Snowstorm sets record

Another Montreal winter storm has come and gone and it was a record-setter. 

The latest snowfall, which began Friday into Saturday, totalled 36 centimters, according to Environment Canada.

"We were forecasting up to 30 centimeters with this storm, but, we just got a little bit more, the snow was quite intense, and we did reach that and even just a little bit more in some localities, but it's the biggest we got this year as far as snowfall amounts are concerned", said meteorologist Yvan Dubé.

The total snowfall amount is a record, according to Dubé, smashing the old record, 13 centimeters, set in 1979. 

The snow, which followed rain and freezing rain on Friday, made for treacherous driving and walking conditions.

Vehicles skidded, others covered in snow were simply left in their parking spots.

“Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow,” said Environment Canada in a warning prior to the snowfall. 

“Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery", said a warning from the weather office prior to the snow. 

The treacherous conditions caused several accidents throughout Quebec, but the Surete du Quebec said there were no serious injuries. 

SQ officials warned of reduced visibility on several sections of Highways 20, 40 and 10. 

They warned motorists to avoid Rte-175 in the Laurentians due to dangerous driving conditions. 

Police were warning people not to venture out unless they had to.

"Keep your your distance, (from the driver in front of you), reduce your speed because it's really slippery. We're telling people, if you have to go outside, don't go outside", said Montreal police spokesman Jean-Pierre Brabant. 

The city of Montreal deployed a thousand pieces of equipment and as many workers to plow the snow, but as of mid afternoon on Saturday, there was still no word on when snow removal would start.

The Trudeau airport website said numerous flights, in and out, were delayed or cancelled as a result of the storm. 

Shovelling was the order of the day for many people and for some that meant overdoing it. 

Cardiologist Dr. Chris Labos told CJAD 800 News the message is simple: don't overdo it, or you might regret it.

"The best advice that I can give people is shovel the snow slowly", he said. 

"If you start to feel cold, if you start to develop chest pains, if you start to get short of breath, any types of signs like that, best to stop, best to go back inside and relax", added Dr. Labos.  


-With files from CTV Montreal