception of a few dirty patches here and there. We did not have much to…

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Thursday, December 12, 8AM Update: The 2 to 3cm of snow that fell late Wednesday afternoon, made an absolute mess of the evening commute in Montreal, with 2 hour plus drive home times for many. The "rush hour" lasted well into the late evening. The snow was accompanied by wind gusts up to 70…

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Montreal is on the northern edge of a clipper system passing across southern Ontario into upstate New York early Friday. If thats sounds familiar it is because the storm is following the same track of last weekends epic snowstorm. This system is much weaker, spreading 5 to 10cm of snow along…

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7PM Update: The forecast remains on track for southern Quebec this evening, with just a few flurries expected as low pressure moves well south of Montreal. It was a very different story from Brockville to Toronto along Highway 401 Sunday afternoon. Heavy snow and freezing rain produced multi…

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The mild weather of Friday has been replaced by a chilly Saturday morning in Montreal. Ile Perrot dropped to -8C (18F) overnight, after a daytime high of 7C (45F) on Friday. This was the warmest day in the last two weeks. The warmth along with gusty southwest winds and 2 to 5mm of rain, help…

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Tuesday, November 19, 8:30AM UPDATE: Freezing rain warnings have been extended across metro Montreal this morning, as the snow that was expected, has fallen mostly as light freezing rain. Up to 5mm of ice accretion is forecast before precipitation changes to to flurries later this morning.

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The snowfall warning will expire shortly as the heaviest snow moves off to the east of Montreal. Flurries and gusty winds are expected for the balance of Tuesday. Drive safe.

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As of 1:30pm, winds are still gusting over 80km/h, Hydro Quebec is reporting 907,000 clients without power, including 146,000 in Montreal. Over 400 lineman are on the job in very difficult and dangerous conditions.

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Tropical storm Olga quickly developed on Friday over the northern Gulf of Mexico and almost immediately became absorbed by a frontal boundary. The system remained rather weak and disorganized, with gusty winds of 90km/h (50mph) and heavy rainfall being the main threats. Isolated coastal floo…

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Friday, October 18, 6AM: The rain has finally stopped after a two day record total of 68mm at Trudeau Airport and 83.4mm here on Ile Perrot. Thanks to the hard work of Hydro Quebec deploying over 600 employees to help restore power, the outages have dropped from a high of nearly 140,000 cust…

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The best weather across the country is right here in southern Quebec and eastern Ontario as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. High pressure is dominating the skies, with bright sunshine and above normal temperatures. These conditions will prevail over the weekend, with just a sl…

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A three day historic September snowstorm is winding down early Monday morning across southern Alberta and southwest Saskatchewan. The storm dumped huge amounts of wet snow across the region, with close to 100cm (40 inches) in Waterton Park, Alberta. Lethbridge recorded 45 to 55cm, with 31cm …