After a foot of snow, more snow coming for Wednesday

The snow that started falling midday Sunday did not let up overnight and will continue throughout the morning, so give yourself some extra time to dig yourself out of the mess.

The storm system had dumped close to 30 centimetres by 4:30 A.M. As of midnight Montreal had seen 24 centimetres of snowfall, breaking the previous record of 19.8 set back in 1988.

At times overnight winds were gusting near 50 km/h, which caused blowing snow and reduced visibility for motorists on and around the island of Montreal.

Dozens of cars skidded off highways; others were seen narrowly avoiding accidents as some motorists slid through red lights and stop signs.

Provincial and municipal police did not report any major injuries, but did warn motorists to reduce their speed and to properly clean off their cars before heading out.

As for schools, they are open, at least on the island of Montreal.

"All five island boards have agreed to stay open today despite the heavy snowfall... The bus companies stated that there will probably be many delays,  but it is safe to roll out the buses" said a statement on the English Montreal School Board's website. "We are asking parents for patience. Children's safety is our priority."

The snow has caused major delays at Trudeau airport, with numerous flights in and out delayed or cancelled. If you or someone you know is traveling to or from the Maritimes that flight is likely cancelled. The same system hitting Montreal is bringing blizzard conditions to Atlantic Canada.

"We recommend to double-check your flight status with your airline before heading to the airport" Aeroports de Montreal said.

There should be a break in the snowfall by late Monday morning, with a high of -2°C by the rest of the day. Tuesday should bring a little bit of sunshine, but as the day turns into night more snow. A low pressure system heading our way from the Northwest Territories is expected to bring another 10 centimetres of snow overnight Tuesday in to Wednesday.