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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The weather remains rather quiet and dismal across southern Quebec on Wednesday, with just a couple of weak systems impacting the region. The result has been plenty of cloud cover, some light precipitation at times in the form of drizzle or flurries, and little range in temperature. Temperat…

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This is a follow-up to the story I wrote back in January 2017. If I seem a little nostalgic at times for winter during that decade, I am. While mild winters are certainly welcome by most, I prefer more traditional winter weather, at least in December and January. The extreme changes in tempe…

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Strong high pressure over our region is being blocked from any eastward movement by an upper level low northeast of Atlantic Canada. This is forcing all the weather systems to slow to a crawl, and pushing any storms well south of our region across the southern US. So what you see is what you…

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10:30 Update, Saturday, January 2: The snowfall warning is set to expire shortly for metro Montreal after 11 to 15cm of snow fell overnight. Only flurries are expected for the balance of the day...SB

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Precipitation has come to an end in Montreal, with temperatures hovering around the freezing point early Thursday morning. It is just cold enough outside for a thin layer of ice on everything, as I found out the hard way leaving the house this morning. The clipper system is now well northeas…

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 A relatively weak weather system, an Alberta Clipper, will cross the Great Lakes and move just north of Montreal late tonight. Accompanying the system will be an area of light snow and perhaps some mixed precipitation. The low will move northeast of Montreal on Thursday, leaving behind clea…

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Winter is here, officially arriving on Monday morning at 5:02. The good news is that the days will now slowly get longer. To celebrate winters arrival, we have a little light snow falling early Tuesday morning, but it remains very mild, near the freezing point in Montreal. December has certa…

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The massive Nor'Easter that dumped record amounts of snow from Pennsylvania to New England is slowly moving towards Nova Scotia on Thursday afternoon. The storm put down a general 30-60cm (12-24 inches) of snow from the central Appalachians into New England. The snow was accompanied by 50 to…

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In a scenario all too common this year, another snowstorm is missing southern Quebec, but not by much. A massive Nor'Easter is currently strengthening off the Carolina coast, poised to dump 30-60cm (1-2 feet) of wind-driven snow from Virginia to Nova Scotia. Snow has already started falling …

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4PM Update: Temperatures have quickly risen above the freezing point in Montreal and locations south and west of the city, and the threat for freezing rain has now diminished. The warnings have been cancelled for Montreal. Showers will persist this evening and overnight with perhaps some sli…

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Winter is desperately trying to establish a foothold in southern Quebec. But with no real cold air in place, it has been difficult at best. The little snow that has fallen to date, including the 4 to 5cm of snow that fell on Wednesday in Montreal, melts away very quickly. Even milder air is …

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A poorly timed burst of snow Wednesday morning has turned the commute in Montreal into carnage on the highways. Traffic is crawling in many areas due to the combination of light snow and black ice. Traffic was moving way too fast for the conditions earlier this morning. I witnessed a Hummer …

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It is yet another dreary morning in Montreal, with a light cold rain falling. The day will shape up cloudy, with scattered showers and flurries and temperatures fairly steady near 2 or 3C. The big weather news is the potential for a snowstorm this weekend. But before you get too angry or exc…

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Strong low pressure is forecast to move from the southern Appalachians towards the Great Lakes on Monday. The strengthening storm will take a very unusual path towards western New York and across Lake Ontario before drifting west across central Ontario and eventually northeast towards James …

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A warm front lifting northward towards the St. Lawrence Valley Wednesday morning, has spread an area of light to moderate snow across the region. The snow started in Montreal just before dawn, and has accumulated a couple of centimetres so far. 

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The first snowfall of the season brought a few surprises along with it. The storm underperformed in southern Quebec but dumped a record-breaking 19cm of snow at Pearson Airport in Toronto. The snow spread across Ontario Sunday, arriving in southern Quebec by 4pm. The snow changed to rain in …

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Strong low pressure moved across the Great Lakes on Sunday bringing powerful winds of up to 141km/h in southern Ontario and 101km/h in Quebec. There were at least 15 reports of winds in excess of 100km/h (60 mph) in Ontario alone, including 100km/h at Toronto's Pearson Airport, 131km/h at Po…

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Colder weather has returned to southern Quebec after our remarkable stretch of warm weather. Conditions were similar to late summer then mid-November. By the numbers it was very impressive. There were dozens upon dozens of new record highs established from central Ontario to Atlantic Canada.…

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What a spectacular weekend it was across southern Quebec and Ontario. The weather was more like early September than mid-November. Numerous record highs were established from Ontario to Atlantic Canada. Here in Montreal the high both Saturday and Sunday was just shy of the 20C (68F) mark alt…

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UPDATE: Monday, November 2 - 10:45AM: Light snow is falling this morning south of Montreal towards the US border and across the Eastern Townships. Several centimteres are likely. The snow will taper off this afternoon, but start up again this evening. The snow should come to an end early Tue…

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Wild weather continues across portions of North America, with a frigid push of Arctic air all the way down to New Mexico and Texas. Meanwhile here in southern Quebec, the first snowfall of season occurred on Monday, with several centimetres falling north of Montreal in the Laurentians. In th…

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Friday has turned into a spectacular late October day across southern Quebec and eastern Ontario. Temperatures have warmed into the low 20s (70s). The record high for Montreal for October 23 was 25C (77F) set in 1979. We will likely fall just short of that, but it will be pleasant nonetheles…

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The first snowflakes of the season fell across portions of southeastern Quebec and adjacent northern New England late Friday into early Saturday morning. The snow was produced by deep Atlantic moisture being transported inland by a developing coastal storm. Meanwhile a cold front that gave M…

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Fall is well underway across southern Quebec, but with a hint of summer still around and a sprinkling of winter. October, or as I like to call it the April of fall, is a month full of contrasts and the occasional surprise or two. We often see summer warmth, thunderstorms, frost and even snow…

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The tropics have become active once again, with the 25th name storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season making landfall near Cancun, Mexico early Wednesday morning. Hurricane Delta moved briefly inland over the northern Yucatan Peninsula, before moving back into the extreme southern Gulf o…

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September has drawn to a close and October is underway looking like, well, Montreal in October. I just love October skies and Thursday did not disappoint. The sky was busy to say the least, with pop up showers and dark clouds mixing with bright sunshine and deep blue fall skies, all against …

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Hurricane Teddy completed a transformation into a powerful post-tropical cyclone late Tuesday, before moving into Nova Scotia, well northeast of Halifax. The once Category 4 hurricane moved inland between Sheet Harbour and Ecum Secum, Nova Scotia around 10AM Atlantic Time Wednesday morning.

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At 8pm AST, Hurricane Teddy had transitioned into a post-tropical cyclone, located 305km south of Halifax. All warnings remain in effect as Teddy continues to move north at 29km/h. Landfall is expected overnight in eastern Nova Scotia. A NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft recently reported 140km…

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Frost Advisory in effect for off-island communities of southern Quebec. There is a risk of ground frost on the next three mornings as temperatures fall to near 0C (32F). The island of Montreal is excluded at this time.

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Remember September is part an old Carib Indians saying that refers to the increase in hurricane activity in the month of September across the West Indies. This saying takes on a new meaning in the wildly unpredictable Covid year of 2020. The weather is downright crazy, just about everywhere …

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It is hard to believe, but summer 2020 is quickly slipping away, with fall weather on the horizon for Montreal. September 1st is considered the start of meteorological fall, with the warmest three months of the year now behind us. The celestial calendar will catch up in a few weeks on Septem…

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6 AM Update, Thursday, August 27: Powerful hurricane Laura made landfall at 2 AM EDT in the tiny town of Cameron, Louisiana. Wind gusts over 130 mph have been reported at Lake Charles. There is widespread damage and power outages across the area, with very little information available from c…

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Update 6:15 AM August 25: All watches and warnings have expired for Montreal. There were plenty of nocturnal thunderstorms rattling around the Montreal region overnight, most being of the non-severe variety. There was however a few torrential downpours, with about 13mm of rain measured here …

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UPDATE: Monday, August 24 - 9:15AM: Marco has once again weakened to a tropical storm this morning, as the storm encounters wind shear and dry air. The center of Marco is approaching the Louisiana coast early Monday morning, with heavy rain and 50 mph winds. Marco is forecast to ride along t…

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As I am writing this blog update, light to moderate rain is falling outside my office window in Saint Laurent. Since about 9:30am this morning, nearly 20mm had already fallen across the West Island. The rain is associated with an extremely slow moving cold front that is draped across eastern…

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I have lost count, but we have had at least a half dozen or so heat warnings that have been issued for Montreal this summer. We have another in effect currently, as temperatures are expected to rise into the low 30s Monday and Tuesday, along with elevated humidity levels. The humidex is fore…

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Hurricane Isaias, the 9th tropical system of this record-breaking 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season, is moving across the central Bahamas early Saturday morning. The storm is located 125 km south, southeast of Nassau, moving northwest at 19km/h. Winds in the hurricane are gusting over 140km/h.

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We are expecting another surge of heat and humidity across southern Quebec this weekend, in what is quickly becoming a torrid summer. Early Friday morning, a warm front is lifting across the St. Lawrence Valley, accompanied by clouds and showers. There is even a rumble or two of thunder here…

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6:45 PM Saturday, July 11: As of 6pm, between 12 and 15mm of rain had fallen in Montreal on Saturday from what was left of Tropical Storm Fay. The storm continues to weaken as it moves northeast of Montreal. More showers and thunderstorms will develop this evening as a quick moving front cro…